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Auf den Spuren der Ordensritter: Circular route in 2 stages (Adenau - Kottenborn - Adenau)

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  • Komturei Adenau
    / Komturei Adenau
    Photo: Verbandsgemeindeverwaltung Adenau, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Infotafel Komturei Adenau
    Photo: Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Buchenwald Hocheifel-Nürburgring
    Photo: Sebastian Schulte, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick von der Kottenborner Schweiz zum Aremberg
    Photo: Walter Schmitz, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick auf Burgruine Nürburg
    Photo: Sebastian Schulte, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Burgruine Nürburg
    Photo: Daniela Scheffold, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Blick auf die Nürburgring-Nordschleife
    Photo: Sebastian Schulte, Tourist-Information Hocheifel-Nürburgring
  • / Aussicht Kaiser-Wilhem-Turm
    Photo: Kappest, CC BY-SA, Kappest_VGAdenau
  • / Der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm auf der Hohen Acht
    Video: Eifel Tourismus GmbH
m 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Nürburgring Schnuppertribüne Pfarrkirche St. Wendelinus Burgruine Nürburg Angelpark Barweiler Mühle Nürburgring Johanniter-Komturei
This beautifully scenic two-day route offers the hiker the experience of a journey into the past in the footsteps of the Knights of St. John over a distance of around 42 km.
Distance 42.4 km
11:55 h
1,008 m
995 m
The best starting point for the two-day walking tour is in Adenau at the Johanniter Commandery, which is a part of the former manor house of the Knights of St. John settled in Adenau in 1162. From there, the route leads to the picturesque Müllenwirft Chapel, where the Adenau Order Commandery had owned a property with a farm and mill since 1588. Via Wirft you continue to Kirmutscheid to the Catholic parish church "St. Wendelinus", where the Adenauer Johanniterorden was already active in 1224. Continuing on via the high-altitude village of Barweiler, the destination of the first day's hike, the St. Anthony Chapel in Kottenborn, is reached shortly afterwards.

On the second day, the route leads along the Nordschleife of the legendary Nürburgring. Already visible from afar, the Nürburg castle complex in the town of the same name invites you to visit it a short time later.  On the summit of the Hohe Acht, at 747 metres the highest point in the Eifel, the Kaiser-Wilhelm lookout tower offers an exhilarating panoramic view of the Eifel landscape before heading back downhill to the starting point back to Adenau. 


Highlights along the way:   

  • historic town centre of Adenau with the Commandery of the Johanniter and the Catholic parish church "St. John the Baptist   
  • Local history, guild and Johanniter museum with Johanniter/Maltese exhibition   
  • Nürburgring-Nordschleife   
  • Castle ruin Nürburg   
  • Kaiser-Wilhelm-Tower on the Hohe Acht

Author’s recommendation

  • Visit to the local history, guild and Johanniter museum with Johanniter/Maltese exhibition in Adenau   
  • Visit of the castle ruins of Nürburg with a fantastic view
Highest point
707 m
Lowest point
301 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



53518 Adenau, Komturei in der Kirchstraße 26 (302 m)
50.382171, 6.930833
50°22'55.8"N 6°55'51.0"E
32U 352893 5583170


53518 Adenau, Komturei in der Kirchstraße 26

Turn-by-turn directions

From Adenau, the route first climbs steadily uphill to Wimbach and then downhill again to the Müllenwirft chapel 5.5 km away. The route continues for 2.7 km in the direction of Wirft, and the next stop after 1.4 km is Kirmutscheid with the parish church of St. Wendelinus. From Kirmutscheid the hiking trail climbs continuously for 3.6 km to Barweiler. About 145 metres of altitude difference are covered on this trail. After a further 3 km, which first leads down into the valley to Barweiler Mühle and then back up to Kottenborn, the first stage of the day is reached.

The second hiking day begins with a route that leads past the "Schwedenkreuz" (Swedish cross) along the north loop of the legendary Nürburgring. The hiker reaches the Nürburg castle in the village of the same name after about 6.3 kilometres of steady, gentle ascent. From the Nürburg, the hike continues for 8.5 kilometres to the highest point in the Eifel, the Hohe Acht, at 747 metres above sea level. The descent from the Hohe Acht back to Adenau first leads to the "Müllers Kreuz" 2.8 kilometres away and then, after another 4.4 kilometres, brings the hiker back to the starting point of the hike, the Adenauer Komturei.

The route is marked throughout with the trail logo.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


DB railway:

Ahrtalbahn: Remagen - Ahrbrück railway station

Timetable information at 



Line 863: Ahrbrück - Adenau railway station, Markt

Line 882: Adenau, Markt - Barweiler

Line 861: Adenau, Markt - Wimbach - Kottenborn

Line 528: Adenau, Markt - Meuspath - Nürburg

Line 529: Adenau, Markt - Wirft

Timetable information at

Getting there

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


START: 53518 Adenau, Kirchstr. 26 (at the commandry)

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

Free parking spaces in the industrial area at the railway station


50.382171, 6.930833
50°22'55.8"N 6°55'51.0"E
32U 352893 5583170
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 by the Eifelverein Düren.

ISBN: 3-921805-92-3


Optimally equipped with:   

sturdy, waterproof footwear   


adapted clothing   

sufficient rucksack food (especially water)

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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August 16, 2019 · Community
Ich bin die Runde eher sportlich als Tagestour in ca. 7,5 Stunden (es sind 42,x km, nicht 45) gegangen, kann man machen, ich würde sie aber eher für Paare (eine/r motorsportbegeistert, eine/r Wanderfreund) als Zweitagestour empfehlen. Für Motorsportfans sicher eine absolut herausragende Tour: Weite Teile führen am Nürburgring vorbei, die Atmosphäre ist regelrecht fühlbar. Highlights sind ansonsten die Nürburg-Ruine und insbesondere der Kaiser Wilhelm Turm. Egal, wie fertig ihr seid, da muss jeder hinauf, die Aussicht ist es wirklich wert (vielleicht 15 Minuten sehr lohnender Umweg)! Die Wege sind recht abwechselungsreich, von Wiesen bis hin zu Feldwegen und Asphalt ist alles dabei, allerdings sind die Wege über sehr weite Strecken sehr breit, es gibt nur wenige schmale Pfade.. An zwei Stellen führt die Tour an Landstraßen ohne Fußweg vorbei, mit kleinen Kindern kann das ungünstig sein. Wenn man die Tour in Motorsport-Tour umbenennt, gibt es sicher nur glückliche Besucher. Für Naturliebhaber wird es wohl stellenweise zu laut sein. Adenau hat mich positiv überrascht, gastroonomisch ist wirklich alles vorhanden!
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42.4 km
11:55 h
1,008 m
995 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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