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Next stop: Wilderness! – Germany’s Eifel National Park by public transport

Nationalpark Eifel

Next stop: Wilderness! – Germany’s Eifel National Park by public transport

Hiking Collection by Nationalpark Eifel

17

Tours

56:21 h

123 mi

13,200 ft

Experience the emerging wilderness in Eifel National Park by bus and train 💚

In this Collection you’ll find Tour suggestions, information points and excursion destinations, all within easy reach of the region's public transport network. 🚌🚉

The special thing about this Collection:
We’ll gradually publish new Tour suggestions here, all of which start and finish close to public transport connections. 🎉
You'll see that travelling to and from your destination by bus and train makes enjoyable linear hikes possible, expanding the variety of possible routes enormously. 🏁🚌

Timetable information:
🚉 bahn.en
🚌 vrs.de/en/drive/timetable-service

ℹ Tip: With the GästeCard you can travel free of charge on buses and trains.
Further information at: nationalpark-eifel.de/en/arrival-accommodation

Please note
There are some important rules in the Eifel National Park to help protect sensitive species: Stay on the paths, keep dogs on a lead and don't leave any rubbish in the countryside. You can find more information at nationalpark-eifel.de/en. We hope you have a wonderful time in this special protected area! 🍃

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Highlights

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    Nächster Halt: Wildnis! (ÖPNV) - Durch's wilde Herz des Nationalparks

    04:35
    10.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Next stop: wilderness! 💚🚍 Hardly any other hike in the Eifel National Park embodies the triad of “forest, water, wilderness” as well as this one! 🌳💧🐾

    

    🚍 Arrival and departure by bus makes this new route hike possible (from A to B)! As soon as you arrive, you will have a clear view and head of the

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  • 02:17
    4.85 mi
    2.1 mph
    875 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Next stop: wilderness! 🌳🐾

    

    💚 This hike trumps with fantastic views of the most beautiful types of landscape in the Eifel National Park. Enjoy the wide view over the Urftsee and the open land of the Dreiborn plateau. Historical highlights along the way complete this tour.

    

    Our tip: Visit the "Wilderness

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  • 02:59
    6.68 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    🚌 Next stop: wilderness! 🍃

    

    On this tour through the wild heart of the Eifel National Park, immerse yourself in majestic beech forests and combine highlights of the forest with the wild, deep water of the dammed Urftsee. The arrival and departure with bus lines makes this new route hike possible (from

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  • 03:35
    7.85 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Next stop: wilderness! 🌳🐾

    

    💚 This hike takes you through the heart of the Eifel National Park, the Kermeter with its mighty beeches. From Wolfgarten to Gemünd you hike through light-flooded oak forests.

    

    Our tip: Stop by the Mariawald monastery restaurant and enjoy the well-known pea soup! 🥄

    

    🚍 The arrival

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  • 02:09
    4.72 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Experience majestic beeches and the unique "Eifel Amazon" on a great hike from the Mariawald monastery to the Urft dam.

    

    Public transport tips:

    From Heimbach or Gemünd, take line 231 to Mariawald Monastery (refreshments available). From there, old and majestic beech forests 🌳 accompany you to the Wild

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  • 02:10
    4.75 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    🌳 Discover and try out in the National Park Center 🔎🐾

    

    In the adventure exhibition "Wilderness(t)dreams" you can explore and understand nature at many stations with all your senses. The exhibition has something to offer for all ages. There are productions, stations to try out and play with, tactile

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  • 01:46
    3.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The start and end of the hike is the Koster Mariawald with its idyllic location on the edge of the Kermeter forest. Experience imposing mixed forests and views of the Eifel cultural landscape. 🌳⛪

    

    Public transport tips:

    🚉🚌 Coming from Cologne/Bonn, take the train via Euskirchen to Kall Bf. From there

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  • 03:32
    7.64 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour offers fascinating views over the lake landscape and the Dreiborn plateau. The tour owes its name to the popular bird watching station right on the Urftsee. From there, various bird species can be observed in peace and quiet. 🦅🦆🦢

    

    The hike can be optimally combined with a visit to the Eifel

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  • 02:03
    4.44 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This long-distance hike combines several highlights in the center of the Eifel National Park: The adventure exhibition "Wildnis(t)räume", the former NS Ordensburg Vogelsang with its eventful history, the abandoned village of Wollseifen and the Rursee near Einruhr. The hike is framed by seemingly endless

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  • 01:48
    4.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour combines several important sights of the national park region:

    

    1. The Eifel National Park Center with the adventure exhibition "Wildnis(t)räume" 🍃

    2. Vogelsang IP, the former "NS Ordensburg" Vogelsang incl. historical exhibition

    3. The abandoned village of Wollseifen

    

    Public transport tip:

    

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  • 03:24
    7.44 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The theme tour 7 takes you on winding paths through the increasingly wild forests of the Eifel National Park.

    

    You can shorten the tour between Wolfgarten and Tönnishäuschen. Follow the T7 signs briefly or take the 231 bus from Tönnishäuschen to Gemünd.

    

    Note: Due to the steep ascents and descents in the

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  • 01:29
    3.41 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The barrier-free Wilder Kermeter nature adventure area with the Wilden Weg is a real highlight in the Eifel National Park - but word has already got around!

    Note that the Wilde Kermeter is often very busy, especially on weekends, during the holiday season and generally when the weather is nice. If you

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  • 00:30
    1.18 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The barrier-free Wilder Kermeter nature adventure area with the Wilden Weg is a real highlight in the Eifel National Park - but word has already got around!

    Note that the Wilde Kermeter is often very busy, especially on weekends, during the holiday season and generally when the weather is nice. If you

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  • 06:50
    14.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Along the daffodil meadows through the south of the national park. The stage from Höfen to Einruhr is a bit more demanding at 24 km. You will be rewarded with varied landscapes and narrow paths.

    

    Public transport tip:

    The start and end point can be reached by public transport.

    

    🚌 Höfen: From Aachen with

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  • 05:51
    12.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Over paths and forest paths along the lakes to gigantic views.

    On the second stage from Einruhr to Gemünd you will experience wonderful views over the open Dreiborn plateau and the lake landscape, over which Vogelsang is enthroned.

    

    Public transport tip:

    The start and end point can be reached by public transport

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  • 06:21
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beech and oak forests: Through the heart of the national park. On the third stage from Gemünd to Heimbach you hike through the Kermeter. This ridge with its old beech forests was the decisive reason for the designation of the national park.

    

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    The start and end point can be reached by

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  • 05:04
    11.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Gnarled oaks and rocky slopes line the last stage. The hike from Heimbach to Zerkall is the shortest of the four stages. It leads through the north of the national park.

    

    Public transport tip:

    The start and end point can be reached by public transport.

    

    🚉 Heimbach: From Cologne or Aachen by train via Düren

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  • ✨ Marvel, discover and try out 🐾🍃
    The visitor center in the historic Forum Vogelsang IP - in the middle of the Eifel National Park - houses the exhibition "Wildnis(t)räume" - a barrier-free, family-friendly and interactive experience for young and old!

    In the adventure exhibition "Wilderness(t)dreams" you can let yourself be surprised and marvel, discover and research, understand and reflect or simply spend a stimulating time. The exhibition has something to offer for the whole family and for all ages. There are modern productions and an appealing atmosphere, stations to try out and play with, tactile models and stuffed animals to touch, plant scents to sniff, radio plays and animal sounds to listen to. And many new perspectives that sharpen the view of nature.

    In addition to German, English, French and Dutch, the content is also available in simple language, in sign language and as an audio description. A tactile guidance system shows the way through the seven exhibition modules, which are also easily accessible with a wheelchair or pram. The "Travel for All" certificate confirms the implementation of accessibility in all areas.
    Other offers await you before or after the “wilderness(t)rooms”: the Vogelsang IP site and a NS documentation on its eventful history, information and a shop in the central visitor center, a social get-together in the restaurant or a hike into the countryside. Impressive in any weather and can also be enjoyed from the panorama room of the "Wilderness(t)Rooms" are the wide views over the Urftsee, the densely forested mountain slopes and the open grassy landscapes of the Eifel National Park.

    If you have any questions about the exhibition or bookings, you can reach us at 02444/91574-0.
    nationalpark-eifel.de/de/infohaeuser-und-einrichtungen/nationalpark-zentrum-eifel

    Public transport tip: The Eifel National Park Center can be easily reached by bus.
    🚉 🚌 From Cologne/Bonn by train to Kall and from there by line SB 82 to Vogelsang IP Forum.
    🚌 From Aachen with the SB 63 line to Simmerath. From there, bus number 63 continues to Vogelsang IP Forum.

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  • Abtei Mariawald

    Hiking Highlight

    Unfortunately, Mariwawald Monastery will be closed during the year 2018. The ten monks who live here are now very old and can not operate the monastery without support. In addition, the monastery does not generate enough money to finance the monastery. At the moment there is still discussion about a continued use of the buildings. It is hoped that it will continue to be a spiritual place that honors the centuries-old tradition.

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    Tip by Sebastian Kowalke

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    17
  • Highlights
    10
  • Distance
    123 mi
  • Duration
    56:21 h
  • Elevation
    13,200 ft

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