Blick ins Tal von Einruhr am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus/D. Ketz
  • Distance: 24.3 km
  • Duration: 6:30 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Eifelsteig stage 03


Eifelsteig stage three runs from the timber-framed village of Monschau to Einruhr am Obersee
You continue on through the romantic alleyways of Monschau, timber frames wherever you look, finely carved doors and little bridges over the Rur. Pack a few cookies in your rucksack for along the way and then off you go! The Rur, which rushes through the old clothmakers’ town into the valley, is your constant companion today. First, you hike up to the heights – from the “Kierberg” Eifel view you look back at Monschau one last time before delving into the forest. The trail continues to rise and fall until you are greeted by the glittering waters of the Perlenbachtalsperre dam. The walk along the banks is thoroughly relaxing and the climb to Monschau-Höfen is quite easy to complete. At Nationalparktor Höfen, you can find out about the wild daffodils of Eifel and take a little break at the café. You will notice something in Höfen. Beech hedges as tall as houses, some with windows and doorways cut into them. Are the people here trying to hide? No, but they are seeking protection - from the strong winds that blow up here. The hedges not only protect the houses; along the way you will notice that the high hedges appear again and again in the fields, giving you a sense of security.
A constant rise and fall then leads you along the Eifelsteig. A comforting gushing accompanies you - you hike along by the Rur again in the direction of the destination for this stage. It twists and winds through the rocky forest and has to overcome the odd hurdle along the way. You feel connected to the little river because you are also following this rocky path. Your stamina is rewarded with views along the way. One special tip is the view from the Perdsley in autumn: a bright red leaf canopy reveals itself and radiates down onto you! The view from Wolfshügel shows you your destination: Einruhr. Here, up on the heights, you get a feeling of loftiness as well as a growing sense of pride, because you have nearly done it. And your trusty companion, the Rur, has reached its destination. It joins other little streams in the Obersee and seems to happily smile back at you from the sparkling surface of the water.
At the destination in Einruhr, one thing is sure: "Where water and rock accompany you” - whoever thought up the motto for the Eifelsteig must have hiked this stage!

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Historic centre of Monschau

Idyllisches Fachwerk in Monschau, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

The historical old town of Monschau at the Rur.

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Nationalpark-Tor Höfen

Nationalpark-Tor Höfen Narzissen-Infos, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH / D. Ketz

At the National Park Gate in Höfen you will find a Tourist Information Centre, the exhibition on "A blaze of yellow daffodils and changing forests", a digital model of the area and National Park films.

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Eifel-Blick - "Perdsley" in Monschau-Rohren

Aussichtpunkt Perdsley mit Hufeisenbank, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
From the Perdsley the visitor looks at a height of about 400 meters above sea level in the direction of Monschau in the picturesque Rur valley. The name is made up of the terms "Perd" for horse and "Ley" for rock. Details ansehen

Rastplatz am Eifelsteig "Op em Demer" Dedenborn

Rast- und Erlebnisplatz am Eifelsteig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
Picnic-Area on the Eifelsteig with panoramic view. Details ansehen

Eifel-Blick "Wolfshügel" in Simmerath-Einruhr

Eifel-Blick Wolfshügel Simmerath-Einruhr, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz

Located high above Einruhr, a fantastic view.

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Eifelsteig stage 02

Blick auf Monschau auf der Etappe 2 des Eifelsteigs, © Naturpark Nordeifel
The second stage from Roetgen to Monschau. Details ansehen

Eifelsteig stage 04

Blick auf Urfttalsperre im Nationalpark Eifel, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
The fourth stage of the Eifelsteig from Einruhr to Gemünd. Details ansehen

Restaurant "Rur-Café"

Innenbereich, © Jürgen Thiemann

Restaurant in the heart of the old town of Monschau.

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Venngasthof Zur Buche


Our small hotel / inn is located in the beautiful Mützenich at 610 meters altitude. The air and the view are unique and invites you to relax. The popular town of Monschau is about 4.5 km from our house. The premium hiking trail Eifelsteig, from Aachen to Trier, passes our inn in 300 m distance. The new Ravelroute (Vennbahntrasse) is about 2,5 km away from our house. Especially for cyclists we have a new garage, which can be used free of charge on request. For our guests arriving by car there is a large parking lot available free of charge. Four-legged friends are also welcome on request.

We offer free WLAN in the entire house and in addition to many other, small attentions on our well-equipped rooms, we can still shine with a highly frequented and very good á la carte restaurant. A home-style/ Mediterranean cuisine, rounded off by constantly changing daily specials make many guests very happy. The Venngasthof Zur Buche is now one of the best restaurants in the northern Eifel.

We look forward to your booking and assure you already now our fullest attention.

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Hotel Alt Montjoie

Aussenansicht, © Alt Montjoie

Centrally located in the old town next to the Monschau Touristik and directly on the Eifelsteig, close to the Ravel route, the RurUferRadweg and many other cycling and hiking trails.

"We are in Monschau, join us ...", typical Eifel culinary, coupled with rural lightheartedness awaits you in every season, whether in spring to the narcissus blossom, in the summer to the classical festival at the castle, in autumn to seasonal delicacies or in winter with a romantic Christmas market flair - We look forward to your visit - 120 sunny terraces and 55 seats in the restaurant invite you to linger and feast.

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Hotel Horchem GmbH

This traditional venue re-opened in October 2014. Lutz SCHELL, THE Belgian in Monschau, manages the hotel which officially received 3 stars superior from the very beginning and became, in addition, a member of "Historic Hotels International". The newly designed bar/lounge "Braukeller" became one of the most popular locations in Monschau. The atmosphere here, which blends old-fashioned with modern, makes this listed building to a unique attraction in the area of the "Eifel"-region. A perfect spot for a dinner for two, with friends or the entire family, festivities of all kinds, for an overnight stay or a vacation in the most comfortable atmosphere. Details ansehen

Hotel Royal

Hotel Royal

The hotel in the heart of the old town is one of the most beautiful half-timbered houses in the town. The interior is rustic, mainly made of wood and radiates a warm atmosphere. It has 10 rooms.

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Campingplatz Zum Jone Bur

Campingplatz Zum Jone Bur, © Campingplatz "Zum Jone Bur"
Short-term pitches 60, permanent pitches 120. The campsite is open all year round, only 3.5 kilometres from the old town of Monschau. On-site restaurant, waste disposal station and dog shower. Details ansehen

Gästehaus Kuck

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This is us

We, Sabine and Thomas Kuck and our three children, welcome you to our family-run guesthouse on the edge of the High Fens, the largest and still intact upland moor in Europe. Our pension, which was built in 2013 and expanded in 2020, is located on the outskirts of Mützenich, in the municipal area of the picturesque town of Monschau.

Our guesthouse with its 7 rooms has been classified with four guesthouse stars by the DeHoGa Düsseldorf. We are also certified by the adfc “bett & bike” and are a recognized host “Wanderbares Deutschland”.

Within walking distance there are two good restaurants. Further culinary offers can be found in Monschau, four kilometres away, but also in the neighbouring communities of Simmerath and Roetgen.

What we offer

Are you looking for rest and relaxation or would you like to actively discover the nature of the Eifel and Ardennes? Are you planning an excursion to the medieval town of Monschau, the Eifel National Park or would you like to discover one of the traditional cities like Aachen or Maastricht? Then we are the ideal starting point for your undertakings. Whether you arrive alone or in a group, we offer the right accommodation.

In addition to free parking directly at the house, you can park your bicycles and motorbikes in our garage on request.

While the “little ones” let off steam on our playground, with trampoline and football goal, the “big ones” rest within sight on our comfortable seats or loungers.

In our new comfortable breakfast room you start the day fresh and rested with a wonderful view of the nature.

Enjoy our breakfast buffet daily from 8 am. Besides fresh rolls and bread from the local baker and regional sausage and cheese specialities, we also offer homemade jams and honey from the Eifel beekeeper. Our rich breakfast buffet includes different kinds of muesli, seasonal fruits and vegetables and … eggs from our own chickens. We serve fresh coffee, different kinds of tea and juice.


Groups are very welcome in our house. In the evening we are happy to provide you with our comfortable breakfast room as a lounge. We are looking forward to your inquiry and will gladly support you in your planning. Please talk to us.

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More information about this route

Start: Monschau

Destination: Einruhr

Distance: 24.3 km

Duration: 6:30 h

Difficulty: difficult

Ascent: 786 m

Descent: 903 m

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54595 Prüm
Phone: +49 6551 96560

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