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  1. joetobn went for a hike.

    5 days ago

    Hunsbuckel, Stevie... 😊 and 14 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      Again something from the touring table of the Eifel loops / tracks in the Northern Eifel.
      And as usual with a rummaging table, there are mostly average goods, some real bargains (like the Eifelspur "Tuscany of the Eifel", but also real flops ...
      This Eifel loop then belongs to the last category, i.e. flop ...It starts very promising:
      After approx. 1 km the Eifel loop meets the Ahrsteig. Some of the narrow paths lead to the Eifelblick Hühnerberg. From the view of the Eifel and the following passage over the Hühnerberg there are fantastic views over the hilly landscape of the Northern Eifel ...
      From the moment it goes into the forest, the tour becomes increasingly monotonous, if not boring ...
      First, it goes straight on wide forest roads.
      At some point you follow the course of the Auelbach on broad gravel paths, which seeps away somewhere between the bushes. However, there is not much to see from the stream - not even the rippling of a stream can be heard ...
      The last three kilometers are a bit more varied, but that doesn't lead to a positive overall impression of this Eifel loop ...
      If you are nearby, you can get an idea of the group yourself. I would not invest a long journey ...

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      • 3 days ago

  2. joetobn went for a hike.

    May 17, 2020

    Hunsbuckel, Gerda and 11 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      Since the beginning of May there is finally a bridge in the Langfigtal ... 😃
      After a flood in June 2016 destroyed the bridge at that time, it was almost 4 years not possible to make the short but very nice loop through the NSG Langfigtal, as there was no way to cross the Ahr after about half the way. ..
      There is pure nature on the approx. 3 km long circuit - ideal for a small escape from everyday life at the end of a stressful working day. There are several benches and various places where you can relax and unwind on the shore ...In short: small but nice ... 😉

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      • May 18, 2020

  3. joetobn went for a hike.

    May 9, 2020

    Hunsbuckel, Gerd and 23 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      The round with the third stage of the Roman Canal hiking trail was a little longer because I have integrated the following stations worth seeing into the route:
      - Wachendorf Castle
      - Brother Klaus field chapel
      - Eschweiler Kalkkuppe Kuttenberg
      - Bank / view of Nöthen
      - cat stones
      After crossing the railway behind Kirspenich, we went through the fields past various small nature reserves towards Wachendorf. Since this section is always slightly uphill, you will be rewarded with great views over the fields and villages of the Northern Eifel ...
      The small round in Wachendorf can also be shortened if you do not take a look at the castle and cross the Kastanienallee opposite the castle.
      I did not take the asphalted Rißdorfer Weg to the Bruder-Klaus chapel, but opted for a dirt road that was largely overgrown with grass.
      There is always activity at the chapel, so you should plan your time if you want to get involved with the interesting architecture inside ...
      After the chapel, the highway bridge over the A1 at Weiler am Berge could also be reached in a rather direct way and would save a few kilometers.
      If you like it a little longer, a dangling over the Kalkkuppe Kuttenberg is recommended. The Kalkuppe landscape with blooming orchids and beautiful views is an experience at this time of year.
      Past the golf course in Bad Münstereifel we continued towards Holzheim. You don't have to make this "detour" either. However, it does offer some beautifully located benches, from which you can let your gaze wander over the landscape of the Northern Eifel. Just before Weiler am Berge it is possible to look as far as Cologne on good days ...
      If you have left Weiler Am Berge and the motorway behind you, it is not far to the start of the third stage of the Römerkanal hiking trail on the outskirts of Mechernich. Shortly after Burgfey I left the original route again to make a detour to the Katzenstein - very worth seeing, but always well visited ...
      There is not much to see from the Roman water pipe between the cat stones and the cross-vineyard. However, at five stations you can get a lot of interesting information about the formation of the water pipe and the associated difficulties. As on the other stages, the route is based on the original route, so that there are again wide and partially asphalted paths. After Maria Rast the path leads through a beautiful forest to Kreuzweingarten. A Roman channel outcrop, the remains of a pagan temple and a beautiful view from the Hubertuskreuz round off the third stage ...Overall, a pleasant and easy to run lap ...

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      • May 12, 2020

  4. joetobn went for a hike.

    April 25, 2020

    MoRi, Hunsbuckel and 26 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      I integrated the first stage of the Römer Canal Hiking Trail (RKW) into this round of the North Eifel, but modified it slightly at two points:1. Before Sotenich I took a "shortcut" to reduce a section of the route with asphalt. In Sotenich I took the path through the town center. At the end of the village I have a path directly past another Roman Canal outcrop at the cenotaph and past the refuge, and then return to the route of the Roman Canal hiking trail.
      2. Before Keldenich I integrated a little detour to the Lourdes chapel.
      The starting point is the hiking car park on the outskirts of Urft, i.e. in the middle of the stage of the Roman Canal hiking trail. The consideration of the route planning was to reach the Eifelblick "Brehberg" halfway through the route and then take a longer break there. In normal times, shortly before the end of the round in Nettersheim, there were various options for a stop.Compared to the round with the second stage, this route offers more Northern Eifel hiking experience.Right at the beginning there is one of the most beautiful sections of the route, with a partly steep but also natural path through open beech forest to the Eifel view "Stolzenburg".On the section between Dottel and Urfey, I deliberately did not follow the course of the second stage of the RKW. The variant on this round is a bit more pleasant and integrates beautiful sections of the route such as the Sonnenweg and the path on the Wiesengrund - in the area of the wind farm it is not without asphalt sections ...Here in Urfey, fans of stratification and mountain trails get their money's worth. The Eifel view "Brehberg" offers a great view over the landscape of the Northern Eifel. On clear days, the view extends to Cologne ...The following path to Nettersheim is not free of lengths, but at the same time offers wide views of the Northern Eifel ...After Nettersheim, the RKW is initially identical to the Eifelsteig. A beautiful beech forest on the descent into the Rosenthal to the spring version "Grüner Pütz" offers a really nice hiking feeling.

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      • April 28, 2020

  5. joetobn went for a hike.

    April 17, 2020

    Jolanta, Dirk Berkenhoff and 33 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      "The Roman Canal hiking trail on this stage leads through the typical Eifel landscape in a variety of ways. Its special attraction is that the constant change from gentle mountain ranges, quiet brook valleys, wonderful forests and hedged meadows and fields offers a unique natural experience."
      With these flowery words, the second stage of the Roman Canal hiking trail between Dottel and Mechernich is advertised on the website ...
      Then I thought "she can do it" ...
      To avoid a route hike, a section of the EifelSpur "As far as the eye can see" was added and a day hike in the Northern Eifel was finished ...
      And yes, the round was really varied ... However, monotonous, sometimes almost boring route sections alternated on asphalt roads (like before and after Urfey) with fantastically beautiful passages (e.g. around the Eulenberg) ... The euphoria of the Auteren on I can only partially understand ...If I had dealt a little more intensely with the graphic "Path Condition" beforehand, I could have guessed that it would not be a unique nature experience ... With a route length of approx. 28km, the proportion of "natural" paths is just over 1km ...In the evening I was neither completely frustrated nor totally enthusiastic - due to the nature of the path, this may be more of a lap for the bike / mountain bike (but with minor adjustments) ...

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      • April 20, 2020

  6. joetobn went for a hike.

    April 5, 2020

    Hunsbuckel, Bianca Mieden and 26 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      Since news has been circulating in the media since the middle of last week that hikers' parking lots and some hiking trails in Rhineland-Palatinate are to be blocked against the background of the corona pandemic, I switched to the Eifel this weekend ...The “Eifel tracks” and “Eifel loops” have been springing up there since the end of last year.So that the journey is also worthwhile, I have extended the Eifel loop "Von Bären und Bärlauch" to include the Galgenberg, the Eifelblick "Mühlenberg" and the Römerkanal outcrops.I moved the starting point to the outskirts of Urft. Then you can get the rather less beautiful part directly at a wastewater treatment plant quite behind at the beginning.All in all, the round leads largely over wide, partly asphalted field and forest paths. The path share is relatively small. Anyone who thinks of the dream loops in the Saar-Hünsrück region when talking about “loop” will be disappointed by the route rather than be thrilled ...The Steinfeld Monastery and the associated basilica as well as the Eifel view "Königsberg" are the two most worth seeing waypoints ...At the end of March / beginning of April, the large wild garlic deposit in the beech forests in the Gillesbach nature reserve is a real experience - the whole forest smells of wild garlic ...In other words: can you do it in early April ... ;-)

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      • April 7, 2020

  7. joetobn went for a hike.

    April 4, 2020

    Bonnie24, Leandra_07 and 12 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      So far I knew the Kalvarienberg near Alendorf, but have never hiked in the area. Then the Eifel trail "Tuscany of the Eifel" set up last year came just right ...A really nice round with numerous views and panoramic views over the hilly landscape of the Eifel ...However, next time I would walk them in the opposite direction. Then the experience factor increases continuously and you can reach the juniper heath on the Eierberg and the Kalvarienberg after just under 10km.
      Both highlights are ideal for a longer break because you can enjoy the view and let your mind wander ...
      Further information on the Eifel trails is available at or

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      • April 10, 2020

  8. joetobn went for a hike.

    December 29, 2019

    8.30 mi
    3.1 mph
    2,150 ft
    1,925 ft
    Zutzel, Jolanta and 14 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      On this round you will pass almost all the lookout points around Altenahr. The most famous are probably "Teufelsloch", "Schwarzes Kreuz", "Weißes Kreuz", "Teufelsley" and the wine view "Altenahrer Eck".
      In addition, there are some less well-known, such as "Ümerich", "Schröck", "Horn" or "Mohrenkopf", as well as a few nameless ...
      In addition, the path share on the round is very high, which in my view also increases the hiking experience ...A small piece directly on the Ahr and a section of the red wine hiking trail is also included ...If you like vantage points and are not afraid of some longer and steep climbs, you will like the round ...The starting point is either the large, chargeable parking lot on the Ahr in the center of Altenahr or, if you get there early enough, one of the two smaller, free parking lots out of town behind the road tunnel towards Laach / Dernau ...

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      • January 3, 2020

  9. joetobn went for a hike.

    December 15, 2019

    1.60 mi
    2.9 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Jolanta, Sandra and 14 others like this.
    1. Gerda

      😍my living room 👍

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      • December 16, 2019

  10. Sabine 🦁, Tanja K and 16 others like this.
    1. joetobn

      Ruta 3 is a short circular walk between Cala Mesquida and Cala Torta.
      The route description is available at
      It makes sense to extend the round with a detour to Cala Mitjana and the restaurant / hotel "Sa Duaia de Baix".
      Shortly before the restaurant is a bit on an asphalt road, but once you have passed the restaurant, it is only on narrow paths through the valley of a - mostly dry - torrent and a beautiful pine forest back to Cala Mesquida ...

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      • October 24, 2019

joetobn’s Tour Stats

Distance1,012 mi
Time331:16 h