Pellenzer Seepfad

Hike along the Eifel Traumpfad Pellenzer Seepfad (Pellenz Lake Trail)

Unique glimpses into the volcanic history on the Eppelsberg mountain. Live volcanism at Lake Laacher, with a view of Maria Laach Abbey, fantastic views of the Kruft Forest Lake and wonderful views of the Pellenz.

Description of the Traumpfad Pellenzer Seepfad

The tour starts at the carpark near the Roman tumulus in Nickenich. The path first goes round an idyllic valley before a short climb goes past an impressive ash wall (black wall). This site is just as impressive as the wide view of Nickenich.

After a short climb, a detour to a rest at the Hermann Hut is rewarding with its fantastic panoramic view. Afterwards the trail goes slightly downhill and goes past the edge of the mining pit at the Eppelsberg. After a passage through a mixed forest a resting place at the Kruft Forest Lake is reached. The assault to the summit starts on gently climbing forest paths, but shortly before the rock the path becomes very steep uphill, along an impressive recess in the rock to a rock spur called Teufelskanzel with a fabulous distant view towards Kruft and the Neeuwied basin. A comfortable ridge path leads to the refuge hut “Am Krufter Ofen” (Kruft Oven), then the path goes in serpentines downwards through a mighty beech forest. The path continues across open fields to Lake Laacher and reveals the first glimpses of the Maria Laach Abbey.

A detour along the nearby bank to the lake is rewarding to marvel at the so-called mofettes. Soon the path turns right and climbs steeply upwards. Finally, comfortable forest paths lead over the L 116 and initially through mixed forest to the celtic tree circle. The last part of the stretch is characterised by recurring great views of the Siebengebirge mountain range and the Pellenz hills. Continuing along the edge of the forest, the path curves round the sportsfield back to the Roman tomb.

Impressions of the Pellenzer Seepfad

3D flight of the Pellenzer Seepfad

Highlights of the Pellenzer Seepfad

  • Ash wall of the Lake Laacher volcano
  • Kruft Forest Lake
  • Rock spur Teufelskanzel
  • Fantastic panoramic views of the Siebengebirge mountains and Pellenz hills
  • Lake Laacher with a view of the Benedictine Abbey Maria Laach
  • Nickenich tumulus (Roman tombs)

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Pellenzer Seepfad: Am Seeufer des Laacher Sees

Information about the Pellenzer Seepfad

Interactive tour planner

Short facts

  • Length: 16 km
  • Height gain: 594 m
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Level of difficulty: hard

For more information, see the interactive tour planner.

How to get there

  • A61 Exit Kruft
  • B256 to Kruft
  • L119 towards Nickenich
  • 56645 Nickenich, Laacher Straße, car park at Tumulus


  • 56645 Nickenich
    car park at Tumulus (Laacher Straße)

Further Access

  • 56645 Nickenich
    Hauptstraße/corner shooting range
  • 56645 Nickenich
    car park Kellerkreuz (L 116)
  • 56642 Kruft
    car park at Waldsee (K 53)

Public transport

Destination stop:

  • Nickenich Oberdorf


  • 310 (every day)
    Andernach Bf. – Maria Laach


Destination stop:

  • Kruft Bahnhof


  • RB 92 „Pellenz-Eifel-Bahn“ (every day)
    Andernach – Kaisersesch

Public transport:

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