Manderscheider Burgen, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
  • Strecke: 5.4 km
  • Duration: 02:00 h
  • Schwierigkeit: intermediate

Manderscheider Burgenstieg


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The Eifel town of Manderscheid, at the height of the Volcanic Eifel and on the edge of the collar of the Lieser valley, stands out with its historic atmosphere. It’s as though it has been made especially for hiking. All around Manderscheid, the “Manderscheider Burgenstieg”, or castle trail, offers ever-changing perspectives onto the impressive dual castle complex and the town. 
The trail takes you along narrow, natural paths through the forest and high above the Leiser river. These highlights make the hike an absolute must! 
The tour is rounded off by fabulous photogenic views onto the upper and lower Manderscheid castles.

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  • Wegmarkierung Wanderweg Manderscheider Burgenstieg
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Highlights auf der Strecke

Castles of Manderscheid

Manderscheiider Burgen mit Lieser, © Dominik Ketz

The spa town of Manderscheid is famous above all for its two medieval castle ruins, which stand directly opposite each other on steep mountain spurs not far from the town's narrow streets. The once mighty structures, which were destroyed in several wars in the 17th century, are separated only by the little Lieser River, which cuts a spirited path through the densely wooded rocky landscape in the valley. Between the castles stretches a meadow which - equipped with a barbecue hut - becomes a perfect place in summer for a breather while hiking the Eifelsteig or for a family picnic with children.

On a weekend in August, however, the castles and the meadow are ideal settings for the spectacular Castle Festival with quaint crafts, jugglers, jousting tournaments and minstrel singing. In Advent, the Manderscheid Castle Christmas on the first weekend of Advent lends the town a special magic. The imposing, metre-thick walls were not always so romantic and full of carefree fun and games. Both served as fortifications in the conflict between the Electorate of Trier and the Duchy of Luxembourg. The enmity was deep-seated, and suspicious eyes were cast across the narrow valley.

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. In the 12th century, the noble family of the Lords of Manderscheid expanded it into a magnificent, fortified seat of power. If you climb the steep path to the upper castle, in summer you will smell the bewitching scent of wild strawberries. Birds are chirping, the Lieser is lapping peacefully. The sun-drenched walls are a refuge for small lizards or wild bees. Nature has filled the once warlike scene with peace.

It can be experienced while hiking on the Eifelsteig and Lieserpfad trails as well as on the Vulkamaar Trail, all of which touch the spa. The Manderscheider Burgenstieg (Manderscheider Castle Trail) and the hiking tour "Grafschaft-Pfad" connect the cultural history and spectacular nature around the small town. The Maar Museum with the "Urpferdchen" (primal horse) or the Moll candle factory make Manderscheid, beyond the castles, an excursion destination for people with a longing for down-to-earth things.

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Burg Café Manderscheid

Blick auf die Niederburg, © Burg Café Manderscheid
The lovingly furnished Burg Café Manderscheid is exceptionally beautifully nestled in the middle of a natural valley, directly at the foot of the Manderscheid castles, the Lieserpfad and the Manderscheid 'Burgenstieg' and not far from the magnificent Eifelmaars.

Enjoy the murmur of the Lieser and the fairytale view of the Manderscheider castles while you are pampered with homemade cakes and a delicious cup of coffee. Well-strengthened and rested, nothing stands in the way of your hiking trip on the Eifelsteig or your bike tour on the Maare-Moselle cycle path.

Whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, a family or with a smaller or larger group, the café offers space for about 70 people inside and about 120 on the terrace outside. Details ansehen

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.

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More information about this route

Start: Kurhaus Manderscheid

Destination: Kurhaus Manderscheid

Distance: 5.4 km

Duration: 02:00 h

Difficulty: intermediate

Tour-type: Hiking

Ascent: 219 m

Descent: 219 m


  • Round tour
  • Family-friendly

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