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24 Feb 19
Alcedo Atthis
Alcedo Atthis is the Kingfisher (German: Eisvogel). This trail follows some streams in the Hellenthal-Hollerath area, where - with luck - the Kingfisher may be seen. Authorities therefore created the 'Eisvogel-Trail', which we followed in part. Alas, it might have been too early in the season, we didn't see any. This is a long...
Published by detlefpalm 3 March 2019, 08h45 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
3:00↑170 m↓170 m   T2  
19 Feb 19
Die Zelt
More than two hundred years ago, the "Zelt" or the "Zeilt" used to be the main road between Kalterherberg and Monschau. Monschau had a flourishing cloth manufacturing business - owing to the 'soft' waters of the Rur that originated in the high mooreland (the Venn) and therefore had a very low lime content. Many impoverished...
Published by detlefpalm 23 February 2019, 10h33 (Photos:4 | Comments:2 | Geodata:1)
3:45↑341 m↓341 m   T2  
17 Feb 19
Hasselbach Tal, Engelsley und Ehrensteinsley
The hike starts in Kalterherberg, explores the Hasselbach Valley to where the Hassel Stream joins the Rur, then climbs to the Engelsley and Teufelsley (Angel's Rock and Devil's Rock). From there, the hike descends into Monschau. This is about half way into the hike. Explore Monschau and have some refreshments. Two more ascents...
Published by detlefpalm 22 February 2019, 12h22 (Photos:9 | Geodata:1)
3:45↑326 m↓326 m   T2  
28 Oct 18
Big Bang at the Meerfeld Maar
The Vulkaneifel (Eifel of the Volcanoes) has more to offer than just the trilogy of Maares near Daun. The Meerfelder Maar is said to be the largest of the Maares. A hike to the Meerfeld Maar can be suitably combined with hiking the Wolfsschlucht, the Mosenberg, the Windsborn crater and untold other scenic spots. In fall, you...
Published by detlefpalm 30 October 2018, 19h12 (Photos:9 | Geodata:1)
4:00↑414 m↓414 m   T2  
27 Oct 18
Volcano Hike in Fall
The Vulkaneifel is one of the most visited areas of the Eifel. Not that you would find fire-and-lava-spitting volcanoes here, but this part of the Eifel has a volcanic origin. It is best seen by the 'Maare', which are lakes in the old craters of volcanoes. Their story is in fact a little more complicated, and we suggest you visit...
Published by detlefpalm 29 October 2018, 21h55 (Photos:9 | Geodata:1)
4:00↑500 m↓500 m   T1  
15 Sep 18
Burg Reifferscheid und Wildenburg
The trail visits two nearby castles: Wildenburg and Reifferscheid - both of them are absolutely worth visiting. Don't be fooled by the images. This is a 15 kilometer hike through a very rural part of the rural Eifel. Records of Castle Reifferscheid are dating back to 1106. Apparently, it was a real stronghold of their owners....
Published by detlefpalm 1 November 2018, 19h09 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)
3:00↑425 m↓425 m   T2 F  
6 Sep 18
Calmont Steig - zum Sonnenaufgang über der Moselschleife
Keine Zeit in die richtigen Berge zu gehen, also muss was hier irgendwo her halten. Hmm aber so ganz normal wärs ja langweilig, also zum Sonnenaufgang an die Moselschleife und im dunkeln über den Calmont Steig rauf. Das klingt doch ganz spannend. Nebel solls auch noch geben, könnte also zum Fotografieren nicht schlecht werden....
Published by boerscht 5 October 2018, 09h10 (Photos:13)
4:00↑227 m↓227 m   T1  
5 Sep 18
The House of the Dutchman and the Long Glade
The hikes starting at the Höfener Mühle are rightly known for the access to the Daffodil fields - when in season. But the area is beautiful during all times of the year. In this case, we even found Apple and Plum trees along the trails. This trail explores some of lesser known paths in the area. Particularly noteworthy is the...
Published by detlefpalm 1 November 2018, 19h43 (Photos:5 | Geodata:1)
2:30↑224 m↓224 m   T1  
31 Aug 18
Feld, Wald und Wiesen und das Perpetuum Mobile
'Feld, Wald and Wiesen' in German is synonymous to being rather average or common. This hike is indeed missing something grandios or spectacular, but it is a solid, rather short and pleasant hike through a very rural part of the Eifel. And it has a good combination of fields, forests and meadows. As a bonus, the hike starts and...
Published by detlefpalm 1 November 2018, 21h35 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)
5:30↑700 m↓700 m   T2  
22 Jun 18
Eugenienstein and other cliffs
The Rur valley near Nideggen offers a spectacular array of sandstone cliffs that make for interesting hikes, a lot of up and down, and fantastic views. The sandstone formations have been the training ground of rockclimbers for more than 100 years. More recently, however, climbing activity is regulated to 4 areas, still offering...
Published by detlefpalm 3 November 2018, 18h28 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)