Gerolsteiner Dolomiten am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • Distance: 20.7 km
  • Duration: 5:30 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Eifelsteig Stage 09


The ninth stage of the Eifelsteig runs from Hillesheim to Gerolstein, home of the Gerolsteiner Brunnen.
At the start of your hike in the crime novel capital of Hillesheim, you will already feel somewhat elevated because you are standing on the historical town walls of Hillesheim. From there, you have a wonderful view of the town and the Eifel landscape. A little later, you are greeted by the idyllic Bolsdorf valley with its lake, limestone cliffs and the Hillesheimer Bach, which winds through meadows. You hike on through the open landscape until you cross the Kyll river and then wind your way uphill step by step. A handrail in the sparse forest catches your eye - where does the flight of steps lead to? You are curious and climb the steps. A cold gust of air passes you by and it starts to get dark around you. You find yourself in one of the millstone caves near Roth. They were created by the excavation of millstones from inside the Rother Kopf volcano. In the forest outside the cave, you can even discover an unfinished millstone. Having reached the summit, a view down into the volcano opens up before you: you are looking into a lava mine. From Rother Kopf, you have a broad view of the hilly Eifel, perfect for a break before you go gently downhill again to the Gerolstein reservoir. You resist the temptation to turn off to the stage destination of Gerolstein here. Now it gets really exciting: after the volcanic landscape, the impressive cliffs of the Gerolstein Dolomites lie before you. This was once a sea (approx. 390 million years ago in the Lower Devonian)! Would you have thought that? The dolomites are a former coral reef. Allow you imagination to run wild and you will see it.
After the steep cliffs, you can delve into the impressive Buchenlochhöhle cave. A little later, volcanic activity comes into play again. The strange "Papenkaule” recess was supposed to be a volcanic cone but the lava stream allowed itself to be diverted through cavities and preferred to flow downhill to the valley of the Kyll. And you finally set off down the steep path to the valley too and gladly reach you destination, Gerolstein.

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Along the route


Treppe zur Buchenlochhöhle, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
The Buchenlochhöhle is located in the nature reserve of the Gerolstein Dolomites. The cave was washed out of the rock millions of years ago by the dissolving power of groundwater and is open all year round. Details ansehen

The millstone caves of the Rother Kopf

Vulkanpfad, Mühlsteinhöhle, Gerolstein-Roth, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

The millstone caves are located northwest of Gerolstein, between the districts Müllenborn and Roth. For those who want to get really deep insights into the interior of the volcano Eifel, a visit to the Mühlstein caves is a must.

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Eifelsteig Stage 08

Erfrischung am Wasserfall Dreimühlen am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The 8th stage of the Eifelsteig leads from Mirbach to Hillesheim. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig Stage 10

Aussichtsturm an der Dietzenley am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The stage 10 of the Eifelsteig leads from Gerolstein to Daun. Details ansehen

Landhaus Müllenborn


Host of the Regionalmarke Eifel

The Landhaus Müllenborn will enchant you with its unique panoramic view over the Eifel. Feel nature, relax with the help of our feel-good arrangements, seduce your palate, relocate your conference to the countryside or simply enjoy a harmonious time.

The house has a large sun terrace and wellness oasis and the Eifelsteig is only 300 m away.

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Am Brunnenplatz, Hotel Garni

Hotel-Garni Am Brunnenplatz

You will find our hotel directly at the Brunnenplatz, at the beginning of the traffic-calmed zone. Approx. 5 minutes on foot to the train station.
Arrival from 14:00 o'clock - departure until 11:00 o'clock
Reception is manned until 20:00.

The room will be kept free for you until 18:00. Please call if you are late.

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Vulkanhotel balance selfness


Pure nature, hiking, biking, golfing, massages, spa, motorcycling, mountain biking, cooking classes, conference hotel, good food
and much more in the Volcano Hotel Steffeln – among the volcanic Eifel.

Our rooms emit calm and relaxation from soothing colors and high quality in the materials used.
Naturally. Pleasant. Modern.

Activities in the pure nature await you. From hiking to golfing up to a ‘Kräuterwanderung’ (herb walk) including food in the wild, we offer many opportunities that will shape your experience in the volcanic Eifel. A spa holiday or a wellness weekend in the Eifel, near the Eifelsteig, as well as many other trails in the volcanic Eifel is always ideal for a short break. Whether for massages and beauty treatments, as a conference hotel or for an already long-planned hiking weekend - we are the perfect partner in the Eifel. Naturally, guests who are planning a day trip are too welcome to our sun terrace and beer garden. Our restaurant with its herb kitchen is open throughout the year.

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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: Hillesheim

Destination: Gerolstein

Distance: 20.7 km

Duration: 5:30 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 444 m

Descent: 512 m

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