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Eifelsteig Partner hike - the Struffelt route

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  • Struffelt Heide - Steg
    / Struffelt Heide - Steg
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH - Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH - Dominik Ketz
  • / Struffeltroute
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH - Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH - Dominik Ketz
  • / Struffelt Heide
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH - Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH - Dominik Ketz
  • / Wegweisende Beschilderung
    Photo: Michael Lock, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Holzstege im Hochmoor
    Photo: Toto Skilatschi, Community
  • / Ausblick Staumauer
    Photo: Toto Skilatschi, Community
  • / Dreilägerbachtalsperre mit Staumauer
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz
  • / Blick auf die Dreilägerbachtalsperre
    Photo: Eifel Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz
m 700 600 500 400 8 6 4 2 km Westwall (Roetgen-Dreilä … chtalsperre) Dreilägerbachtalsperre Naturschutzsgebiet Struffelt Schwarzwildpark Roetgen Naturdenkmal Rackesch Bunker 41 Regelbautyp 105

This loop takes you through the reservoir area of the Dreilägerbach Valley Dam. As you walk below the ridge of the Struffelt, elevated wooden footpaths ensure that you can cross the high moor of the Struffelt nature reserve without getting your feet wet.
9.7 km
3:00 h
198 m
198 m
Whatever kind of hiker you are, this hiking loop has a lot to offer. Some hikers may be more interested in the detailed information about the dam that the signs provide, while others come to enjoy the views of the many different landscapes that alternate along the loop.


Between Rott and Roetgen you reach the bare hilltop of Struffelt, at 450 m, known even on historical maps as a heath area jutting up from the midst of wooded surroundings. Many rare plants and animals live in this unique biotope. One such plant typical for the Struffelt is the purple moor grass or “pipe grass”, with its long stalk and purple-grey ears; in former times, pipe smokers used stalks of this grass as pipe cleaners, because the smooth stalks did not get stuck when pulled through a pipe. Atop the Struffelt ridge you will cross a spectacular high moor and nature reserve that remains accessible even in damp conditions thanks to its elevated wooden footpaths. The hike leads through the water supply area of the Dreilägerbach Valley Dam. Along the way, signs explain all the interesting features of the landscape around you. A new feature on this hike is the viewing platform where you can stop, rest, and take in an impressive view of the dam wall. At a length of approximately 10 km with mostly moderate changes in elevation and interesting sights to see, this loop is an ideal family hike.


Highlights on your route:

- Elevated wooden footpaths over the Struffelt High Moor nature reserve

- Viewing platform at Dreilägerbach Valley Dam

- Rakkesch Nature Monument

- Wild boar sanctuary

Author’s recommendation

After your hike, spoil yourself with a visit to the Roetgen wellness spa. (

Highest point
457 m
Lowest point
361 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Please stay on the designated paths.


For this hike, we recommend waterproof hiking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Be sure to bring enough water and take a little food with you, and you’ll be all set!

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



Nationalpark-Infostelle an der Wanderstation (Pferdeweiher)

Mühlenstr. 2

52159 Roetgen

Tel.: +49 (0)2471 8478



Filterwerk Roetgen Parking - Dreilägerbach Valley Dam ()
50.660800, 6.206650
32U 302581 5615829


Filterwerk Roetgen Parking - Dreilägerbach Valley Dam

Turn-by-turn directions


The Struffelt route is fully signed with its symbol. Signs with yellow tips indicate the way on the partner paths of the Eifelsteig.



The hike includes light and moderate inclines, both up and down. There are only a few paved sections; for most of the hike, you will be on elevated wooden paths and uneven natural trails. At a length of just under 10 km and mostly moderate changes in elevation, this loop is an ideal family hike.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take bus line 68 to “Roetgen Dreilägerbachtalsperre”, the nearest bus stop to the hike’s starting point. For your full journey by public transport and fare information, see:


Getting there

To plan your individual trip by car, use our journey planner and enter “Filterwerk, 52159 Roetgen, Deutschland” as your destination.

Free parking is available 200 m from the starting point of the hike.


Parking at Filterwerk Roetgen - Dreilägerbach Valley Dam
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) ( “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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Konrad Friedgen
June 06, 2019 · Community
Das Hohe Venn "en miniature" so könnte man ausgesprochen zutreffend diese schöne Wanderung durch das Naturschutzgebiet Struffelt bezeichnen. Gleich drei idyllische Bachtäler und Wassergräben sind Bestandteil der Streckenführung. Absoluter Höhepunkt ist jedoch der kurze Abschnitt durch das Struffeltvenn. Hier wird auf Holzstegen durch das sich im Wind wiegende Pfeifenputzergras gewandert. Viel zu kurz ist dieser, die Wanderung so ungemein prägende Abschnitt. Gleich von mehreren Startpunkten kann man in die nahezu unverlaufbar ausgeschilderte Wanderung einsteigen. Wir haben uns für den Wanderparkplatz am Filterwerk entschieden. Rastmöglichkeiten entlang der Strecke sind in ausreichender Zahl vorhanden und die Wege befinden sich in einem ordentlichen Zustand. Mehrere Schautafeln informieren den interessierten Wanderer über Fauna und Flora und über den Betrieb und die Zuläufe der Dreilägertalsperre.
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Done at May 29, 2019
Blick von der Struffeltroute auf den Staudamm der Dreilägertalsperre
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Mit dem Eifelsteig geht es auf Holzstegen durch das Struffeltvenn
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Ginsterblüte im Naturschutzgebiet Struffelt
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Kleiner Moorteich entlang der Struffeltroute
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Die Struffeltroute läuft sehr idyllisch am Schleebachhanggraben entlang
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
Im Vichtbachtal, kurz vor Abschluss der Tour
Photo: Konrad Friedgen, Community
M. S.
June 03, 2019 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour, vor allem im Abschnitt der Heidelandschaft Struffelt. Aber auch die Abschnitte an der Talsperre sowie am Schleebach sind nicht zu verachten.
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Done at June 02, 2019
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Holz Würmchen 
February 09, 2019 · Community
Done at February 09, 2019
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