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!
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.Your tour starts at the bus stop 'Höfen Kirche', which you can reach by bus from Monschau. Through the National Park Gate you walk in the direction of Perlaue and Perlenbach continue to the confluence of the Fuhrtsbach. The wilderness trail leads you from here through the picturesque Fuhrtsbachtal, where spring blooms countless wild daffodils, and on into the wildly romantic Wüstebachtal. In both valleys you can already clearly see how nature transforms back into a real wilderness without human influence.From the confluence of the Wüstebachs in the Erkensruhr you walk down a narrow path into the Erkensrhrtal and after another ascent you reach your milestones Einruhr.The first stage takes you almost exclusively through secluded nature, so there is no rest stop along the way.All information about the bus connections in the Eifel National Park can be found at
Blue Reservoirs, Wide Plateaus and Nazi Architecture: The second leg of the Wilderness Trail has a lot to offer.After a leisurely night in Einruhr you first walk on flat and comfortable hiking trails along the banks of the Rur and the estuary Urft along. From the impressive Urft dam it then goes steeply up to Dreiborn plateau. The natural area was a military restricted area from 1946 to 2006, thus preserving a unique natural landscape. Past the deserted Wollseifen you finally reach the mighty Ordensburg Vogelsang.Actually, the castle with all exhibitions and buildings is worth a day visit, but even a short detour is worthwhile. After a rest in the restaurant of the plant, it goes over the promising summit of Moldenhübel finally down to the milestone in Gemünd.
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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 afforestation, fast-growing spruces are still standing here, but in the meantime, the forest has been left to its own devices, and beech and oak trees are slowly supplanting you from tall coniferous trees.At the highest point of the Kermeters lies the small village Wolfsgarten on an open space. After a rest in the Kermeterschänke, you continue on forest paths to the Trappist monastery Mariawald. Then the trail meanders leisurely down to the valley to the finish line Heimbach.
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 by a sparse mixed forest of beech and oak trees, making it one of the most natural forest areas in the national park. On today's stage, forest pieces alternate again and again with wide meadows and fields. Sheep and cattle protect the meadows in the national park as a natural Landschaftspflegepfleger from bush encroaching and receive thus important habitats for birds, reptiles and insects.Through the gently sloping Schlehbachtal leads you the wilderness trail to the Kall. The last section leads you through the idyllic Kalltal to the stage destination in Zerkall.In Zerkall there is a train station and so you can comfortably start the onward journey. The train meanders gently along the Rur up to Düren and the wooded slopes of the Eifel will soon be back.