Kell am See
Beautiful Lakes and Timberland
Kell am See and its ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) holiday region offers numerous sights and places of excursions in the Hunsrück. You are guaranteed to have many thrilling vacation days. Explore relics and historical buildings from the Celts and Roman time. Discover the beauty of the Nature Park Saar-Hunsrück, one of the largest and most beautiful nature parks in Germany. Or enjoy the many leisure facilities at lake ‘Kell’ and lake ‘Schillinger See’.
The town of Kell am See is located in the Hunsrück holiday region, approximately 62 km to the southwest of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Hunsrück is one of the nine holiday regions of Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate. The Hunsrück holiday region is one of Germany's most richly forested areas. Surrounded by the river scenery of the Rhine, the Moselle, the Saar and the Nahe, it is criss-crossed by an extensive network of trails where walkers follow in the footsteps of the Celts and the Romans. There are also quaint little country towns, castles and old mills to visit. ... read more about the Hunsrück holiday region
Kell am See and its ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) holiday region is located right in the middle of the Nature Park Saar-Hunsrück — one of Germany's unique natural and cultural landscapes. Numerous plants and animals have their habitat within this natural landscape. If you love nature, Kell am See is the right place for you. The Nature Park Saar-Hunsrück is one of the largest and most beautiful nature parks in Germany. Explore a picturesque landscape that is surrounded by the low mountain ridge of the Osburger Timber Forest and the Black Forest in the south. Discover the beauty of the Ruwer Valley with its romantic landscape. A diverse landscape is awaiting you that promises an eventful holiday for the whole family.
- Lake Kell and its Leisure Facilities
- Lake Kell, a man-made reservoir covering over 14 ha, offers a host of activities including hiking or strolling along a 2.2 km trail circling the reservoir, pedal boating, fishing its bountiful fish stocks or simply relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet at the lakeside restaurant.
- ‘Schillinger See’ Leisure Resort
- An adventure playground for the little ones — a beer garden for the grown-ups! The leisure resort on Lake ‘Schillinger See’ is an ideal excursion destination for the whole family. There’s the children’s adventure playground, the lake for fishing, a barefoot trail and the Tree Labyrinth! And all your needs are provided for.
- Barefoot Trail
- Barefoot through nature — kick off your socks and shoes and experience nature skin-close. Your feet undergo a natural massage that you will long remember by walking on various elements such as the forest floor, grass, sand, mulch, gravel, logs and mud. At the end of the trail, you can cool and clean your feet in the clear water of the Flonter Creek.
- The Kell am See High Ropes Course
- The Kell am See High Ropes Course provides your own personal adventure and pushes everyone who traverses it to the limit. Secured safely with the latest mountain climbing belt equipment and instructed by trained personnel, anyone can safely scale all of the 20 stations, ranging in height from 5 to 14 metres. For the little ones, there’s a separate children’s course.
- Zerf-Hirschfelderhof Forest Adventure Trail
- Experience nature with all your senses — visitors get in touch with the forest environment through the senses of smell, taste, feel, hearing and seeing along this 2.5 km trail. Informative display boards, some featuring audio, describe various topics such as forest blight, life in small bodies of water or the forest floor as it teems with life, providing the visitor with a wealth of additional knowledge about the forest and its environment. Children are treated to a dice game in which they learn to identify the animals and plant life of the forest, while some of the stations invite visitors to get physically involved and a ‘Life Tower’ vividly demonstrates how garden waste can be used to create new living space for micro organisms.
- Log Road Osburger Hochwald
- The log road leads hikers safely about an upland moor. The moor has a size of approximately 60,000 square metres and is located in an altitude between 610 and 640 metres above sea level. The scenery is characterized by old birch-tress and peat moss.
- Museum of Local History in Zerf
- More than 1,000 exhibits show the culture and handicraft
tradition of the region. Next to the exhibits different
craftsmanship's are demonstrated. The visitor gets an
insight into the working methods of the shoemaker, the smith,
the saddler and other trade.
- Historic Christmas Crib
- The crib in the parish church Kell am See (which was worked on for over 50 years) describes different phases of Christ's life. In total one counts approximately 200 wood carved figures of artistic value.
- A visit of the over 500 year old church tower in Hentern is worthwhile. Also in Greimerath, where a baroque altar is to be admired from the year 1709. In Lampaden the church tower with its bells hanging free raises the attention of the visitor. One of the oldest buildings in the Trier Land — the Romanesque church tower from the 11th century — you will find in Schillingen. The youngest and also most striking church building is located in Waldweiler.
- Castle Heid
- It is one of the historical monuments of the Hochwald region. The considerable building lies near the former railway station Lampaden and is unique in the Ruwer Valley. The castle belonged to the Trier chapter in the 18th century. In 1804 the estate was auctioned and proprietor became the art collector Johann Peter Job Hermes.
The ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) tourist region is situated in the centre of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, providing ideal conditions for an active hiking and bike-hike holiday. A well-structured, carefully maintained hiking and cycling trail network running through the timber forest landscape offers a broad spectrum of activities to escape from day-to-day stress and to ‘recharge your batteries’ in the typical clean, healthy air of this low mountain range climate. Noteworthy natural monuments are rewarding destinations for prolonged hikes and relaxing pauses in quiet natural surroundings.
In the heart of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, nine courses ranging from 22 km to 55 km in length guarantee cycling fun for both hobby cyclists in normal physical condition as well as more athletically ambitious mountain bikers. These routes run along well-maintained forest trails and access paths through the magnificent holiday landscape, offering unique views of the valleys and elevations of the timber forest. There are a number of rest-stop opportunities along the way in the local villages where the cafes, inns, restaurants and hotels provide inviting places to take a well-deserved break. And since the trails are wide and only a few stretches proceed along streets with car traffic, families with children can also safely enjoy cycling through the ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) resort area.
While the natural setting can be explored during the summer months on foot, by bike or on horseback, one should take advantage of the opportunity in the winter months when there are suitable snow conditions to get acquainted with the ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) resort region on cross-country skis. Designated cross-country ski runs in the districts of Kell, Zerf and Greimerath offer ideal cross-country conditions. Starting from the ‘Wanderparkplatz’ at Lake Kell and the ‘Wanderparkplatz Kastanienallee’ in Greimerath, short, medium and long circuit tours run along broad forest lanes through the dense tree stocks of this timberland, surprising the skier from time to time with fantastic panoramic views. And when your skiing tour is over, there are plenty of opportunities to relax in the local guesthouses and restaurants with a wintry drink like punch or ‘Glühwein’ (‘mulled wine’) to warm you back up!
Wine has a history of 2,000 years at the Moselle, Ruwer and Saar rivers. The varied landscape of the ‘Hochwald’ (timber forest) and cultural heritage along these rivers have produced a local cuisine that is rich in tradition and culinary specialities. Experience dishes that are unique to the Hochwald holiday region. Visitors enjoy the local spit roast, game specialities from the domestic forest, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wines and the variety of the traditional potato dishes. Many cosy inns offer a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the local cuisine and to spent a pleasant evening with a glass of wine. Have you ever tried hot potato croissants with plum jam and vanilla ice cream? The potato is an inherent part of the local cuisine. Its variety seems to be endless and the different dishes surprising. In total 37 restaurants in the Hochwald holiday region offer culinary specialities made of potatoes. From simple meals to gourmet dishes. No wonder that the potato is celebrated here at a special event. Each year the ‘Hochwälder Kartoffeltage’ (‘Timberland Potato Days’) are celebrated in autumn. For 14 days different restaurants offer at least three different potato dishes or potato buffets. A paradise for potato lovers!
Due to its central location Kell am See and its ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) holiday region offer outstanding opportunities for excursions to attractive destinations in the area. Trier has a lot to offer with its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. No other German city combines the history, present and future of Europe more vividly. With 818 metres above sea level the Erbeskopf is the highest elevation in Rhineland-Palatinate. Exhibitis in the ‘Hunsrückhaus’ explain diverse natural phenomena of the unique natural landscape of the Erbeskopf. Ideal destinations for a day trip are also the Moselle River with its idyllic towns like Bernkastel-Kues, Traben-Trarbach, Zell and Cochem, or the wine-producing areas of the Saar and Ruwer River. The Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse (‘German Gemstone Route’) connects in two circular routes all sites in the region that are characterized by working with gemstones. A visit of Luxembourg is a must. Luxembourg City is only 50 km away and its old town and fortresses are listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1994.
There is always something happening — whether it is art, music, wine festivals or a host of other activities. The Events Finder gives you an overview about what is on, where and when. Here you can search for events and festivals in the region.
Here you have direct access to the online accommodation reservation service of the Tourist Board of Rhineland-Palatinate. No other hotel reservation system on the Internet offers you such a broad and comprehensive list of accommodation in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate regions. You can list accommodation, search accommodation, contact accommodation establishments and make online reservations.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to Kell am See. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.