Luftansicht der Struffelt Heide am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Duration: 4:0 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Eifelsteig stage 01


The first Eifelsteig stage begins in Aachen-Kornelimünster and goes to Roetgen
A joyful start to your day: Today you are at the start of the first Eifelsteig stage! Take in the romantic atmosphere of the historical Korneliusmarkt in Kornelimünster: The market place and its buildings seem to be from another time; everything happens a little more slowly here and give a feeling of security. Enjoy an aromatic coffee at one of the charming cafés and then set off again on your hike. Right at the very beginning, you pass the stone Itertal viaduct, which used to be a railway bridge. Now, the Vennbahn-Radweg (Vennbahn Cycle Trail) runs along it. You conquer the steps on the first Eifel hill euphorically and slowly settle into your own rhythm on the narrow hiking trail. Soon you are breathing the fresh forest air and following the trail gently uphill to the clearing. Before you lies the mystical and idyllic Struffelt Heide upland moor. You may not realise it is there at first glance, but the moor is an enormous water reservoir. Narrow boardwalks show you the safe route through the nature conservation area. Your gaze floats over the calming landscape of grasses, birches and moors, allowing your thoughts to run free. 
The glittering of the smooth surface of the water of the Dreilägerbachtalsperre dam shows you the next section of the trail. At a viewing platform, you can take a break above the lake. Of the four elements that define the Eifel, water clearly feels particularly at home here. 
A stone path then brings you down into the valley, followed immediately by a steady hike uphill again. But the climb is worth it: in the distance you can see your destination, Roetgen!


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Along the route

Historischer Ortskern Kornelimünster

Historischer Ortskern Kornelimünster, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Kornelimünster with its churches worth seeing and old town houses, the former monastery and today's museum offers an excellent ambience for strolling. Important art treasures, the "Historical Fair" in June, the Korneli Octave in September and the Christmas market are reasons to visit the pilgrimage site. The pubs in the romantic alleyways attract walkers and stopovers. Kornelimünster is the starting point of the Eifelsteig long-distance hiking trail, which runs 313 km in 15 stages through the Eifel to Trier.

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Dreilägerbachtalsperre mit Staumauer, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz
The Dreilägerbach dam, which was built between 1909 and 1911, is located between Roetgen and Rott. An undisturbed hike around the drinking water reservoir is particularly attractive in the southern area. You will find hiking boards and signposted circular hiking trails in the surrounding hiking car parks. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig stage 02

Blick auf Monschau mit Burg, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
The second stage from Roetgen to Monschau. Details ansehen

Landgasthof Gut Marienbildchen


Our cozy restaurant invites you to enjoy seasonal and regional culinary dishes. Be our guest. We look forward to you!

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Hotel Buschhausen

Hotel in Aachen, located close to Aachen's historic city centre. Details ansehen

Landgasthof Gut Marienbildchen

Gut Marienbildchen

Host of the Regionalmarke EIFEL

Historical 19th century country estate on the outskirts of Roetgen, surrounded by meadows with a wide view. In our family business we offer fine, regional cuisine with products from our own farming, hunting and herb garden, as well as an excellent and extensive range of wines.

Our 7 rooms are furnished in country house style with new, modern bathrooms.

The much frequented Eifelsteig is only a few hundred metres away.

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Hotel Am Eifelsteig


The hotel and restaurant are very popular with hikers and are ideal as a stopover at the end of the first stage of the Eifelsteig.

The wellness oasis "Roetgen Therme" with 7 saunas (including the Eifel sweat lodge, the Himalaya Kirstall salt sauna, the aroma bath and the flower bath, among others) and 5 pools is directly accessible from the hotel. The highlight is the large open-air seawater pool (heated all year round) in the 5000 m² thermal park.

A small but fine hotel - directly above one of Germany's leading wellness facilities. Guests can enter the Roetgen thermal baths directly from their hotel room. The hotel is located in the 200-year-old post office of Roetgen and fits traditionally into the Eifel with its massive walls.

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Start: Kornelimünster

Destination: Roetgen

Distance: 14 km

Duration: 4:0 h

Difficulty: easy

Ascent: 321 m

Descent: 128 m

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