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Discover a volcanic history — hiking in Germany’s Eifel mountains

Ferienregion Kelberg Vulkaneifel

Discover a volcanic history — hiking in Germany’s Eifel mountains

Hiking Collection by Ferienregion Kelberg Vulkaneifel

10

Tours

32:30 h

61.4 mi

5,300 ft

‘Come with me!’ calls Willi Basalt, your hiking guide. This friendly rock mascot wants to show you something, ‘we're travelling through Eifel history on foot, it's going to be exciting!’

On the nine themed hiking trails of the History Route around the Hochkelberg mountain, the geological and cultural past of an entire region comes alive. From basalt rocks and wide meadows to deep springs and dark forest paths, you’ll encounter the famous ‘History Road’ and the Eifel of earlier centuries at various info stations. Whether Celts or Romans, simple farmers or noble landowners, across the region are traces of the peoples of yore. See history in half-timbered buildings as well as in the ruins of old farms, bunkers, wells and chapels.

Using more than 70 individual information boards, the themed hiking trails of the History Route present the past and the thoroughly vibrant present of one of Germany's most beautiful regions. Both young and old alike will have their imaginations captured with the region’s incredible human and natural history. Willi will crop up time and time again and greets you at the start, ‘Welcome to the Volcanic Eifel!’

For a glimpse of local history, check out this video:

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    Die alten Römer, die kultigen Kelten – Themenrundweg Geschichtsstraße

    Intermediate
    03:43
    7.08 mi
    1.9 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Here is the so-called Villa Rustica, a Roman farm from the 2nd century, and the subsidiary church of St. Agatha, one of the most impressive sacred buildings in the entire Eifel. The historic half-timbered houses, which reflect the typical architectural style of the region, are also picturesque. "This

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    6.32 mi
    1.9 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular route “Borders, Gallows and History” leads you around Uersfeld to several testimonies of the past. The basalt well in the village, for example, is reminiscent of the mining times in the region, as does the lorry in Uersfeld. The "Dreese Mühle" was mentioned in a document as early as the

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  • Intermediate
    04:02
    7.57 mi
    1.9 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The “Mystery of Nature and Life” circular route connects the village with the original image of the Eifel. In communities like Köttelbach and Mosbruch, the typical life of the region can still be felt. From the mysterious sunken paths near the Hochkelberg to the old Roman farm "Am grau Baum", a very

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  • Difficult
    05:32
    10.3 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The “Mystery of Nature and Life” circular route connects the village with the original image of the Eifel. In communities like Köttelbach and Mosbruch, the typical life of the region can still be felt. From the mysterious sunken paths near the Hochkelberg to the old Roman farm "Am grau Baum", a very

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  • Easy
    01:33
    2.91 mi
    1.9 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short circular route is almost a walk and leads up to the Schwarzenberg with its chapel and the military cemetery. “14 neo-Gothic station pictures with beautiful depictions as sandstone reliefs line this scenic path,” which I like very much, Willi Basalt tells you. The inscription on the old wooden

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    5.57 mi
    1.9 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circular route “Peace, Forest and Chapel” takes you to a mystical station on the history route. "In the middle of the forest is the Heyerberg with the Heyerkapelle and the stations of the cross, which are arranged like the one in Jerusalem," reveals the clever basalt stone Willi, "from there we walk

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  • Easy
    01:22
    2.72 mi
    2.0 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    “In 2008, the Eifel-born writer Ute Bales wrote a novel about a homeless woman who peddled chamomile flowers. At the beginning of the last century she moved through the villages of the Eifel, selling chamomile on the front doors ... I knew her, the Traud. ”Says your hiking guide Willi Basalt. “I will

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  • Easy
    01:56
    3.60 mi
    1.9 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the “Volcanoes, Water and Knowledge” circular route, which you enter near the world-famous Nürburgring, you will embark on a new journey through time. In Meisenthal you can see the Ternesmühle with its chapel, in Rothenbach, for example, the old schoolhouse and the "Drees" are worth a visit. “The

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    9.52 mi
    1.9 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Past historic Winkelhof facilities, old rectories and small huts, along small streams and dreamy paths, this circular route leads you to the old school and on to the old post office. "I think", says Willi Basalt, your little hiking guide, "the walls of the houses could tell many a story that even I have

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    5.85 mi
    2.0 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    “What was really true” is the name of the path that leads you around Gelenberg. Unusual stories are waiting for you here too. Willi Basalt tells of mysterious barrows in the depths of the forest. Or from the Kaiserlinde with the memorial stone from 1813/1913, which was erected in memory of the centenary

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    61.4 mi
  • Duration
    32:30 h
  • Elevation
    5,300 ft

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