The Eifel Holiday Region
The blue of the maars — or water-filled volcanic craters — and the bright yellow of the gorse in summer are hallmarks of the Eifel massif. This paradise for walkers and cyclists is centred between Trier, Koblenz, Cologne and Aachen. The Eifel has more than 100 mineral springs that offer an impressive insight into its volcanic past, and there are fascinating 'geo routes' and volcano safaris on which to actively explore this holiday region.
Note by the Executive Editor
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 80 km away from the Eifel region (1:25 hours driving time by car to Bitburg).
The Eifel National Park is 110 square kilometres of pure wilderness: majestic beech forests, gnarled oak woods and secret ravines hiding tumbling brooks. The National Park provides a protected habitat for the particular variety of upland beech forest that thrives on acid soils and a vital retreat for more than 230 endangered plant and animal species.
Seventy percent of the Park are open to visitors. Giving access to beautiful woodlands, open grasslands and wildlife. There is plenty to see and do in the National Park. You may either explore the park independently or take a guided tour that will show you around in the ancient forest. The rangers of the park are happy to reveal some of nature's secrets for the visitors.
The visitors' centre of the Eifel National Park in Gemünd offers a variety of interesting activities and exhibitions. It also offers exclusive tours for groups by arrangement. There is much awaiting you: special lectures, guided tours and other special events.
The Vulkaneifel European Geopark is a protected region that preserves 400 million years of geological heritage of the Eifel. About 350 sites of volcanic eruption tell you the genesis of the Eifel region. Have you ever wondered how so many varieties of rock and shapes of mountains, hills and valleys came to be? Here you will find the answers.
Museums, guided tours and special facilities will explain to you the scientific phenomenon's. Unique cycle paths and footpaths will lead you to the treasures of this captivating landscape. A diverse program in particular for families and children is offered.
The Vulkaneifel European Geopark has much to offer: towering highlands, gently rolling hills, volcanic outcrops and maars (volcanic craters filled with water). Surrounded by idyllic villages that provide their guests the friendliest hospitality.
Nature spoiled the Eifel. Hardly any other area of Europe unites so many contrasts, so many special features and so many climatic niches on a relatively small territory. Maybe 50 km apart from each other is the living space for a vegetation that else is resident at the edge of the Artic and Mediterranean plants that need a lot of light, heat and protections from wind. It is here that you will find two extraordinary wildlife parks.
The 'Deutsch-Luxemburgische Naturpark' (German-Luxembourg Wildlife Park) offers a great variety of botanical and zoological sights. For example 30 orchid species and more than 500 butterfly species. On top of that you'll find artifacts from 6,000 years of human history. Celts, Romans and early Christianity left their mark.
The 'Deutsch-Belgische Naturpark Hohes Venn-Eifel' (German-Belgian Wildlife Park Hohes Venn-Eifel) has an unmistakable charm. Extensive moor lands, forests appearing infinitely and deeply notched river valleys. 370 million years old coral reefs and their fossils will tell you the history of earth.
Volcanos, maares, moors and lakes show the genesis of the Eifel. The rambler will be charmed by the diversity of this unusual landscape. One of the most tremendous water landscapes formed by the rivers Rur and Urft is waiting to be discovered. Large and small wonders of mother nature make this territory a ramblers paradise.
On well marked hiking trails the rambler can cross the varied low mountain range into all directions. The 16 main hiking trails are the basic framework of a 3,000 kilometres long network of hiking trails, that will lead to every corner of the Eifel region.
Discover and explore cooled down lava streams, romantic castles, insights into the century-old settlement history of the region, rocks, gorges, caves, valleys and cultural treasures like the legends of knights, robbers and counts. There is so much to do and explore. There is something for everyone, from short walks to demanding routes that require several days of walking.
In the Eifel region there are around 100 hotels, restaurants, farms and cycle hire businesses providing special services to cyclists. There are three main routes, that are famous among cyclists.
The Kylltalradweg (Kyll Valley Cycle Route) runs the whole length of the Eifel region. The cycle path winds its way along the banks of the river Kyll. It leads through the ancient volcanic landscape of the 'Vulkaneifel', scattered orchards and rugged rock formations. Along the route you have plenty opportunity to visit a number of mills, castles, palaces, churches, museums and picturesque Eifel villages.
The Maare-Mosel-Radweg (Maars-Moselle Cycle Route) runs along a disused steam railway track. It runs through dense Eifel forests, passes deep blue maars and extinct volcanoes on the way. The route ends in the charming wine-growing region of the Moselle river.
The Vulkan-Rad-Route-Eifel (Volcanic Cycle Route) leads through the Ahr Valley, one of the oldest wine-growing regions in Germany. The cycle path runs along the impressive vineyard slopes and passes through ancient towns. At the highest point along the route, the cycle path runs through the hilly Eifel landscape, verdant meadows and endless forests. Passing places of Celtic origin and ending in the wine-growing region of the Moselle.
The Eifel holiday region offers camping holidays on glorious countryside and in secluded spots. Enjoy a sense of freedom and a friendly atmosphere. When you are camping there is always a hint of adventure in the air. Whether you are travelling with a two-person tent or a luxurious motorhome, you will always find a campsite perfect for you, one that offers all the services you need and all the freedom you crave.
- Bad Bertrich
- This traditional and yet modern spa city is characterized by its progressive, medical and at the same time beneficial therapy options. Bad Bertrich is one of the ‘Vitaparc’ approved spas and health resorts in Rhineland-Palatinate that offer a wide range of packages specially designed to give your body and soul a treat. Germany's only 32°C naturally warm Glauber's salts thermae bubbles here, having the effect of a genuine youth fountain. You can submerge into Bad Bertrich's hot springs and enjoy pure well-being. ... read more in the Bad Bertrich Travel Guide
- Numerous castles, Roman ruins, monasteries and museums await your visit. Walk through green, lush forests, bicycle along or canoe in crystal clear rivers or visit one of the unusual, volcanic crater lakes. And last but not least — take a tour of the Bitburger Pils Brewery. ... read more in the Bitburg Travel Guide
- Kyllburg and its district's name, Kyllburger Waldeifel, has its roots in the expansive forest areas that make up the majority of its landscape. Kyll Tributary, a quaint creek branching off from the Moselle River, runs through Kyllburger Waldeifel from north to south for 142 km, making it the Eifel's longest stream. These bountiful fishing waters meander along a deep river valley through beautiful landscapes that are perfect for extended hikes. As the heart of an ancient cultural axis between Trier, Germany's oldest city, the imperial palatinate of Aachen, Cologne and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, this distinctive holidaymaking region offers picturesque landscapes, history, culture and a broad spectrum of leisure activities. ... read more in the Kyllburg Travel Guide
- The holiday area Luxembourg-Trier-Land is the centre of the cross-border German-Luxembourgian Moselle and Eifel region. Steep vine slopes with blue grey gleaming slate alternate with extensive forests and plateaus which are sometimes barren and at other times fertile. Here, nature has let its different moods run free and shows itself from its most beautiful and varied side. There is no limit to the possible leisure activities open to you. The close vicinity to the city of Luxembourg and the city of Trier make this area just for people who wish to have a relaxing and active cross-border holiday with a lot of memories. Enjoy the unique combination of Luxembourgian ‘Joie de Vivre’ and German ‘Gemütlichkeit’. ... read more in the Luxembourg-Trier-Land Travel Guide
- Mendig is the land — where many thousands of years ago — fire-belching volcanoes covered everything with incandescent lava. Everyone has heard of the world-famous 900 years-old Benedictine Abbey Maria Laach by Lake Laach (Laacher See), the largest of all the Eifel's crater lakes. A journey to the sights of Mendig is an excursion to excavated volcanoes and mountain sides which reveal the history of the earth. Vault-like subterranean lava rock chambers at a dept of 32 metres and stretching for 3 km below the town of Mendig are unique throughout the world. The subterranean vault-like millstone quarries in the Mendig basalt testify to the heyday of stone-mason's skill in the region. A paradise for everyone interested in geology and the earths history. ... read more in the Mendig Travel Guide
- Apart from the sawmill and the bakehouse, the main attractions are various historical mills – corn mill, mustard mill and oil mill – all of which are still in working order. Culinary theme days.
- Bitburger Brauerei
- The visitors' centre, a museum about the history of brewing beer, is where the two-hour brewery tour begins. Informative film presentation and beer tasting included.
- Burg Neuerburg
- Today a youth hostel, this well-preserved town landmark was founded in the middle of the 9th century as a refuge for the monks of Prüm.
- Burg Nideggen
- Nideggen Castle offers fine dining in a sublime setting. There are wonderful views of the Rur valley from the platform of the castle keep.
- Burg Satzvey
- Satzvey Castle is one of the best-preserved moated castles in Germany. Castle café and tavern serving drinks and meals. Also medieval fairs and themed festivals.
- Nature and leisure activities for all the family: fun and games on the freefall slide and family roller coaster, lots of wild animals and bird of prey demonstrations in the wild animal park.
- Freilichtmuseum Kommern
- Farmhouses, workshops, a school, a bakehouse, a dance hall and a chapel – around 60 buildings provide an authentic representation of historical rural life and old craft traditions.
- GaytalPark offers fun and exciting ways to discover, experience and explore nature and the environment. Modern methods of renewable energy production in the GaytalHaus, a variety of natural environments in the 20-hectare park.
- Grube Wohlfahrt
- The Wohlfahrt Mine offers underground tours which bring the days of ore mining in the Eifel region vividly back to life. There is a small mining museum at the entrance to the visitor mine.
- With its birds of prey centre and wolf enclosure, the park surrounding the historical castle is an experience for all the family. Daily flying demonstrations and wolf feeding.
- Museum about the history of the origins of the circular maars with many interactive exhibits. One of the highlights is a large-scale model of a maar, which visitors can walk around inside.
- As you a stroll in the delightful old quarter with its maze of tiny streets, look beyond the romantic half-timbered façades and discover museums and all kinds of arts and culture.
- Nationalpark Eifel
- The Eifel National Park – woodland, water and the lure of the wilderness. Lake Rur is set in amazing natural scenery – its intense blue waters are perfect for angling, swimming or simply relaxing.
- Naturzentrum Eifel
- The Eifel Nature Centre traces the Eifel region's geological history and its enormous natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. From a coral reef aquarium to a historical limeworks.
- Ober- und Niederburg
- Only the little river Lieser divides these two picturesque medieval castles whose earlier inhabitants were engaged in many a feud. Guided tours and castle shop in the lower castle.
- Römische Villa Otrang
- Villa Otrang is one of the largest and best-preserved Roman estates. Don't miss the original mosaic floors in 14 of the 66 rooms.
- St. Salvator Basilika
- This beautiful baroque building has a fine organ, an elaborately worked high altar and a shrine containing valuable relics.
- One of the most delightful footpaths in the Southern Eifel Nature Reserve leads along the Ferschweiler plateau and through the Teufelsschlucht rock formation. Integrated nature trail.
- Vulkaneifel European Geopark
- Lots of GEO trails with information centres bring the highlights of the Volcanic Eifel to life. All age groups will enjoy finding out about the fiery origins of the landscape with its distinctive, circular maars.
- Touch, try out and experiment. The exciting world of volcanoes presented through interactive museum exhibits.
- Wallender Born
- The cold-water geyser in Wallenborn gushes water up to four metres into the air every 35 minutes – a fabulous spectacle.
- Wildgehege Hellenthal
- Hellenthal Wild Animal Park has over 650 wild animals to observe in enclosures that are partly walk-through. The bird of prey centre has daily flying demonstrations.
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 connection. However, the buses from the airport will take you to the railway stations in Koblenz, Trier, Mainz, Frankfurt Main Airport, Frankfurt Main City, Kirn, Idar-Oberstein and Saarbrücken where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.