Actually, it was just an embarrassment to make the most of a longer waiting time ...I was positively surprised by some sections of the route.
There were some beautiful paths, great views of the Hochthürmer and the Siebengebirge, peaceful stream valleys, the first butterflies and half-timbered houses that were worth seeing ...Sure, it's not something you should take a long journey to do, but when you're around, it's nice to get other thoughts ...
April 24, 2021
When I think of the Kottenforst between Röttgen, Merl and Pech, two things spontaneously come to mind:
1. The hunter's house and
2. Dead straight, wide and often paved forest highways ...At first glance, not a particularly attractive hiking area ...Recently, however, I have hiked through many (former) wooded areas that have died off due to the prolonged drought and, in some cases, large areas have been cleared.
Against this background, I wanted to take a look at the project area "wald.anders. Think" with the installation "Zeitwende" at the center. It is impressive and terrifying at the same time how climate change is addressed. Further information is available at: villewaelder.de/de/aktuelles/332-zeitenwende-im-kottenforst.And then the Kottenforst surprised me positively. The section from the project area to the outskirts of Röttgen runs mainly on narrow paths. In particular, the section between "Villiper Bach" (komoot.de/highlight/679489) and the "wooden bridge over the Katzenlochbach" (komoot.de/highlight/3096263) offers real hiking fun - sometimes it's worth taking a second look ...
April 20, 2021
I already shared the Eifel loop in mid-March ...In this variant, I changed the direction and added four extensions:Option 1: On the way between the parking lot and the Brother Klaus Chapel, I walked a dangling through the fields. This reduces the amount of asphalt and, above all, minimizes the route on the Rißdorfer Weg, which is usually very crowded as it is the direct route from Wachendorf to the Bruder-Klaus-Kapelle - you can do it, but you don't have to. ..Option 2: After circumnavigating the Herkelstein, at the end of the "descent" I did not turn left, but first straight ahead for a while and then right to cross a limestone dome on a narrow path. On the other side there is a bench with a beautiful view of Nöthen and the surrounding landscape (komoot.de/highlight/1350387).
Shortly after the bank, you either go again on a small path, which is marked as a mountain bike track, or on the dirt road, which runs almost parallel to it, towards Stockert. A grassy path almost leads to another bank located on the edge of the forest (komoot.de/highlight/689517).
In my opinion, a worthwhile addition ...Option 3: At the "Bank mit Fernsicht" you can either A) follow the edge of the forest to the left and after a short time come back to the route of the Eifel loop or B) go right across the meadow and head through the quiet forest on the path towards Make astropilers - I decided on B).
At the astropeiler, which you can get close on this way, but not pass it directly, you pass to the distant view (komoot.de/highlight/1298214). The section that leads through the golf course back to the Eifel loop doesn't have much to offer.
If you are not often in the area, a very interesting extension, but also not a "must see" ...Option 4: At the crossroads with the bank (komoot.de/highlight/1355189) I turned left to follow the path over the remarkable Kalkkuppe near Eschweiler (komoot.de/highlight / 245037) to be integrated. In addition to beautiful views of Eschweiler, you can see a variety of orchids and other plants there in spring.
In my opinion, an extra mile to do ...From the bank with a view of Stockert (komoot.de/highlight/1163299) it goes on the EifelSchleife back to the parking lot ...Conclusion: I would always include options 2 & 4 in the route. Around Brother Klaus, I prefer option 1 because it is nicer to walk (less busy and more natural paths). I would only recommend option 3 if you have made another journey ...
April 10, 2021
- 03:0210.3 mi3.4 mph1,725 ft1,350 ft
A round to explore the area between the Dreiborn plateau and Vogelsang (and parts of German history), which can be easily described in three parts ...Part 1: During the first approx. 5km, it is mostly on wide paths over the Dreiborn plateau past the Wollseifen desert to the dam of the Urftsee. This section draws its charm from the fantastic panoramic views over the landscape of the northern Eifel.Part 2: Between the dam and the Victor-Neels-Brücke there is also about 5km on the lakeshore path directly along the mostly steep and steep sloping lakeshore - there are two resting places and some nice lake views, but overall this section stretches a bit and after the first half an hour there is something like boredom. The well-developed, wide path is more for the bike or MTB - and there are also some of them that sometimes overtake you at quite high speed ...Part 3: After the crisp ascent to the Ordensburg, you will be confronted with the dark chapter of German history at Sonnenwendplatz. After leaving the grounds of the Ordensburg, follow the Eifelsteig on narrow paths to the wooden stairs that lead into the Morsbach valley. After crossing the brook, the Kickley lookout point continues uphill to the Eifelblick Modenhübel. The panoramic view with a great view of Gemünd and an interesting wooden lounger are a real highlight over the last approx. 5km ...Conclusion: The first approx. 5km and the last approx. 5km are delightful and varied - the approx. 5km in the middle are more like that, some will say boring, others will be able to enjoy the path directly on the lake.
April 4, 2021
I have to admit that I wasn't really familiar with Horst Krause - but Frank Meyer's tour komoot.de/tour/292884534 attracted ...
So it started ... for me personally, the section through the Nuthe-Nieplitz Nature Park was the most beautiful and will be expanded next time. At first I was looking forward to the lakes, but you can't really enjoy them ... unless you're on jetties😉
And when the season of the Datschen residents begins, there will certainly be a lot going on ...
So all in all a nice mix of different impressions ... it goes well and was really entertaining in the end ...
March 26, 2021
The Eifel loop "Stockertblick and Herkelstein" is clearly one of the successful Eifel loops ...It is just a bit strange that in the "original" route (outdooractive.com/de/route/wanderung/eifelschleife-stockertblick-und-herkelstein-stadt-mechernich-/41290017) a visit by the brother Klaus Chapel is not integrated - so I made a small change at the end to get right past the chapel ...
The field chapel has become a landmark of the region since it opened ...
This is mainly due to the extraordinary architecture. All information, such as opening times, etc. is available at feldkapelle.de.All around the Herkelstein there are always worth seeing views of the landscape of the northern Eifel and views as far as the Cologne Bay ...All in all, a varied, not too long tour with buildings worth seeing and rewarding views ...
March 14, 2021
The Effelsberg radio telescope is certainly one of the best-known and most popular destinations in the northern Eifel.
Of course there is also an Eifel loop that focuses on the "ear to the universe". However, this leads almost exclusively over wide field and forest roads and ignores some nice waypoints ...Starting from the parking lot at the radio telescope, I chose a circuit that, in addition to the small Seligen chapel, also integrates the Martinssteig - a beautiful path over a mountain ridge - into the route.
From my point of view, a varied round with the second largest mobile radio telescope in the world, quiet stream valleys, narrow paths and beautiful views ...Information about the Eifel loop "Effelsberg": outdooractive.com/de/route/wanderung/eifelschleife-effelsberg-stadt-bad-muenstereifel-/41349291Everything you need to know about the Effelsberg radio telescope is available at:
February 28, 2021
Today's destination was the highest waterfall in the Eifel - the Klidinger waterfall ...
If you search for a parking space near the waterfall on google, you will see a spot in the middle of the forest - about halfway between the refuge at the waterfall and the end of Oberdorfstrasse. in Kliding.Since it was foreseeable that today some would get the idea to look at the icicle-strewn waterfall under a blue sky, I looked for an alternative ...It occurred to me that the last time I saw a sign "Beuren" on the wooden bridge at the upper end of the waterfall, on which it was added in handwriting "the way is great" ...So the idea was obvious to start the tour in Beuren. There are some parking spaces at the sports field at the entrance to the village ...Then it went over the plateau from Beuren to Kliding, accompanied by beautiful views over the landscape of the Eifel ...
After Kliding I tried to follow the course of the Klidinger Bach as quickly as possible. The first attempt failed because the path marked on the map was completely overgrown ...
The second time it worked better: If you follow the course of the Klidinger Bach, you first hike on a normal, wide forest path.
On the last approx. 400m before the waterfall, the path has a more path-like character and runs right next to the creek bed. The feeling of untouched nature arises ...Then we went back via the supposedly "great way" to Beuren - the way was more "nice to beautiful" ...During the hike I also saw that - at least on weekends - there are still some parking spaces at the Kliding kindergarten ...
February 14, 2021
I had read positive comments in various places about the Eifel loop "Freilinger See". To make the journey really worthwhile, I thought you could add a pinch of Ahrsteig and a little something from other Eifel loops ...That only worked halfway: The first 6km are really nice. As far as Reetz, I followed the route of the Eifel loop "Freilinger See". You hike on wide paths - mostly with beautiful views over the landscape of the northern Eifel.
After crossing the village of Reetz with the church, which is well worth seeing, the transition to the Ahrsteig began - partly on narrow paths. I followed the Ahrsteig for about 750m after a beautiful bridge.Until then - as I said - a nice route. Probably the better option would have been to follow the Ahrsteig a little further and then return to the Eifel loop "Freilinger See" at the highlight "Wegkreuz" (komoot.de/highlight/420105) ...However, I decided to choose a route in the direction of “Mülheimer Naturbachtal” - only the second best idea.
The next 3.5km are on rather uniform, wide forest paths to the former mill on the Mülheimer Bach - but at least there were still easily recognizable paths. This was also due to the fact that the route mostly follows the former railway line ...After the mill, the confused part of the hike began - the search for a suitable path to follow the route of the Eifel loop again from the Weilerbach valley ...
Some of the trails that can be seen on the map were either overgrown or not visible in the snow. In the end I decided to take the route between Mühle and K71, in order to at least get back in the right direction. After a few hundred meters on the K71 road, I hoped to get to the Weilerbach valley with some problems.
A mistake, because the paths around the Junkerberg and Sommerberg were in the best case not visible, but mostly overgrown. In the fields between the former rocket station and the Junkerberg it may look different without snow, but most of the paths on the Sommerberg are completely overgrown.
At some point it was only cross-country to the field path in the Weilerbachtal ...The last 3km were easy again - just follow the signs for the Eifel loop ...All in all a nice snow hike with some weaknesses in the middle part and a lot of improvisation in the third quarter - not suitable for hiking afterwards ... ;-)Everything you need to know about the Eifel loop "Freilinger See" is available at: outdooractive.com/de/route/wanderung/eifelschleife-freilinger-see-gemeinde-blankenheim-/41277618
January 25, 2021
- 03:4413.3 mi3.6 mph1,675 ft1,700 ft
The tour could also have been called "Again in the snow before the melt starts ...". In order to be sure of snow as possible, we went to the Hocheifel.The starting point was at the church of Kirmutscheid. In Barweiler I switched from the "Wirftbach loop" to the "Dörferblick loop", as there was still time and snow left ...However, neither track could really convince. It is actually always over wide paths - still nice in the snow, in summer probably in places tough to boring.The "Wirftbach Loop" offers at least between 3.5 and 4 km an exciting, steep, small path and after just under 5 km there is a 300 m long rustic and partly overgrown section of the route. There are also some benches with beautiful views, and of course the panoramic view of the Hömmerich.Apart from the lookout point of the same name, the "Dörferblick Loop" actually only offers a route ...The most beautiful part is the section over the Way of the Cross to the Marienkapellchen on the Hömmerich and back again to the outskirts of Barweiler. Even in today's weather conditions, the view was impressive ...Everything you need to know about the Wirftbach loop:
hocheifel-nuerburgring.de/ausflugsziel/wandertipps-zur-herbstwanderung/a-wirftbach-schleifeEverything you need to know about the Dörferblick loop:
January 17, 2021