Blick ins Liesertal vom Burgberg bei Karl, Eifelsteig-Etappe 12, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 18.2 km
  • Duration: 5:30 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Eifelsteig Stage 12


The 12th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Manderscheid to the monastery Himmerod.

The first section of the stage follows the route of the classic "Lieser Trail" with all its interesting attractions, like the exhilarating views of the castles, the cliff path and the deeply cut valley. It then passes along a side valley up to the heights of Großlittgen and across open terrain with a boundless view over the plateau into the Salm Valley.
"Volcanic Alpine Eifel" is how this section of the Eifelsteig Trail is known, which is interestingly also the name attributed to the second section of the Lieser Trail. No wider than a beaten track, the trail runs along what are at times some very steep slopes in the Lieser Valley and in some places requires sureness of foot, care and attention. A certain level of fitness is also required throughout this section of the trail but hikers are rewarded with a unique experience close to nature: you leave the usual signs of civilisation far behind after just a few metres, with no roads and no dwellings visible for the next 15 kilometres. To the trail: Like the first section of the Lieser Trail, this section also passes along a track. The trail starts in the Burgenblick car park in Manderscheid. The Lieser Trail begins on the other side of the car park above the castles at the entrance to the town of Manderscheid. From then on, it always follows the signs for the Eifelsteig Trail, along what are, at times, quite steep slopes along the Lieser Valley.

Highlights along the way: Manderscheid castles; Manderscheid Maar Museum; Manderscheid "Steinkiste" Rock Museum; Manderscheid Local History Museum; Lieser Trail; Cliff walk; Burgberg panoramic viewing platform; Panoramic vista over the Salm Valley; "Mouse hole" tunnel; Burgberg nature adventures lodge with panoramic platform; Himmerod Abbey

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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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Himmerod Abbey

Abtei Himmerod, © GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH

Pass through the gateway to the centuries-old Himmerod Abbey and discover a time that seems long forgotten. The thick walls and small monastery farms of the Cistercian Abbey in the Salm Valley give you contemplative moments in the middle of the GesundLand Vulkaneifel.

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Eifelsteig Stage 11

Weinfelder und Schalkenmehrener Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The 11th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Daun to Manderscheid Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 13

Das Kloster Himmerod auf der Etappe 13 des Eifelsteigs, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus/D. Ketz
The 13th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from the monastery Himmerod to the little village Bruch. 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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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

Lamberty, Landhotel

Landhotel Lamberty, © Verena Kartz

Our family-run Landhotel Lamberty is located in the charming Eifel village of Niederkail, a small community in the vacation region of Wittlich Stadt & Land, in the heart of the wild and romantic southern Eifel. The popular long-distance hiking trails Eifelsteig and Karl-Kaufmann-Weg can be reached within a few minutes walk. Our lovingly landscaped country house garden offers plenty of space and opportunity for relaxation and sociable summer evenings. About 16 km along forest-lined curves over the country road you reach the Säubrenner city of Wittlich, faster is the freeway A 60 / exit Wittlich-West. Here you will find the train station in the Wengerohr district with very good connections to Koblenz/Cologne and Trier. We will gladly organize the transfer from the train station as well as from / to the Eifelsteig to our Landhotel Lamberty for you.

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More information about this route

Start: Manderscheid

Destination: Kloster Himmerod

Distance: 18.2 km

Duration: 5:30 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 518 m

Descent: 592 m

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