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Idyllic valleys and picturesque waterways – Eifel Peak Route Cycle Path


Idyllic valleys and picturesque waterways – Eifel Peak Route Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Hannah



18:18 h

152 mi

10,875 ft

Crisp ascents, followed by breathtaking panoramas, and rapid descents into a valley along a wild riverbank – the Eifel Peak Route Cycle Path (Eifel-Höhen-Route) takes you up and down through the most beautiful landscapes of the Eifel. This low mountain range in the west of Germany is impressively versatile and beautiful all-year-around. Here, dense forests meet enormous reservoirs, juniper heaths meet daffodil meadows, and idyllic valleys meet lofty heights. The Eifel Peak Route Cycle Path doesn’t just offer stunning scenery. The region’s eventful history has also left its mark. You ride past traces of the past from the Middle Ages through to industrialisation and World War II.

Starting from the source of the River Ahr near the municipality of Blankenheim, you cycle through the ‘Tuscany of the Eifel’ to Hellenthal municipality, which has a birds of prey centre. Behind the picturesque Olef Dam, you ride past blooming wild daffodils and through the picturesque cloth making town of Monschau. The jagged rocks of the Rur Valley lead you to the Einruhr region, where the impressive water of the Rur Dam begins. Here, you can choose between two different length options along the dam. Both variants end in the pretty health resort of Gemünd. On the final stage, you visit Kall, Urft and Nettersheim, and explore historical remains from the Romans up until the last century.

This Collection summarises the official stages of the Eifel Peak Route Cycle Path for you. The route follows a 230-kilometre (143-mile) circuit around the Eifel National Park. It gets its name for good reason as you pedal up about 3,000 metres (9,850 feet) in altitude. But, what goes up must come down, remember! It’s guaranteed to be fun and filled with spectacular panoramas. The stages vary in length from 50 to a maximum of 70 kilometres (31 to 44 miles). If you are looking for a reasonable challenge then the Eifel Peak Route Cycle Path is ideal.

The route mainly runs over asphalt and roads, but it’s unpaved in places so a touring bike or gravel bike is best-suited. If you like to have a little help up the climbs, then you can also ride your e-bike or pedelec. If you prefer to use your road bike, then I recommend checking the surface types of the individual stages before setting off and adjusting them slightly if necessary.

There are several options to reach the route by train. The Regionalbahn 22, also known as the Eifel route, runs between Cologne, Kall, Urft, Nettersheim and Blankenheim (forest). You can also catch the train in Heimbach on the third stage. From Cologne, you can take the S-Bahn to Düren, where you can change to the Rurtalbahn. Thanks to its excellent connections to Cologne, sections of the route can be done as day trips. You can also travel easily from Koblenz, Bonn, or Aachen to take a nice short holiday or weekend trip.

In the respective stage destinations, you can find plenty of accommodation which you can book online in advance. There are also lots of idyllic places to pitch your tent, by the water or under fir trees. The Eifel National Park is also one of the few International Star Parks in Germany where the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. If that’s not a reason to spend the night under the starry sky, then I don’t know what is!

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Last updated: November 19, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Blankenheim nach Hellenthal – Eifel-Höhen-Route

    43.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your bike tour through the wonderful worlds of the Eifel landscape starts at the Blankenheim (Wald) train station in the Ahr valley. From Cologne you only need an hour with the RB 22 and don't even have to change. The journey from Aachen, Koblenz or Bonn is also worthwhile, as it doesn't take much more

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  • Difficult
    32.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage takes you on wonderful waterways in just under 52 kilometers through the Rur Valley. Your tour begins with the Olef, which flows to the impressive dam of the Olef dam. Here you can pause for a moment and look down at the huge wall. Then you cycle along the serpentine lines of the north

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  • Difficult
    32.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    2,625 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The unique landscape of the Rurtalsperre characterizes your almost 52-kilometer tour today. You cycle through the Eifel National Park, a habitat for many rare species, including wild cats.

    On the western side of the reservoir you drive off and for almost 30 kilometers all around to the smallest town

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  • Intermediate
    12.7 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,000 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Many roads lead to Gemünd - including this alternative route, which takes you on a no less beautiful 20 kilometers to the Kneipp health resort of the Urft valley. On the comparatively short route you also have enough time to take advantage of the wide range of water sports on the Rursee, pay a visit

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  • Difficult
    31.9 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,025 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Your last stage begins today and takes you 51 kilometers back to the starting point in Blankenheim. A rural idyll and the remains of a Roman viaduct await you.

    First you cycle along the Urft, then over wide fields and through small towns like Kall and Mechernich. On the way you can catch a fresh trout

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    152 mi
  • Duration
    18:18 h
  • Elevation
    10,875 ft

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