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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)
Aug 28
Belgien   T1  
28 Aug 18
Around the Weser Dam
The Weser dam is, quite rightfully, a major tourist destination of the Eupen area. Access is well signposted, and the huge parking area is testimony to the popularity of the area. We were there in the middle of the week in late August, and avoided the weekend run. As soon as you leave the vicinity of the dam, traffic reduces and...
Published by detlefpalm 2 November 2018, 15h26 (Photos:3 | Geodata:1)
Aug 15
Belgien   T2  
15 Aug 18
Three streams to Castle Reinharstein
The trail visits some of the prime hiking areas in Eastern Belgium. Unless you enjoy the crowds, try not to go on a weekend in summer. Having said this, we were entirely alone on the first (along the Ghaster stream) and the last (from Reinhardstein to Ovivat on forest trails) part of the hike. Ovivat is a small village, with...
Published by detlefpalm 2 November 2018, 15h56 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
Jul 19
Armenien   T2  
19 Jul 18
Finishing Unfinished Business
  We were in the Geghama mountains several years ago, trying to hike Azhdahak. We had reached our trailhead with a rented Lada Niva, and camped in preparation for the hike next day. Snow fell during the night, and the first order of the day was to bring back the Lada to any visible road and safety. This time we returned in...
Published by detlefpalm 16 August 2018, 21h00 (Photos:14 | Comments:5 | Geodata:2)
Jun 28
Luxemburg   T2  
28 Jun 18
Don't get stuck in Mandrock
While there are many shorter and longer trails around Bollendorf, our short trail aims straight for the Mandrock passage. It is difficult to say whether this is truly the narrowest passage in the Müllerthal area, unless you have been everywhere. But the passage is certainly not for the claustrophobic, nor for those that enjoy...
Published by detlefpalm 2 November 2018, 17h41 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)
Jun 27
Luxemburg   T2  
27 Jun 18
Müllerthal is everywhere
As soon as someone in a group of hikers mentions Echternach or Luxembourg's Little Switzerland, another one will mumble Müllerthal. We wanted to find out - and discovered that Müllerthal describes an area, or feeling, rather than just a simple trail. Having said this, there is a signposted Müllerthal trail, which consists of...
Published by detlefpalm 2 November 2018, 18h35 (Photos:11 | 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)
May 19
Eifel   T1  
19 May 18
3 times Kermeter
The Kermeter range is home to one of the largest deciduous forest areas west of the Rhine. It is also one of the key areas of the Eifel nature park. On three sides, it is encircled by the reservoirs of the Rur and Urft. We selected this hike as a training hike, with the aim of more than 700 meters elevation gain. For this, we...
Published by detlefpalm 3 November 2018, 19h53 (Photos:5 | Geodata:1)
Apr 21
Norddeutsches Tiefland   T1  
21 Apr 18
Following Caspar
“Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning...
Published by detlefpalm 3 November 2018, 20h39 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)
Apr 3
Belgien   T2  
3 Apr 18
Around the Poleur Venn and the upper Hoegne
East Belgium has a knack for creating the right mix of wilderness and accessibility, busy tourist hotspots and places that make you feel adventurous. Of course the High Venn of the Ardennes is an outstandingly beautiful eco-system that attracts hikers with its muddy trails, board walks, great vistas, and rapidly changing weather...
Published by detlefpalm 4 November 2018, 19h23 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
Apr 2
Eifel   T1  
2 Apr 18
Wüstebach und Püngelbach
Erkensruhr, the hidden village in the Erkensruhr valley, doesn't seem to have made up its mind wether it wants to blossom or disappear from the map. The nearby Rur dam and the village of Einruhr forever seem to steal the show. This might be exactly what makes Erkensruhr the hiker's secret tip: A beautiful hidden valley, with easy...
Published by detlefpalm 4 November 2018, 20h02 (Photos:5 | Geodata:1)
Jan 30
Luxemburg   T2  
30 Jan 18
15 Minutes Alpine Feeling
This trail figures high in the hikers blogosphere. It is also known as Nat'Our #5, it is part of the DeLux Tour Network, it is touted as the best trail in the Vianden area if not west of the river Rhine, hikers rave about the 'Felsenweg' (rocktrail) and others exult about the alpine feelings - and some worry about weather...
Published by detlefpalm 6 November 2018, 12h03 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)
Nov 4
Luxemburg   T2  
4 Nov 17
Trail on the Rocks
This is a very cool trail. The area around Echternach and Irrel is known for its bizarre rock formations, and the Felsenweg showcases some of its best. There are, in fact, several Felsenwege, numbered one to six, providing hiking fun for several weeks. This trail is technically not at all difficult, but it is a fairly tough...
Published by detlefpalm 16 November 2018, 09h43 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)
Oct 18
Belgien   T2  
18 Oct 17
Fall colours and the falling waters of Hoegne and Statte
The trails of the Valley of the Hoegne stream, between Hockai and the Belleheid Bridge, are under the patronage of the Belgian King Albert II, and the valley is rated among the most beautiful of Belgium. We haven't hiked all valleys in Belgium, but we tend to agree. It is an absolute highlight. Almost as beautiful is the valley...
Published by detlefpalm 12 November 2018, 10h47 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
Oct 15
Belgien   T1  
15 Oct 17
14 Anthills near the Ihrenbach
There was a time when anthills could be seen at every intersection in the forest. These days they are a rather rare occurrence. On this hike, we counted 14 anthills, right next to the trail. Take it as a sort of geocaching exercise. The hike starts and ends at Schönberg, a very pretty (non-touristic) village in Belgium near...
Published by detlefpalm 5 November 2018, 17h53 (Photos:4 | Geodata:1)
Oct 3
Belgien   T1  
3 Oct 17
The valleys of the Ruisseau de Bayehon and the Pouhon
The trail leads through the wild and beautiful valley of the Ruisseau de Bayehon. One of the highlights is the Cascade de Bayehon, probably the most picturesque fall in Eastern Belgium. The spectacle is particularly impressive during fall, when the rains have fed the streams and the foliage is colourful. The trail is well...
Published by detlefpalm 6 November 2018, 12h04 (Photos:5 | Geodata:1)
Oct 1
Eifel   T1  
1 Oct 17
Down to the Ehrensteinsley
The Ehrensteinsley is not a summit, but a cliff above the steep slopes of the Rur valley. When coming from Mützenich, one actually descends to the Ehrensteinsley. For those with some energy to spare, Mützenich, the Ehrensteinsley, the Rur valley and part of the Ravel trail can be combined to a pleasant loop hike. The descend...
Published by detlefpalm 5 November 2018, 17h54 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)