A long trail weekend in the Northern Eifel

Archiv Eifel Tourismus GmbH – Dominik Ketz

A long trail weekend in the Northern Eifel

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In the Northern Eifel, you'll find unspoiled nature, a beautiful landscape, breathtaking views and an awesome mix of relaxed enjoyment and sporty challenges. And all this is only a stone's throw away from cities like Cologne and Aachen, as well as all of the hustle and bustle of the Ruhr area. This, then, makes Northern Eifel the perfect destination for an adventurous weekend away—a weekend full of biking action set amongst an idyllic landscape where nature can still be nature.

In this Collection, we bring you that perfect adventurous weekend. We bring you two days to swap stress for singletracks and to get lost in the great outdoors. And if you can't afford to spend the whole weekend here, you can also choose any of the individual rides for a great day out on the bike. If you do have the time, however, and are able to spend two, three or even four days in Northern Eifel, we suggest making Hürtgenwald-Simonskall your base camp for the trip. The small community in the middle of the beautiful Hürtgenwald not only offers various inns to stay overnight, but with its new mountain bike park Hürtgenwald is the new bike epicenter of the Northern Eifel. From here, we have selected three great rides that will reveal to you all the secrets of the region, including epic cultural and natural must-sees. In fact, more than 2,000 rare animal and plant species live in the Eifel National Park around Lake Rursee, which means there's plenty to discover however long your trip!

The journey to the Eifel is also quite an easy one. If you plan to arrive by car, you can drive directly to Hürtgenwald. If you fancy an extra portion of adventure, we have a special suggestion for you: The first ride of this Collection starts at Düren train station and takes you along the finest trails to Hürtgenwald. Düren is almost perfectly connected by train and allows you to make a car-free journey—one in which daily stresses are truly left behind the moment you leave your front door.

Whichever variant you choose, fun on the bike is guaranteed! And thanks to the ever-flowing nature and the extent of the trails, every type of rider will have a great time in Northern Eifel.

Further information
Bike park: mtb-park-huertgenwald.de
Accommodation: simonskall.de

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Tours & Highlights

    36.9 mi
    7.5 mph
    3,025 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour starts directly at the Dürener station. From here, you can quickly reach beautiful trails - after all, Düren is not for nothing called the "Gateway to the Eifel". Through the Meroder Wald, where you come past the ruins of the Schwarzenbroich Monastery, you head for the Wehebachtalsperre, which - purely visually - is a real bang. It continues: About half the distance of this round you land in Hürtgenwald-Simonskall, where the bike park Hürtgenwald has its home.Here you have the choice. If you want to spend the whole weekend in the Eifel, Hürtgenwald offers as a base station. There are a few rustic guesthouses here and there is the bike park, whose great trails invite you, if you still have time and energy. In this case, you open your quarters here and pick up the rest of the tour for the way back.If you just want to do a day trip, just follow the route that will take you back to the starting point. Particularly noteworthy is the so-called "Kalltrail". The is a relic from the Second World War and is reminiscent of the "Battle in Hürtgenwald". The Wehrmacht's battles against the US Army in this area are among the heaviest in the whole war - the floor slabs on the trail are reminiscent of tanks once rattling past. How good that these times are over. Instead, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and rural idyll here today. Passing the Obermaubach dam and Untermaubach castle, this tour ends at Düren station.Really cool is that the Düren train station is so well connected. From Cologne there is even a S-Bahn connection. So you can easily arrive by train and leave the car at home. No parking space search, no traffic jam stress, but pure relaxation!

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    28.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The tour starts in the northwest direction and thus in the direction of Aachen. Beautiful trails through the Hürtgen and the Rotterwald will inspire you, from time to time there is even something to marvel at. For example, in the "Kluckensteinen", an impressive array of rock pillars that were previously mined and whose remains are now protected as a natural monument. Or at the "Kartoffelbaum", where a kind of art to join in will definitely make you smile.A little later you not only roam the Dreilägertalsperre, but also the German-Belgian border and thus the Hohe Venn, an absolutely impressive high moor landscape. From here it goes gently uphill to 570 meters altitude, where once again a really great view of the surrounding area and on clear days to Aachen and the Rhenish lignite mining district waiting for you, before it goes back to the Hürtgenwald.

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  • Difficult
    32.3 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is quite demanding and will occupy you for a few hours. But do not worry: Of course, all challenges are just the very best. You start through Kalltal up to Simmerath, the highest point of the tour and a first good opportunity for a little break.From here we continue. A wonderful trail, which only leads downhill for the next four kilometers, takes you to Rurtal. And that is not a spelling mistake. In fact, the eponymous river is just like the famous colleague from the Ruhr area. To avoid confusion, they once let the "h" away. If you want to play it safe, you better say "Eifel-Rur". And all of that is quite interesting, once you get there, you will not have a head for it, because the trails are just too good for that. A little bit up and down, quite demanding (both in terms of slope and technical) and you're at the Rurtalsperre.The Rurtalsperre is quite large, in terms of volume, it is the second largest reservoir in Germany. And the path that goes along it is really beautiful. We choose the quieter option (with fewer walkers) in the east, which is again associated with a crisp rise. Followed by a great descent that spits you right on the dam wall. Take a deep breath and just enjoy - the view of the lake is really impressive.A last climb and the final descent on the historic Kalltrail - you're back at the starting point in Hürtgenwald.Tip: If this tour is a bit too demanding for you, we have put together the "Short Rursee Round" for you.

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    15.2 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The short Rursee round is much shorter and shorter, but it is no less beautiful: all sorts of scenic and cultural highlights are waiting to be discovered by you on the edge of the trails.There are, for example, the Imperial Rocks, an impressive collection of sandstone pillars that form a meter-high canyon - and you drive right through it. About technical and really fun trails with a little "up" and a lot of "down" you flow down to Woffelsbach am Rursee. Here you can watch the sailors and canoes in the summer at the jetty while you take a little break in this idyll on the lake.The way back is exciting again: You follow the smuggler trail, which today is a great bike trail, whose original purpose after the Second World War, however, was to smuggle coffee from Belgium to Germany. Along the Schilsbach you will collect a few more meters to fully enjoy the final descent back to Simonskall.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    113 mi
  • Duration
    15:37 h
  • Elevation
    10,525 ft

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A long trail weekend in the Northern Eifel