Monrealer Ritterschlag

Hiking along the Eifel Traumpfad Monrealer Ritterschlag

Along the tracks of knights: the Löwenburg and Philippsburg castles tower majestically above the medieval half-timbered village of Monreal. Steep and meandering forest paths, adventurous ravines and spectacular distant views make the trail a unique experience.

Description of the Traumpfad Monrealer Ritterschlag

An access road leads from the station in Monreal to the starting point at the old vicarage. It continues through historic village centre over the Lower Castle Bridge. Following the banks of the Elz, the path goes through a quiet residential area out into nature. The gently climbing path conquers the escarpment above the Elz and reveals a breathtaking view of the castles. Along the way the farm shop of the Schnürenhof offers fresh products from their own farming for sale (Uschis Hofladen – Shop hours: Friday 10 to 18 clock, Saturday 9 to 12 clock).

The trail continues along soft footpaths through the idyllic Elz valley, through a deeply carved narrow pass uphill and further through open meadowland with a great panorama. After a curve and a short ascent to Juckelsberg mountain there is a seat to rest.

The trail crosses over the L 98 and leads along a short distance over a field into the forest, before the view of the Hochbermel and of the sleepy Thürelz valley comes into sight. The serpentine descent that follows goes down across a steep barren slope with gnarled oaks growing on it into open gorse bush countryside. In the valley the trail crosses the railway tracks (subway) and the brook, passes the junction to the “Traumpfad Hochbermeler“ and climbs up along narrow paths to a ridge. The trail follows briefly along the ridge between Elz and Thürelz and then starts to descend down to Augstmühle.

After the confluence of both streams, the trail goes across the Elz and reaches the sportsfield of Monreal. Here the 100 m high steep ascent to the Monreal castles. After going through meadowland, the path reaches a rocky promontory in the forest where there is a spectacular view of Monreal and the castles. A few metres later the path forks, one path going down to Philippsburg castle. A last climb goes to the walls of the Löwenberg Castle. Finally a narrow path leads down to Monreal.

Impressions of the Monrealer Ritterschlag


3D flight of the Monrealer Ritterschlag

Highlights of the Monrealer Ritterschlag

  • Idyllic half-timbered village of Monreal with quaint streets
  • Views of the valleys of the Elz and Thürelz
  • Paths through forest ravines and over a mountain ridge
  • Eifel panorama
  • Farm shop at Schnürenhof
  • Ruins of the Philippsburg and Löwenburg Castles
  • Connecting path to the Traumpfad Hochbermeler

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Monrealer Ritterschlag: auf der Löwenburg

Information about the Monrealer Ritterschlag

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Short facts

  • Length: 13,7 km
  • Height gain: 508 m
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Level of difficulty: hard

For more information, see the interactive tour planner.

How to get there

  • A 48 Exit Mayen
  • B 262 towards Mayen
  • right B 258 towards Nürburgring
  • right on to L 98 to Monreal
  • at the end of Monreal right on to L 96 towards Uersfeld/Kelberg
  • right ca park station (access to the start)


  • 56729 Monreal
    Old manse (Obere Schlossbrücke)
  • 56729 Monreal
    Station (Bahnhofstraße)

Further Access

  • 56729 Monreal
    car park at station (Bahnhofstraße)
  • 56729 Monreal
    An der Phillippsburg

Public transport

Destination stop:

  • Monreal station


  • RB 92 „Pellenz-Eifel-Bahn“ (every day)
    Andernach – Kaisersesch
  • 334 (Mon-Sat)
    Mayen Ost Bf. – Ulmen Bf.

Public transport:

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