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Eifelsteig (Aachen - Trier)

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  • Willkommen am Eifelsteig in Kornelimünster
    / Willkommen am Eifelsteig in Kornelimünster
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kornelimünster
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  • / Struffelt Heide
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Buchenhecken in Monschau-Höfen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Wolfshügel bei Einruhr
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  • / Eifelsteig - Wandern im Nationalpark Eifel an der Urfttalsperre
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Urftsee im Nationalpark Eifel
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kloster Steinfeld
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  • / Eifelsteig-Markierungspfosten in der Wacholderheide
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus
  • / Kalvarienberg mit Wacholder bei Blankenheim-Alendorf
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Eifel-Wälder
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  • / Wachsender Wasserfall Dreimühlen
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  • / Blick auf Kerpen mit Burg
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  • / Auberg bei Gerolstein / Gerolsteiner Dolomiten
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  • / Dietzenley bei Gerolstein
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Weinfelder Maar
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schalkenmehrener Maar
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  • / Genovevahöhle am Eifelsteig
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Hängebrücke im Butzerbachtal
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  • / Der Eifelsteig - Weg der Elemente
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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.
open
moderate
313.1 km
94:45 h
7,273 m
7,324 m
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!

Author’s recommendation

Hiking without luggage! You can find elaborated hiking tours including hotels, organized packed lunches and luggage transfers at www.eifelsteig.de
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Author
Wolfgang Reh / Eifel Tourismus GmbH
Updated: May 13, 2020
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Nerother Kopf, 662 m
Lowest point
132 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

  • Bleiben Sie auf den markierten Wanderwegen.
  • Halten Sie sich von Steilkanten und Felswänden fern (Absturzgefahr).
  • Achten Sie gegebenenfalls auf Ihre Kinder.
  • Kleine Schritte und gleichmäßiges Tempo sparen bergauf Kraft und schonen bergab die Gelenke.
  • Nehmen Sie etwas zum Trinken mit, auch ohne Durst ist Trinken wichtig.
  • Und: Halten Sie bitte die Natur sauber.

Tips, hints and links

Eifelsteig-Homepage www.eifelsteig.de

Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbHTel.: +49 6551 96560

E-Mail: info@eifel.info

www.eifel.info

Start

Kornelimünster, Benediktusplatz (225 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.728324, 6.182558
DMS
50°43'42.0"N 6°10'57.2"E
UTM
32U 301164 5623400
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Destination

Trier, Weißhausparkplatz

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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.

Bahnverbindung - www.bahn.de

Busverbindungen - www.avv.de

Getting there

Nutzen Sie für die Planung Ihrer Anreise mit dem PKW den Anfahrtsplaner (Button: Anfahrt planen).

Oder geben Sie als die Start-Adresse im Bereich Parken bei der jeweiligen Etappe als Ziel in ihr Navigationsgerät ein.

Parking

An den einzelnen Etappen gibt es zahlreiche Wanderparkplätze oder weitere Möglichkeiten, den Wagen in der Nähe des Starts abzustellen. 

Coordinates

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50.728324, 6.182558
DMS
50°43'42.0"N 6°10'57.2"E
UTM
32U 301164 5623400
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  1. Hikeline Wanderführer: Eifelsteig - Von Aachen nach Trier
  2. Rother Wanderführer: Eifelsteig

Author’s map recommendations

  1. Karte Eifelsteig 1:50.000, Hrsg: Eifelverein
  2. Kompass-Wander-Tourenkarte Eifelsteig 1:50.000, Hrsg. KOMPASS-Karten GmbH

Equipment

Bestens gerüstet mit:

  • festem, wasserdichtem Schuhwerk
  • Stöcken
  • angepasster Kleidung
  • ausreichend Rucksackverpflegung (insbesondere Wasser)

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Reviews

4.0
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Manfred Küper
June 06, 2017 · Community
Abwechslungsreiche Fernwanderung durch die schönsten Ecken der Eifel. Unbedingt am Aachener Dom starten und nicht erst in Korneliemünster! Die Beschilderung ist insgesamt gut, doch manchmal sind Navi oder Karten von Vorteil. Bei Regen (kann es in der Eifel mal geben) gibt es streckenweise leider nur wenige Unterstellmöglichkeiten. Die netten Pensionen mit Familienanschluss entschädigen für Schlechtwetteretappen.
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Status
open
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
313.1 km
Duration
94:45h
Ascent
7,273 m
Descent
7,324 m
Point-to-point Multi-stage route Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights

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  • 15 Stages
easy Stage 1
14.1 km
4:00 h
423 m
234 m

The Eifelsteig trail begins in the Kornelimünster district of Aachen, a former destination for pilgrims, and brings the hiker from the bustling ...

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 02: Roetgen - Monschau
easy Stage 2
17.3 km
4:25 h
392 m
395 m

Lose yourself in the vastness of the Hohes Venn nature park and enjoy the absolute calm and stillness of these moors. The hedges lining the trail ...

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from Wolfgang Reh / Eifel Tourismus GmbH,   Eifel Tourismus GmbH
Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 03: Monschau - Einruhr
difficult Stage 3
24.5 km
6:30 h
725 m
843 m

The trail ascends and descends, across high mountaintops, through deep valleys, along tall hedgerows and through the open countryside – there's no ...

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 04: Einruhr - Gemünd
moderate Stage 4
21.7 km
6:00 h
799 m
749 m

Rock passages along the Rur and Urft, the plateau of Dreiborn and the former Nazi training center Vogelsang - the perfect stage for nature and ...

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moderate Stage 5
17.4 km
5:15 h
490 m
311 m

The trail continues along winding paths through the colourful mixed forest climbing up to the Kuckuckslay. The shelter encourages you to rest ...

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moderate Stage 6
23.4 km
6:30 h
680 m
718 m

At the heart of this stage, around Nettersheim, the watchword is "Eyes open!" as there are numerous relics from the Roman period for you to discover.

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 07: Blankenheim - Mirbach
easy Stage 7
17.7 km
5:30 h
362 m
373 m

The woodland sections and valley crossings on this stage allow hikers to experience Nature at first hand! Viewpoints, like the "Kalvarienberg" (lit.

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 08: Mirbach - Hillesheim
difficult Stage 8
26 km
15:38 h
607 m
627 m

It grows and grows – the Three Mills (Dreimühlen) Waterfall. Thanks to the lime deposits laid down by the River Ahbach, the Three Mills Waterfall ...

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moderate Stage 9
20.2 km
5:30 h
613 m
687 m

You don't need a detective's instinct in Hillesheim – Germany's no. 1 crime-writing capital. The signposting is excellent and "orientates" hikers ...

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Long Distance Hiking · Gerolsteiner Kalkeifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 10: Gerolstein - Daun
difficult Stage 10
23.9 km
6:30 h
870 m
777 m

The "climb" up the highest hill in the Gerolstein region, the Dietzenley at just under 618 metres, rewards the determined with wide panoramic views ...

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 11: Daun - Manderscheid
difficult Stage 11
23.4 km
7:00 h
680 m
777 m

Past the "eyes of the Eifel", the Maare, the path leads through the quiet valley of the Lieser over small bridges and footbridges up to the castles ...

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difficult Stage 12
18.2 km
5:30 h
391 m
465 m

Along the initial section, the Eifelsteig Trail overlaps with the well-known Lieser Trail. This section follows an adventurous rocky path on the ...

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easy Stage 13
20.5 km
6:00 h
479 m
591 m

The "slowing down" effect of Himmerod Monastery continues on the next stage of the Eifelsteig Trail: the trail follows the varied course of the ...

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 14: Bruch - Kordel
difficult Stage 14
27.8 km
8:15 h
714 m
763 m

The longest stage of the Eifelsteig Trail asks a lot of hikers, but also rewards them with a varied landscape: While the first few kilometres pass ...

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Long Distance Hiking · Eifel
Eifelsteig Etappe 15: Kordel - Trier
moderate Stage 15
17 km
5:15 h
956 m
917 m

Small waterfalls make their way over moss-covered tree trunks and massive rocks. The trail passes through the wildly romantic Butzer Valley across ...

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