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  • Kirmutscheider Kirche
    / Kirmutscheider Kirche
    Photo: Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach, Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach
  • / Unterwegs auf der Wirftbach-Schleife
    Photo: Daniela Schmitz, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick im Herbst auf Wirft und Hoffeld
    Photo: Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach, Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach
  • / Steilpfad ins Wirftbachtal mit naturnahen Trittstufen
    Photo: Daniela Schmitz, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Kapelle Müllenwirft im Herbst
    Photo: Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach, Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach
  • / Station auf dem Barweiler Kreuzweg
    Photo: Daniela Schmitz, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Fernblick vom Aussichtspunkt Hömmerich
    Photo: WalterSchmitz, CC BY-SA, WalterSchmitz@TI_Hocheifel-Nuerburgring
  • / Fernsicht Hömmerich
    Photo: TI Hocheifel-Nürburgring, CC BY-SA, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Wallfahrtskirche Barweiler St. Gertrud Barweiler
    Photo: Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach, Walter Schmitz, Quiddelbach
  • / Muttergottes in der Wallfahrtskirche Barweiler
    Photo: Tourist-Information Hocheifel Nuerburgring, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nuerburgring
  • / Wirftbachschleife-Natur im Herbst
    Photo: Walter Schmitz, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Wander Schleifen Hocheifel-Nürburgring
    Photo: Daniela Schmitz / Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
m 500 400 300 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Katholische Kirche St. Gertrud Wallfahrtskapelle Müllenwirft Pfarrkirche St. Wendelinus Pfarrkirche St. Wendelinus Angelpark Barweiler Mühle
14 km hiking tour through the large nature conservation project | Naturschutzgroßprojekt Obere Ahr - Hocheifel

Dreamy stream meadows, gentle ridges and fantastic views of the Eifel await hikers on this unique round trip, in the middle of the major nature conservation project Obere Ahr-Hocheifel.

Distance 14.1 km
4:00 h
263 m
263 m
The Wirftbach loop opens up the entire landscape diversity of the Eifel on a 14 km long circular route, which is accompanied over long stretches by the babbling of the Wirftbach.The course of the Wirftbach loop is very typical of the Eifel. Forest and meadow paths as well as some path sections are part of the route, which runs from the mouth of the Wirftbach into the Trierbach upstream and repeatedly allows for wonderful views of the Eifel landscape. Several viewpoints with a breathtaking view of the Dauner Vulkaneifel, the Schneifel and the upper Ahreifel invite you to pause and enjoy. A beautifully landscaped crossway also lines the hiking trail.


Highlights along the way:    

  • Parish Church of St. Wendelinus, Kirmutscheid    
  • Way of the Cross Barweiler    
  • magnificent view from the Hömmerich vantage point
  • Marien Pilgrimage Church of St. Gertrud, Barweiler


Author’s recommendation

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Highest point
496 m
Lowest point
318 m
Best time of year

Safety information

After long periods of rain, muddy passages cannot be ruled out. Surefootedness is required on the steep forest path between Wirft and Barweiler Mühle (approx. 200 m)

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring

Kirchstraße 15 - 19

53518 Adenau

Tel.: (+49) 2691 305-122

Fax: (+49) 2691 305-196



St. Wendelinus, Kirchweg 6, 53534 Wirft (319 m)
50.371796, 6.840110
50°22'18.5"N 6°50'24.4"E
32U 346410 5582200


St. Wendelinus, Kirchweg 6, 53534 Wirft

Turn-by-turn directions

The Wirftbach accompanies the hiker up the stream to the edge of the village of Wirft. Passing the Wirfter Refuge, the path climbs uphill for a short stretch before leaving the Wirftbach valley via a serpentine path in the area of the Dreimüllerhof estate. On this section of the path, which climbs slightly, you can enjoy an impressive view of the Dreimüllerhof, the village of Wirft im Tal and the high-altitude village of Hoffeld. Once you reach the top, a steep path leads through the forest back down into the Wirftbach valley. (approx. 200 m). A little caution is advised here! Nature lovers can expect a floodplain with extensively managed wet meadows. After a short time the hiker reaches the Müllenwirft area of a former pilgrimage site "Zur Not Gottes" which was sold and demolished in 1823. A farm with a mill also belonged to it. On the opposite side of the valley, a small chapel built in 1988 reminds of this formerly important place of pilgrimage.  The path continues along the Wirftbach stream to the Barweiler mill with fishing ponds. Along the fishing ponds, the path leads upstream to the road bridge that spans the Wirftbach. Here we leave the Wirftbach on an old pilgrims' path in the direction of the well-known place of pilgrimage Barweiler. At first, we walk through a wooded area and reach the first meadows and the edge of Barweiler. Passing the meteorological observatory and following a station path we walk to the vantage point "Hömmerich". This point has an altitude of 496 m above sea level and offers an unparalleled view of the Daun Volcanic Eifel, the Snow Eifel and the Upper Ahreifel. Meaningful panoramic pictures indicate the places and elevations and can be determined with the help of the boards. A forest path leads from the "Hömmerich" to a meadow path which leads through a hollow to Barweiler. Walking through the village we reach the pilgrimage church St. Gertrud in the centre of the village. The veneration of the Virgin Mary goes back to a miracle in 1726, after which the withered lily flowers on a statue of the Virgin Mary started to bud again in September. Then, after the ecclesiastical authorities had verified the event, this place of grace "Zur lieben Frau mit der Lilie" became a place of pilgrimage for the people of the Eifel to which many pilgrims still go on pilgrimage to this day. In Barweiler there are several gastronomic stops after which the path to the edge of the village leads into an impressive ash tree alley. From here we walk downhill until we see the entire "Kirmutscheid" ensemble in front of us. A bench invites you to take a last rest before the end of the hike.                


Kirmutscheid - Barweiler Mill (4.8 km) - Barweiler Mill - Barweiler (5.5 km) - Barweiler - Kirmutscheid (3.7 km)

The round tour is marked with the road logo throughout.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


DB railway:

Ahrtalbahn: Remagen - Ahrbrück railway station

Timetable information at



Line 863: Ahrbrück - Adenau railway station, Markt

Line 882: Adenau, Markt - Barweiler

Line 529: Adenau, Markt - Wirft - Kirmutscheider Kreuzung

Timetable information at 


taxi companies:

Taxi am Ring, Astrit Avdiu, Burgstr. 7c, 53520 Nürburg, Tel.: +49(0)2691/5760311 or Tel.: +49(0)177/4554447

Transport up to 8 persons


Taxi Friedrichs-Pletsch , Hauptstr. 27, 53534 Barweiler, Tel.: +49(0)2691/9399822

Transport up to 4 persons possible (in one car)


Taxi Wenzel, Alte Hofstraße 20, 53520 Insul, Tel.: +49(0)2695/275Transport up to 4 persons possible (in one car)


Hoffmann taxi and courier service, Sprungschanzenstraße 2, 53520 Nürburg, Tel.: +49(0)2691/8182

Transport up to 8 persons possible (in one car)

Getting there

Please use the navigation-capable start address in the parking area to enter it in your navigation device.


START: Kirmutscheider Pfarrkirche St. Wendelinus, Kirchweg 6, 53534 Wirft

Wirft, at the community centre above the churchBarweiler, at the church and at the community centre



50.371796, 6.840110
50°22'18.5"N 6°50'24.4"E
32U 346410 5582200
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochure | Spurensuche available at the Hocheifel-Nürburgring Tourist Information

Brochure - Major nature conservation project Upper Ahr-Hocheifel

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking Map No. 11 of the Eifelverein | Hocheifel-Nürburgring Oberes Ahrtal, Topographic Map 1:25000 with coordinate grid for GPS users, ISBN 3-921805-92-3


Sturdy hiking boots and weatherproof clothing recommended.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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klaus Botzet
August 07, 2020 · Community
Der Weg ist bei Wirft teilweise in einem nicht gutem Zustand. Hat aber eine schöne Aussicht.
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When did you do this route? August 07, 2020
Renate Porr 
October 23, 2019 ·
Sehr gut und durchgehend markierter, schöner Rundweg mit verschiedenen Blickfängen, bei Nässe durch Laub und Erde etwas matschig und rutschig.
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When did you do this route? October 20, 2019
Pfarrkirche St. Wendelinus mit Pfarrhausecke.
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
Teilstück vom Anglersee, Anglerparadies Barweiler.
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
Herbstliche Stimmung unterwegs.
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
Renovierte Kapelle.
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
Ganz im Countrystil: The Longhorn Saloon - Gästehaus in Barweiler.
Photo: Renate Porr, CC BY-SA, DAV Sektion Bonn
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Pfarrkirche St. Wendelinus mit Pfarrhausecke.
Teilstück vom Anglersee, Anglerparadies Barweiler.
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14.1 km
4:00 h
263 m
263 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights


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