Eifelsteig trail


The Eifelsteig trail is 313 kilometres long and crosses right through the Eifel, from Aachen, the city where Charlemagne was crowned, to the Roman imperial city of Trier. The Eifelsteig’s slogan is “Just you, the water and the rocks”. The constant reappearance of these two elements along the route is a characteristic feature that is very special to the region, accompanying hikers throughout their tour of the Eifel.
The premium trail is supplemented by its partner trails, the North Rhine-Westphalia trail and the Volcanic Eifel trail.
In the north, in North Rhine-Westphalia, the route begins with gentle hills which level off into flat land. Hikers looking for an alternative may prefer the mountains in Rhineland-Palatinate. The first stages are characterised by the high moors of the “Hohes Venn”, or high fen, and the beech hedges as tall as houses which provide protection against the wind. The trail continues through the Eifel National Park, with its narrow rock passages and mixed forest, to the walls of the Urft Dam.
The route then takes hikers up to the Dreiborn Plateau with the former national socialist “Ordensburg Vogelsang” fortress, before descending again to the Urft river, which flows on to Gemünd. Passing the Roman aqueduct to Cologne, the trail leads in the direction of Blankenheim, before crossing the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate shortly afterwards.
Now, the landscape is dominated by the volcanicity of the West Eifel. Outstanding natural spectacles are the constantly growing Dreimühlen waterfall, the Dolomite rocks in Gerolstein, and of course, the blue eyes of the Eifel, the maars. After leaving Daun, the Eifelsteig follows the already well-known “Lieserpfad” trail before turning into the valley of the river Salm and travelling further south-westwards towards the Kyll valley. From Kordel, the route leaves the Kyll valley and via Burg Ramstein castle leads to an attraction in the middle of the forest, the “Genovevahöhle” cave. It is an impressive cave in yellow-red sedimentary rock. On the red sandstone rocks above the Moselle river, the Eifelsteig continues from Biewer to Trier the route’s final destination.
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characteristics

Eifelsteig trail
medium
94:45 h
313,1 km
7273 m
7324 m

Eifelsteig Etappe 01: Kornelimünster - Roetgen

easy

14,1 km

4:00 h
The Eifelsteig trail begins in the Kornelimünster district of Aachen, a former destination for…

Eifelsteig Etappe 02: Roetgen - Monschau

easy

17,3 km

4:25 h
Lose yourself in the vastness of the Hohes Venn nature park and enjoy the absolute calm and…

Eifelsteig Etappe 03: Monschau - Einruhr

hard

24,5 km

6:30 h
The trail ascends and descends, across high mountaintops, through deep valleys, along tall hedgerows…

Eifelsteig Etappe 04: Einruhr - Gemünd

medium

21,7 km

6:00 h
Rock passages along the Rur and Urft, the plateau of Dreiborn and the former Nazi training center…

Eifelsteig Etappe 05: Gemünd - Kloster Steinfeld

medium

17,4 km

5:15 h
The trail continues along winding paths through the colourful mixed forest climbing up to the…

Eifelsteig Etappe 06: Kloster Steinfeld - Blankenheim

medium

23,4 km

6:30 h
At the heart of this stage, around Nettersheim, the watchword is "Eyes open!" as there are numerous…

Eifelsteig Etappe 07: Blankenheim - Mirbach

easy

17,7 km

5:30 h
The woodland sections and valley crossings on this stage allow hikers to experience Nature at first…

Eifelsteig Etappe 08: Mirbach - Hillesheim

hard

26,0 km

15:38 h
It grows and grows – the Three Mills (Dreimühlen) Waterfall. Thanks to the lime deposits laid down…

Eifelsteig Etappe 09: Hillesheim - Gerolstein

medium

20,2 km

5:30 h
You don't need a detective's instinct in Hillesheim – Germany's no. 1 crime-writing capital. The…

Eifelsteig Etappe 10: Gerolstein - Daun

hard

23,9 km

6:30 h
The "climb" up the highest hill in the Gerolstein region, the Dietzenley at just under 618 metres,…

Eifelsteig Etappe 11: Daun - Manderscheid

hard

23,4 km

7:00 h
Past the "eyes of the Eifel", the Maare, the path leads through the quiet valley of the Lieser over…

Eifelsteig Etappe 12: Manderscheid - Kloster Himmerod

hard

18,2 km

5:30 h
Along the initial section, the Eifelsteig Trail overlaps with the well-known Lieser Trail. This…

Eifelsteig Etappe 13: Kloster Himmerod - Bruch

easy

20,5 km

6:00 h
The "slowing down" effect of Himmerod Monastery continues on the next stage of the Eifelsteig Trail:…

Eifelsteig Etappe 14: Bruch - Kordel

hard

27,8 km

8:15 h
The longest stage of the Eifelsteig Trail asks a lot of hikers, but also rewards them with a varied…

Eifelsteig Etappe 15: Kordel - Trier

medium

17,0 km

5:15 h
Small waterfalls make their way over moss-covered tree trunks and massive rocks. The trail passes…



source Eifel Tourismus GmbH · author: Wolfgang Reh / Eifel Tourismus GmbH

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