Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Eifelsteig Etappe 01: Kornelimünster - Roetgen

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  • Startpunkt des Eifelsteigs in Aachen-Kornelimünster
    / Startpunkt des Eifelsteigs in Aachen-Kornelimünster
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Stadtkern Aachen-Kornelimünster
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Eifelsteig - Luftaufnahme Struffelt Heide
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Eifelsteig - Struffelt Heide
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Naturschutzgebiet Struffelt Heide
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Eifelsteig Beschilderung
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  • / Eifelsteig-Sprüh-Markierung
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  • / Eifelsteig - Dreilägerbachtalsperre
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Der Eifelsteig - Weg der Elemente
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  • / Dreilägerbachtalsperre mit Staumauer
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz
  • / Eifelsteig Logo
    Photo: Ina Waigand, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
0 150 300 450 600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Historischer Ortskern Kornelimünster

The Eifelsteig trail begins in the Kornelimünster district of Aachen, a former destination for pilgrims, and brings the hiker from the bustling city into the quietness of nature. In the Inde Valley, information boards enlighten the walker about the many limestone kilns along the trail. After a short ascent you reach the Struffelt Heath, with its moors and lowland heaths. Wooden footbridges bring you through this impressive landscape. The trail continues past the dam on the Dreilägerbach and onto Roetgen, the 'Gateway to the Eifel'.
14.1 km
4:00 h
352 m
174 m
The first stage of the Eifelsteig trail is ideal as a warm-up, because the 14km course is relatively short and the terrain is still quite flat. It begins in Kornelimünster, a former destination for pilgrims with an abbey and priory. Three important relics are kept here and displayed every seven years as part of the pilgrimages – the loincloth, face cloth and shroud of Jesus. A tip: Aachen's old city is very close by and the cathedral should not be missed.
Setting off from Kornelimünster, the trail passes through the Inde Valley. Here you will see several lime kilns and a well-preserved mine, with plenty of information boards inviting you to stop.
The second half of the trail passes through the forest and onto the impressive Struffelt Heath, a landscape of moorland, fen woodland, bogs, lowland heath and natural water features. But don't worry – you won't get your feet wet, thanks to a couple of hundred footbridges, built by the local organisation in Rott, which make walking across the Struffelt, the most northerly foothills of the Hohes Venn plateau, much easier. If you like, you can also change onto the Struffelt trail from here, because it is a circular trail.
Passing the dam on the Dreilägerbach river (the most demanding part of the trail), you will eventually come to the 'Gateway to the Eifel', as the town of Roetgen is often called. Don't miss the view from the Grölisbach river of the 'dragon’s teeth' fortifications on the former Siegfried Line. And once you reach the rest station at the Pferdeweiher lake, you have plenty of time to enjoy the regional specialities in the many restaurants there.

Trail highlights
- Abbey church on the market square
- Lime kilns at the 3.6km mark "In der Au"
- Lime kilns at the Walheim lime works
- Friesenrath recreation ground
- 'Dragons teeth' fortifications on the former Siegfried Line
- Struffelt nature reserve
- Dam on the Dreilägerbach river
- Panoramic view of Roetgen and surrounding area

Eifelsteig partner organisation for Stage 1:
- 3 star hotel "Gut Marienbildchen" in Roetgen

Author’s recommendation

Hike without any luggage!
Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbH has put together hiking tours of the Eifelsteig trail, lasting several days.
Book your own hiking tour with us, with hotel, packed lunch and baggage transfer all included.
Enjoy your hike! User
Wolfgang Reh / Eifel Tourismus GmbH
Updated: July 19, 2019

Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
454 m
Lowest point
222 m
Best time of year

Safety information

  • Bleiben Sie auf den markierten Wanderwegen.
  • Halten Sie sich von Steilkanten und Felswänden fern (Absturzgefahr).
  • Achten Sie gegebenenfalls auf Ihre Kinder.
  • Kleine Schritte und gleichmäßiges Tempo sparen bergauf Kraft und schonen bergab die Gelenke.
  • Nehmen Sie etwas zum Trinken mit, auch ohne Durst ist Trinken wichtig.
  • Und: Halten Sie bitte die Natur sauber.


Rucksack with provisions and sturdy shoes

Tips, hints and links

Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbH
Kalvarienbergstr. 1
D-54595 Prüm
Tel. +49 (0)6551 / 96560
Fax +49 (0)6551 / 965696
District Office (Tourist Office)
Schulstr. 20
D-52076 Kornelimünster
Tel. +49 (0)2408 / 9259222
Fax +49 (0)2408 / 925921728

Roetgen-Touristik e.V.
Chamber of Commerce & Tourist Office
Mühlenstraße 2
D-52159 Roetgen
Tel. +49 (0)2471 / 4633 and +49 (0)2471 / 8478
Fax +49 (0)2471 / 677
Tourist Info Point at the rest station (Pferdeweiher)
Eifelsteig Tourist Office
Bundesstraße 18 A
D-52159 Roetgen
Tel. +49 (0)2471 / 132276


Benediktusplatz, Kornelimünster (225 m)
50.728324, 6.182558
32U 301164 5623400


Bahnhofstraße Roetgen (Wanderstation / Pferdeweiher)

Turn-by-turn directions

More than half the trail leads through forests, meadows and forest tracks, with some short stretches of tarred paths.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

1. Getting back to the starting point at Kornelimünster

DB Bahn trains:
From Cologne central station to Aachen central station or Aachen-Rothe Erde with regional trains, then onwards by bus

Bus 35: Aachen bus station => Aachen, Rothe Erde train station => Aachen Kornelimünster, Napoleonsberg (Eifelsteig)
Bus 55: Aachen bus station => Aachen, Rothe Erde train station => Kornelimünster Schulberg
Bus 68: Aachen bus station => Aachen, Rothe Erde train station => Aachen Kornelimünster, Napoleonsberg (Eifelsteig)
Bus 66: Aachen bus station => Aachen, Rothe Erde train station => Aachen Kornelimünster, Napoleonsberg (Eifelsteig)
Bus 166: Aachen bus station => Aachen, Rothe Erde train station => Aachen, Kornelimünster, Napoleonsberg (Eifelsteig)

2. Getting back to the starting point at Kornelimünster

Bus 66: Roetgen train station => Aachen, Kornelimünster Napoleonsberg (Eifelsteig)
Bus 68: Roetgen train station => Aachen, Kornelimünster Napoleonsberg (Eifelsteig)

We recommend calling a taxi at this stage of the trail:

Tel. +49 (0)241 / 19410 or 900700

Choudrey A. Care Hire Service Tel. +49 (0)2471 / 134207
Lux Thomas Taxi Equipment Hire Tel. +49 (0)2471 / 4755
Taxi Simons Tel. +49 (0)2471 / 8800

Getting there

1. from Cologne, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf 
=> from Cologne take the A4 in the direction of Maastricht Heerlen to Aachen interchange 
=> exit onto the A44 towards Lüttich 
=> take exit 3 (Aachen-Brand, Aachen-Zentrum, Aachen-Stolberg) 
=> turn right onto the B258 towards Monschau/Stolberg/Kornelimünster/Brand 

2. from the Schleiden Valley 
=> Einruhr => Simmerath => Roetgen 
=> B258 to Kornelimünster


START: Benediktusplatz, Kornelimünster
FINISH: Bahnhofstraße, Roetgen (rest station / Pferdeweiher lake), former Vennbahn station in Roetgen
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

eifelsteig - Aachen-Trier plus Partnerwege NRW
650km Qualitätswanderwege
Publisher: Eifelverein Düren
ISBN: 978-3-921805-76-3

Author’s map recommendations

'Eifelsteig' hiking map (€9.50 + postage)

'Eifelsteig' hiking map from Aachen to Trier
Topographic 1:50 000 scale map
Format: 70 x 100 cm four-colour double-sided pages
Publisher/editor: Landesamt für Vermessung und Geobasisinformation Rheinland-Pfalz und Eifelverein e.V.
ISBN: 978-3-89637-405-9

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Stéphanie C.
September 07, 2018 · Community
Bonjour, Voici un reportage en français sur les étapes 1 et 2 : Bonne découverte ! Stéphanie & Georges Follow us :
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Done at July 14, 2018
Reinhard Schleidweiler
September 07, 2018 · Community
Done at May 20, 2016
Der Eifelsteig: 1. Etappe, Kornelimünster - Roetgen
Video: Reinhard Schleidweiler
Sabine Wings
April 18, 2017 · Community
MASA 18.04.2017 Heute sind wir zu zweit die erste Etappe des Eifelsteigs mit Begeisterung gewandert. Es ist ein abwechslungsreiche und gut ausgeschilderte Strecke. Auch die Busverbindung von Roetgen zurück nach Korneliemünster hat perfekt geklappt. Einkehrmöglichkeiten am Start und am Ziel.
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14.1 km
4:00 h
352 m
174 m
Public transport friendly In and out Multi-stage tour With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights


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