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Burg Reifferscheid und Wildenburg

Published by detlefpalm , 1 November 2018, 19h09.

Region: World » Germany » Westliche Mittelgebirge » Eifel
Date of the hike:15 September 2018
Hiking grading: T1 - Valley hike
Time: 4:00
Height gain: 500 m 1640 ft.
Height loss: 500 m 1640 ft.
Route:15 kilometer
Access to start point:As indicated, or in Reifferscheid or 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. Their castle withstood the combined armies of several powers.

Castle Wildenburg is much in view throughout most of the hike, while Reifferscheid remains hidden most of the time - the first view of it is to be had just as you arrive at it (if you follow our coordinates).

Both castle Wildenburg and Reifferscheid maintain life. Wildenburg is an event location for weddings or other festivities, but also has private residences. The old Reifferscheid castle is mainly a ruin, but the grounds contain many well maintained private and public houses, which make it a little village on its own. We strongly recommend to climb the tower of Reifferscheid castle (no charge), with superb views of Reifferscheid and the area.

The trail, while not particularly long, sees a lot of up and down (more than 500 meters according to our equipment), and should not be taken lightly.

Hike partners: detlefpalm

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