"Nur wo du zu Fuß warst, bist du auch wirklich gewesen."
I started today in Gillenfeld on the parking lot behind the Florinshof, in front of the fire brigade and mini golf course.In the direction of the Maare-Mosel-Radweg we went out of Gillenfeld, but the hiking trail soon ran parallel to the bike path through the forest. I soon reach the Holzmaar, which is quiet and idyllic. I walk a bit along the bank and quickly find myself on the fairy tale trail.
There is not only a lot to see here, but also to read. Again and again you discover a book of fairy tales that is designed in 3 languages and tells different local sagas. Signs ensure that nothing is overlooked, like the kissing trees for example🌳💋🌳.
A dreamlike path, I think.Behind the refuge on the Dürren Maar, I initially made the wrong turn, because Komoot had already planned again in between and deleted the entire following route for me😡🤬😠, stupid cow🐄😏, so behind the refuge on the left, then you will soon pass the Eifel stop , an "extended" snack bar, with plenty of seating outside and in the tent. Here I ordered a bratwurst that was also freshly prepared for me. Delicious, I can only recommend it. The owners are very nice and the prices are absolutely reasonable. There are also drinks or a snack cup for the further hike, with different contents such as cheese cubes, salami, savory biscuits, grapes etc., or snack plates and cakes.
From here it's not far back to Gillenfeld.
All in all, a great little round, with a lot of experiences.
about 17 hours ago
I saw and saved the Vulkaneifel path "2-brook path" at HWF and hiked it afterwards today.
A great circular route!
We started at Pakrplatz in Hasborn, directly on the Maare-Mosel cycle path.
From there a beautiful forest path leads down into the valley. Here I can't help but look at the former Hasborn mill, the 3 buildings of which can unfortunately only be seen as ruins, one of the buildings, the former inn, burned down in December 2020, the guest house and the former mill are empty and windowless , but meanwhile secured against unauthorized entry and cleared out. It is very depressing to see everything here, memories are awakened, as I knew this great property very well in better times (30 years ago) and had leased it for a short time.
I don't know who it currently belongs to, I just hope they recognize the charm of this property and give it back their soul. I was relieved when I saw that someone was apparently taking care of it, as all the rubbish had disappeared from the houses and the rubble left by the fire seemed to have been disposed of. The pool can hardly be seen, you can only see the edge if you know where it is.Enough wallowed in nostalgia ... it goes on. We cross the country road and continue on a steep, narrow path through the forest above the road. We will soon reach the Hasborn Sauerbrunnen directly on the Sammetbach. The spring is a spring emerging from Devonian rocks. The spring water is brown in color and has a sour taste. Dissolved iron is responsible for the color and volcanic carbon dioxide for the taste. The area around the Sauerbrunnen is ideal for a trip with children, who can play wonderfully in the babbling Sammetbach. A ladle hangs in the fountain with which the water can be tasted.We continue over a wooden bridge over the Sammetbach. This rises west of the Holzmaar, flows through it and finally flows into the Alfbach in Diefenbach.Now it goes steadily uphill through the forest. It's tiring, but the view from the top is worth the effort. A bench and a lounger invite you to take a rest - unfortunately in the blazing sun, so we only sit down for a moment. A few meters further on we meet the "Oberscheidweiler Men's Choir". No, no one is standing here who sings: singing yourself is the order of the day, and this is made easy for you, because sheet music with Eifler songs is attached to several pieces of wood. We dutifully sing a song (to be honest: the only one we know) and the journey continues, downhill. Once at the bottom, we quickly discover the "Owaschepa natural refrigerator". Here you can help yourself to drinks cooled by running water and pay the corresponding fee in the cash register. The place is very nicely designed and invites you to relax. The lapping of the brook, which also drives a small mill wheel, has a relaxing effect. Incidentally, the mill wheel is dedicated to the last master miller Peter Hayer ("Müller Pita", 1923-2017)
Next we reach Oberscheidweiler (Owaschepa). We linger a little by the bookcase to the right of the church. The church itself is very simple.
Opposite there are threads of patience - unfortunately all out of stock. That's why we didn't have the patience to wait until some were hung up again.
From Oberscheidweiler it goes on over a dirt road.
At the Alfbach weir we linger a bit again, this place is so idyllic, and here too we have the opportunity to sing a song again, this time appropriately "The boy from the Alfbachtal".We continue to hike along the Alfbach and pass the Hontheimer Mühle a little further on, walk a little further along a country road that is rarely used before the signpost again guides us along a narrow path through the forest above the road.
We reach Niederscheidweiler. There is also a drinks station here, although far less idyllic than the one before, a drinks machine is doing its job here in a wooden hut, but I still think it's a great idea. We quickly try to defeat each other in tic-tac-toe, but sisters are best at a draw!
One last short rest at the Lindenhof crossroads to enjoy the last pieces of delicious home-baked crumble cake before a fantastic forest path leads us down into the valley again. Over a small wooden bridge it goes up to the last climb, which is very long and therefore a little arduous, but it is the final spurt, and as always it is a pity at this point that the wonderful tour is closed again in the best hiking weather The end is.
Thank you dearest sister and Ele for your great company!
7 days ago
I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but even though I'm from the Eifel, I was at the Nürburgring for the first time today. And I have to say, I am absolutely thrilled. That was a great experience, I am deeply impressed and now absolutely certain: I would not survive a ride in the ring taxi 🤢🤢🤢🙆♀️ I felt very uncomfortable just watching, but respect for those who do it 🏎🏍 🚖🚘
It was really busy on and off the track today, but I hardly met any people on the path directly along the track, most of them romping around the spectator seats at the Brünnchen.
I started at the church in Herresbach. From there, the path leads across fields to the Meuspath industrial area. At first it doesn't sound that tingling, but it was actually very interesting, there are also a few nice vehicles to see.
A great event for my 100th tour.
September 5, 2021
I actually wanted to start in Ormont, but on the way there I passed the hiking car park Hochmoor Bergphenn, which was very inviting with its nicely laid out rest area. So without further ado, the tour rescheduled and off we go.
First I go through the forest, it is beautiful here, I pass a small hut that can be reached via a steep path.
The forest path ends at the Ormont sports field. From here it goes down to Ormont.So first of all: this is NOT an area for opponents of wind power !!! I can see at least 50 wind turbines at a glance, it can also be 70 or more, I haven't counted them. I'm really impressed, I've never seen so many at a glance.I cross Ormont, the path then leads up again over a tar road - very hot on this beautiful late summer day.
Finally I turn right onto the Eifelverein hiking trail "Matthiasweg" or the Vulkaneifel trail "Schneifel trail". After the forest seems very restless at the beginning and the paths are churned up and muddy by agricultural machinery tires, a fantastically beautiful grassy forest path soon begins without active forestry. But it gets even nicer: the forest path to the lake in the forest is fantastic. A rest at the forest lake, which was originally created as a fire pond, but has since been taken over by nature, is definitely recommended. Here I saw a kingfisher hunting for the first time. What an idyll. There is also a nice rest area with an information board about the lake.
The next stage is unfortunately not so nice, as it leads me directly along the B 265, where the vehicles rush past you at more than 100 km / h. There would have been an alternative here that Komoot did not show me again, because when I turned back towards Ormont behind the forester's house Schneifel, a path led from the left out of the forest, i.e. from the direction in which the lake was.
The further path then went through the forest again, but not a beautiful forest, as on my tour to the blockhouse on the Black Man: every few meters left and right of the path aisles in the forest for the Holzrücker, complete chaos with dry branches and twigs, very much depressing. I put a picture of this for you at km 10.5.
Then I turn right towards the Ormont moor path. Here, too, I probably had too high expectations of what I had to imagine a moor to be, for me it was just a muddy forest through which a boardwalk was built. Even if you think I am a common man: I didn’t find it very tingling. But it may nonetheless be a biotope that is definitely worth protecting.
All in all a varied route, but now I try to avoid the forests along the Schneifelhöhenweg, they are really not beautiful.
September 4, 2021
You can find the first 3 kilometers of this tour here:
Komoot wanted to shorten after 3 kilometers (= direct way back to the start 🅿😡)We continue on the "Eifelschleife Wacholderheide". The way down into the valley is fantastic, a narrow path, but still very slippery so early in the morning, so be sure to look carefully where you are going, the stones and roots are treacherous and slippery. But I arrive safely in the valley.
I cross the Lampertsbach and follow the path up to the Höneberg. In the meantime I am on the Eifel loop "Where brooks fade". The path is wonderfully beautiful. the flora and fauna varied. I go to Ripsdorf. It's about half-time here, so we take a short break under a tree with a fantastic view of the Hohe Acht, the Nürburg and the Aremberg.
Freshly strengthened, my little companion comes back to his lookout post on the backpack and off we go.
At the Alendorf cemetery I pause again briefly at the cemetery of honor.
Then I climb the Way of the Cross on the Calvary. The view from up here is breathtaking. This is where I meet other hikers for the first time.
The way down from Kalvarienberg today has a very high cuddle factor 🐏🐑, because countless sheep graze here right now.
Once at the bottom, I turn sharply left and come to the beautiful Lampertsbachtal. I stay here for a few kilometers, the silence is totally relaxing, the brook babbles now and then, but sometimes it just disappears. Sure, I'm still on the Eifel loop "where brooks fade". And you will find out why this is so when you go there yourself 😉
I almost missed the junction from the hiking trail that takes me away from the Eifel loop and up into the forest. The path has probably not been traveled much, because it is overgrown and slippery, but GREAT! I feel as if the forest has wrapped itself over me and keeps everything loud, bad and angry away from me.
Unfortunately, the section through the forest is only short, but the rest of the way is also very beautiful, past fields it goes back to Dollendorf.
Today I covered a total of 18.2 fantastic kilometers in great late summer weather.
September 3, 2021
Everyone raves about the Lampert Valley - so I wanted to take a look at it today.
I started at the Dollendorf fire department, right behind the church. My way led me over a very beautiful way of the cross first to the Antonius chapel. This is St. Consecrated to Anthony of Padua, the statue of which stands over the portal.
A few meters further on, I can take a first look into the Lampert Valley, of the juniper heaths.
But it's not that far yet, first past the youth campground to the Dollendorf castle ruins in Schloßthal. Dollendorf Castle is the ruin of an old hilltop castle that served as a residence for the noble people of Dollendorf, first mentioned in 893, until the middle of the 15th century. The castle was first mentioned in a document in 1077. In the 12th century it became a Cologne fiefdom, and in the 13th century it came under the feudal sovereignty of the Counts of Luxembourg and the Counts of Jülich.
Because of its silhouette, which can be seen from a distance, it is also known as the "finger of God". This name comes from the fact that half of the keep, over 20 meters high, remained standing. Since the castle is on a hill, you can see the top of this tower even from a great distance. Its floor plan can still be seen clearly, and some of the higher walls are still well preserved.
After successfully taking the castle, Komoot was suddenly so perplexed that it found a faster route to the destination - well, to be honest, Komoot has recalculated the route and determined that if we go back the same way, we'll get there Target. Whistle on the more than 20 other highlights that I have planned. There was nothing more to want here, I had to restart the tour.
It continues here:
September 3, 2021
A round that you can go well in a group when the "trimmings" are not primarily important. But alone the round is pretty monotonous, not very varied and sometimes extremely muddy. Despite the location on the highest point of the Schneifel, the low vertical meters that have to be overcome are great; again something that speaks for a group hike where not everyone has the same fitness level. I would then advise you to stop at the "Blockhaus am Schwarzen Mann".
The old, destroyed World War II bunkers are a depressing sight, although nature has already recovered and fenced them off. The installation "Kunst am Westwall" can only be guessed at, the "binoculars" set up there are all broken and thus the desired effect is missing. Nevertheless, one should make the small detour into the forest over the wooden footbridge.
There are several hiking trails around the "Black Man", which is a popular winter sports area. At the hiking car park there was a flyer that I will take a closer look at. Speaking of hiking parking lots: there is plenty of it here at the "Schwarzen Mann", due to the winter sports area mentioned.
August 21, 2021
And again explored a great path: the Wacholder-Ends -pfad. The start is in Alflen on the parking lot opposite the fire brigade. First it goes on dirt roads past large flower and fruit meadows on the Alfler Berg, from where you can enjoy a great panoramic view over the Eifel heights. I pass a farm shop and a little further on the Waldschänke on Peterskaul, unfortunately it is "temporarily closed" according to the notice. It's a shame, because you could eat very well here.
I cross the main road and finally get into the shade at times, because it's very warm today too. The path leads further and further into the valley of the "Wild Endert", and down here it is bearable, the temperature is very pleasant, I don't meet a soul and the rushing and splashing of the Endert has something meditative about it. I pass the Mariengrotte and a little further a bridge leads me to the other side of the Endert. Here I leave the valley of the Wild Endert again, but the babbling of an influx accompanies me on the coming ascent.
The way to the juniper heather is a little strenuous, and I am disappointed by the sight of the juniper heather, as the area is fenced in so that the four-legged gardeners don't run away. So you just pass the area, no resting bench or the like. A little further on I cross the main road again, with a view of the Büchel air base.
You go back to Alflen via field paths and past the flower and fruit meadows you already know, shortly before you reach the village also through a "green tunnel", a beautiful meadow path, and you have to be careful not to step on the chickens that are on Seem to brood along the way.
I refresh myself a little at the fountain in Alflen before I reach my destination again.
The Wacholder-Endert -pfad home trail is well signposted throughout and can be walked without any technical assistance (there is no network reception in the Enderttal!)
August 15, 2021
- 02:006.13 mi3.1 mph550 ft550 ft
Again a nice, if not quite as exciting, themed trail. The start is in Rothenbach. Unfortunately there are many tar sections, which are very uncomfortable in the heat, as there are few shady passages.
Initially, I wasn't accompanied by so good smells, but they are also part of the Eifel, but later I was accompanied by the most wonderful hay smells, farmers are everywhere with combine harvesters, hay tedders and balers.
On my way, I keep getting a glimpse of the Nürburg, which is really in a very exposed position there, but the grandstand at the Nürburgring can also be seen. In general, this circular route is characterized by the fantastic views.
A nice lap, but in the midday heat the long ascent is exhausting because there is hardly any shade.
Still: thumbs up, my recommendation for the themed trail, which I have expanded by a few kilometers.
August 14, 2021
The "Von Arenberg Weg" (route designation VAW) starts in Meisburg, I used one of the parking spaces at the Church of St. Bartholomew, but a few meters further there are also parking spaces for hikers, as Meisburg has designated several hiking trails.
My way leads me past the cutting mill, through a wildlife protection gate, into the forest, very pleasant with the temperatures. The giant ferns often protrude far on the forest path, nature shows itself in many places as the main protagonist on this circular path. You just have to look carefully and you will discover small wonders everywhere, and sometimes small wild boars.
Along a path with a gradient, there is a deep furrow, the Rackenbacher Graben. It is easy to see that a lot of water must have rushed down here during the heavy rains a good 4 weeks ago (July 14/15, 2021). In some places the edge of the path is washed away, but the path itself is completely safe to walk. A point where the path must have been flooded has already been restored. So no problem.
I pass the "Prosper Ludwig Quelle", very inconspicuous, but hard to miss with its babble. Why the source bears the name is unfortunately not explained on site, and only through the highlight from Komoot do you even know what the source is. The Herzogsee, which I reach shortly afterwards, is a beautiful, idyllic piece of earth to take a break.
From here the path leads steadily but very slightly uphill, further and further through the forest, which also thins out from time to time and gives a view of a wonderfully beautiful sky with small fleecy clouds. Here, too, the motto is: keep your eyes open, nature doesn't always reveal its little treasures immediately, sometimes you have to look carefully.
I leave the forest through another wildlife protection gate (please close it again) and walk a bit over a meadow path, a few meters further over the K9 and immediately again over another, very beautiful meadow path that leads me back to Meisburg through cow pastures. I pass near the cutting mill again, this time on the back, and turn left again behind the cemetery onto the path that led me out of the village earlier.
This is a very beautiful and, above all, quiet circular route. In the vicinity of the town of Meisburg you could still hear the farmers' agricultural machines in the fields, but that is part of the Eifel.
August 13, 2021