Sometimes, the journey takes a bit longer, such as on the County (“Grafschaft”) Route. Even though it is just 16.5 kilometres long, you will often be tempted to stop and enjoy the view. The first viewpoint is quickly reached after passing the castle pond and through the Lieser valley. From the Waldmannslust hut, there is a wonderful view out over the Lieser valley and onto the Manderscheid castles. In Laufeld, it’s worth paying a visit to the doll and toy museum, as well as walking the nature education trail. With the sound of the burbling Fahlbach stream in your ears, the route continues through the valley of the same name until the stream flows into the river Lieser. And from here on you’re in for an exciting treat! On a narrow path along the rocks, secured in places by wooden beams, the route returns to the starting point of the circular tour. The path is dotted with benches and platforms that invite you to stop and enjoy the view. And of course, you shouldn’t miss out on your own individual “conquest” of the Manderscheid castles. If you still have time to spare, you can immerse yourself in the history of this volcanic region in the Maarmuseum. What a day!
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