Verschlungene Wege am Wollmerather Kopp auf dem Maare und Thermen Pfad, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 35.2 km
  • Duration: 8:30 h
  • Difficulty: medium

Maars and Thermal Springs Trail


The starting point for this route is the Ulmener Maar in Ulmen. From here, the path descends into the lush Ueßbach valley. It sets the direction and the speed. It could also be re-named the “valley of the mills”, with the Heckenmühle, Wollmerather Mühle and Demerather Mühle mills along the way. During this hiking tour, there are plenty of views of the Eifel landscape on offer. Sometimes, the trail passes along velvety smooth meadow paths, and sometimes over rocky ascents. From Kennfus onwards, the excitement mounts, with dizzying paths and steep rocks in the deep Ueßbach valley. Then you can enjoy the reward at the Volcanic Eifel thermal baths in Bad Bertrich, with revitalising water for tired limbs! It is the only Glauber salt thermal bath in Germany, with a water temperature of 32 degrees.


Due to its length - around 35 kilometres - this trail is suitable as a 2-day tour. We recommend that you divide the route into the following two sections:


Stage: Ulmen (Postplatz) - Lutzerath | Length: 18.2 km | Walking time: 6 hours
Stage: Lutzerath- Bad Bertrich | Length: 17.0 km | Walking time: 5.5 hours


To create a 4-day tour, combine this route with the Hochkelberg panorama trail.

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Marking of the tour:

  • Wegmarkierung Wanderweg Maare und Thermen Pfad
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Along the route

Burgruine Ulmen

Burgruine mit Blick auf Ulmen, © GesundLand Vulkaneifel/D. Ketz
The few walls of the once stately Ulmen Castle tower above the steep banks of the Ulmen Maar. Only parts of the upper castle have been preserved for posterity. Details ansehen

Ulmen maar-tunnel

Graffiti im Ulmener Maar-Stollen, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, AR-shapefruit AG
Underground connection between two Eifel maars: The Ulmen maar-tunnel Details ansehen

Aussichtspunkt Achterhöhe

Achterhöhe, © Eifelsüchtig/Ursula Peters
On a forest sofa, let your gaze wander comfortably over the Siebenbach valley and take in all seven meanders of the stream at a glance. On the way on the Heimatspur 05! Details ansehen

Ulmener Maar

Blick von oben auf das Ulmener Maar, © GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH, D. Ketz

At around 11,000 years old, the Ulmener Maar is the youngest Eifel maar.

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Jungfernweiher von oben, © GesundLand Vulkaneifel/D. Ketz

The Jungferweiher, a re-flooded dry maar located north of the Ulmener Maar, is known for its richness in migratory birds and serves as a source of drinking water for the Cochem-Zell district.

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Landhotel Gillenfelder Hof


Welcome to the Landhotel Gillenfelder Hof.
After the renovation, in April 2017, we opened the former Hotel Maarperle under a new management as Landhotel Gillenfelder Hof.

Vitality in the health country Vulkaneifel; Living naturalness - Selfness - Balance .... to take care of yourself, to feel yourself.
You will be able to enjoy a great deal of energy .... Hiking or biking in the wonderful nature, swimming in the nearby Pulvermaar. In the hotel we offer to relax Finnish sauna, steam bath, infrared cabin and the wellness lounge as a rest area. Let yourself be pampered in the beauty department with cosmetic treatments or soothing wellness massages.

Enjoy your holidays in an ambience to feel good.
In the morning you can expect a large selection at the country hotel breakfast buffet ... so a good day starts.
In our bistro, on the sun terrace and in our restaurant we would like to spoil you with regional and seasonal dishes as well as hearty hospitality. Maybe you want to end the evening with a glass of Mosel wine or a freshly tapped beer.
Our 25 comfortable NR rooms, mostly with French balcony, are equipped with shower / WC / hairdryer, TV, desk and comfortable seating. Free parking spaces as available and motorcycle garage.

Your hostess Marie-Luise Goebel and the friendly team of the pampering hotel.

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More information about this route

Start: Ulmen

Destination: Bad Bertrich

Distance: 35.2 km

Duration: 8:30 h

Difficulty: medium

Ascent: 706 m

Descent: 963 m

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