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

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NaturWanderPark delux

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.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:58
    10.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Devon Trail will show you the beauty of Islek, a foothill of the Ardennes that stretches across northern Luxembourg and the north of the southern Eifel. The craggy rocks 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 deepened in millions of years and created so with their side streams a multi-faceted structured landscape. Panoramic views open up to you from the Mariensäule on the Eichelsberg and the Trielsberg. The idyllic Wahlbachtal, the picturesque Mühlbachtal and the untouched Dierbachtal radiate originality. Narrow paths still leave something of an adventure.But also Waxweiler himself, with his south devilfeldom or the devonium, where you can get to know the world with all your senses 400 million years ago, makes this hike an experience.

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  • Difficult
    05:28
    12.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    One of the most idyllic valleys of 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 round spans from impressive panoramic views to former mills that invite you to stop in the picturesque valley bottom today.This beautiful valley is ennobled by the nature reserve "Ginsterheiden" with its steppe grass, hawthorn bushes and the spring golden blooming broom bushes - the "Eifelgold". The Irsental is not only famous for its fossil-rich shale rocks, but also for the nearly 550 butterfly species, 145 of which are on the Red List of Endangered Species.In the recreation area Irsental with its reservoir pond and a nature trail you can take a relaxing break for a picnic shortly before your return to Ausgssgpunkt.

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  • Difficult
    07:21
    15.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Three major landscape elements are the main players on this hiking route in the NaturWanderpark delux: the Ferschweiler plateau on the German side, the Luxembourg Berdorfer plateau and the deeply cut sour valley as a connecting element. The composition of grandiose panoramas and picturesque rock backdrops provides the unmistakable charm of the route, whose rocky and winding paths animate to explore.Türkenkopf, Schlösserlay, Brechlay are just a few examples of how far the rock belt between Schloss Weilerbach and Ferschweiler extends. Speaking of Schloss Weilerbach: here you should definitely stop to enjoy this art and cultural historical jewel.The rock bastions of the Kalekapp and the climbing rocks of the Wanterbach promise pure adventure. The Martbusch Plateau offers you many interesting geological manifestations: cracks, caves, caves, rock slides.Tip: The passage "Mandrack" is only about 40 centimeters wide in the shoulder area. Put down here the best backpack and go sideways.

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  • Difficult
    08:59
    18.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This route requires some stamina - so either get up early or just schedule two days for this varied hiking tour in NaturWanderPark delux. You will be rewarded with a multi-faceted nature experience including blooming meadows, stately beech forests and bizarre rock landscapes.You can take a varied break in the interactive museum in the Tudor castle to Rosport. Especially obese with the children, but also very entertaining for adults.Wild orchids thrive on the sun-warmed limestone slopes, while mosses, lichens and ferns feel particularly comfortable in the cool gorges. At night, the eagle-owl and the daytime hunt peregrine falcon, which is also extremely rare.The Felsenweg 4 follows with many ascents and descents the loops of the Sauer, again and again with magnificent valley and distant views. At the Girster Klause it is time to recharge your batteries, because here time seems to stand still. On the way is also Rosport, known for its excellent mineral water.

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  • Difficult
    05:00
    11.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hiking route in the NaturWanderpark delux offers everything a hiker's heart desires: culture, nature, impressive views. Alone the Irrel waterfalls are worth a visit. At a length of 140 meters the Prüm struggles through the mighty rocks.Did you know that Holsthum produces one of the best hops in Germany? Here is the largest hop growing area in Rhineland-Palatinate.The Katzenkopf bunker with its Westwall Museum gives an impression of the warlike events on the Westwall. From here you look into the coinciding valleys of Nims and Prüm. The origins of the Prüm castle, whose ruins on a rocky bastion afford a magnificent view of the valley, lie in the dark of history.Proof that the Romans liked it here is the Roman Villa Holsthum, whose foundations have been uncovered.

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  • Intermediate
    04:56
    10.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The namesake 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 in an impressive way from various perspectives.You will hike on the 17 kilometer long route between picturesque rugged massifs and the typical Südeifel orchard meadows, which create a charming image in spring during the flowering season. In addition to the hop fields, they testify to the prevailing mild climate here.Even history buffs will not miss out: Numerous pre- and protohistoric monuments prove a millennia-old settlement history. Celts and Romans obviously felt very well here and perhaps even then enjoyed the magnificent panoramic views.

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  • Intermediate
    04:04
    9.29 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike is undoubtedly the most wooded of all Eifel tours in the NaturWanderpark delux. With every season, the color palette of the wet and broken forests of this highest forest changes in the Nature Park North Eifel.It almost goes through the headwaters of Alfbach, which feeds on dozens of rivers, bogs and ponds. For the protection of fauna and flora the way leads you in particularly sensitive areas over planks. Here you will discover rare plants such as the bell heather or the forest lice herb.About halfway the forest opens to the grandiose "Three Country View". Here, a platform invites you to linger and offers you in good weather a unique panoramic view to the hills of Islek, Ösling and the High Fens.

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    11.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hiking route in NaturWanderPark delux is like a journey into the past. Still in the last century rattling on the Our numerous mills. In many places there were dams - dead ends for the stream inhabitants. On the entire route you will be accompanied by the lapping of the river - from the trail parking lot in Dasburg to the same place and on the other side back.Recently, these weirs were rebuilt in a cross-border nature park project, created fish ladders. Now the brown trout can once again move upstream to their spawning waters.In addition to flour, oak bark, the Lohe, was ground in the mills. Oak lichen contains tannin to leather tanning. The oak bark was obtained in oak lowland forests, the Lohhecken. A welcome source of income for the formerly very poor population.The Dasburg towers proudly over the valley and the town of the same name. Here is even an old tannery, a detour to this picturesque spots worth it.

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    9.73 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this fascinating hiking tour in the NaturWanderPark delux there are beautiful nature impressions as well as much manmade things to admire.Until the 1950s, the Our pulled as a small stream its loop around Bivels, which at that time still looked very different; The St. Nicolas mountain still had a hilltop and there was no reservoir. The current landscape, on the other hand, testifies to one of the most impressive construction projects of Luxembourg from the middle of the last century. Almost invisibly, Vianden is home to one of the largest pumped storage power plants in Europe. Deep under your route, the waves rush in giant tubes between the reservoir and the upper basin on the Mont St. Nicolas.A much older mining history tells the copper mine in Stolzemburg, which you will later reach on the route. And even older: the history of Falkenstein Castle, which still retains a residential building and castle ruins. Today the castle is privately owned.

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    8.79 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you go for a walk in the atmospheric chamber forest in the NaturwanderPark delux, you should be aware that you are walking on old smuggler trails that still give an adventurous impression today. This mysterious aura of the forest, which belonged to the Count of Vianden until the end of the feudal age (1794), you will hardly be able to escape.Imposing oak trees give the chamber forest something fabulous. Especially the magnificent king oak, with its 350 years one of the oldest trees of the Westeifel, exudes with its circumference of five meters and a height of 32 meters a majestic dignity.A very special magic holds the beautiful, open valley of Gaybach ready. At the Scheierhaff, you will have a wonderful view of Vianden Castle on the opposite side of the Our.

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    6.64 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you need medicine for your stressed soul, then you will receive it on this hike in NaturWanderPark delux high doses. The doctor admitted here is the quiet, untouched valley of Prüm.The Prüm is special and will enchant you on your hike: it is impressive how deeply the river has buried itself in the shale over millions of years and created a varied range of loops, breakthroughs, valley extensions and river terraces.A particularly beautiful example of this is the Ritscheberg, on whose mountain spur remains of a prehistoric ring wall are. The slopes of the Prüm Valley offer a variety of forest pictures.The 300-year-old Napoleon oak owes its name to Napoleon Bonaparte, who came in 1812 through the Prüm Valley and should have taken a rest here. In addition, the route spoils you time and again with different, charming views of the surrounding countryside.

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    8.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Three deeply cut Buntsandsteinschluchten can be found on this hiking tour in the NaturWanderPark delux. Hardly anyone suspects that hide in the forested slopes of the Ringbachtales these natural spectacles. The hike above the southern, largest gorge opens up a fascinating view of the walls and cascades of red sandstone.Here you can see the scenic transition from Bitburger Gutland to Islek. The route does not save with beautiful views in the far-reaching Enztal.The nature reserve "Tongruben" testifies to 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 production. A solar park for environmentally friendly power generation was built there by the municipality Utscheid.The natural landscape on the "Red Puhl", the federal sandstone precipice on the Enz at the start and end of the route, presents itself particularly impressively.

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    11.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you love grandiose views, then this hiking route in NaturWanderPark delux is just right for you. The southern edge of the Isleks gives you impressive views over the Bitburger Gutland, which lies 300 meters below. With clear air even the Hunsrück summits at Scheuerdell lookout are almost within reach.But the route also offers other eye-catchers, such as the worth seeing pilgrimage church in Weidingen, whose beginnings are in the early 14th century. But the Fischbacher chapel, perched on a rocky spur, invites you to contemplative lingering.An intense nature experience brings the idyllic valleys of the Radenbach and Burscheider Bach.And if all these varied perspectives are still not enough for you, then you can go from the Utscheider gliding airfield into a bird's eye view.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    146 mi
  • Duration
    66:54 h
  • Elevation
    17,125 ft

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