Kyll in Gerolstein, © Thomas Hendele

The Kyll

The Kyll is a 127.6 km long, northern and left tributary of the Moselle. It flows - apart from three short headwaters from the Belgian region of Wallonia - in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The Kyll is a 127.6 km long northern and left tributary of the Moselle. It is one of the longest rivers in Rhineland-Palatinate and is the river with the most water and the longest in the southern Eifel.

The name "Kyll" goes back to the Celtic word for stream "Bach", gilum, which developed into kila in the Middle Ages. Today, the word is also found in numerous place names, for example Stadtkyll, Rockeskyll or Kyllburg.

The river flows through the districts of Euskirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Vulkaneifel, Bitburg-Prüm, Trier-Saarburg and the independent city of Trier (all in Rhineland-Palatinate) in Germany, starting from the border of the Walloon Region (Wallonia) near its source.

The Kyll can be seen as a connecting element of the entire Eifel region. It flows through a whole 15 of the local communities in the Gerolsteiner Land (Hallschlag, Stadtkyll, Jünkerath, Gönnersdorf, Birgel, Lissendorf, Oberbettingen, Hillesheim, Dohm-Lammersdorf, Rockeskyll, Gerolstein, Pelm, Birresborn, Mürlenbach, Densborn).

Our tip: The Kyll cycle path meanders for a total of 121.4 km along the Kyll past numerous castles through the contrasting landscapes of the Eifel.

For anglers, the Kyll is a popular fly-fishing destination. You can find all information about fishing on the Kyll here!

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