Schwarz-weißer Grenzstein am Schneifel-Pfad, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz
  • Distance: 72.9 km
  • Duration: 22:0 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Schneifel Trail


The Schneifel Trail hiking route is one of the Volcanic Eifel trails. At nearly 73 kilometres, it is one of the longest of the Volcanic Eifel trails. Its challenging route, which begins at the Kronenburger Hütte hut and takes you to Birresborn via Gondenbrett and Schönecken, impresses with its range of different landscapes. During the first stage, there is an ascent of 500 metres in altitude. With steep climbs and descents, the route takes you into the valley, past fish ponds and through a wild forest area with dense birch trees and thick bracken. The “Schwarzer Mann” winter sports area offers ample space for stopping and taking a rest with its log house of the same name. Over the next few kilometres, the trail leads down into a narrow valley before ascending again until it reaches a magnificent panoramic viewpoint. However, the ascent continues, and the end point of this stage is not reached until you come to Gondenbrett. Here, you’ll find the first highlight of the second stage. From the “Eifel Blick” viewpoint, you can enjoy a magnificent view out over the summits of the Eifel. Soon, you reach the Calvary Hill in Prüm, which is half-surrounded by a Way of the Cross. The route continues into the Schönecker Schweiz nature conservation area towards Schönecken, the next interim destination. On the final stage from Schönecken to Birresborn, the Schneifel Trail winds up and downhill through meadows, pine forests, along streams, past the rock formation “Hohl-Ley”, which is marked as a natural monument, and on to Birresborn, where the ice caves are worth a visit.

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  • Wegmarkierung Wanderweg Schneifel-Pfad
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Kronenburger See - 2024 kein Wasserport möglich

Blick auf den Kronenburger See, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dennis Stratmann

Lake Kronenburg is a worthwhile destination for a trip for everyone. No water sport season in 2024!

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Historischer Ortskern Kronenburg, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
The castle ruin and fortified settlement of Kronenburg Kronenburg Castle was one of the characteristic medieval hill-castles of the Eifel built on the spur of a ridge in the Upper Kyll Valley. The self-contained impression of the castle ruin, outer bailey and fortified settlement and their adaptation to the topography make the special charm of this site. Kronenburg was first mentioned in a charter of the Abbey Stablo Malmedy in 1277. Today the locality is a touristic attraction in the Upper Kyll Valley. Details ansehen

Weißenseifen Künstlersiedlung

Skulpturengarten Weißenseifen, © Tourist-Information Prümer Land
The artists' settlement White Soaps has existed for more than 50 years. It is located in the middle of the Eifel, surrounded by forest and calm on a high plateau above the Kylltal.
The town with its 50 inhabitants is characterized by the artists working here and their visible works. Details ansehen

Birresborner Eishöhlen

Birresborner Eishöhlen Blick aus der Höhle, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
Until far into the 19th century millstone were carved out in the caves. But the caves also were used as natural "refrigerators". In the winter time they were equipped with ice and snow so that cooling conditions kept the cold far into the summer. Details ansehen


Lindenquelle bei Birresborn, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
The existence of the village Birresborn was documented for the first time in 721. The name "Birgisburias" can be translated as "good source".
Numerous finds in the area of the source evidence that this source was already known to the Romans. Details ansehen

Büschkapelle & Grafenkreuz

Bueschkapelle, © Jochen Hank

You find the chapel in the middle of the forest. The chapel was built as thanks!


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Blockhaus Schwarzer Mann

Blockhaus Restaurant Schwarzer Mann, © Tourist-Informatin Prümer Land/Naturpark Nordeifel Geschäftsstelle Prüm

Burgers - game specialties - home-style cooking

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Hotel Löwenstein

Hotel Löwenstein

Purest relaxation right on the Eifelsteig

At Hotel Löwenstein, you will find everything you need to relax and unwind. Enjoy with us the comfort of our three-star superior house paired with the friendly and warm service by our team.

Our premium location right by the forest above the small town of Gerolstein guarantees not only pure peace and relaxation but also a great view of the picturesque area and the Dolomite cliffs, for which the small town of Gerolstein is also known alongside the famous mineral water.

Choose for your stay between our three comfortably and cosily furnished room categories Standard, Standard plus (with terrace or balcony) and Deluxe (with balcony and view of the Gerolstein Dolomites) and experience a relaxing, beneficial time in the magnificent nature of our beautiful Volcanic Eifel - alone, as a couple, with friends or family.

You will experience hospitality and good regional cuisine in our restaurant Leo's with its adjoining terrace. Here you can end the day in the evening sun with a delicious meal and a good drop of wine. You can enjoy your breakfast in the Panorama Room, where you can enjoy the view of the hilly Eifel landscape and the good forest air while having your coffee early in the morning. And of course, guests from the region are also welcome to use our gastronomy. Whether it's for a private party, a cosy dinner with friends or a company celebration, we offer beautiful rooms of various sizes where you can celebrate and enjoy.

And even if you do not come to Gerolstein for private but for professional purposes, we offer our business guests an all-round successful stay. WiFi throughout the house and free parking spaces directly in front of the door make the job easier to be done. Working in our three bright, friendly conference rooms equipped with modern conference technology is fun and the almost inexhaustible range of leisure activities right outside the door offers a variety of options for a perfect end to a busy day.

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More information about this route

Start: Kronenburger Hütte in Kronenburg

Destination: Birresborn

Distance: 72.9 km

Duration: 22:0 h

Difficulty: difficult

Ascent: 1,420 m

Descent: 1,349 m

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