Half-timbered village Monreal
The narrow streets of Monreal, its quaint Holy Trinity Church, the massive Nepomuk Bridge over the clear flowing Elzbach and the ruins of Löwenburg and Philippsburg castles high above the village are a beautiful destination in the eastern Eifel.
The red and white half-timbered houses nestle closely together, especially the four-gabled house from the 15th century transports walkers into a fairytale past. The still beautifully preserved half-timbered houses bear witness to the prosperity that Monreal achieved through the processing of sheep's wool and the manufacture of cloth from the 17th century onwards. In the second half of the 19th century, handicraft was no longer competitive with international, industrialised rivals, and the population became impoverished. A fate that Monreal shares with the equally picturesque Monschau. Not only visually is Monreal a destination that relaxes the soul. Café Plüsch with its cosy interior, the Old Rectory with its cottage garden and sunny terrace on the banks of the stream or the former signal box at the gates of the town are perfect addresses for foodies. The originally furnished restaurant on the former railway line is connected to the medieval town centre via a promenade along the Elzbach. The highlight for lovers of handicrafts is the pottery in the old school with its colourful ceramics, also displayed in a terraced garden.
Hikers get their money's worth on the hiking trail Monrealer Ritterschlag and are rewarded for the sometimes steep passages with wonderful views.
Exceptional is the quaint Advent market on the historic market square, usually on every 3rd Advent weekend in December (with pre-Christmas caroling on Sunday), and the late evening New Year's Eve gathering on 31 December, also on the market square.