Kupferroute: Kupferhof Rosenthal in Stolberg, © Stolberg-Touristik
  • Distance: 15.5 km
  • Duration: 4:45 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Copper Route


Following in the footsteps of the brassmakers

Along the fascinating ‘Copper Route’, you’ll discover the history of Stolberg’s brass-making industry. The name of the tour comes from the town’s long history of producing brass – also known as ‘yellow copper’. Over around 16 kilometres, hikers can enjoy vast landscapes featuring rare calamine plants in the Schlangenberg nature reserve and the historic ‘Copper City’ of Stolberg with its picturesque old town, castle and magnificent brass works.

The route begins at ‘Alte Markt’ in Stolberg’s historic old town. It then heads up Hammerberg and past the Binsfeldhammer quarry to Mausbach and Vicht. Take in the fresh woodland air before you reach the Schlangenberg nature reserve. The landscape is shaped by wide open grasslands featuring rare plants such as calamine flowers, diverse woodlands and vast views of the surrounding Voreifel. The months from May to August are a great time of year to marvel at the beautiful yellow blooms of the calamine flowers. The route continues through the Münsterwald woodland to Zweifall, Eifel’s northern gateway, and Venwegen. A little further on, at ‘Kitzenhaus’, Stolberg joins the popular Eifelsteig, which leads from Aachen to the Roman city of Trier. The Copper Route ends here. As this is not a circular trail, in Venwegen, you can take the 61 bus towards Breinig-Nachtigällchen-Stolberg-Altstadt to go back to where you started.

Once back in Stolberg, you can explore the old town and its impressive brassworks, formerly home to ingenious craftspeople. You can also visit mighty 12th-century Stolberg Castle on a guided tour. Or round off the day by dining on hearty home-cooked food and rustic medieval dishes at the castle. At weekends, guests can also enjoy delicious cakes from the castle’s own bakery. The castle also hosts banquets all year round – a magnificent experience accompanied by medieval music and fire shows.

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Along the route

Burg Stolberg

Burg Stolberg  und Altstadt, © Städteregion Aachen, Dominik Ketz
The castle, which dates from the 15th century, is now used as a museum & event location. Details ansehen

Hotel Buschhausen

Hotel in Aachen, located close to Aachen's historic city centre. Details ansehen

Landgasthof Gut Marienbildchen

Gut Marienbildchen

Host of the Regionalmarke EIFEL

Historical 19th century country estate on the outskirts of Roetgen, surrounded by meadows with a wide view. In our family business we offer fine, regional cuisine with products from our own farming, hunting and herb garden, as well as an excellent and extensive range of wines.

Our 7 rooms are furnished in country house style with new, modern bathrooms.

The much frequented Eifelsteig is only a few hundred metres away.

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Hotel Am Eifelsteig


The hotel and restaurant are very popular with hikers and are ideal as a stopover at the end of the first stage of the Eifelsteig.

The wellness oasis "Roetgen Therme" with 7 saunas (including the Eifel sweat lodge, the Himalaya Kirstall salt sauna, the aroma bath and the flower bath, among others) and 5 pools is directly accessible from the hotel. The highlight is the large open-air seawater pool (heated all year round) in the 5000 m² thermal park.

A small but fine hotel - directly above one of Germany's leading wellness facilities. Guests can enter the Roetgen thermal baths directly from their hotel room. The hotel is located in the 200-year-old post office of Roetgen and fits traditionally into the Eifel with its massive walls.

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More information about this route

Start: Stolberg

Destination: Kitzenhaus

Distance: 15.5 km

Duration: 4:45 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 226 m

Descent: 105 m

Eifel Tourismus GmbH

Kalvarienbergstraße 1
54595 Prüm
Phone: +49 6551 96560

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