Eifelsteig Stage 05
The fifth stage of the Eifelsteig starts in Gemünd and heads for Steinfeld.
The rivers Urft and Olef dominate the landscape throughout this stage. Meandering woodland tracks lead to magnificent vistas. Tranquil valley sections and circuitous field crossings – the fifth stage of the Eifelsteig Trail reveals entirely new aspects of the North Eifel region. From a cultural heritage point of view, visitors will be enthralled by the picturesque half-timbered houses in Olef (possible lunch-stop) and the impressive monastery of Steinfeld. The stage starts in bustling Gemünd and heads for Steinfeld Monastery. You quickly turn your back on the Urft Valley and plunge into the magnificent mixed forest. A little further on, you'll find yourself hiking through the varied natural countryside towards Olef. You'll catch a first glimpse of this picture-postcard village from the Kuckucksley, where a shelter encourages you to stop and linger awhile. Then descend to Olef, pass through the village and hike through secluded woodland sections and past bygone mining history. After Golbach, the landscape opens up a little and, far across the wide fields, hikers will catch their first glimpse of the Basilica in Steinfeld. But first, you still have to pass through rustling woodland that continues almost right up to the monastery wall in Steinfeld!
Highlights along the way: Gemünd National Park Gate; View of the Eifel from the Kreuzberg above Gemünd; Kuckucksley viewpoint; Historic village centre of Olef; Pingen, abandoned mines or prospect sites; Steinfeld Monastery
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