Erfrischung am Wasserfall Dreimühlen am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 26.1 km
  • Duration: 8:30 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Eifelsteig Stage 08


The eighth stage of the Eifelsteig runs from Mirbach to Hillesheim, the crime novel capital of the Eifel.
Today, you start your hike at Mirbach’s impressive Chapel of the Redeemer - have another quick look and take in the golden mosaic before you head off. Soon you are following narrow forest paths and routes along fields and meadows. The open view already gives you some initial views of the volcanic landscape of the Eifel. 
The halfway point on your hiking tour is marked by a special natural monument: The Dreimühlen waterfall near Nohn. It took nature quite a long time to create the waterfall and it is still doing so. Calcium is deposited here day by day, persistently creating wonderful formations - protruding an additional ten centimetres into the valley each year. You do the same as nature does and take your time here. Close your eyes and listen to the melodies of the enduring waters, feel the soft moss and refresh yourself with a foot bath in the glittering waters. After this picturesque relaxation break, the Eifelsteig takes you on past the monastery of Niederehe to the steadfast Kerpen Castle, which is proudly enthroned above the village (privately owned, can be viewed from the outside).
Along field pathways, you have the opportunity to chat with your hiking companions, because you can walk side by side here. Soon, your destination appears on the horizon: Hillesheim - the crime novel capital of the Eifel. Take a walk around the town and enjoy some refreshments at the murderously cosy Café Sherlock. Dedicated crime novel fans can even spend a night at the Krimi-Hotel.

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Erlöserkapelle Mirbach

08-ET-2023-198-Eifel Wanderbus-Mirbach, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

Remarkable is the oakportal, the mosaic work inside the church and the artistic stonework.

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Growing waterfall Dreimühlen

Wasserfall bei Nohn, © Foto Achim Meurer,
The Dreimühlen waterfall is probably the most interesting waterfall in the Eifel. It was formed from limestone deposits of three spring tributaries of the Ahbach. Due to the constant deposition, the sinter bank is constantly "growing", which is where the name "growing waterfall" comes from. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 07

Blick auf den Kalvarienberg und Alendorf an Eifelsteig-Etappe 7, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The 7th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Blankenheim to Mirbach. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 09

Mühlsteinhöhlen bei Roth am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The 9th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Hillesheim to Gerolstein Details ansehen

Haus Berndorf

Haus Berndorf

These tranquil holiday apartments and guest rooms, situated in the town of Berndorf – made famous by crime fiction novels – offer a very warm welcome! A breakfast service is included and there is direct access to the Eifelsteig hiking trail, a walking route taking in sites from the novels, and the Chalk Eifel/RLP cycle path!

...Offering hospitality since 1980

We hold ServiceQualität Deutschland and Wanderbares Deutschland certifications and would be delighted to welcome you. 

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Gästehaus Kloep

Außenansicht Gästehaus Kloep

Holiday flat and rooms in the centre of Hillesheim.

4-room flat with covered balcony and completely newly renovated, comfortably furnished guest rooms in a central location. Only a few metres away from the Kriminalhaus. Due to its direct proximity to the Kalkeifelradweg, the Eifel-Krimiwanderweg and the Eifelsteig, the Kloep guesthouse is an ideal starting point for hiking and cycling tours.

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Augustiner Hotel

Augustiner Hotel Hillesheim

Sporty and creative meetings behind historic walls - this is the motto of the Klosterhotel Eifel in Hillesheim. In the middle of the Volcanic Eifel - not far from the metropolises of Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf - lies the historic Klosterhotel Eifel with its 57 rooms and 5 conference rooms surrounded by a large monastery garden with terrace. With four conference and seminar rooms as well as our spacious atrium - also known as the monastery courtyard - the Klosterhotel Eifel is the perfect place for relaxed, high-level meetings. We give you the space you need for meetings, conferences or events. From 10 to 200 guests, we create the right setting for every occasion. You can choose between three conference packages from € 64.50 to € 94.50. Alternatively, we can make you a customised offer according to your wishes. During the conference breaks, our monastery garden is at your disposal for creative time-outs. With yoga or Pilates, your body and mind will find the peace and quiet they need in nature After a successful conference, you can relax in our newly designed wellness area with pool, 2 saunas, 1 red light chamber and spacious relaxation zones. The best team building is guaranteed with a mystery hike, the geological destinations or a sporting event at the nearby Nürburgring.

Discover the famous volcanic maars in nearby Daun. Or would you like to go on a cycle tour on one of the numerous cycle paths through the Eifel countryside? Our events department will be happy to provide you with tips and advice. In the evening, you can enjoy creative, regional and seasonal cuisine in our restaurant with corresponding wines from our monastery cellar. National and international wines await you at our hotel bar before you enjoy the comfort of a good night's sleep in one of our hotel rooms. Translated with (free version)

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More information about this route

Start: Mirbach

Destination: Hillesheim

Distance: 26.1 km

Duration: 8:30 h

Difficulty: difficult

Ascent: 405 m

Descent: 437 m

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