Adventure tour through the Gerolsteiner Land



... a tour by eBike or normal bicycle around the fountain town of Gerolstein, famous for its sparkling water, is full of adventure. Water, volcanism, craft tradition and crime stories are the themes that give the pleasant adrenaline kick.

The cycle tour is a feast for the senses in many respects. It reveals millennia-old secrets of geology with densely forested volcanic cones, maars and mineral-rich springs. The Helenenquelle spring in Gerolstein is one of these testimonies. Even the people of antiquity and the Middle Ages knew how to use the treasures of volcanism. They left behind mystical rock landscapes such as the interior of the Arensberg volcano or the ice caves high above Hohenfels, where they mined the basalt for millstones. But modern culture also gives you goose bumps, as the crime house in Hillesheim is considered one of the largest collections for fans of detective novels and crime series. Thanks to the power of the water, the ups and downs of the fire mountains became the idyllic floodplain of the Bolsdorf valley a few kilometres away. The Historic Mill in Birgel shows how important the milling trade was for the Eifel until the early 20th century. At Steffeln in the volcanic garden with the Eichholzmaar, the spectacular history of the earth can once again be intensely felt. A day trip by bike could not be more varied.

Sixty kilometres on the adventure tour through the Gerolsteiner Land are the quintessence of the Volcanic Eifel. The crowning glory is a detour on foot to the summit of the Rother Kopf. Up here, the view is unobstructed of a wonderful Eifel panorama - and an ice cave is also waiting to be explored.

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Helenenquelle im Gerolsteiner Kurpark

Helenenquelle (1), © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

The Helenenquelle on the Kyll Cycle Path near Gerolstein Town Hall is a popular resting place for cyclists and hikers. The fresh mineral water comes from a depth of approx. 90 m and can be drunk free of charge from April-October from the brass tap. Here it is worth taking a break and the park is ideal for a small picnic in nature.


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Mühlsteinhöhlen Hohenfels-Essingen

Schwedenfeste, © Thomas Hendele
The three caves are located at Mühlenberg, north of Hohenfels-Essingen. Details ansehen

Arensberg (Arnulphusberg)

Krater Arensberg

The volcanic crater Arensberg (also called Arnulphusberg).

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Bolsdorfer Tälchen

Eifelsteig-2019-122-Bolsdorfer Tälchen, Hillesheim, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

ATTENTION: Construction work in the Bolsdorfer Tälchen!

Leisure time - The recreation area ''Bolsdorfer Tälchen''

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Krimihauptstadt Hillesheim mit Barfußpfad

Eifelsteig-2019-092-Hillesheim, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
Original settings of the Eifel crime novels, renovated town centre, well-preserved and accessible town wall, barefoot path Details ansehen

Historische Wassermühle Birgel

Außenansicht Mühle, © Historische Wassermühle Birgel

The historic Birgel watermill is a unique mill experience centre and the largest in Europe. The four mills are still in operation today: mustard mill, grain mill, oil mill and sawmill.

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Eichholzmaar Steffeln

ET-2019-371-Vulcanpfad, Eichholzmaar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

Idyllically located between the two Eifel towns of Steffeln and Duppach on the volcanic path and the "Vulkane, Maare & Dreese" circular trail, the Eichholzmaar with a diameter of approx. 120 m and a maximum depth of 3 m is the smallest and northernmost water-filled Maar of the Eifel.

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Vulkangarten - Steffeln

Vulkanpfad Vulkangarten Steffeln, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

The visitor's magnet with its detailed geological phenomena around volcanism.

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The millstone caves of the Rother Kopf

Vulkanpfad, Mühlsteinhöhle, Gerolstein-Roth, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

The millstone caves are located northwest of Gerolstein, between the districts Müllenborn and Roth. For those who want to get really deep insights into the interior of the volcano Eifel, a visit to the Mühlstein caves is a must.

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More information about this route

Start: Helenenquelle Gerolstein

Destination: Helenenquelle Gerolstein

Distance: 59.6 km

Duration: 4:50 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 685 m

Descent: 685 m

Touristik GmbH Gerolsteiner Land

Burgstraße 6
54576 Hillesheim
Phone: 06591 13 3000

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