The Eifel holiday region
EXPERIENCING NATURE WITH THE CHANGING ELEMENTS
Fire, water, air and earth... Almost no other region in Germany is dominated by the elements as much as the Eifel uplands. The landscape reflects the geological development of millions of years in fast motion: valleys crossed by rivers, the cones of extinct volcanoes, dry maars which have become moorland, bizarre rock formations and layers of different hill ranges.
A landscape which appears to be constantly in flux, and a region which is under special protection following the creation of the Eifel National Park, the UNESCO Global Geopark and nature parks.
A region that can be actively discovered, for example by hiking on the 313 kilometre-long “Eifelsteig” trail from Aachen to Trier. Walking enthusiasts who prefer shorter tours can immerse themselves even more deeply in the natural environment of the Eifel by following certified short circular routes, which make a worthwhile day trip destination.
Those who prefer cycling are sure to enjoy the cycle paths along disused railway lines in the Eifel, such as the “Vennbahn” from Aachen to Troisvierges in Luxembourg, the longest disused railway cycle route in Europe, which connects three countries. Cycle tours over several days are easy to organise by combining different cycle routes.
At one time, the Eifel was settled by Celts, Romans and Franconians. The products of their cultures are still there to be admired: romantic towns such as Monschau, with half-timbered houses dating from the Middle Ages, the fascinating remains of Roman structures and imposing castles such as “Burg Eltz”.
The Eifel has a large selection of hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments and holiday homes on offer, as well as campsites. Simply book your Eifel holiday online here.
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THE PREMIUM TRAIL FROM AACHEN-KORNELIMÜNSTER TO TRIER
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.
Hiking in North Rhine-Westphalia - Mountains in North Rhine-Westphalia - Hiking in Rhineland Palatinate - Mountains in Rhineland Palatinate.... The Eifel offers a wide range of different options!