Wanderweg Burgenroute: Burg Reifferscheid, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 17 km
  • Duration: 05:30 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate



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Three castles - Burg Blankenheim, the Wildenburg and the castle town of Reifferscheid - 
as well as the old Tiergartentunnel water supply tunnel and inspiring Eifel landscape, are the elixir of the Burgenroute, or castle route. 
The starting point of the tour is Hellenthal at the foot of the Olef dam, with a game enclosure and bird of prey centre. 
The tour ends in historic Blankenheim with its castle, the Tiergartentunnel and the source of the river Ahr. 
Together with the Eifelsteig and the Rur-Olef route, the tour can be extended into an exciting, multiple day route via Olef and Nettersheim. 
This is just the right tour for nature enthusiasts, leisurely walkers and discoverers!

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Marking of the tour:

  • Wegmarkierung Wanderweg Burgen-Route
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Along the route

Hellenthal bird of prey station & wildlife open-air enclosure

Raubvogel in der Greifvogelstation Hellenthal, © Johannes Höhn

High above the Oleftal dam, you’ll find the Hellenthal bird of prey station & wildlife open-air enclosure. Numerous local wildlife species appear at all times of year in their natural surroundings and beauty.

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Burg Blankenheim

Burg Blankenheim Innenhof, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH/D. Ketz
The imposing castle dominates the image of Blankenheim. Finds indicate that a Roman fort previously stood here. Details ansehen

More information about this route

Start: Hellenthal

Destination: Blankenheim

Distance: 17 km

Duration: 05:30 h

Difficulty: intermediate

Tour-type: Hiking

Ascent: 463 m

Descent: 372 m

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