Giant trees & rocky canyons — hiking in the Southern Eifel
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At the moment, you are still hiking with a fantastic view over the lovely hilly landscape, as the trail leads you into a dense beech forest. You follow the path, the leaves rustle softly over you in the wind and the sun paints fine shadows on the forest floor. Soon you will see stones and rocks between the tree trunks and shortly afterwards you will be standing in the middle of a narrow ravine. On both sides of the sandstone rock walls rise and high above you can see the blue sky. On a metal staircase, it finally goes up and on the rock, high above the trees awaits you a breathtaking view of the South Eifel.
We have selected thirteen hiking trails, where you can explore the diverse landscape of the Eifel, the Luxembourg Ardennes and the Müllerthal – also known as Luxembourg's Little Switzerland. The paths lead you over and over again across the border to Luxembourg, which 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.
The NaturWanderPark delux extends on both sides of the German-Luxembourg border. An extensive network of altogether 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 cliffs, dark caves and narrow gorges that have fascinated people for centuries.
The Devon Trail shows you the beauty of the Isleks, a foothill of the Ardennes that stretches across the north of Luxembourg and the north of the southern Eifel. The rugged cliffs and deeply cut river valleys will inspire you again and again on this 18-kilometer hiking trail in the NaturWanderPark delux.The geology of this region is special. The Prüm has cut itself deeply over millions of years and thus creates a multifaceted landscape with its side streams. Panoramic views open up to you from the Mariensäule on the Eichelsberg and from the Trielsberg. The idyllic Wahlbachtal, the picturesque Mühlbachtal and the untouched Dierbachtal exude authenticity. Narrow paths still give a sense of adventure.But also Waxweiler itself with its southern field dome or the Devonium, where you can get to know the world 400 million years ago with all your senses, makes this hike an experience.
One of the most idyllic valleys in the Eifel is waiting to be discovered by you on this hike in the NaturWanderPark delux: the Irsental. The adventure arc on the almost 20 kilometer long circuit ranges from impressive panoramic views to former mills, which today invite you to stop in the picturesque valley floor.This wonderful valley is ennobled by the nature reserve "Ginsterheiden" with its steppe lawns, hawthorn bushes and the gorse bushes that bloom golden in spring - the "Eifelgold". The Irsental is not only famous for its fossil-rich slate rocks, but also for the almost 550 species of butterflies, 145 of which are on the red list of endangered species.In the Irsental recreation area with its reservoir and a natural history trail, you can take a relaxing break for a picnic shortly before your return to the starting point.
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Three major landscape elements are the main actors on this hiking route in the NaturWanderpark delux: the Ferschweiler Plateau on the German side, the Luxembourgish Berdorfer Plateau and the deeply cut Sauer Valley as a connecting element. The composition of grandiose panoramas and picturesque rocky backdrops creates the unmistakable charm of the route, whose rocky and root paths encourage exploration.Türkenkopf, Schlösserlay, Brechlay are just a few examples of how far the rock band extends between Schloss Weilerbach and Ferschweiler. Speaking of Weilerbach Castle: you should definitely make a stop here to enjoy this art and cultural-historical gem.The rock bastions of the Kalekapp and the climbing rocks of the Wanterbach promise pure adventure. The Martbusch plateau offers you many geological manifestations worth seeing: crevices, silts, caves, rock slides.Tip: The “Mandrack” passage is only around 40 centimeters wide in the shoulder area. It's best to put your backpack down here and walk sideways.
This hiking route in the NaturWanderpark delux offers everything a hiker's heart desires: culture, nature, impressive views. The Irrel waterfalls alone are worth a trip. Over a length of 140 meters, the Prüm rushes through the mighty rocks.Did you know that one of the best hops in Germany is grown near Holsthum? This is where the largest hop growing area in Rhineland-Palatinate is located.The cat's head bunker with its Westwall Museum gives an impression of the warlike events on the Westwall. From here you can see the converging valleys of Nims and Prüm. The origin of the Prümerburg, the ruins of which on a rock bastion offer a wonderful view of the valley, lies in the dark of history.Proof that the Romans liked it here is the Roman Villa Holsthum, the foundations of which have been exposed.
The name of this hiking route in the NaturWanderPark delux is the Schankweiler Klause. It is a real gem with its rich baroque architecture. However, this tour also counts as a valley tour, as it opens up the Enz and Prümtal valleys in an impressive manner from various perspectives.You hike on the 17-kilometer route between the picturesque, rugged rock massifs and the typical SÃ¼deifel orchard meadow landscape, which creates an enchanting picture in spring when the fruit is in bloom. In addition to the hop fields, they testify to the mild climate that prevails here.Even those interested in history do not miss out: numerous prehistoric and early historical monuments prove a settlement history that is thousands of years old. The Celts and Romans obviously felt very comfortable here and may have enjoyed the wonderful panoramic views even then.
This hike is certainly the most densely wooded of all Eifel tours in the delux nature hiking park. The color palette of the wet and broken forests of this highest forest in the North Eifel Nature Park changes with each season.It is almost flat through the headwaters of the Alfbach, which is fed by dozens of rivulets, moors and ponds. To protect fauna and flora, the path leads you over boardwalks in particularly sensitive areas. Here you will discover rare plants such as bell heather or forest lice herb.About halfway, the forest backdrop opens up to the grandiose “three-country view”. Here a platform invites you to linger and, in good weather, offers you a unique view of the hills of Islek, Ösling and the High Fens.
This hiking route in the NaturWanderPark delux is like a journey into the past. Even in the last century, numerous mills rattled on the Our. Weirs were built in many places - dead ends for the stream inhabitants. You will be accompanied by the babbling of the river along the entire route - from the hiking car park in Dasburg to the village of the same name and back on the other side.These weirs were recently dismantled in a cross-border nature park project and fish ladders were built. Now the brown trout can move upstream again to their spawning grounds.In addition to flour, oak bark, the tan, was ground in the mills. Eichenlohe contains tanning agents for leather tanning. The oak bark was obtained in low oak forests, the tanned hedges. A welcome source of income for the formerly very poor population.
If you go on a hiking tour in the atmospheric Kammerwald in the NaturwanderPark delux, you should be aware that you are walking on old smugglers' paths, which still give an adventurous impression today. You will hardly be able to escape this mysterious aura of the forest, which belonged to the Count of Vianden until the end of the feudal period (1794).Imposing oak trees give the Kammerwald something magical. The magnificent royal oak in particular, one of the oldest trees in the West Eifel at 350 years old, exudes majestic dignity with its five-meter circumference and 32-meter height.The beautiful, open valley of the Gaybach has its own magic. At Scheierhaff you will be greeted by a wonderful view of Vianden Castle on the opposite side of the Our.
If you need medicine for your stressed soul, you will get it in high doses on this hiking tour in the NaturWanderPark delux. The doctor licensed here is the quiet, untouched valley of the Prüm.The Prüm is special and will enchant you on your hike: It is impressive how deep the river has dug itself into the slate over millions of years and has created a varied range of loops, breakthroughs, valley expansions and river terraces.A particularly beautiful example of this is the Ritscheberg, on whose mountain spur there are remains of a prehistoric ring wall. The slopes of the Prüm Valley offer diverse forest images.The 300-year-old Napoleon Oak owes its name to Napoleon Bonaparte, who came through the Prüm Valley in 1812 and is said to have stopped here. In addition, the route spoils you again and again with different, charming views of the surrounding landscape.
Three deeply cut red sandstone gorges put their stamp on this hiking tour in the NaturWanderPark delux. Hardly anyone suspects that these natural spectacles are hidden in the wooded slopes of the Ringsbach valley. The hike above the southern, largest gorge gives you a fascinating view of the walls and cascades made of red sandstone.You can see the scenic transition from Bitburger Gutland to Islek here. The route doesn’t save with beautiful views of the expansive Enz Valley.The nature reserve "Tongruben" is evidence of former clay mining. Today the pit provides habitat for endangered birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects. At the same time, it is a suitable location for regenerative energy generation. A solar park for environmentally friendly power generation was built there by the municipality of Utscheid.The natural landscape at the "Roten Puhl", the bunded sandstone impact slope on the Enz at the start and end of the route, is particularly impressive.
If you love grandiose views, then this hiking route in the NaturWanderPark delux is just right for you. The southern edge of the Islek gives you impressive views over the Bitburger Gutland, which is 300 meters below. When the air is clear, even the Hunsrück peaks at the Scheuerdell viewpoint are almost within reach.The route offers other eye-catchers, for example the pilgrimage church in Weidingen, which is well worth seeing and which began in the early 14th century. But also the Fischbacher Chapel, which is enthroned on a rock spur, invites you to linger awhile.The idyllic valleys of the Radenbach and the Burscheider Bach provide an intense experience of nature.And if all these diverse perspectives are still not enough for you, then you can get a bird's eye view from the Utscheider glider airfield.