Rheinanlagen Brohl-Lützing (57 m)
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The start and finish of this circular route are the Rhine complexes in Brohl-Lützing with plenty of parking facilities. The path initially leads a short distance along the banks of the Rhine in a southerly direction. After crossing the Brohlbach stream at its confluence with the Rhine, the trail continues left through the subway of the Bundestraße 9, along the Koblenzer Straße and Rheinstraße through the railway subway to the centre of the village with a beautifully designed basalt fountain. To the left of the Bürgerhaus and Volksbank, the path then leads through Mühlengasse to Büngertchen and from there towards Schützenplatz and Müllerwiese. A path between the Mühlenbach stream and several allotment gardens takes you out of the village and into the lower Brohl valley. About 1 km further on, you cross the small mill stream and begin the ascent to the "Lützinger Höhe" along a rocky ridge, the so-called "Himmelsleiter". There are always views of the Brohl valley. In places you can still see old vineyard walls, which testify to the former use of the vineyards. At the top, you reach the plateau of the Rheinhauptterrasse. The path now turns right until you reach a bench, where you have a wonderful view of Brohl and the Rhine valley. After about 2 km, the path now rises gently towards the Niederlützingen district, leaving it to the left in a sharp bend and entering a large abandoned quarry after a few metres. The hiking trail leads through the quarry in the volcano "Leilenkopf". Basaltic cinders, lapilli and large lava bombs line the path. They are evidence of the - by geological standards - still young volcanism in the Eastern Eifel. The Leilenkopf was - so we assume - active in 2 phases about 400.000 years ago and then again about 220.000 years ago. The slag material of the largely exploited volcano was much sought-after as a foundation for roads and paths. In the past, a part of it was extracted from sections of somewhat firmer tuff, building blocks for the local church and several houses in the village. After another short ascent you reach the village of Niederlützingen. On weekends there are opportunities to stop for refreshments in the local gastronomy, but there is also a bakery and butcher's shop. After crossing the village in a southerly direction, the trail continues over the "Steinbergs Kopf" lookout point. If you don't know that under this elevation there is a former quarry for column basalt, which later served as a district waste dump for the district of Ahrweiler, you might think you are on a natural mountain. After a short descent from the 360° panoramic view of Steinbergkopf, you reach the idyllically situated Jakobshütte, a barbecue hut belonging to the local hiking club. From here the trail heads north again to the village where the trail turns off to the north and, after about 3 km along a forest and field path, reaches a viewing platform located on a rock platform directly above the Rhine valley. From the vantage point called "Reutersley" you have a good view of nearby Rheineck Castle, as well as of large parts of the lower Middle Rhine Valley. From here, a narrow path leads down to Brohl (signposted Rheinburgenweg). After crossing the railway line and passing the village harbour, you reach the starting point of the hike. The beer garden, which is open in the summer months, or the restaurant "Zum Anker" at the harbour, as well as a pizzeria on Koblenzer Straße, offer welcome refreshments after the exertions of the hike.