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Circular route | Rundweg Hocheifel (Adenau - Hohe Acht - Nürburg - Adenau)

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  • Fingerhut Waldabschnitt Richtung Hohe Acht
    / Fingerhut Waldabschnitt Richtung Hohe Acht
    Photo: Daniela Scheffold, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Basaltformationen Hohe Acht
    Photo: Daniela Scheffold, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick auf den Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Aussicht vom Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm
    Photo: Kappest, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Sonnenuntergang Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm
    Photo: Kappest_VG Adenau, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm auf der Hohen Acht
    Video: Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Fernblick von der Burgruine Nürburg
    Photo: Daniela Scheffold, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick zur Hohen Acht
    Photo: Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Weizenfeld in der Hocheifel
    Photo: Monika Hertel, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick auf Aremberg und Reifferscheid
    Photo: Sebastian Schulte, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick auf die Nürburgring-Nordschleife
    Photo: Sebastian Schulte, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Historischer Marktplatz Adenau
    Photo: Verbandsgemeindeverwaltung Adenau, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
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On this route, forest passages alternate with open spaces and imposing views. On days when the race track is open, there is the opportunity to experience motor sport live.
Distance 25.6 km
7:30 h
630 m
633 m
708 m
303 m
This scenic hike takes you to the highest point of the Eifel, the Hohe Acht at 747 m above sea level. The castle ruins of Nürburg are another highlight, which, just like the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tower, offers a fantastic view over the entire Eifel region.

In addition to the historical sights that await you during the approx. 25 km long hike, you can also breathe a little racing air along the | Grüne Hölle - the Green Hell. The Hocheifel circular route is a varied and exciting hiking trail for discoverers of all ages. 


Highlights along the way:   

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Tower on the Hohe Acht   
  • Castle ruin Nürburg   
  • Nürburgring   
  • Nürburgring-Nordschleife "Green Hell   
  • Adenau with historic town centre

Author’s recommendation

  • 360° panoramic view from the Hohe Acht   
  • Visit of the castle ruins of Nürburg with a fantastic view
Highest point
708 m
Lowest point
303 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Events at the Nürburgring can lead to increased traffic and noise pollution.

For your own safety, please always stay on marked paths and do not leave them.

Tips and hints

Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring

Kirchstraße 15 - 19

53518 Adenau

Tel.: (+49) 2691 305-122

Fax: (+49) 2691 305-196



Dr.-Creutz-Platz, 53518 Adenau (311 m)
50.383295, 6.932425
50°22'59.9"N 6°55'56.7"E
32U 353010 5583292


Dr.-Creutz-Platz, 53518 Adenau

Turn-by-turn directions

This circular route is around 25 km long and leads in the first stage from Adenau to the Hohe Acht, the highest elevation in the Eifel at 747 m above sea level. Starting from Dr.-Creutz-Platz, the trail climbs steadily uphill, mostly through shady woods, to the landmark on the basalt crest of the former Tertiary volcano: the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower, built in 1908/09. The occasion for the construction of this stone observation tower was the Silver Wedding of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Empress Auguste Viktoria, as well as the commemoration of Kaiser Wilhelm I. From the listed tower you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful Eifel panorama, which on a clear day extends as far as the Siebengebirge and Cologne Cathedral. The rest of the route to Nürburg runs across the Ahr/Moselle watershed and therefore has hardly any difference in altitude to overcome. Above the village of Nürburg, it is worth visiting the ruins of Nürburg Castle, the highest castle in Rhineland-Palatinate (676 m above sea level). On the last stretch, the descent to Adenau is not difficult. Forest tracks alternate with open spaces and beautiful views. Soon after, the route takes you along the race track past the Schwedenkreuz. Here you have the opportunity to watch the racers on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. The route continues through the Adenauer Forest back to the centre of Adenau.



Adenau - Hohe Acht with Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tower 9 km

Hohe Acht with Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tower - Nürburg 8,5 km

Nürburg - Adenau 7 km


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


DB railway:

Ahrtalbahn: Remagen - Ahrbrück railway station

Timetable information at



Line 863: Ahrbrück - Adenau railway station, Markt

Timetable information at

Getting there

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


START / DESTINATION: Dr.-Creutz-Platz, 53518 Adenau

Parking spaces in the city centre of Adenau (parking guidance system).


50.383295, 6.932425
50°22'59.9"N 6°55'56.7"E
32U 353010 5583292
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochure | Spurensuche

available at the Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring

Author’s map recommendations


Hiking map no. 11 Hocheifel Nürburgring Oberes Ahrtal from Eifelverein Düren

ISBN: 3-921805-92-3


Optimally equipped with:   

sturdy, waterproof footwear   

Hiking Sticks   

adapted clothing   

sufficient rucksack food (especially water)

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Gill Georgiev
April 12, 2022 · Community
Ich weiß gar nicht was ist auszusetzen gibt, das ist ein ganz toller Weg mit höhen und tiefen und schönen Aussichten… Meine Oma und ich haben es sehr genossen hier und da das Rennen mit zu verfolgen und dann wieder die Natur zu genießen.
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When did you do this route? April 01, 2022
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Karin Werner
March 22, 2021 · Community
Die Wege sind von Adenau und bis hinter der Hohen Acht zerfahren, schlammig und in einem eher schlechten Zustand. Ab der 2. Hälfte geht man größtenteils an der Nordschleife mit entsprechendem Motorenlärm entlang, das muss man akzeptieren bzw . „Mögen“. Hierbei gibt es naturgemäss viele Einblicke auf die Rennstrecke. Ich bin die Tour sportlich ambitioniert gegangen, es gibt gelegentlich schöne Ausblicke, aber insgesamt handelt es sich hierbei nicht um eine empfehlenswerte.
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When did you do this route? March 21, 2021
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25.6 km
7:30 h
630 m
633 m
Highest point
708 m
Lowest point
303 m
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