Urftsee in the Eifel, © Eifel Tourismus/D. Ketz

The Eifelsteig

Die bis 1905 erbaute Staumauer der Urft ist die älteste Talsperre der Eifel., © Archiv Eifel Tourismus Gmbh

The Urfttal dam

The Urftsee, together with Obersee and Rursee, forms the large dam barrier system of the Nordeifel. The outdoor pools in Rurberg and Einruhr offer during the summer months during the Eifelsteig hike a welcome change. Also shipping on the Obersee, canoeing or stand-up paddling are popular leisure activities around the dams of the Nordeifel. More informationsShow on map

Stilisierte Karte der Eifel
Wildkatzen im Nationalpark Eifel, © H. Grabe

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The Eifel National Park

Wildkatzen im Nationalpark Eifel, © H. Grabe

The Eifel National Park

The Eifel National Park is the only National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia. Woods water wilderness is the slogan of the 110 km² nature reserve. More informationsShow on map

Stilisierte Karte der Eifel
Die bis 1905 erbaute Staumauer der Urft ist die älteste Talsperre der Eifel., © Archiv Eifel Tourismus Gmbh

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The Urfttal dam

Panorama 3 Maare, © Gesundland Vulkaneifel/ D. Ketz

Just you, the water and the rocks

Weinfelder Maar Frühling Panorama, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz

The Eifel maars

The water-filled maars are the symbol of the volcanic Eifel. But what is actually a maar? More informationsShow on map

Stilisierte Karte der Eifel
Der Dronketurm ist nach dem Gründer des Eifelvereins Adolf Dronke benannt und ihm gewidmet., © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus, D. Ketz

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Dronketurm (Viewing platform)

Der Dronketurm ist nach dem Gründer des Eifelvereins Adolf Dronke benannt und ihm gewidmet., © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus, D. Ketz

Dronketurm (Viewing platform)

From the viewing platform "Dronketurm" you will definitely be rewarded with the direct view of the Gemünden Maar, which is worth a trip every time of the year. The Dronketurm is located on the Eifelsteig stage 11. More informationsShow on map

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Weinfelder Maar Frühling Panorama, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz

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The Eifel maars

The Eifelsteig

THE SLOGAN OF THE LONG-DISTANCE HIKING TRAIL THROUGH THE EIFEL IS “JUST YOU, THE WATER AND THE ROCKS”.

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Welcome to the Eifelsteig website.


The Eifelsteig is the long-distance hiking trail through the Eifel. It connects the historic cities of Aachen in North Rhine-Westphalia and Trier in Rhineland Palatinate, and offers so much impressive nature in between.


Taking “Just you, the water and the rocks” as its slogan, the Eifelsteig hiking trail leads into the largest still intact highland moor in Europe, the Hohes Venn, through the only National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia, past relics of the volcanic past of the Eifel in the Volcanic Eifel and on to the unmistakeable red sandstone rocks overlooking Trier


The 313 kilometres are divided into 15 daily stages of between 15 and 28 kilometres in length.


The Eifelsteig passes through changing landscapes, and hikers on the 313 kilometre-long route are repeatedly met with new impressions. 


The Eifelsteig accommodation services are the best possible hosts along the way, with their hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation, campsites, youth hostels and holiday flats, with accommodation for just one night guaranteed along with their proximity to the Eifelsteig route. A range of different services is offered, from advice about the tour and packed lunches to baggage transfer to your next place of stay.


The partner routes of the Eifelsteig offer the opportunity of discovering individual landscapes in the Eifel in greater detail. They enable visitors to go on day hikes or multiple day hikes in combination with the Eifelsteig.


The hiking route has been awarded the German hiking seal, which is issued by the German hiking institute, the Deutsches Wanderinstitut e.V. Routes certified by the Deutsches Wanderinstitut e.V. (known as “premium” routes) are checked for 36 criteria, including unequivocally clear marking, natural paths and an itinerary through beautiful scenic landscapes.


For more information on certification, visit the website of the German hiking institute.