With its narrow valleys, dense forests and wide plateaus, the Eifel National Park is a real hiking paradise. But it is not only humans who have taken the Eifel into their hearts. The wild forests and lonely mountains are inhabited by countless species of animals. Attentive hikers can observe owls, deer and beaver on the natural hiking trails, with the undisputed king being the little Eifeltiger—a wildcat that has chosen to make the national park its home.
For years, large areas have been left untouched by human nature, allowing the park to flourish. The spruce that conquered the environment over the years is gradually being replaced by beech forests, while dead trees have become an important habitat in themselves, allowing the large population of beavers in the area to build their dams undisturbed.
The official wilderness trail takes you from the south of the park to the north and leads you through the diverse landscapes of the Eifel. In four days, you'll cover a distance of around 86 kilometers (53 miles) and climb almost 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) in altitude. You will visit lonely meadow valleys, pristine forests and quiet plateaus. Although the trails lead mostly through secluded nature, you will find cozy towns and villages with numerous accommodation possibilities at the stage destinations. The National Park is easy to reach by train and bus from all directions and you can set off right after your arrival. So, let the call of the wilderness tempt you into the Eifel!
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Last updated: November 24, 2021
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The first stage is also the longest tour on the wilderness trail. And the steepest: With 500 meters ascent and 700 meters descent, the Eifel proves that it is a real mountain range. But the effort is worth it, because on the way you expect unique secluded valleys, which are only accessible on foot.
Blue Reservoirs, Wide Plateaus and Nazi Architecture: The second leg of the Wilderness Trail has a lot to offer.
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On your third stage is the overpass of the Kermeter. The ridge is almost completely covered with forest and provides a habitat for the rare and extremely shy wildcat.
You start in Gemünd and walk first along the Urft, until the wilderness trail leads you through dense forest up to the Kermeter. Due to…
The fourth stage takes you through idyllic forests and across wide meadows. With a distance of 18 kilometers, it is the shortest tour and so you can easily start the journey home.
From the starting point Heimbach it goes directly steeply up to the Hetzinger forest. The extensive forest area is characterized…
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