Eifelsteig stage 04
Blick auf Urfttalsperre im Nationalpark Eifel, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 21.2 km
  • Duration: 6:0 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Eifelsteig stage 04


Eifelsteig stage four: From Einruhr through Eifel National Park to Gemünd
Your Eifelsteig hike begins in Einruhr and then takes you uphill in a broad arch. You then delve into the primeval forest of tomorrow, because you are in the middle of Eifel National Park. The glittering waters of the Obersee show you the way until you are hiking close to the precipitous rocky banks. Then something appears between the forest and the water and catches your eye. Is that a wall in the forest? As you draw nearer, you recognise the Urfttalsperre dam. A mighty and steadfast historical structure and one of the oldest valley dams in Germany. Walk along the wall and enjoy the view of the calming waters and the green forest. There is also an opportunity to stop for refreshments. The break will do you good, because you then meander uphill and come to a panorama of dam walls and lakes. It’s hard to believe, but when you reach the top you find yourself in the middle of a wide open landscape. This is the Dreiborn Plateau, which shines with yellow gorse in early summer. It seems as though the National Park has created a great big stage up here. Allow your gaze to float off into the distance and just feel free. Breath in deeply and enjoy the fresh air. By the way: there are hardly any artificial light sources here, which is why the night sky is crystal clear and the region has been designated as a dark-sky reserve.
On the high plateau, you hike on past the deserted settlement of Wollseifen and discover a fortified high tower on the horizon. It belonged to the former Ordensburg Vogelsang Nazi estate. Today, the imposing complex of buildings is an international place of tolerance and diversity. On the site, there is also a National Park centre and an exhibition on the history of Vogelsang. It’s worth a detour: there is a unique view of Urftsee and the Dreiborn Plateau. 
After a break, you continue on a slightly more relaxed hike. You go downhill into the Urft valley in the direction of the stage destination, Gemünd. At the Kickley and Modenhübel viewing points, further views of the Eifel landscape await you. When you arrive in Gemünd, you feel fully recharged with the energy of nature.

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Vogelsang IP

Luftaufnahme Vogelsang IP, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dennis Stratmann

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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Blick auf die Urfttalperrre im Nationalpark Eifel, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dennis Stratmann-finanziert durch REACT-EU
The Urft Dam is the oldest valley dam in the Eifel and is located in the middle of the Eifel National Park. At the time, the dam was planned as the largest structure in Europe. Construction of the 266 m long wall made of quarry stones began in 1899 - in May 1905 the dam was filled with water for the first time. In addition to flood protection and energy generation, the aim of the hydraulic engineering measure was to supply the region with drinking water. With a length of 12 km, a width of up to 1 km and a maximum depth of 52 m, Lake Urft has a capacity of 45.5 million cubic metres. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) Details ansehen

Eifelsteig stage 03

Blick ins Tal von Einruhr am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus/D. Ketz
The third stage of the Eifelsteig from Monschau to Einruhr. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 05

Kirche in Olef am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The 5th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Gemünd to Steinfeld. Details ansehen

Pension Zum alten Rathaus

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In de onmiddellijke nabijheid van het Nationaal Park Eifel, de meren Urft en Rur en kasteel Vogelsang, vindt u ons in het mooie Kneipp-kuuroord Gemünd, direct aan de Marienplatz. Van hieruit kunt u uw wandelingen beginnen op de Eifelsteig, de Wildnistrail of de Eifel-Höhen-Route. We hebben nog vele andere tour suggesties voor u klaar. Als een Nationaal Park gastheer, heten we u welkom in ons huis. De kamers stralen pure gezelligheid uit en nodigen u direct uit om van uw vakantie te genieten.

Alle kamers zijn voorzien van boxspringbedden, gelijkvloerse douche en WC, haardroger, hand- en badlaken. Verder bieden de kamers een flatscreen-tv, W-LAN, een waterkoker en een balkon. Als gast in ons huis bieden wij u de GästeCard aan, waarmee u gratis met bus en trein kunt reizen van het VRS Rhein Sieg vervoersnet, bijv. vanuit Bonn of Keulen, evenals het AVV vervoersnet van Aken. U kunt tijdens uw verblijf ook gratis reizen met de geldige vervoersverenigingen en zo uw dagtochten met bus en trein plannen. Als u vroeg boekt, ontvangt u de kaart vóór uw verblijf, zodat u deze kunt gebruiken voor uw reis in de VRS en AVV, bijv. op de lokale treinen van Deutsche Bahn vanuit Keulen.

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Campinganlage Schafbachmühle

Campingplatz Schafbachmühle

Host Nationalpark EIFEL

The "Schafbachmühle" is a very quiet nature site far away from the main road in a wooded valley. A stream with ponds provides a varied and unique natural setting. Extensive excursion possibilities make our campsite and its picturesque location attractive in every season. Let yourself be inspired by our campsite, as well as a nature- and culture-friendly location.

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Gästehaus Im Tal 18


Our guesthouse is quietly situated below the historic castle complex. Hiking and cycling paths lead directly past the house. All rooms are equipped with solid beech furniture, wooden floor, satellite colour TV and radio alarm clock. Family room available (two double rooms with connecting door). Double rooms can be booked as single rooms. Multi-bed rooms available on request.

* We have hiking maps of the municipality of Hellenthal and the Eifel National Park available for hikers.

* As a qualified National Park host, I am happy to answer your questions about the Eifel National Park.

* For the more adventurous, there is advice for tours in the nearer or further surroundings.

* Fresh fruit and water are available all day in our tea kitchen, where you can also prepare coffee, tea or a cappuccino.

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Start: Einruhr

Destination: Gemünd

Distance: 21.2 km

Duration: 6:0 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 574 m

Descent: 509 m

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