Blick auf Monschau auf der Etappe 2 des Eifelsteigs, © Naturpark Nordeifel
  • Distance: 17 km
  • Duration: 4:30 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Eifelsteig stage 02

Roetgen

The second Eifelsteig stage runs from Roetgen via Belgium to the clothmakers’ town of Monschau
Right at the beginning of the stage, you enter an exciting border region. You start your hike and, in Roetgen, cross the railway line of the old Vennbahn, which is in Belgium. After that, you are back in Germany. Or to be more accurate, in a German enclave - because Belgium completely surrounds this part of Roetgen. You continue to hop over and back between Germany and Belgium along this stage. But the state border is no longer obvious - only the changing Eifelsteig markings make it visible. In Germany, the Eifelsteig logo shows you the way, in Belgium it’s green and yellow beams. For the people here, the constant back and forth between countries is entirely normal - perhaps that is why they are also so open and well-balanced. 
You pass the Reinartzhof ruins and learn a little about their history along the way. Your hike then continues along a straight path through the mystical Hohe Venn - this upland moor is an enormous water reservoir. The raw, unspoilt landscape will stimulate your imagination - what might have sunk into this moor? And what are the crucifixes at various points in Venn for? Most of them are in fact memorials to fateful events. 
Admittedly, there are more exciting sections along the trail, but you won’t mind allowing nature to be protected. In addition to this, the risk of fire increases in summer in Venn and you are safer here. You take it in your stride and carry on, because it also has a positive side effect: there is enough room to walk side by side and chat as you go. 
A reward awaits you at the end of this section: you reach the highest point along the Eifelsteig at 658 metres! The “Steling” Eifel view gives you a far-reaching view of the Eifel.
By now you really have earned a break! At Kaiser Karls Bettstatt (Charlemagne’s Bed), you can relax imperially on a big rock. According to legend, the Emperor Charlemagne found refuge here and spent the night.
Having recharged your batteries, it’s on to the destination for this stage: the clothmakers’ town of Monschau. Romantic timber-framed houses welcome you to the historic old town. Allow yourself to relax and succumb to the delights of the little cafés and restaurants. "Monschauer Dütchen” are a speciality here - definitely something for those with a sweet tooth. There is even a mustard mill (and mustard restaurant) as well as a coffee roasting house here. The magic of Monschau will cast its spell and you will think back on your hike with pleasure.

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Along the route

The High Fens

Hohes Venn bei Botrange, © vennbahn.eu
One of the last Highland moors in Europe. One particulary special nature experience are the hiking trails over wooden walkways. Details ansehen

Historic centre of Monschau

Idyllisches Fachwerk in Monschau, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

The historical old town of Monschau at the Rur.

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Historische Senfmühle

Hist. Senfmühle, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dennis Stratmann

Find your favourite mustard among a total of 22 different kinds. Look over the mustard miller´s shoulder during his work.

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Eifel-Blick - "Steling" in Monschau-Mützenich

Eifel-Blick Steling, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, AR-shapefruit AG
At 658 meters above sea level, the Steling is the highest elevation in the Aachen region. The excellent visibility was the reason why there was even a fire watch tower on the Steling. The view extends in an easterly direction over the Eifel National Park. Details ansehen

Kaiser Karls Bettstatt

Pause an Kaiser Karls Bettstatt, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Anton Röser- finanziert durch REACT-EU

According to the legend, Emperor Charles the Great had become lost in the High Fens during a hunting excursion near his residence in Aachen and was forced to spend the night on this large quartzite rock. The rock, near the town of Mützenich, situated immediately on the German-Belgian border, is still quite commonly referred to as: Kaiser Karl’s Bettstatt.

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Rotes Haus

Rotes Haus von der Rurbrücke aus, © Dominik Ketz

The Red House was built around 1760 as a residential and business house by the cloth maker and businessman, Johann Heinrich Scheibler. Even today, it reflects the lustre of large-scale, upper middle-class living in a rare unity with its complete furnishings in the Rococo, Louis XVI and Empire styles.

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Eifelsteig stage 01

Luftansicht der Struffelt Heide am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The first stage from Aachen-Kornelimünster through the Indetal to Roetgen. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig stage 03

Blick ins Tal von Einruhr am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus/D. Ketz
The third stage of the Eifelsteig from Monschau to Einruhr. Details ansehen

Restaurant "Rur-Café"

Innenbereich, © Jürgen Thiemann

Restaurant in the heart of the old town of Monschau.

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Venngasthof Zur Buche

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Our small hotel / inn is located in the beautiful Mützenich at 610 meters altitude. The air and the view are unique and invites you to relax. The popular town of Monschau is about 4.5 km from our house. The premium hiking trail Eifelsteig, from Aachen to Trier, passes our inn in 300 m distance. The new Ravelroute (Vennbahntrasse) is about 2,5 km away from our house. Especially for cyclists we have a new garage, which can be used free of charge on request. For our guests arriving by car there is a large parking lot available free of charge. Four-legged friends are also welcome on request.

We offer free WLAN in the entire house and in addition to many other, small attentions on our well-equipped rooms, we can still shine with a highly frequented and very good á la carte restaurant. A home-style/ Mediterranean cuisine, rounded off by constantly changing daily specials make many guests very happy. The Venngasthof Zur Buche is now one of the best restaurants in the northern Eifel.

We look forward to your booking and assure you already now our fullest attention.

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Hotel Alt Montjoie

Aussenansicht, © Alt Montjoie

Centrally located in the old town next to the Monschau Touristik and directly on the Eifelsteig, close to the Ravel route, the RurUferRadweg and many other cycling and hiking trails.

"We are in Monschau, join us ...", typical Eifel culinary, coupled with rural lightheartedness awaits you in every season, whether in spring to the narcissus blossom, in the summer to the classical festival at the castle, in autumn to seasonal delicacies or in winter with a romantic Christmas market flair - We look forward to your visit - 120 sunny terraces and 55 seats in the restaurant invite you to linger and feast.

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Hotel Horchem GmbH

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This traditional venue re-opened in October 2014. Lutz SCHELL, THE Belgian in Monschau, manages the hotel which officially received 3 stars superior from the very beginning and became, in addition, a member of "Historic Hotels International". The newly designed bar/lounge "Braukeller" became one of the most popular locations in Monschau. The atmosphere here, which blends old-fashioned with modern, makes this listed building to a unique attraction in the area of the "Eifel"-region. A perfect spot for a dinner for two, with friends or the entire family, festivities of all kinds, for an overnight stay or a vacation in the most comfortable atmosphere. Details ansehen

Hotel Royal

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The hotel in the heart of the old town is one of the most beautiful half-timbered houses in the town. The interior is rustic, mainly made of wood and radiates a warm atmosphere. It has 10 rooms.

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Campingplatz Zum Jone Bur

Campingplatz Zum Jone Bur, © Campingplatz "Zum Jone Bur"
Short-term pitches 60, permanent pitches 120. The campsite is open all year round, only 3.5 kilometres from the old town of Monschau. On-site restaurant, waste disposal station and dog shower. Details ansehen

Gästehaus Kuck

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This is us

We, Sabine and Thomas Kuck and our three children, welcome you to our family-run guesthouse on the edge of the High Fens, the largest and still intact upland moor in Europe. Our pension, which was built in 2013 and expanded in 2020, is located on the outskirts of Mützenich, in the municipal area of the picturesque town of Monschau.

Our guesthouse with its 7 rooms has been classified with four guesthouse stars by the DeHoGa Düsseldorf. We are also certified by the adfc “bett & bike” and are a recognized host “Wanderbares Deutschland”.

Within walking distance there are two good restaurants. Further culinary offers can be found in Monschau, four kilometres away, but also in the neighbouring communities of Simmerath and Roetgen.

What we offer

Are you looking for rest and relaxation or would you like to actively discover the nature of the Eifel and Ardennes? Are you planning an excursion to the medieval town of Monschau, the Eifel National Park or would you like to discover one of the traditional cities like Aachen or Maastricht? Then we are the ideal starting point for your undertakings. Whether you arrive alone or in a group, we offer the right accommodation.

In addition to free parking directly at the house, you can park your bicycles and motorbikes in our garage on request.

While the “little ones” let off steam on our playground, with trampoline and football goal, the “big ones” rest within sight on our comfortable seats or loungers.

In our new comfortable breakfast room you start the day fresh and rested with a wonderful view of the nature.

Enjoy our breakfast buffet daily from 8 am. Besides fresh rolls and bread from the local baker and regional sausage and cheese specialities, we also offer homemade jams and honey from the Eifel beekeeper. Our rich breakfast buffet includes different kinds of muesli, seasonal fruits and vegetables and … eggs from our own chickens. We serve fresh coffee, different kinds of tea and juice.

Groups:

Groups are very welcome in our house. In the evening we are happy to provide you with our comfortable breakfast room as a lounge. We are looking forward to your inquiry and will gladly support you in your planning. Please talk to us.

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More information about this route

Start:

Roetgen

Destination:

Monschau

Distance: 17 km

Duration: 4:30 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 334 m

Descent: 343 m

Tip to the stage

Note: Camping and fires (such as campfires) are generally prohibited in the Belgian forests. The fire risk is very high, especially in the area of the Hautes Fagnes. Please do not endanger yourself, other hikers or nature! Thank you very much.

Eifel Tourismus GmbH

Kalvarienbergstraße 1
54595 Prüm
Phone: +49 6551 96560

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