Aug 16
Eifel   F  
16 Aug 19
Freiheit schmeckt besser
Wir essen jetzt nur noch legefrisch. Auf der Suche nach unchartered territory in unserer näheren Umgebung, ging es auf unseren bikes erstmal auf den (ziemlich bekannten) Ruruferweg zwischen Kalterherberg und Dreistegen. Durch Monschau hindurch, und hoch zur 'Flora' - eigentlich der Name eines Restaurant, obwohl die...
Published by detlefpalm 9 September 2019, 14h09 (Photos:3 | Geodata:1)
Jul 7
Eifel   PD  
7 Jul 19
Best Way to Vogelsang (from Kalterherberg)
The Rur Lake is a popular destination, and just about in reach by eMTB for those vacationing (or living) in or near Kalterherberg. There are several possible ways to Einruhr, the most western point of the Rur Lake. The most frequented is the signposted Rur Valley Bicycle Trail, and while it is an interesting ride, it also has...
Published by detlefpalm 13 July 2019, 13h34 (Photos:16 | Geodata:1)
Jul 5
Eifel   AD  
5 Jul 19
Belgenbach Valley MTB trail
This ride has a few very difficult stretches, between the way points Alsdorfer Kreuz and Grünental II. Here, the track can be eroded, very narrow and steep. We pushed our bikes across the most difficult spots. Otherwise the trail is mostly easy. The first part runs from Kalterherberg to Konzen on the RAVeL bicycle trail. We...
Published by detlefpalm 12 July 2019, 09h15 (Photos:12 | Geodata:1)
Jun 14
Eifel   AD  
14 Jun 19
Holderbach - on the wild side
Our last visit to the Holderbach Valley was a more leisurely ride, on good forest roads, and back to Kalterherberg via the Rur valley bike trail. This trail explores more of the wild side of the Holderbach - perhaps too wild to be full-heartedly recommended. The way down from Kalterherberg, via the Höfener Mühle, and up to...
Published by detlefpalm 4 July 2019, 08h31 (Photos:9 | Geodata:1)
Jun 9
Eifel   F  
9 Jun 19
Holderbach - Dreistegen
A breezy tour with some long downhill parts, and mostly very modest gradients. From Kalterherberg, we first explore the Jägersief, then cross over the Bundesstraße 258 to pass by some of the new windturbines - the trails is right at the foot of these giants. Then the descent begins into the Holdertal, on good forest paths...
Published by detlefpalm 3 July 2019, 08h59 (Photos:5 | Geodata:1)
Jun 4
Eifel   PD  
4 Jun 19
Kluckbach - rasant
Eine relativ kurze Fahrt von Kalterherberg, die jede Menge Fahrspaß in zwei Stunden packt. Der trail erkundet die Täler von Rur, Kluckbach, Fuhrtsbach, und Perlenbach. Es gibt einige single-trails, und etwas entspannter am Seeufer entlang. Einige Wege werden selten geradelt, und außer in Monschau und um die Höfener Mühle...
Published by detlefpalm 2 July 2019, 01h39 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
May 30
Eifel   F  
30 May 19
Zum Rursee und zurück
Der Rursee ist eines der wichtigsten Touristenziele in der Nordeifel. Die Umgebung um den See ist sehr schön, und leider auch sehr oft sehr voll. Die Gegend wird besonders von Motorradfahrern frequentiert, die - wenn sie nicht gerade auf den Haarnadelkurven Rennen zu fahren scheinen - Spaß am Lärm haben. Der Mountainbiker...
Published by detlefpalm 1 July 2019, 15h42 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
May 24
Eifel   PD  
24 May 19
Tschüss Narzissen, Hallo Ginster
Eine lange Tour, 53 Kilometer, mit satten 1000 Meter kumulativem Höhenunterschied, keine befahrenen Straßen, ein Mountainbike ist zwingend. Die Narzissenzeit ist vorbei, der Ginster beginnt zu blühen. Das Eifelgold ist besonders sehenswert auf den kargen Hochflächen des Nationalparkes, einem ehemaligen...
Published by detlefpalm 29 May 2019, 09h26 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)
Apr 22
Eifel   PD  
22 Apr 19
Zu den Narzissen im Oleftal
Narzissen sind endemisch in der West-Nord-Eifel, und wer nicht hinfährt ist selber schuld. Das Perlbachtal bei Kalterherberg ist das bekannteste Narzissengebiet; weniger bekannt aber nicht weniger eindrucksvoll ist das Tal der oberen Olef. Die Tour ist ziemlich lang, mit kurzen etwas schwierigen Stellen und viel Anstieg....
Published by detlefpalm 26 May 2019, 11h21 (Photos:4 | Geodata:1)
Feb 24
Eifel   T1  
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)
Feb 19
Eifel   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)
Feb 17
Eifel   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)
Oct 28
Eifel   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)
Oct 27
Eifel   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)
Sep 15
Eifel   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)
Sep 5
Eifel   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)
Aug 31
Eifel   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)
Jun 22
Eifel   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)
Jun 19
Eifel   T1  
19 Jun 18
At Buhlert Forest
The Buhlert is part of the larger Hürtgenwald Forest, between the villages of Vossenack and Schmidt, or the Kall stream and the Rur dam. It is just outside the Eifel National Park, which also means that it is less frequently visited. Different starting points are possible, for example in Kommerscheidt or Simonskall. We chose...
Published by detlefpalm 3 November 2018, 18h49 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)
May 21
Eifel   T1  
21 May 18
Erkensruhr und Dreiborner Hochfläche
Einruhr is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Eifel Nature Park. It is in a great location, at one of the salients of the Rur dam, connected to the village of Rurberg and Urft dam via a cruise on the regular steamer (in fact, a battery-powered ship). It is also in hiking distance to Vogelsang, the center of the...
Published by detlefpalm 3 November 2018, 19h17 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)