Grafschaft-Pfad
Grafschaft-Pfad: Aussicht auf Manderscheider Burgen, © GesundLand Vulkaneifel/D. Ketz
  • Distance: 14.2 km
  • Duration: 05:00 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

County Route

Manderscheid

Sometimes, the journey takes a bit longer, such as on the County (“Grafschaft”) Route. Even though it is just 16.5 kilometres long, you will often be tempted to stop and enjoy the view. The first viewpoint is quickly reached after passing the castle pond and through the Lieser valley. From the Waldmannslust hut, there is a wonderful view out over the Lieser valley and onto the Manderscheid castles. In Laufeld, it’s worth paying a visit to the doll and toy museum, as well as walking the nature education trail. With the sound of the burbling Fahlbach stream in your ears, the route continues through the valley of the same name until the stream flows into the river Lieser. And from here on you’re in for an exciting treat! On a narrow path along the rocks, secured in places by wooden beams, the route returns to the starting point of the circular tour. The path is dotted with benches and platforms that invite you to stop and enjoy the view. And of course, you shouldn’t miss out on your own individual “conquest” of the Manderscheid castles. If you still have time to spare, you can immerse yourself in the history of this volcanic region in the Maarmuseum. What a day!

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  • Wegmarkierung Wanderweg Grafschaft-Pfad
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Castles of Manderscheid

Manderscheiider Burgen mit Lieser, © Dominik Ketz

The spa town of Manderscheid is most famous for two medieval castle ruins that stand directly opposite each other on steep mountain spurs not far from the town's alleyways. The massive complexes are separated only by the little Lieser river and a meadow, which in summer becomes a perfect place for a breather while hiking the Eifelsteig trail or for a family picnic with children. On a weekend in August, however, the castles and the meadow are ideal settings for a spectacular festival with quaint crafts, jugglers, jousting tournaments and minstrel singing. In Advent, the Manderscheid Castle Christmas lends the town a special magic. The freely accessible upper castle with its five-storey keep still looks martial today. The lower castle can be explored on guided tours - even at night - or on your own; it only remains closed in bad weather.

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Burg Café Manderscheid

Blick auf die Niederburg, © Burg Café Manderscheid
We will be happy to spoil you with homemade cakes, tarte flambée with regional products, such as goat cheese from the Vulkanhof in Gillenfeld or ham from the Otten farm shop in Strohn. Details ansehen

Castles of Manderscheid

Manderscheiider Burgen mit Lieser, © Dominik Ketz

The spa town of Manderscheid is most famous for two medieval castle ruins that stand directly opposite each other on steep mountain spurs not far from the town's alleyways. The massive complexes are separated only by the little Lieser river and a meadow, which in summer becomes a perfect place for a breather while hiking the Eifelsteig trail or for a family picnic with children. On a weekend in August, however, the castles and the meadow are ideal settings for a spectacular festival with quaint crafts, jugglers, jousting tournaments and minstrel singing. In Advent, the Manderscheid Castle Christmas lends the town a special magic. The freely accessible upper castle with its five-storey keep still looks martial today. The lower castle can be explored on guided tours - even at night - or on your own; it only remains closed in bad weather.

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Heidsmühle, Hotel-Café-Restaurant

Heidsmühle Teich
We appreciate your interest and would like to point out some of the highlights among the wide variety offered here, at Heidsmühle. The Heidsmühle is located in the heart of the volcanic Eifel, far away from every day stress. A beautiful place on the bank of the 'kleine kyll´, a perfect spot for a day trip or a vacation. The Heidsmühle is a family business which is now run in the 5th generation of the Stadtfeld family and is a popular tourist attraction, not only because of the attractive location but also because of the fresh ´Eifel cuisine´ and our homemade cakes. Enjoy sleeping in in our very quiet hotel rooms, experience our culinary highlights or have fun feeding the fish and ducks in our hotel park. Tobias Stadtfeld and the entire team of the Heidsmühle are looking forward to your visit. Details ansehen

More information about this route

Start: Kurhaus Manderscheid

Destination: Manderscheid

Distance: 14.2 km

Duration: 05:00 h

Difficulty: intermediate

Tour-type: Hiking

Ascent: 357 m

Descent: 357 m

Features:

  • Round tour

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