Weinfelder und Schalkenmehrener Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 23.4 km
  • Duration: 7:0 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Eifelsteig Stage 11


The eleventh stage of the Eifelsteig runs from Daun to the castle town of Manderscheid.
Today, your hike starts out gently along the first few metres through the Kurpark in Daun. But you soon realise that the landscape here must have had a fiery past. There is a particular atmosphere here, mystical and powerful. Step by step, you hike up to the first elevation and see something glittering between the trees. It is Gemündener Maar - a volcanic lake. You just know something dramatic must have happened here! Mighty explosions and fire from the earth’s interior blew holes in the earth and piled up mountains here in the Eifel. The holes are called “Maare” and some have filled up with water over time. How still and dark the water is, and fascinating too. You continue uphill to the summit of the crater’s edge and discover another Maar, Weinfelder Maar (also called Totenmaar). Up here, you will find the stone Dronketurm and can climb the steps to the viewing tower with ease. You allow your gaze to wander over the vibrant landscape of the volcanic Eifel. What an amazing feeling! But then you hear something: did anyone notice that? Yes! On the Weinfelder Maar meadows, goats are used as landscapers. Along a narrow path it’s downhill again to the Schalkenmehrener Maar, with the village of the same name on its banks. All three lakes together are also called Dauner Maare. After Schalkenmehren the hike leads you into the green valley of the Lieser. The picturesque little river ripples down to the valley. You share the valley with nature alone, listening to the birds singing and the gentle sound of the water. The long valley accompanies you to your stage destination in the castle town of Manderscheid. Just before Manderscheid, you follow the rocky path and catch a first glimpse of the Manderscheid Upper Castle.

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Dronketurm, © Florian Trykowski Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

Climb the 11m high "Dronketurm" on the Mäuseberg near the "Weinfeld Maar" and enjoy an incredible panoramic view over the GesundLand Vulkaneifel around Daun.

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Gemündener Maar

Blick auf das Gemündener Maar und Dronketurm, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

The Gemünden maar is lined up along a fissure running SE to NW. About 20,000 to 30,000 years ago they erupted and Gemünden Maar lake was formed.

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Weinfelder Maar

Sonnenaufgang am Weinfelder Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

also called Totenmaar [maar of the dead] The Weinfelder Maar is considered the "symbol of the Eifel melancholy". Gentle slopes, on which the Eifel gold - popularly known as "Besenginster"grows and shines in early summer, around the mostly turquoise shimmering water.

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Schalkenmehrener Maar

Blick vom Maarkreuz aufs Schalkenmehrener Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Especially if you visit the GesundLand Vulkaneifel in summer, a detour to the Schalkenmehren Maar is a must. Located directly at the village of the same name and opposite the Weinfelder Maar, the Schalkenmehrener Maar is one of the three Dauner Maars and offers a wonderful backdrop for an extended walk or an extensive hike.

If you look closely, you can see that the Schalkenmehren Maar was once a double maar, formed by volcanic activity around 20,000 to 30,000 years ago. But the tuffs of the western maar filled up the eastern maar funnel, so that nothing can be seen of the second maar today, except for the fen vegetation that has spread in this area. Take a little discovery tour and observe numerous animal and plant species along the way!

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Castles of Manderscheid

Manderscheiider Burgen mit Lieser, © Dominik Ketz

The spa town of Manderscheid is most famous for two medieval castle ruins that stand directly opposite each other on steep mountain spurs not far from the town's alleyways. The massive complexes are separated only by the little Lieser river and a meadow, which in summer becomes a perfect place for a breather while hiking the Eifelsteig trail or for a family picnic with children. On a weekend in August, however, the castles and the meadow are ideal settings for a spectacular festival with quaint crafts, jugglers, jousting tournaments and minstrel singing. In Advent, the Manderscheid Castle Christmas lends the town a special magic. The freely accessible upper castle with its five-storey keep still looks martial today. The lower castle can be explored on guided tours - even at night - or on your own; it only remains closed in bad weather.

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Kobeslochhütte, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
The Kobeslochhütte is a much-visited hut on the outskirts of Eckfeld and Manderscheid. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 10

Aussichtsturm an der Dietzenley am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The stage 10 of the Eifelsteig leads from Gerolstein to Daun. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 12

Blick aus der Balduinshütte über dem Liesertal, Eifelsteig-Etappe 12, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The 12th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Manderscheid to the monastery Himmerod. Details ansehen

Hotel Schneider am Maar

Hotel Schneider am Maar

Host of the regional brand EIFEL

In a beautiful landscape, right on Schalkenmehrener Maar located, expects you a not everyday house. Come to rest and relax in the Wellness & Beaty oasis with sauna, ceramic steam bath, air bath and tecaldarium, emotional shower etc. Enjoy your personal pampering program. A large lawn with Maarblick, a garden café, garages and parking spaces can be found directly at the house. Round off the day with one of five draft beers or good wine in our Eifeler Stube in a cozy atmosphere. Sooner or later - a Eifelhotel, a family ... both from the heart.

Eifel Culinary Restaurant with regional, creative cuisine - Taste where it's made – Lamb and turkey from our own free-range farming

  • Comfortable rooms in 4 different categories • Beauty and Wellness Oasis with a Physio-Active Studio
  • Wine and Beer Stube with 5 draft beer varieties
  • Cozy dining rooms and a beautiful sun terrace
  • Accommodation in the Eifelsteig hiking area and along the Maare-Mosel cycling route

Watch a video of Hotel Schneider am Maar.
Take a 360° tour through Hotel Schneider am Maar.

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Heidsmühle, Hotel-Café-Restaurant

Heidsmühle Teich
We appreciate your interest and would like to point out some of the highlights among the wide variety offered here, at Heidsmühle. The Heidsmühle is located in the heart of the volcanic Eifel, far away from every day stress. A beautiful place on the bank of the 'kleine kyll´, a perfect spot for a day trip or a vacation. The Heidsmühle is a family business which is now run in the 5th generation of the Stadtfeld family and is a popular tourist attraction, not only because of the attractive location but also because of the fresh ´Eifel cuisine´ and our homemade cakes. Enjoy sleeping in in our very quiet hotel rooms, experience our culinary highlights or have fun feeding the fish and ducks in our hotel park. Tobias Stadtfeld and the entire team of the Heidsmühle are looking forward to your visit. Details ansehen

Strohpension und Ferienwohnung Gerberhaus


A warm welcome!

The Gerberhaus is a modern holiday home in the heart of the Volcanic Eifel. With space for up to 7 people, it is ideal for small groups or for families who want to enjoy their holiday relaxed in their own four walls. In addition, stylish straw boarding/storage with bath/shower, and lounge. Ideal for stage hikers on the Eifelsteig/Lieserpfad and guests looking for a simple place to stay overnight.

The Gerberhaus is part of an old farmstead in the area of the castle town of Manderscheid. Quiet and yet centrally located, you will stay here on the spacious property with inner courtyard and garden.
Families will appreciate the large property and the many play possibilities, hiking or mountain bike groups the central location in the heart of the Volcanic Eifel.

The special layout allows for flexible use of the Gerberhaus:
You can choose between a double room with its own shower and toilet, a holiday flat for 5 people or the entire house - just as you need it!

Yard & Garden:
The Gerberhaus is part of the large property - with old farmhouse, barn with straw boarding house, 2 separate courtyards, large meadow, vegetable garden and garden house. Cyclists and mountain bikers can safely store their bikes and also wash them after a "wild tour".
Families with children especially enjoy the garden and courtyard with play facilities (trampoline, slide, table tennis table), and the large courtyard area for playing and romping. The garden is not available to overnight guests of the Strohlager.

The animals of the Gerberhaus:
There are always animals to pet on the property, such as rabbits or poultry.
Just outside Manderscheid there is another farm building where the flock of sheep and our two Icelandic horses live, who are happy to be stroked.
Direct location on the Eifelsteig and Lieserpfad. Ideal starting point for circular walks and day tours in the Volcanic Eifel. Gastronomy on site.
Bus connection to Daun or Wittlich in the immediate vicinity.

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NaturPurHotel Maarblick

Außenansicht in der Dämmerung

Lovingly furnished country hotel right on the Meerfelder Maar. Our young team will pamper you - fresh seasonal dishes, from the Eifel specialty - to the Mediterranean dish. Sweet delicacies in the Schlemmercafé. Sale of typical and homemade products. Enjoy the silence! We are organic certified.
We also have a lovingly furnished spa "BellaMaar" with 3 different saunas, 2 relaxation rooms and a spa garden with barefoot path.
Organic & Regional & Seasonal = Optimal

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Landhotel Gillenfelder Hof


Welcome to the Landhotel Gillenfelder Hof.
After the renovation, in April 2017, we opened the former Hotel Maarperle under a new management as Landhotel Gillenfelder Hof.

Vitality in the health country Vulkaneifel; Living naturalness - Selfness - Balance .... to take care of yourself, to feel yourself.
You will be able to enjoy a great deal of energy .... Hiking or biking in the wonderful nature, swimming in the nearby Pulvermaar. In the hotel we offer to relax Finnish sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin and the wellness lounge as a rest area. Let yourself be pampered in the beauty department with cosmetic treatments or soothing wellness massages.

Enjoy your holidays in an ambience to feel good.
In the morning you can expect a large selection at the country hotel breakfast buffet ... so a good day starts.
In our bistro, on the sun terrace and in our restaurant we would like to spoil you with regional and seasonal dishes as well as hearty hospitality. Maybe you want to end the evening with a glass of Mosel wine or a freshly tapped beer.
Our 25 comfortable NR rooms, mostly with French balcony, are equipped with shower / WC / hairdryer, TV, desk and comfortable seating. Free parking spaces as available and motorcycle garage.

Your hostess Marie-Luise Goebel and the friendly team of the pampering hotel.

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Hotel zur Post

Hotel Zur Post

The comfortably equipped hotel lies in calm situation in Deudesfeld only 5 minute away from the forest. Here you find bourgeois society and relaxation. The restaurant expects you with the fresh home cooking kitchen of the Eifel. We provide group and overall offers gladly on request.

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Start: Daun

Destination: Manderscheid

Distance: 23.4 km

Duration: 7:0 h

Difficulty: difficult

Ascent: 564 m

Descent: 652 m

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