Walking in the Eifel region
Not far from Cologne (approximately an hour’s drive), you’ll find the beautiful Eifel National Park. The stunning landscape makes it a wonderful place for walking and discovering the half-timbered houses in the charming towns and villages of Monschau, Stolberg, Neuerburg and Bad Münstereifel. The volcanic lakes (Maare) attract many national and international visitors to the region every year. The Eifel National Park is home to some rare species like the Black Stork and different species of wild cats – perfect for anyone interested in wildlife. Guided walks through the valleys, forests and meadows can be booked free of charge with a local ranger, giving visitors impressive views over the Rur, Obersee and Urft Lakes. Another fascinating thing to do in the Eifel National Park is to go along to a forest camp. These are available during the summer holidays for children and teenagers aged between 7 and 16 – all for a reasonable price. Experienced guides supervise all the groups. Check out dates and other activities here.
Castles, fortresses and breweries
The region is well-known for its historical castles and fortresses. Visiting the Eltz, Satzvey and Blankenheim Castles are ideal for a fun day out with the whole family. There are also many breweries located around the Eifel region. The Bitburg Brewery (est. 1817) and the Koblenzer Brewery (formerly known as the Königsbacher Brewery est. 1885) are worth visiting as well as the many innovative microbreweries dotted around the region. You’ll not only be able to sample and learn about how these local craft beers are made, you’ll also be able to try some traditional, regional food.
If you are travelling to the Eifel region by plane, the closest airports are Luxemburg and Cologne/Bonn, which are both around an hour’s drive away. It’s always a good idea to hire a car once you arrive so that you can fully appreciate this stunning part of Germany.