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Top 10 Eifel day trip destinations

The Eifel offers many excursion destinations in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate: different peoples and cultures have left their traces in this low mountain range in Germany over the millennia. A large treasure trove of impressive castles, palaces, monasteries and churches is a reminder of the rulers of the past centuries. Exciting museums offer insights into the history and special features of the Eifel. Special features such as the maars of the Volcanic Eifel and the Eifel National Park are pure nature experiences.

We have put together a selection of particularly popular day trip destinations for you:

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Blick auf das Weinfelder Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH

The Eifel maars

The water-filled maars are the symbol of the volcanic Eifel. But what is actually a maar?.

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Genovevaburg in Mayen, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz



The Genovevaburg castle is one of the landmarks of the town of Mayen and can be seen from far and wide on a crest of rock above the market square. The late Gothic castle has been besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times during its eventful history…

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Nürburgring, © TI Hocheifel-Nürburgring, Sebastian Schulte



The Nürburgring Green Hell - racing, business, adventure, holiday


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Luftaufnahme Vogelsang IP, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dennis Stratmann
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Vogelsang IP


In September 2016, the new visitor’s and exhibition centre, the Forum Vogelsang IP, was opened. The two main exhibitions are the documentation of the National Socialist period, “Destiny: Master Race. National Socialist Ordensburgen - Both Fascination and Crime” and the adventure exhibition “Wilderness Dreams” organised by the Eifel National Park Centre…

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Historisches Fachwerkdorf Monreal mit Burgen, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

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 town are a perfect destination for an excursion in the eastern Eifel…

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Führung durch das Nationalpark-Zentrum Eifel, © Nationalpark Eifel, D. Ketz
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Eifel National Park centre - “Wildnis(t)räume” exhibition


In the Eifel National Park centre at the Vogelsang IP “International Place”, visitors can experience nature with all their senses - indoors and outdoors. Surrounded by dense mixed deciduous forests, the modern visitors’ centre above the Urftsee lake has hosted the “Wildnis(t)räume” (“Wilderness Dreams”) exhibition - a barrier-free, interactive nature experience for people of all ages…

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Idyllisches Fachwerk in Monschau, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

Historic centre of Monschau


The historical old town of Monschau at the Rur.


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Stadtbummel im City-Outlet Bad Münstereifel, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

City-Outlet and historic Bad Münstereifel

Bad Münstereifel

Bad Münstereifel is a small romantic town that has grown historically over the years, with picturesque timber-framed houses and the City Outlet, with attractive shops that are worth paying a visit. You can take a break in the many cosy cafés and restaurants…

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Weg zur Burg Eltz, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Eltz Castle - the fairytale castle in the Eifel forest


High towers, picturesque oriels, protective walls and a deep castle moat amaze visitors when the well-preserved medieval castle appears out of nowhere on one of the hiking trails - e. g. the award-winning dream trail "Eltzer Burgpanorama". The interior holds some well-preserved treasures: the imposing knights' hall, the armoury and treasure chamber or the bedrooms, living rooms and writing rooms…

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Laacher See mit Abtei Maria Laach, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

Laacher See

Maria Laach

With around 3. 3 km² and a depth of 53 m, Laacher See is the largest lake in Rhineland-Palatinate. The area around the lake has been a nature reserve for almost 80 years. The last eruption of the former “Laacher volcano” occurred around 10,930 BC. B…

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