Hellenthal (401 m)
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Bahnhof Blankenheim (Wald): Am Bahnhof 1, 53945 Blankenheim (Wald)
The castle route is a special route tour: enjoyment of nature in the beautiful surroundings of the national park combined with culture. In addition to the Wildenburg, the walls of the castle in Reifferscheid or on a detour in Blankenheim also invite you to a medieval foray. It starts, for example after a comfortable train journey, at the Blankenheim-Wald train station. We hike through the wild and romantic Wisselbach valley to a signpost, which sends us further up the valley on a wide forest path. Shortly before the L204 we change to a forest path to the left, meet a branch path, which we follow to the right at the road crossing at the height of the Silberberg car park. We briefly walk west on the K76, but can quickly turn right again onto a footpath into the next natural paradise. Especially when entering the high forest, ancient beech trees inspire us at an idyllic resting place. Even after the next change of direction, we experience the wonderful world of the Eifel forest up close: larch, oak and beech dominate the varied forest. After almost 6 km we arrive again at the K76 and walk to the Paulushof. On the following passage through open meadows and pastures we can enjoy beautiful views. Then, partly through dense pine, the descent into the idyllic Manscheider valley follows. Once there, we hike comfortably up the valley. Especially after crossing the K62, the valley floor widens around the little brook. Finally we see Wildenburg high up on the mountain. Once there, we hike through the small Wildenburg (refreshment stops) to the impressive church and castle, which today serves as a meeting place. The distinctive castle route logo sends us along the castle wall, later down the beautiful forest path. Within sight of Manscheid we cross the L22 and start the ascent to Zingscheid. We quickly leave Zingscheid behind us and walk down dreamy paths into the neighboring valley. We soon arrive at the first houses in Wiesen and hike northwards to Reifferscheid (where we can stop for a bite to eat), where the castle already greets impressively from the mountain. Sometimes in the village, then again on quiet nature trails outside the built-up area, we circle the castle hill in the valley and finally climb up. At Mathiastor we leave the castle route for the absolutely worthwhile detour to the castle! Back on the way we hike quickly out of the small town back into nature. Once again we cross a valley and climb the altitude again. Now the Oleftal is within reach and we say goodbye to the open plateau. A quiet forest passage takes us to Kirschseiffen and we finally reach Hellenthal via quiet side streets.