Crossing a mountain range is a unique experience, a small challenge and an unforgettable adventure in nature. The Eifel makes this adventure tangible: In the west of Germany, between Aachen and Trier, the beautiful low mountain range awaits you, which has everything to offer that makes a great time on a mountain bike. Here you'll find wonderful untouched forests, idyllic lakes, unforgettable views of the wide countryside and of course action-packed trails. In this collection we show you how to cross the Eifel in six stages.
If you have doubts whether a mountain crossing is the right thing for you, or if you simply lack experience, then the Eifel is perfect for an example test. The Eifel is easily accessible and does not require such detailed planning as, for example, an Alpine crossing. The topography is moderate and the trails offer a great, not too extreme mixture, which is fun for Trans-newcomers, but also for experienced bikers. Nevertheless, it's a challenge to try your hand at the Eifel: almost 300 kilometers and around 5,500 meters of altitude difference are not without it. But you can control how much enjoyment and challenge there is in your Trans-Eifel: our six stages are just right for the average biker. If you are looking for a real challenge, just plan fewer stages and if it sounds too exhausting, take more time.
The Eifel is perfectly suited for eventful stage rides where comfort is not neglected. Despite its remoteness, the area is well-developed for tourism, so you'll find many down-to-earth hosts. All tours in this collection end in places with a good choice of accommodation: Whether camping, youth hostel or guesthouse/hotel - you decide for yourself how much comfort you enjoy away from your bike. As this is a "one-way tour", it is a good idea to arrive by train. There is a good train connection between the start (Düren) and the finish (Trier), so that you also have the possibility to come back to your car by train after the tour. Once you're on your way, wonderfully secluded trails and paths await you. That's great, of course, but also requires some preparation: Take enough provisions, some tools and spare parts and expect that there won't be a train to take you home on the way - and that you often don't even have mobile phone reception. That sounds like the perfect natural idyll? It is, we promise!
The first leg of your Trans-Eifel adventure begins in Düren, the gateway to the Eifel. If you want to save some of the more urban milestones, you can take the Rurtalbahn, for example, to Kreuzau, where you can immerse yourself in the wonderfully quiet nature.You'll get plenty of it in the course of this stage: You'll pass several beautiful reservoirs, rush through idyllic valleys and climb to scenic heights, from where you can look far into the country. In good weather you can see from the Eifelblick Hemgenberg to Cologne Cathedral! Be attentive at this stage in any case. Then you may also see some animal inhabitants of the area. In the Thönbachtal, for example, it is not so unlikely that you can observe a beaver building a dam.On this stage you will always come back through cozy villages that offer themselves for a break and to fill up the energy reserves. In the stage destination Roetgen all sorts of rustic rest stops and accommodation options are waiting for you. The place is right on the Vennbahnradweg, so you are set here on cyclists.
This tour begins with a flowing ride through the unspoiled deciduous forest of Hasselbachgraben. When it rains, it is especially nice here, but also a bit slippery. So let's take it a bit easier. After a first long climb, a wide view opens up, on clear days you can look from here to the Rhenish lignite mining area. An information board tells you what you see. Get a little orientation with a short break.A nice descent takes you down to the Kalltalsperre and the Kalltal, where with luck you have the chance to see beavers. Shortly thereafter, the community of Simmerath welcomes you - the perfect opportunity for a long break and strengthening.Towards the end the route becomes even more varied. Again and again it goes - sometimes steep - uphill and downhill and again and again you have good views of the idyllic Rur valley. When you come to Monschau in the end and are here for the first time, you will probably be astonished and seem like you in the Middle Ages. In the entire city you can expect narrow, winding streets with cobblestones and ancient half-timbered houses. Here you are guaranteed to find the right location to end the day comfortably.
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If you have not noticed before, on the third stage of our Trans-Eifel-Tour you will notice it at the latest: In the Eifel it is almost never flat! It is either uphill or downhill. This is sometimes demanding, but always exciting and varied.Before you go on your way, it is a good idea to enjoy the beautiful ambience of Monschau again. A delicious breakfast you get guaranteed here and if you like to drink coffee, the Caffee-roasting Monschau is a real insider tip. After the culinary episodes, the pleasures on the Eiffel Trail finally come.Of that you expect a lot on this tour. Passing the Perlenbachtalsperre, you follow the creek of the same name until you reach the border with Belgium. Here you can take a quick look "over", breathe again and look forward to the rapid descent down to the Oleftalsperre.On the bank of the dam arrived, you can breathe first. Along the dam, you actually roll along the water for a while - exceptions just confirm the rule. Only behind the dam is the real Eifel feeling back: on beautiful trails it goes back up and down through the Prether Bachtal and later along the Kyll, which is dammed at Kronenburg to Kronenburger See. Here you can spend the night at the campsite or look for a room in the surrounding villages. The next accommodations can be found in Kronenburg and Dahlem.
On the fourth stage of our Trans-Eifel-Tour, you will often think in between times: "Peaceful is not really possible!" Fortunately, this is today - now have land and people found their peace here. But that was not always the case. This region, which is named Schneifel, has been plagued by wars time and again, and if you look closely, you can see silent witnesses of a turbulent past here and there.Partially you drive today on the path of peace. At the edge of the trail, landmarks recall the region's eventful past, and all sorts of bunkers and craters can be found in the vicinity. Once the scene of brute force, the remnants of war today provide a home to many rare animals and plants.On a beautiful trail, you drive rapidly towards the stage destination, the sleepy resort Waxweiler, in which there is everything to end the day comfortably and quietly. From the hotel to the campsite, there are all kinds of accommodation and in good weather, the outdoor pool invites you to cool off.
From the start in Waxweiler the Prüm accompanies you for a long time, winding its way through the landscape in many loops, while you can plow the partly wooded banks of the river along small roads, paths and trails and enjoy wonderful views of the valley.
The Bitburger See, a barrage of the Prüm, offers itself for a first long break. From the cozy boathouse you have perfect views of the water and if the break may take a little longer, you can rent a kayak or paddleboat here. Incidentally, the name of the lake is reminiscent of the nearby town of Bitburg with its brewery of the same name - so you know what you should definitely eat in the evening in the interest of cultural education.
But beforehand, another portion of biking at its best awaits you and there are still some crisp climbs and flowing descents to master. It gets really fast at the end on the downhill to Bollendorf, which is not difficult, but really fun. Once at the destination, you can end the day with a walk to the border river Sauer or you can see the sights of the health resort. These include, for example, the castle Bollendorf or the Roman villa. As a cheap accommodation offers the youth hostel Bollendorf.
The sixth and final leg of your Trans-Eifel adventure is impressive in many ways. So waiting for just under 50 kilometers a whopping 1,200 vertical meters to be climbed by you. This is the constant change uphill and downhill. This is quite challenging, but totally varied and the beautiful nature and numerous highlights along the route also ensure an absolutely entertaining final stage through the Eifel.The trails of this tour are not only a lot of fun, they also have something to offer in terms of landscape. Huge rocks tower in many places right next to the path many meters high and it is worthwhile to just stop and take on the sometimes bizarre shapes of the rock. Flowing passages alternate with very technical pieces and it can happen that you have to push your bike a few meters - but that's just part of it.After about one third of the tour you drive down to the shore of the Sauer. The river forms the border between Germany and Luxembourg and if you fancy a short trip abroad, you can just take the bridge to Echternach and look at the beautiful historic old town before you go back on the trails.Shortly before the end of the stage and thus almost at the end of your Trans-Eifel journey you will reach the Markusberg, from where you have a beautiful view of the Moselle and Trier. A final descent brings you to the old Roman town. Plan your time to explore the old town and the numerous sights in peace.From Trier you have very good connection to the network of the train, so you come home well or back to the starting point of your Eifel adventure to Düren.