Where rock and water accompany you: The long-distance hiking trail leads in 15 stages from the imperial city of Aachen (Kornelimünster) to the Roman city of Trier over 313 kilometers.
Distance 313.1 km
The Eifelsteig trail is 313 kilometres long and crosses right through the Eifel, from Aachen, the city where Charlemagne was crowned, to the Roman imperial city of Trier. The Eifelsteig’s slogan is “Just you, the water and the rocks”. The constant reappearance of these two elements along the route is a characteristic feature that is very special to the region, accompanying hikers throughout their tour of the Eifel. The premium trail is supplemented by its partner trails, the North Rhine-Westphalia trail and the Volcanic Eifel trail. In the north, in North Rhine-Westphalia, the route begins with gentle hills which level off into flat land. Hikers looking for an alternative may prefer the mountains in Rhineland-Palatinate. The first stages are characterised by the high moors of the “Hohes Venn”, or high fen, and the beech hedges as tall as houses which provide protection against the wind. The trail continues through the Eifel National Park, with its narrow rock passages and mixed forest, to the walls of the Urft Dam. The route then takes hikers up to the Dreiborn Plateau with the former national socialist “Ordensburg Vogelsang” fortress, before descending again to the Urft river, which flows on to Gemünd. Passing the Roman aqueduct to Cologne, the trail leads in the direction of Blankenheim, before crossing the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate shortly afterwards. Now, the landscape is dominated by the volcanicity of the West Eifel. Outstanding natural spectacles are the constantly growing Dreimühlen waterfall, the Dolomite rocks in Gerolstein, and of course, the blue eyes of the Eifel, the maars. After leaving Daun, the Eifelsteig follows the already well-known “Lieserpfad” trail before turning into the valley of the river Salm and travelling further south-westwards towards the Kyll valley. From Kordel, the route leaves the Kyll valley and via Burg Ramstein castle leads to an attraction in the middle of the forest, the “Genovevahöhle” cave. It is an impressive cave in yellow-red sedimentary rock. On the red sandstone rocks above the Moselle river, the Eifelsteig continues from Biewer to Trier the route’s final destination. Hiking in North Rhine-Westphalia - Mountains in North Rhine-Westphalia - Hiking in Rhineland Palatinate - Mountains in Rhineland Palatinate.... The Eifel offers a wide range of different options!
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The route starts in the historic city center of Kornelimünster just outside of Aachen. Here the mountains are still hills and the path accompanies small rivers to their origin, the High Fens, a raised bog and water reservoirs. The typical Venn landscape and the high beech hedges of the Monschau region characterize the first stages. We continue through the Eifel National Park with rock passages and mixed forests along the large dams of the Northern Eifel. The Eifelsteig leads up to the Dreiborn plateau with the Wollseifen village and the former NS Ordensburg Vogelsang. Along the Olef and through small side valleys, the path reaches the Steinfeld monastery. Through floodplains and wetlands, with rare plants and butterflies, it goes through Nettersheim to Blankenheim. The Ahr rises in Blankenheim, but the Eifelsteig rises to the heights around Blankenheim. Here he crosses an extensive juniper area. The Eifelsteig soon leaves North Rhine-Westphalia and you continue to walk imperceptibly in Rhineland-Palatinate. Soon you will be in the middle of the Vulkaneifel. 380 million old dolomite rocks, volcanic crests to be climbed with beautiful views and the famous Daun Maare are on the way. In the valley of the Lieser you go on to Manderscheid. Here the ruins of the upper and lower castle rise from the valley. On the Lieser path you hike further into the valley of the Salm, past the Himmerod monastery towards the south towards the Kylltal. Here the reddish sandstone is the characteristic feature of the landscape. The Eifelsteig finally ends at the height above Germany's oldest city, Trier.
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Mit dem Zug nach Aachen, von dort weiter mit dem Bus nach Kornelimünster oder von Aachen-Brand zu Fuß über die Inde-Route. Anreise nach Trier ebenfalls mit dem Zug, Zuweg zum Eifelsteig.
Auf Tour - unsere Rad- und Wandertipps Die Rad- und Wanderangebote der Eifel in einem Magazin: Das Magazin "Auf Tour" stellt ausgesuchte Rad- und Wanderwege vor und gibt Tipps, was entlang und abseits der Wege entdeckt werden kann. Den Eifelsteig ohne Gepäck erwandern, eine Ziegenkäserei am Maare-Mosel-Radweg erleben oder Zeit zu Zweit auf den Felsenwegen im NaturWanderPark delux: Die wichtigsten Details zu ausgewählten Strecken mit passenden, direkt buchbaren Urlaubsangeboten ergänzen das Informationsangebot zur Planung einer Rad- oder Wanderreise in der Eifel.
Author’s map recommendations
Karte Eifelsteig Durch eine neuartige Anordnung der Kartenelemente in Verbindung mit einer speziellen Faltung konnte der gesamte Weg (dieser hat im Kartenmaßstab immerhin eine Länge von über 6 Metern) in einer einzigen Karte der Größe 70 x 100 cm abgebildet werden. 1:50.000, Hrsg: Eifelverein