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Best trails in Nationalpark Eifel

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Looking for a great trail in Nationalpark Eifel, North Rhine-Westphalia? AllTrails has 109 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 60 moderate trails in Nationalpark Eifel ranging from 2.8 to 56.1 miles and from 433 to 2,112 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Eifel National Park is the 14th national park in Germany and is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The park is located on the border between Germany and Belgium and offers many kilometers of hiking, cycling and riding trails. The park is also home to the famous Wilderness Trail, which is divided into 4 stages and runs between Monschau and Höfe. Another well-known through route, the Eifelsteig, leads through the park. Guided tours are offered by Park Rangers or you can explore the hiking trails on your own. The easiest access to the national park is via the five national park gates in Simmerath, Nideggen, Heimbach, Mönschau-Höfen and Schleiden-Gemünd. Exciting information about flora and fauna can be found in the Eifel National Park Center in the Vogelsang Forum. The exhibitions here are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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#1 - Eifelsteig Stage 4: Einruhr to Gemünd
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 6 h 44 m
The fourth stage of the Eifelsteig begins in Einruhr and has beautiful views of Eifel Lake. The route eventually leads into Eifel National Park and past Urftsee dam. This stage then leaves the National Park and ends in the town of Gemünd.Show more
#2 - Vogelsang and the Urftsee Bridge
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Day hike from Vogelsang down to the Urftseebrücke and back up over the Dreiborn plateau to the starting point. The start is "Vogelsang" castle. After a short visit to the site, it goes downhill towards the Urftseebrücke. Along the reservoir you can reach the Urft dam. You can take a break here. This is also necessary. Because then it goes steeply uphill to the Dreiborn plateau. The effort is worth it, as you will be spoiled with wonderful panoramic views. Most beautiful season spring to autumn.Show more
#3 - Rursee Loop
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 7 h 57 m
This route takes us along the banks of the Rurstausee and grants us again and again wonderful views of the lake and the surrounding Eifel landscape. On our way you cross three dams.Show more
#4 - Vogelsang und Wüstung Wollseifen
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 14.4 mi • Est. 7 h 4 m
This hike leads through the former military training area Vogelsang. It should be noted that one is more exposed to the elements on the plateau than in the forest or in the valley. It's always a few degrees cooler and windier. In addition, one is exposed to the sun or the rain more, since there are no shelters. It is important to bring suitable clothes. This tour can also be shortened if you skip the Vogelsang section. Another way to shorten this route is to take a boat trip from Urft Dam to Einruhr. The hike outlined here runs partly steeply through forest paths up to the Dreiborn plateau, from where you have an impressive view of the Urfttal. The Dreibornplateau itself is a 33 square kilometer forest and open space in the Eifel National Park. The area corresponds to the area of the practice area Vogelsang, which was abandoned on December 31, 2005. The area was not allowed to be entered by civilians between September 1946 and 2006 and has since been accessible to hikers only by fixed routes. In the middle of the plateau lies the former village Wollseifen. In the year 1946 550 inhabitants had to leave the village in a hurry. From the historic buildings, the church and a chapel have been preserved. From Wollseifen a signposted hiking trail (Vogelsang) leads through the beautiful Neffgesbachtal, below the former group accommodations in the Vogelsang area. On the way to the "Forum" you have a nice view of the Urfttal. In the middle of the Eifel National Park is the 100-hectare site of the former NS-Ordensburg Vogelsang (www.vogelsang-ip.de). After the Second World War, it was first a British, then a Belgian military training area. Today, this historic place is changing and as the International Place Vogelsang IP houses an exhibition and education center, it is an out-of-school learning and cultural event and conference venue. After the historical experience of the Ordensburg Vogelsang we return to the former village Wollseifen and follow the signs to the "Urftdamm". This was built in 1905 and the idyllic place invites you to linger. Continue downhill towards Einruhr and follow the signs to Einruhr (www.rursee.de) along the idyllic lake. In Einruhr invites the natural pool (www.naturschwimmbad-einruhr.de) to relax. Tip: The Hostel Simmerath-Rurberg (www.rurberg.jugendherberge.de) is available for overnight stays and other action-packed experiences.Show more
#5 - Hirschley Loop
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
This hike begins on the east side of the Paulushofdamm and leads to the 4th most beautiful panoramic point in NRW. Take the path to the National Park in the direction of Honigberg. Continue the climb and take a break at one of the many rest areas along the way. Once you have reached the Hirschley vantage point, you have a unique view of the Rursee and the surrounding villages. When you have completed the descent, you are in the Urftalsperre. From there, a leisurely walk takes you along the Urft back west to the starting point.Show more
#6 - Wildnis-Trail Etappe 1: Höfen nach Einruhr
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 7 h 54 m
On this route you walk past thunderous streams, colorful flower meadows, dense forests and beautiful panoramic views. The entire wilderness trail consists of four stages that lead you right through the Eifel National Park. This first stage starts in the west of Höfen and leads south along the Perlenbach. First you follow the Furthsbachweg, which leads along the Furthsbach for a while. At the Belgian border, turn left and explore the Eifel National Park. This section follows the Wüstebach and leads north through the village Erkensruhr. Shortly thereafter you reach the final destination Einruhr. The first stage impresses with diverse nature and beautiful views, but is also the hardest stage of the entire route, since some altitude must be overcome.Show more
#7 - Einruhr und Vogelsang
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
From the stone house in Einruhr, go up a few meters and turn left into the street "Auf dem Römer". At the end, cross the Wollseifener Straße on the right and, starting at the next intersection, turn sharply left onto the street "Am Hostertberg". The house numbers 23-27 and 37 are a little guide before the road becomes a forest path and you can follow the signs for wool soap. The free plateau at the end of the ascent finally rewards you with a wonderful view over the surrounding villages along the Rur valley.Show more
#8 - Buchenhallen und Eichenhängen
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
On this route you can marvel at the most beautiful sides of the Kermeters, while you are surrounded by a landscape of forest and water in the beautiful Eifel National Park. The nearly 14-kilometer walk leads through oak and beech forests, which make up scarcely 26 and 24 percent of the forest area. On average, the trees here are 90 years old, but you can easily find some that are 250 years old, as well. On well-developed trails you first walk a few kilometers along the Rursee. Later you reach the said slopes of beech and oak forests. If you decide for the entire round trip, you climb the back of the Kermeter in tight serpentines. From here you have a beautiful view over the surrounding Eifel landscape.Show more
#9 - Creation Path
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
The Creation Path "Life on the trail" is a spiritual and meditative route in nature. Along the way, you will find panels quoting from literature and the Bible. Station Nine "Weg zur Mitte" is also designed as a walk-in labyrinth. The entrance of the creation path lies in Hirschrott. Parking is available at Finkenauel in Simmerath-Erkensruhr.Show more
#10 - Urfttalsperre nach Rurberg
Nationalpark Eifel
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
A beautiful tour from Urfttalsperre to Rurberg. Although this is an out and back route, a boat ride can be taken from Rurberg to Urfttalsperre instead. The boats run every hour from Easter to fall. At the beginning of your hike, you should not miss to visit the exhibition in the National Park Tor Rurberg. From here follow the sign 'Bootsanleger' and turn right over the Eiserbachdamm towards the Urftstaumauer.Falls. With an all-terrain stroller, the wide footpath is also easy to ride. At the Urft dam wall, however, there is a 100 m long, steep and somewhat bumpy road to the top of the Urft dam.Show more
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