Mystical gorges and deep forests — hiking in Southern Eifel and in Luxembourg
© Naturpark Südeifel, Charly Schleder
You are just walking with a fantastic view over the lovely hilly landscape, when the hiking trail leads you into a dense beech forest. You follow the path, the leaves rustle softly above you in the wind and the sun paints fine shadows on the forest floor. Soon you recognize stones and rocks between the tree trunks and shortly afterwards you stand in the middle of a narrow gorge. On both sides the sandstone cliffs rise and high above you you can see the blue sky. On a metal stairs it finally goes up and on the rock ridge, high above the trees a breathtaking view of the southern Eifel awaits you.
The NaturWanderPark delux extends on both sides of the German-Luxembourg border. An extensive network of 23 hiking trails leads you along torrents, to idyllic reservoirs, through picturesque river valleys, into deep forests and above all into the mystical gorges. In many places you can explore sandstone rocks, dark caves and narrow gorges that have fascinated people for centuries.
We have selected ten hiking trails for you to explore the diverse landscape of the Southern Eifel, the Luxembourg Ardennes and the Mullerthal - Luxembourg's Little Switzerland. The paths will take you across the border to Luxembourg, which sometimes runs in the middle of the forest and sometimes along rivers. The tours are well signposted and thanks to good hiking trails you can enjoy the varied nature to the fullest.
This route offers everything that makes a hiker's heart beat faster - and not just with one or the other ascent. A striking attraction is the Bitburg reservoir with its water sports facilities. Surrounded by glowing red sandstone cliffs, the lake promenade offers the opportunity to stroll.The scenic Prümtal is characterized by beautiful loops, so-called meanders. Beavers and mouflons are native here. Only the almost musical babbling of the Prüm itself interrupts the idyllic tranquility. The Hammer Büsch presents itself as an open hillside forest with a wonderful view of Hamm Castle. The ascent of the Burbesberg is in the truest sense of the word the highlight of the hike: the view from here extends to the Erbes- and Idarkopf in the Hunsrück.
If you want to hike in the footsteps of the Middle Ages, this route is just right for you. It leads on romantic rocky paths around Neuerburg Castle. The mighty structure forms a splendid ensemble with the parish church of St. Nicholas, the bell tower and today's rectory - former Vogthaus. The Beilsturm, once a watchtower, and the "Koblenz Path" leading over an old defensive wall bring the Middle Ages back to life. The panorama path and the pulpit offer impressive views of the Enz valley and the heart of the picturesque town.Eligius and Kreuzkapelle, the Mariensäule on the market and the "Schwarzbildchen" - resting in a 700 year old oak tree - give an idea of the piety of the Neuerburger Völkchen. The colorful city park directly on the Enzbach invites you to relax and review the tour. The market square is the start and end point of the hike and is ideal for subsequent culinary refreshments.
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This tour is truly in the heart of Europe. The Ourtal between Tintesmühle and the town of Ouren is narrow, steep and rustic here. The river has dug its way deep into the Rhenish Slate Mountains. The Our used to be home to thousands of river pearl mussels. In order for the population to recover, there is a breeding station for these rare river inhabitants in the Kalborn mill. Halfway through the tour you reach the European monument in Ouren. For each of the six founding countries of United Europe there is a large stone block in the park of the European monument.After a short and violent ascent to the Königslei, fantastic views over the treetops open up. The brook loops cheerfully. Dragonflies shimmer in the sun and brown trout glitter in the crystal clear water. Rare alluvial forest stands flank the Our. They are among the most vital living spaces in Europe! Kingfisher and heron hunt here. You might even see a black stork.
The Ourtal is always a guarantee for a varied hike. A grandiose, ancient low mountain range runs through the Ourtal. The Our proves to be a true master of landscape design. The rocky Grenzsteig along the Lätges mountain with its magnificent views provides an almost alpine experience. After so much ups and downs, the Ourtalstausee - the lower basin of the pumped storage power plant - invites you to take a relaxing stroll with its promenade and the Ourstaden von Bivels.The ruins of Falkenstein Castle are enthroned on a mountain rock high above the Ourschleife. The medieval town of Vianden with its rebuilt castle resides a few steps downstream - one of the most important and mighty castles in Europe.
If you like the contrast between gentle plateaus and deeply cut valleys, this tour is just the thing for you. Grundsgraben, Kalkgraben, Schulersgraben and of course the valley of the Kyll in particular guarantee a varied hike. The picturesque gallery of former red sandstone quarries is evidence of a long, traditional natural stone industry. The interplay of red rock areas with the magnificent canopy of tall beech trees is fascinating.The picturesque town of Auw an der Kyll is framed by forests and red sandstone cliffs. The venerable Mother of God Church is in his heart. The Stillegraben with its bizarre yet graceful sandstone cascades, over which the Schaalbach pours, gives us an interesting insight. When roaming the Orenhofen Forest you will reach the highest point of the hike, the Burgknopp, a medieval castle hill.
Hikers on the Irsenpfad experience one of the most idyllic valleys in the Eifel. If you are looking for peace and solitude, you will find it here in the Islek. Framed by mighty mountain ranges over 500 meters high, the Irsen meanders through a picturesque meadow landscape. The lapping of the Irsen accompanies the silence of the Irsen valley.Hard-working beavers have left their mark, they have made their home here again. The special feature of this route is the interplay of the tranquility that exudes the valley and the wide views that the hills provide. Medicine for body and soul in these hectic times.
Bizzare rocky landscapes, meadows rich in flowers and forests rich in ferns characterize this route. But also particularly rare animal and plant species, such as falcons and orchids, find their home here.Many sights along the route invite you to linger. For example the Liborius Chapel, from which you have a wonderful view of Echternach and its surroundings, or the pigsties, a 300 meter long and about 60 meter wide gorge with a narrow entrance and exit, but also the baroque Weilerbach Castle with a beautiful castle garden based on French models.Not to forget the Diana monument in Bollendorf, which commemorates a Roman goddess, responsible for the protection of the forest and hunting luck.
The Bollendorfer Plateau on the German side, the Luxembourg Beforter Plateau and the deeply cut Sauer Valley as a connecting element make this route an unforgettable experience. Every step of the way, the rock climbs in the Luxembourg sandstone are a true Eldorado for rock hikers.The rock backdrops offer countless sceneries and colors. On the Luxembourg side, this landscape is called “Little Luxembourg Switzerland”. Rare limestone caves, such as the Tränenlay, great views and gorge-like gorges, mystical rocky paths and root paths, impressive rock towers and limitless river panoramas compose a fascinating landscape. The historic center of Beaufort with Beaufort Castle are a must for anyone interested in culture.But also Bollendorf with the Sauerstaden, Bollendorf Castle, Weilerbach Castle and the Roman Villa has a lot to offer.
The devil himself left his mark on this route. His devil's work is documented by gorges and crevices in the rock bastions of the Ferschweiler plateau - especially the 28-meter-deep gorge named after him. The primal force of nature is seldom as impressive as at the Irrel waterfalls. Over a length of 140 meters, the clear water of the Prüm struggles between mighty boulders. The hiking bridge over the Prüm opens up a fascinating view of the natural spectacle.Speaking of the view: The Liborius Chapel, located high above the Sauer Valley, offers a wonderful view of the romantic Echternach. Hermit monks have lived in the rock-cut hermitage below the chapel since the 16th century, the remains of which can still be admired. The rock pond marks the entrance to the Gutenbachtal: a bizarre complex surrounded by terraces, pools, stairs and bridges. The Teufelsschlucht nature park center offers adventure activities in this spectacular landscape.
This route lives up to its name. Four brooks with very different characters are lively companions for the hiker. The history of the pretty resort of Bleialf comes to life on old mining trails along the Alfbach. Lead ore was mined here until the middle of the 20th century.From Halenfeld the path runs along grass paths along the Donsbach. After a short hillside intermezzo with a grandiose view, the next brook is at your feet: the Ihrbach. Traces of busy building activity betray the beaver. Numerous ponds are hunting grounds for blue and green shimmering dragonflies. Again it goes over the open hill ridge.Grazing sheep enliven the lush green of the meadow and pasture landscape as white spots. The culmination of the varied tour is a relaxing spot by the romantic pond near Richelsberg.