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Zeit  6 Stunden 23 Minuten

Koordinaten 2320

Uploaded 12. November 2014

Recorded Oktober 2014

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589 m
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20,54 km

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bei Schwingsborn, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Deutschland)

Beautiful hike in the Eifel in and around the valleys of Rur and Perlenbach, with among others the picturesque town of Monschau, the rock formation and Holy Mary cave at the ‘Kreuz im Venn’, the Reichenstein convent, the viewpoints at Ehrensteinsley and Teufelsley, and the Perlenbach reservoir. The hike was inspired by, but is slightly different than, another hike on Wikiloc: “Monschau Jahrhundertweg 19,3 km” (http://nl.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=5765870).
The walk starts at the parking strip on the B399 next to the Perlenbach Dam (see waypoint); there is no parking fee here unlike in and around Monschau. You first climb the wooded hill west of the valley and then find your way around various paths on the edge of the pastures on the top of the hill and the woods on the valley slopes. You pass the Hasselbach valley on a little bridge (see waypoint). A little later you descend a little into the Rur valley and have a view partly obstructed by trees of the Reichenstein convent, which you will visit later on during the hike (see waypoint). You pass the outskirts of the village of Kalterherberg before descending to the Rur valley. Here you walk a short stretch on the Vennbahn (see waypoint), a former railway now converted into a cycling path before climbing in the direction of Belgium via Ruitzhof hamlet (see waypoint). Here you have a nice view towards Kalterherberg. From here, you slightly ascend into Belgium into wood of the Hohes Venn/Hautes Fagnes. Here you will find the rock formation with the big cross at the “Kreuz im Venn” (see waypoint). At the foot of the rock formation there is a Mary statue (see waypoint). From here you descend towards the Reichenstein convent (see waypoint), a Benedictine monastery in the Rur valley. Here starts a beautiful and sometimes muddy track along the Rur river bank, which you follow for about 2.5 km, before making the ascent to the viewing point at Ehrensteinsley (see waypoint). After viewing the scenery here you make for the picturesque town of Monschau (see waypoint). You make a small loop through the touristic center and then follow the Eifelsteig route out of the town on the south side of the river. You have beautiful views of town here, among others at Kierberg viewpoint (see waypoint), before you descend to the Burgau parking lot. From Burgau, you climb out of the valley on the wooden slope along the Eifelsteig route towards Perlenbach Dam. On the way there, you will find two other rock formations/viewpoints at Teufelsley and Engelsley. Shortly before the dam, you will follow the Perlenbach river on a short loop.
Especially on the stretch besides the Rur, it was quite muddy, so you would need waterproof shoes. On the route, you can only find catering in Monschau.
  • Foto von Ehrensteinsley
  • Foto von Ehrensteinsley
  • Foto von Ehrensteinsley
  • Foto von Ehrensteinsley
  • Foto von Ehrensteinsley
  • Foto von Ehrensteinsley
Rocky outcrop with viewpoint with a good view to the west of the Rur valley and surrounding woods and countryside. There is a cross marking the spot.
  • Foto von Engelsley
Another stone formation with view west across the Perlenbach valley.
  • Foto von Hasselbach
  • Foto von Hasselbach
  • Foto von Hasselbach
Waypoint marks a little bridge across the Hasselbach on a spot where pasture meets woodland.
  • Foto von Kierberg viewpoint
  • Foto von Kierberg viewpoint
Viewpoint on the Kierberg overlooking Monschau. There is a little waterfall nearby.
  • Foto von Kreuz im Venn
  • Foto von Kreuz im Venn
  • Foto von Kreuz im Venn
  • Foto von Kreuz im Venn
  • Foto von Kreuz im Venn
  • Foto von Kreuz im Venn
In the woods there is a remarkable rock formation with a big cross and a viewpoint on top of it. The view from the top is not great as it is impeded by trees, but the rock formation is interesting. On the north side, there is a small Mary statue/cave (see also separate waypoint).
  • Foto von Mary statue
  • Foto von Mary statue
On the north side of the rock formation at the "Kreuz im Venn" there is a small Mary statue/cave.
  • Foto von Monschau
  • Foto von Monschau
  • Foto von Monschau
  • Foto von Monschau
  • Foto von Monschau
  • Foto von Monschau
Picturesque historic town on the Rur with small streets, timber framed houses and slated roofs. Many tourists crowd the small streets, and there are plenty of restaurants.
  • Foto von Perlenbach Dam
  • Foto von Perlenbach Dam
  • Foto von Perlenbach Dam
  • Foto von Perlenbach Dam
  • Foto von Perlenbach Dam
Dam of the Perlenbach reservoir.
  • Foto von Reichenstein Kloster
  • Foto von Reichenstein Kloster
  • Foto von Reichenstein Kloster
  • Foto von Reichenstein Kloster
  • Foto von Reichenstein Kloster
  • Foto von Reichenstein Kloster
The Reichenstein Kloster is an old convent that has recently been turned into a Benedictine convent after having been in private hands for several centuries.
  • Foto von Ruitzhof
  • Foto von Ruitzhof
  • Foto von Ruitzhof
  • Foto von Ruitzhof
  • Foto von Ruitzhof
  • Foto von Ruitzhof
From the hamlet Ruitzhof you have a nice view towards the village of Kalterherberg.
  • Foto von Rur Valley
  • Foto von Rur Valley
  • Foto von Rur Valley
  • Foto von Rur Valley
  • Foto von Rur Valley
  • Foto von Rur Valley
Here starts a stretch of Rur Valley of about 2.5 km with many little side-streams, bridges, a muddy path and a fast-flowing Rur.
  • Foto von Teufelsley
  • Foto von Teufelsley
Another stone formation with view west across the Perlenbach valley.
  • Foto von Vennbahn
  • Foto von Vennbahn
  • Foto von Vennbahn
This former railway between Aachen and Troisvierges has been turned into a cycling path. You walk a short stretch on this cycling path, to cross the Rur river.

2 Kommentare

  • Ynnad Nyref 21.08.2016

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Really nice route, beautiful scenery, some sections quite steep

  • Foto von Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp 23.08.2016

    Thanks Ynnad, for your review! Glad you liked it.

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