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Mystical gorges and deep forests — hiking in Southern Eifel and in Luxembourg

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NaturWanderPark delux

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.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:36
    9.83 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route offers everything that makes the hiker's heart beat faster - and not just by one or the other increase. A striking attraction is the reservoir Bitburg with its water sports. Surrounded by red-glowing red sandstone cliffs, the lake promenade offers the opportunity to stroll.The scenic Prümtal is characterized by beautiful loops, so-called meanders. Here, among other things, beaver and mouflon are native. Only the almost musical splashing of the Prüm itself interrupts the idyllic Ruhe.Der Hammer Büsch presents itself as an open hillside forest with a magnificent view of Castle Hamm. The Burbesberg climb is in the truest sense of the word the highlight of the hike: the view from here to Erbes- and Idarkopf in Hunsrück.

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    8.08 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you want to hike on traces of the Middle Ages, then this route is the right place for you. On romantic rock paths, it leads around the castle Neuerburg. The mighty structure forms a splendid ensemble with the parish church of St. Nicholas, the bell tower and today's vicarage - former Vogthaus. The Beilsturm, once a watchtower, and the "Koblenzer Pfad", which leads over an old defensive wall, give the Middle Ages a new lease of life. The Panoramaweg and the pulpit offer impressive views of the Enz valley and the heart of the picturesque town.Eligius and Kreuzkapelle, the Mariensäule at the market and the "Schwarzbildchen" - resting in a 700-year-old oak tree - hint at the piety of the Neuerburg people. The colorful city park directly on the Enzbach invites you to unwind and to review the tour. The market square is the start and end point of the hike and offers itself for the subsequent culinary strengthening.

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  • Intermediate
    03:48
    8.47 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is truly in the heart of Europe. The Ourtal between Tintesmühle and the village of Ouren is narrow, steep and quaint. Deep, the river has dug into the Rhenish Slate Mountains. In the past, the Our hosted thousands of freshwater pearl mussels. So that the stock recovers, there is a breeding station of these rare river dwellers in the Kalborner mill. Halfway through the tour you will reach the Europen monument in Ouren. Each of the six founding countries of the United Europe has a large stone block in the park of the European Monument.After a short and violent climb to Königslei, fantastic views open over the treetops. The brook draws its bows cheerfully. Dragonflies glitter in the sun and brown trout glisten in the crystal-clear water. Rare riparian forests flank the Our. They are among the most vital habitats in Europe! Here kingfisher and herons are hunting. Maybe even a black stork can be seen.

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    7.41 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ourtal is always a guarantee for a varied hike. A grandiose, ancient low mountain landscape stretches through the Ourtal. The Our proves to be a true master of landscape design. The rocky Grenzsteig along the Lätges mountain offers a nearly alpine experience with magnificent views. After so many ups and downs, the Ourtal reservoir - the lower reservoir of the pumped storage power plant - with its waterfront promenade and the Ourstaden of Bivels invites you for a relaxing stroll.The ruins of Falkenstein Castle perch on a mountain cliff high above Ourschleife. A few steps downriver, the medieval town of Vianden resides with its rebuilt castle - one of the most important and powerful castles in Europe.

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you like the contrast of gentle highlands and deeply cut valleys, then this tour is just the thing. Ground ditch, Kalkgraben, school ditch and of course especially the valley of the Kyll are guarantors for a varied hike. The picturesque gallery of former Buntsandstein quarries is evidence of a long, traditional natural stone industry. The interplay of red rocks with the magnificent canopy of tall beeches fascinates.The picturesque village of Auw an der Kyll is surrounded by forests and red sandstone cliffs. In his heart stands the venerable Mother of God Church. The Stillegraben with its bizarre and yet graceful sandstone cascades, over which the Schaalbach pours, gives us an interesting insight. While roaming the Orenhofen forest you reach the highest point of the hike, the Burgknopp, a medieval castle hill.

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    7.55 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hikers on the Irsenpfad experience one of the most idyllic valleys of the Eifel. If you are looking for peace and loneliness, you will find it here in the Islek. Surrounded by over 500 meters high, mighty ridges, the Irsen snakes through a picturesque meadow landscape. The splashing of the irises accompanies the silence of the Irsental.Hard-working beaver have left their mark, they have become home here again. The special feature of this route is the interplay of tranquility that radiates the valley and the wide views that afford the heights. Medicine for body and soul in this hectic time.

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    13.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Bizzare rocky landscapes, flowery meadows and fern-rich forests characterize this route. But also very rare animal and plant species, such as hawks and orchids find their home here.Many sights along the route invite you to linger. For example, the Liborius chapel, which has 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 castle Weilerbach with a beautiful castle garden after French models.Not to mention, the Diana monument in Bollendorf, which commemorates a Roman goddess, responsible for the protection of the forest and hunting luck.

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  • Difficult
    06:24
    12.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Bollendorfer Plateau on the German side, the Luxembourgian Beforter plateau and the deeply cut Sûre valley as a connecting element make this route an unforgettable experience. At every turn, the rocky slopes in the Luxembourg sandstone are a true Eldorado for rock walkers.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 tear lair, magnificent views and gorge-like ravines, mystical rock paths and root paths, impressive rock towers and boundless river panoramas compose a fascinating landscape. The historic center of Beaufort with Beaufort Castle is a must for anyone interested in culture.But also Bollendorf with the Sauerstaden, the castle Bollendorf, castle Weilerbach and the Roman villa has much to offer.

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The devil himself has left his mark on this route. His devil's work documented gorges and fissures in the rock bastions of the Ferschweiler plateau - especially the 28 meters deep named after him gorge. Rarely does the elemental power of nature show itself as impressive as on the Irrel waterfalls. At a length of 140 meters, the clear water of the Prüm fights between mighty boulders. The hiking bridge over the Prüm opens a fascinating view of the natural spectacle.Speaking of view: From the Liboriuskapelle, high above the Sûre valley, there is a wonderful view of the romantic Echternach. Since the 16th century, hermit monks lived in the cliff hewn in the rock below the chapel, whose remains can still be admired. The entrance to the Gutenbachtal valley marks the Felsenweiher: a bizarre complex surrounded by terraces, basins, stairs and bridges. The Nature Park Center Teufelsschlucht offers a range of adventure activities in this spectacular landscape.

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    8.89 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route lives up to its name. Four brooks with very different character are the hikers cheerful companion. On old mining trail along the Alfbachs the story of the pretty resort Bleialf awakes. Here Bleierz was won until the middle of the 20th century.From Halenfeld the path runs along grassy paths along the Donsbach. After a short Hügelmezzo with magnificent views, the next stream is at your feet: the Ihrbach. Traces of diligent construction betray the beaver. Numerous ponds are a hunting ground for blue and greenschillernder dragonflies. Again it goes over the open ridge.Grazing sheep graze as white spots the lush green meadows and pastures. The culmination of the varied tour is a relaxing spot on the romantic pond near Richelsberg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    99.3 mi
  • Duration
    45:50 h
  • Elevation
    11,850 ft

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