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Katzensteine

Katzensteine

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Recommended by 817 out of 843 hikers

This Highlight is in a protected area

Please check local regulations for: Hohes Venn-Eifel

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  • Ewa und Christof

    The striking rock formation made of red sandstone natural rocks comes from a mighty river deposit that covered the entire Eifel approx. 220 million years ago.
    🌊☄🌌
    Hiking through the crevices of the Katzensteine, and picnicking on the rocks are very entertaining.

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    • June 26, 2021

  • Ewa und Christof

    "The word" cat "used to mean" small ". According to the findings of place name research," cat "and" dog "as destination in place names denote the smallness of the term in the base word and have nothing to do with the animal in question."
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    • June 26, 2021

  • MoRi

    In the "Mechernich Forest", which stretches from the eastern city limits of Mechernich to Satzvey, the Katzensteine rise on the border to Veybachaue near Katzvey. The striking rock formation made of colored sandstone natural rock stems from a mighty river deposit that covered the entire Eifel region around 220 million years ago. Over the course of millions of years, the upward and downward processes of the earth's crust as well as rain, wind and frost have contributed to the current appearance. The resulting overhanging rock sections offered natural protection against adverse weather conditions.

    With growing tourism, the "Katzensteine" became a popular destination. Therefore, there is unfortunately a great danger that an archaeological site monument, rare in its importance for the settlement history of the Eifel region, will suffer irreparable damage.

    Please help to prevent things from getting this far: please do not knock out any souvenirs, do not use bicycles and the like. The sight is impressive.
    SOURCE: mechernich.de/tourismus-freizeit/sehenswert/steinzeit-kelten-roemer/katzensteine

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    • July 11, 2019

  • Jo

    Red sandstone rock formation - partly heavily overgrown with moss.
    With a little imagination you can see the different shapes in the catstones ...

    You can be reached in a few minutes walk from the hiking car park "Katzensteine" on the L61.

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    • December 13, 2017

  • Gerd

    From the trail parking lot can be reached in a few minutes the Katzensteine. When climbing you should not leave the paths and pay attention to surefootedness. At the top, there is a pine forest in the course of which the forest Hombusch joins.

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    • January 6, 2017

  • Go

    Lots of space to romp around, be amazed, search and find. A nice place with interesting history, picnic area and lingering. From Katzvey even within a few minutes. Even for people with little condition or need for support while walking a feasible goal.
    On a longer tour a surprising place.

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    • August 12, 2018

  • Turbo

    A great place for big and small kids to go for little climbing or have a little picnic

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    • October 5, 2019

  • Gerda

    Family-friendly excursion destination, exciting for children

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    • August 8, 2019

  • EifelFranke

    Great rock formations and wonderful forest with hiking opportunities.

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    • March 17, 2021

  • Torsten

    A very nice place with imposing rock formations. These are in the immediate vicinity of the hiking car park.

    Ideal as a starting point, destination or intermediate stage of a hike!

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    • June 24, 2019

  • R.Bungartz

    The impressive formation of the Katzensteine with up to 15 meter high red sandstone rocks owes its rugged shape to the eroding forces of wind, water, drought and frost. In its shadow there was once a camp for Stone Age hunters. In Roman times, residents of the surrounding area used the sandstone rocks as a quarry.
    A Paleolithic site is located in the south of the rock formation. Archaeological investigations between 1969 and 1971 found stone tools around 13,000 years old.
    During the excavations, traces of mining were discovered in various places in the area, which prove the use as a quarry in Roman times. Even today, so-called shot walls with arched traces of blows can still be seen. Here, large cuboids were hewn out of the sandstone ("cleared") and blasted from the rock with the help of iron wedges.
    During the excavation in the south of the rocks, the bottom of the quarry was found under a 2.50 meter thick layer of deposits. Find evidence proves stone extraction from the first century AD. Source: kuladig.de/Objektansicht/O-UM-20130327-0014

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    • August 22, 2020

  • Gss

    Very interesting rock formation in the middle of the forest

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    • April 7, 2020

  • Turbo

    Ideal place for big and small children to let off steam, but beware, because in some places the rock sits a bit loose

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    • October 5, 2019

  • Olaf

    An impressive rock formation near Katzvey.

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    • November 1, 2020

  • MoRi

    Cat stones
    In the "Mechernich Forest", which stretches from the eastern city limits of Mechernich to Satzvey, the Katzensteine rise on the border to Veybachaue near Katzvey. The striking rock formation made of colored sandstone natural rock stems from a mighty river deposit that covered the entire Eifel region around 220 million years ago. Over the course of millions of years, the upward and downward processes of the earth's crust as well as rain, wind and frost have contributed to the current appearance. The resulting overhanging rock sections offered natural protection against adverse weather conditions.

    With growing tourism, the "Katzensteine" became a popular destination. Therefore, there is unfortunately a great danger that an archaeological site monument, rare in its importance for the settlement history of the Eifel region, will suffer irreparable damage.

    Please help to prevent things from getting this far: please do not knock out any souvenirs, do not use bicycles and the like. The sight is impressive.
    SOURCE: mechernich.de/tourismus-freizeit/sehenswert/steinzeit-kelten-roemer/katzensteine

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    • July 11, 2019

  • Jens

    Absolutely worth seeing natural formations. Great stone formations.

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    • July 23, 2018

  • Jan

    Beautiful stone formations. It's worth it.

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    • August 17, 2018

  • perpe

    Great trails lead to the beautiful sandstones

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    • June 21, 2016

  • Oliver

    Not for nothing a great highlight of the region - a distinctive place to take photos and selfies, as well as to climb the "rock wall" invites!

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    • March 31, 2019

  • Nanaki Lion

    Very nice rock place, right on the Katzvey.
    Get a good rest here.
    You have to be in basic condition and be sure-footed.

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    • April 22, 2019

  • Torsten

    From the hiking car park Katzensteine it is only a short distance to stand in front of these beautiful rocks. When you circle around it, there is no problem getting up on top of it.

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    • June 24, 2019

  • Torsten

    A very nice place with imposing rock formations. These are in the immediate vicinity of the hiking car park.

    Ideal as a starting point, destination or intermediate stage of a hike!

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    • June 24, 2019

  • Michel

    Anyone who is interested in nature should have been here.

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    • October 3, 2018


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Location: Mechernich, Euskirchen, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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