Förstersteig

Hiking along the Eifel-Traumpfad Förstersteig (Forester’s Trail)

15 km of fantastic forest paths with breathtaking panoramic views distinguish this hiking trail with Premium Quality. Hiking in the Eifel is fun on this good day excursion! Half way along the trail Burresheim Castle invites the hiker to a visit and allows a unique glimpse into the life of the aristocracy between the 15th and 20th centuries.

Description of the Traumpfad Förstersteig

The day trip along the Traumpfad Förstersteig starts in Mayen-Kürrenberg. From here a forest path leads gently downhill in shady high forest through the Ruppen valley, then through the Eiterbach valley with its lively rippling brook. At the Eiterbach Pond a refuge hut and benches invite the hiker to a short stay. The path continues moderately downhill to the Luisenplatz hut with a fine panorama view over Mayen, the Maifeld and toward the Rhine.

Continuing, the trail leads to the refuge hut “Altener Tempelchen”, with a view of the mighty basalt columns of the quarry on the opposite side. The path goes steadily uphill to the “Fünfkantstein“ (five sided stone) (a historic path marker, with refuge hut). Below there are great views of the Bürresheim Castle and the Nette valley. Arriving directly at the Nette, after a short stretch along the L83, the trail continues to the historic Hamme Mill and further along the banks of the Nette and the Nitz valley.

After the climb along the spine of a rocky ridge the path continues through an oak coppice to the Schälkopf peak with a lovely view of the Nitz valley. A serpentine footpath winds uphill to Kürrenberg. The trail continues along the edge of the forest past horse paddocks and meadows to the summit of the Scheidkopf – the start of the closing panorama festival of the one-day tour with many distant views over the Eifel landscape!

Impressions of the Förstersteig

3D flight of the Förstersteig

Highlights along the Förstersteig

  • Eiterbach Valley with pond
  • Luisenplatz refuge hut with an overwhelming panoramic view
  • Mighty basalt columns
  • The historical path marker “Fünfkantstein” (five sided stone)
  • Nette valley
  • Bürresheim Castle
  • Nitz valley
  • Scheidkopf summit with panorama of the Eifel

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    • Height gain: 289 m
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
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    • Height gain: 146 m
    • Duration: 2:45 hours
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    • Height gain: 509 m
    • Duration: 5:30 hours
    • Level of difficulty: difficult
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    • Height gain: 310 m
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    • Height gain: 360 m
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
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    • Height gain: 508 m
    • Duration: 5 hours
    • Level of difficulty: difficult
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    • Height gain: 295 m
    • Duration: 3:30 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
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    • Height gain: 594 m
    • Duration: 5:45 hours
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    • Height gain: 505 m
    • Duration: 5 hours
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    • Length: 9,9 km
    • Height gain: 313 m
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    • Length: 6,6 km
    • Height gain: 234 m
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
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    • Length: 8,8 km
    • Height gain: 264 m
    • Duration: 2:55 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
  • Waldseepfad Rieden
    • Length: 14,2 km
    • Height gain: 466 m
    • Duration: 4:30 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
  • Wanderather
    • Length: 12 km
    • Height gain: 304 m
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Level of difficulty: moderate
Förstersteig: Ein Förster erklärt die Natur

Information about the Förstersteig

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Short facts

  • Length: 15,5 km
  • Height gain: 509 m
  • Duration: 5:30 hours
  • Level of difficulty: hard

How to get there

  • A 48 Exit Mayen/Mendig
  • B 258 towards Nürburgring
  • right after General-Delius barracks towards Kürrenberg
  • after approx. 700 meter right on car park at B 258 (sign: Kletterwald Vulkanpark)
  • 56727 Mayen, Am Leichenweg at Mayen-Kürrenberg

Start

  • 56727 Mayen-Kürrenberg
    car park Am Leichenweg (B 258)

Parking

  • 56727 Mayen, Am Leichenweg at Mayen-Kürrenberg
  • 56727 Mayen, Reinigenweg at Mayen-Kürrenberg
  • 56727 Mayen, Schützenplatz (At L 83 Bürresheimer Straße)

Public transport

Destination stop:

  • Kürrenberg war memorial

Lines:

  • 343 (Mon-Sat)
    Mayen Ost Bf. – Boos – Kelberg
  • 344 (Mon-Sat)
    Mayen Ost Bf. – Adenau

alternative:

Destination stop:

  • Bürresheim castle

Lines:

  • 340 „WacholderBus“ (Mon-Sat)
    Mayen Ost Bf. – Arft
  • 814 (every day)
    Mayen Ost Bf. – Kempenich – Ahrweiler Bf.

Public transport:

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