Die Radtour Eifel-Höhen-Route führt am Rursee entlang, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH/P. Jacob
  • Distance: 202.7 km
  • Duration: 13:0 h
  • Difficulty: medium

The High Eifel route


Majestic beech trees, breathtaking views onto three reservoirs and the rough charm of bizarre rock formations: the 230 kilometre-long Eifel-Höhen, or High Eifel route is a diverse and physically challenging circular tour through and all around the Eifel National Park. When cycling across the heights, you see breathtaking panorama views, and discover the charm of the water landscape along the Olef dam and Eifeler Seenplatte lakes. On the Urfsee lake route, the tour then takes you to the heart of the Eifel National Park. 
The proximity to the Cologne-Trier train route and to the Rur valley railway makes the tour less demanding. The Eifel-Höhen route can be joined at any point.

Event tip: Tour de Ahrtal cycle experience day - car-free cycling for the whole family in the Ahr valley! 

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Marking of the tour:

  • Radwege Eifel: Wegmarkierung Eifel-Höhen-Route
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Along the route

Burg Hengebach

Burg Hengebach in Heimbach, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

You can visit the castle of Heimbach for free, including the yard, the defensive corridor and the tower. Since 2009, the "International Art Academy Heimbach/Eifel" is situated there.

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Römische Eifelwasserleitung // Grüner Pütz

Am Grünen Pütz bei Nettersheim, © Eifel Tourismus Gmb; D. Ketz
The approximately 100-kilometre-long Eifel water pipeline from Nettersheim to Cologne is one of the largest Roman constructions this side of the Alps. It supplied Cologne, the provincial capital of Lower Germania, with fresh water from the end of the 1st to the 3rd century AD. Details ansehen

Freilinger See

Blick auf den Freilinger See, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dennis Startmann-gefördert durch REACT-EU
Lake Freilingen, embedded in the beautiful landscape of the Eifel, offers relaxation, cooling and fun in the midst of the local nature -  and all this with the highest water quality. Details ansehen

Historic castle town of Blankenheim

Historischer Ortskern Blankenheim mit Ahrquelle, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
Castle flair and half-timbered idyll of yesteryear - the Ahrquelle is one of the town's most important landmarks. The sublime castle towers over the town and is now a youth hostel. Discover Blankenheim on a stroll through the charming old town streets with half-timbered houses. 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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Nationalpark Eifel

Blick auf Nationalpark, © NLPForstamtMartinWeisgerber

Set in a dramatic landscape of woods interspersed with water, the Eifel National Park will allow you to experience the fascinating natural diversity of a wilderness at first hand. For in this large protection area some 65 kilometres southwest of Cologne, nature has been left once more to its own eternal cycle of growth and decay.

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Restaurant "Rur-Café"

Innenbereich, © Jürgen Thiemann

Restaurant in the heart of the old town of Monschau.

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More information about this route

Start: Urft

Destination: Urft

Distance: 202.7 km

Duration: 13:0 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 2,305 m

Descent: 2,305 m

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