Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
About 2 km from Daun station, over the viaduct, past the mill hill, the "Lützelbacher Kopf" (507 m above normal zero) was crossed by a 560 m long tunnel. The construction was carried out 1907 - 1909. The tunnel is lined with Eifel basalt. In 1988, the Daun - Wittlich railway line was shut down. In 1998, the first section of the Maare-Moselle cycle path was opened. The tunnel is lit today and bears the inscription "Big slap ear" at the entrance, indicating a species of bat that has settled in the tunnel.
With a length of 560 m, it is the second longest tunnel in Germany that you can ride on bicycles. That's why hardly any daylight falls into the center of the tunnel. For pedestrians and cyclists, therefore, lamps have been installed. But some rare visitors appreciate the darkness: bats! The dwarf bat and the brown long-eared hibernate in a wooden crate under the ceiling at the north end of the tunnel. In the rest of the tunnel vault, bearded, water and fringed bats are also oversleeping the winter.
Shortly after the tunnel (direction Wittlich) you can take a break at the rest area.
Cool - drive your bike through a tunnel that is almost 600 meters long. And best of all, the tunnel is only for cyclists and pedestrians - and bats, the "big slotted ears", but they usually do not cross your lane. The tunnel is lit, but it is still a special experience to drive through the tunnel without daylight. By the way, this is the second longest bicycle tunnel in Germany.
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