Kirche in Olef am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 17.5 km
  • Duration: 5:15 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Eifelsteig Stage 05


The fifth stage of the Eifelsteig runs from Gemünd to Steinfeld and the monastery of the same name.
Your Eifelsteig hike begins in Schleiden-Gemünd, where the little Olef river flows into the Urft. A little tip: Take an extra apple with you on the hike today - have one as a snack along the way and keep the other until you reach the end, an exciting surprise awaits! 
From the mouth of the Olef, you first follow the course of the river along a steadily climbing forest trail. You enjoy the fresh forest air and sometimes isolated paths take you to a viewing point: from Kuckucksley, you can see your next stop, the village of Olef in the forested Oleftal valley. If you pass through Olef at the weekend, you will come across a curiosity: an old, dark red rail bus drives through the centre of the historical village. You leave the valley of the Olef behind and hike through the secluded forest passages in a relaxed manner. Along the way, abandoned ore mines and prospects bear witness to the long-forgotten mining history here. After the village of Golbach, the landscape opens up and you can already catch a first glimpse of your destination for the day: Steinfeld Abbey. Past the picturesque courses of the streams and the gently rolling meadows on the edge of the forest, you start getting into the spirit of pilgrimage. Soon, you come to the mighty abbey walls and are on the lookout for the entrance gate. You enter the medieval abbey complex and are surrounded by a reverent atmosphere of relaxation and contemplation. Then you realise that you still have an apple in your bag - but why? Look for the gravestone of Saint Hermann Josef and you will see what it is for.

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Salvatorianer Kloster Steinfeld

Kloster Steinfeld von oben, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Visit the Salvatorian Monestry Steinfeld with three characteristic towers.

The monastery together with its Basilica belongs to the most important medieval monuments in the Rhineland. Its beginnings go back to the time of Henry I (919 - 936). 

The basilica attached to the monastery was built between 1142 and 1150 as one of the earliest German vaulted churches by Premonstratensians.

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Aussichtspunkt Kuckucksley, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

Lookout point with a refuge and a wonderful view of Olef.

Winding paths lead through the forest in the Oleftal up to Kuckucksley.

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Eifelsteig stage 04

Blick auf Urfttalsperre im Nationalpark Eifel, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The fourth stage of the Eifelsteig from Einruhr to Gemünd. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 06

Luftansicht vom Kloster Steinfeld am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus/D. Ketz
The 6th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from the Monastery Steinfeld to Blankenheim Details ansehen

Gästehaus Im Tal 18


Our guesthouse is quietly situated below the historic castle complex. Hiking and cycling paths lead directly past the house. All rooms are equipped with solid beech furniture, wooden floor, satellite colour TV and radio alarm clock. Family room available (two double rooms with connecting door). Double rooms can be booked as single rooms. Multi-bed rooms available on request.

* We have hiking maps of the municipality of Hellenthal and the Eifel National Park available for hikers.

* As a qualified National Park host, I am happy to answer your questions about the Eifel National Park.

* For the more adventurous, there is advice for tours in the nearer or further surroundings.

* Fresh fruit and water are available all day in our tea kitchen, where you can also prepare coffee, tea or a cappuccino.

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More information about this route

Start: Gemünd

Destination: Kloster Steinfeld

Distance: 17.5 km

Duration: 5:15 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 491 m

Descent: 313 m

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