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Graded short tour/Graded circular tour

Eifelsteig Partner hike - the Monastery route

· 4 reviews · Graded short tour/Graded circular tour · Eifel
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  • Prämonstratenserkloster Reichenstein
    / Prämonstratenserkloster Reichenstein
    Photo: Krzysztof Luzar, Bernd Läufer
  • / Historical city of Aachen
    Photo: Archiv Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Norberturskapelle
    Photo: Bernd Läufer, Monschau Touristik
  • / Rurtal
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Seerosenteich
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Historical city of Monschau
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, vennbahn.eu
  • / Wegelogo Klosterroute
    Photo: Michael Lock, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Wegweisende Beschilderung
    Photo: Michael Lock, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Historical city of Monschau
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, vennbahn.eu
  • / Perlenbachtalsperre
    Photo: Kempen, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Viadukt Reichenstein
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, vennbahn.eu
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    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
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    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Teufelsley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Teufelsley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Engelsley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
  • / Engelsley
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
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    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Grünmetropole e.V.
m 700 600 500 400 20 15 10 5 km Historische Altstadt Monschau Prämonstratenserkloster Reichenstein Norbertuskapelle Ehrensteinley Perlenbachtalsperre

The stunning rock formations of Ehrensteinsley, the wild and romantic Rur Valley, forest trails teeming with wildlife, outstretched meadows with stately rows of beech trees and hawthorn hedges, and last but not least, the great Perlenbach Valley Dam; with all this on offer, hikers on this loop are guaranteed an unforgettable landscape experience.
difficult
22.3 km
5:30 h
659 m
659 m
The most captivating aspect of this hike through the Eifel is its extraordinary variety. Hallmarks of the landscape like the imposing rock formations at Ehrensteinsley, the wild and romantic Rur Valley, forest trails teeming with wildlife, the outstretched meadows around Kalerherberg with stately rows of beech trees and hawthorn hedges, and last but not least, the great Perlenbach Valley Dam; hikers on this loop are guaranteed a wildly varied and unforgettable landscape experience. As you walk through each of these environments, the trail is lined with the flowers and plants specific to the habitat. One of the valley’s best-kept secrets is the slope near Reichenstein that in springtime is covered with daffodils as far as the eye can see, turning the valley wall into a yellow sea of flowers. And there are also points of cultural interest, like the former Premonstratensian monastery Reichenstein and its water Lily Pond, the Norbertus Chapel, and the many picturesque highlights of the idyllic and inviting former textile-making town of Monschau. Anyone who has strolled along the avenues of half-timbered houses in medieval Monschau understands why this historic town is sometimes called “the pearl of the Eifel”.

Author’s recommendation

Take the time to see all the streets of the old town of Monschau on your own, or take a guided tour.

Difficulty
difficult
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Landscape
Highest point
566 m
Lowest point
400 m
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Rest Stop

Hotel-Restaurant Perlenau

Safety information

Please stay on the designated paths.

Equipment

You are advised to wear weatherproof clothing and sturdy shoes, and to pack your own food.

Tips, hints and links

Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbH

Kalvarienbergstr. 1

54595 Prüm

Tel.: +49 (0)6551 - 96 56 0

Fax: +49 (0)6551 - 96 56 96

E-Mail: info@eifel.info

www.eifel.info

www.eifelsteig.de

 

Monschau Touristik und Nationalparkinfopunkt

Stadtstraße 16

52156 Monschau

Tel.: 02472 - 80480

Servicetelefon: 02472 - 804822

Fax: 02472 - 4534

touristik@monschau.de

www.monschau.de

 

Nationalpark-Tor Höfen

Hauptstraße 72

52156 Monschau-Höfen

Tel.: 02472 - 8025079

Fax: 02472 – 8024977

Start

Monschau - Market (406 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
50.553671, 6.240850
UTM
32U 304554 5603828

Destination

Monschau - Market

Turn-by-turn directions

Routing:

The Monastery route is fully signed with its symbol.

 

Characteristics:

The hike has a lot of variety and only a few paved sections. With a total length of nearly 22 kilometres and a number of significant inclines, this hike is only recommended for hikers in good condition.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take bus line 66, 82, 84, 85, 385 or 815 to “Monschau Parkhaus/Schmiede”, the nearest bus stop to the hike’s starting point. For your full journey by public transport and fare information, see: www.avv.de

 

Taxi-Ruf:

Tel.: 02472 - 970441 oder 02472 - 803080

Getting there

To plan your individual trip by car, use our journey planner and enter “Monschau, St. Vither Straße” as your destination.

Parking

Paid parking is available at the Burgau car park. For prices and further informations, see: http://www.monschau.de
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Eifelsteig - Aachen-Trier plus Partnerwege NRW 650km Qualitätswanderwege [Eifelsteig (Aachen-Trier) plus Nordrhein-Westfalen partner routes - 650 km of high-quality hiking trails] Publisher: Eifelverein Düren ISBN: 978-3-921805-76-3

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map "Eifelsteig" (9,50 € + Porto) (www.eifel.info/prospektbestellung.htm). “Eifelsteig” hiking map from Aachen to Trier. Topographical recreational map at 1:50000 scale, format: 70 x 100, four-colour front and back. Publisher: Landesamt für Vermessung und Geobasisinformation Rheinland-Pfalz und Eifelverein e.V. ISBN: 978-3-89637-405-9


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Reviews

4.0
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Mohamad Sandouka
October 01, 2017 · Community
Long hike, lotts of walking.difficulty is in the distance, not the terrains.
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Marc Doumen
September 26, 2017 · Community
Superschöne Tour ! Kann ich nur empfehlen.
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Done at September 26, 2017
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
22.3 km
Duration
5:30h
Ascent
659 m
Descent
659 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value

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