Fernblick vom Eifelsteig aus, © Eifel Tourismus/D. Ketz

Eifelsteig Stage 09

Hillesheim

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The 9th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Hillesheim to Gerolstein, the home of the Gerolsteiner Fountain.

The stage of the Eifelsteig Trail from Hillesheim to Gerolstein is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Eifelsteig Trail. This day tour starts in the European Model Town of Hillesheim – its well-preserved ramparts and the historical town centre in Hillesheim are especially worth a visit. What is more, the tranquil town is Germany's no. 1 crime-writing capital! Passing small streams and leisurely babbling brooks, the trail continues on to the Eishöhle and Mühlsteinhöhle caves in Roth before reaching the once mighty reef of the Gerolstein Dolomites. The Munterley plateau affords a magnificent view of Gerolstein, the City of Fountains, and the Kyll Valley. Passing the Buchenloch Cave and the Papenkaul Crater, the last section of this stage leads under the Hustley climbing rocks to Gerolstein.

Highlights along the way: Hillesheim ramparts; Bolsdorf Tälchen recreational area; Mühlsteinhöhle and Drachenhöhle Caves; Rother Kopf; Auberg; Gerolstein Dolomites; Buchenloch Cave; Gerolstein Local History Museum; Gerolstein Natural History Museum; Church of the Redeemer and Villa Sarabodis, Gerolstein; Kasselburg Eagle and Wolf Park; Gerolstein fountains

Marking of the tour:

  • Wegmarkierung Eifelsteig
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More information about this route

Start: Hillesheim

Destination: Gerolstein

Distance: 20.2 km

Duration: 05:30 h

Difficulty: intermediate

Tour-type: Hiking

Ascent: 455 m

Descent: 520 m

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