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Eifelsteig Partner hike - the Daffodil Route

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  • Nationalpark-Tor Höfen
    / Nationalpark-Tor Höfen
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Narzissenblüte
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Bunker am ehem. Westwall
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Naturschutzgebiet Furtsbachtal
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Narzissenblüte
    Photo: Touristinfo Monschau
  • / Fuhrtsbach
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Perlenbachtal
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Zwischenmoor
    Photo: Bernd Läufer
  • / Bachlauf in der Eifel
    Photo: Michael Lock, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Blick in die Eifellandschaft
    Photo: Michael Lock, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Wanderweg entlang des Fuhrtsbach in der Eifel
    Photo: Michael Lock, StädteRegion Aachen
  • / Monschauer Heckenlandschaft
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Narzissenroute
    Photo: Michael Lock, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
  • / Beschilderung
    Photo: Michael Lock, Eifel Tourismus GmbH
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In the middle ages, these fields were cleared and used to raise hay; today, hikers passing here in spring find themselves immersed in a golden sea of daffodils. But this hiking loop offers exciting nature experiences at any time of year.
easy
Distance 14.8 km
3:30 h
301 m
301 m
587 m
470 m
On this hike, you will wander through more than 600 years of rural and agricultural history as you discover the area around the Perlenbach and Fuhrtsbach valleys, which have been nature reserves since 1976. Today’s hikers here will discover pockets of extensive agriculture embedded in virtually pristine nature. This hike passes through the natural habitat for many threatened species of plants and animal, and the diverse and cheerfully coloured flora and fauna make hiking here an experience to remember. Once, the quality of the waters of the Perlenbach was so good that it allowed freshwater pearl mussels to establish themselves here. Today, the freshwater pearl mussel is virtually extinct, but from the 17th to the 19th centuries there was a flourishing trade in farmed pearls from the valley (from which the stream takes its name, literally “pearl stream”). You will also find traces of more recent history in the Fuhrtsbach valley. The hike takes you past several of the bunkers of the “Siegfried Line” built in 1938, grim testaments to the Second World War and the heavy fighting around Höfen in the winter of 1944-1945. Two of these bunkers remain quite well-preserved despite being dynamited by Allied forces. The larger of the two broods at the foot of the steep slope just a few steps away from the lower bridge. Another highlight of the area is the Perlenbach Valley Dam, built to create a reservoir of drinking water, and with a capacity of 800,000 m³.

 

Highlights on your route:

 

- Daffodil fields in spring

- Perlenbach Valley Dam

- Siegfried Line bunkers

- National Park Gate Exhibition

Author’s recommendation

For a unique experience, do this hike in spring when you will see millions of wild daffodils that transform the meadows of the valley into a sea of gold.
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Michael Lock 
Update: January 13, 2021
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
587 m
Lowest point
470 m
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Rest Stop

Konditorei Altes Eifelhaus
Alte Molkerei

Safety information

Please stay on the designated paths.

Tips and hints

Eifel Tourismus (ET) GmbH

Kalvarienbergstr. 1

54595 Prüm

Tel.: +49 (0)6551 - 96 56 0

Fax: +49 (0)6551 - 96 56 96

E-Mail: info@eifel.info

www.eifel.info

www.eifelsteig.de

 

Monschau Touristik und Nationalparkinfopunkt

Stadtstraße 16

52156 Monschau

Tel.: 02472 - 80480

Servicetelefon: 02472 - 804822

Fax: 02472 - 4534

touristik@monschau.de

www.monschau.de

 

Nationalpark-Tor Höfen

Hauptstraße 72

52156 Monschau-Höfen

Tel.: 02472 - 8025079

Fax: 02472 - 8024977

Start

National Park Gate Höfen (543 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.533439, 6.253773
DMS
50°32'00.4"N 6°15'13.6"E
UTM
32U 305386 5601545
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Destination

National Park Gate Höfen

Turn-by-turn directions

Routing:

The daffodil route is fully signed with the daffodil route symbol. Signs with yellow tips indicate the way on the partner paths of the Eifelsteig.

 

Characteristics:

The hike includes light and moderate inclines, both up and down. There are only a few paved sections; for most of the hike, you will be on unpaved, wild paths and trails. It is an ideal family hike, because the climbs are quite moderate for the Eifel, and the 12 km length makes it manageable and not demanding in terms of physical condition.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take bus line 84 or 815 to “Höfen Kirche”, the nearest bus stop to the hike’s starting point. For your full journey by public transport and fare information, see: www.avv.de

 

Getting there

To plan your individual trip by car, use our journey planner and enter “Höfen, Hauptstraße 72” as your destination.

Parking

Parking spaces are available at the National Park Gate.

Coordinates

DD
50.533439, 6.253773
DMS
50°32'00.4"N 6°15'13.6"E
UTM
32U 305386 5601545
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Eifelsteig - Aachen-Trier plus Partnerwege NRW 650km Qualitätswanderwege [Eifelsteig (Aachen-Trier) plus Nordrhein-Westfalen partner routes - 650 km of high-quality hiking trails] Publisher: Eifelverein Düren ISBN: 978-3-921805-76-3

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map "Eifelsteig" (9,50 € + Porto) (www.eifel.info/prospektbestellung.htm). “Eifelsteig” hiking map from Aachen to Trier. Topographical recreational map at 1:50000 scale, format: 70 x 100, four-colour front and back. Publisher: Landesamt für Vermessung und Geobasisinformation Rheinland-Pfalz und Eifelverein e.V. ISBN: 978-3-89637-405-9

Equipment

For this hike, we recommend waterproof hiking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Be sure to bring enough water and take a little food with you, and you’ll be all set!

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

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Wander Verliebt
April 10, 2021 · Community
Neben den Narzissen hat uns besonders der Pfadabschnitt bei 2 km sehr gut gefallen. Man sollte am besten Mitte April als Wanderzeit einplanen, um möglichst viele Narzissen bewundern zu können.
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When did you do this route? March 27, 2021
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Franz Xsver
August 17, 2020 · Community
Auch ohne Narzissen ein schöner Rundwanderweg auf dem wir kaum einem begegnet sind. Am Ende der Tour sind wir noch schön barfuß in den Perlenbach gegangen. Eine schöne Erfrischung an einem heißen Tag!
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When did you do this route? August 16, 2020
M Le
April 11, 2020 · Community
Ab April der Narzissen wegen durchaus fünf Sterne, aber als Wanderweg an sich eher unspektakulär, weil meist Schotterwege.
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
14.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
301 m
Descent
301 m
Highest point
587 m
Lowest point
470 m
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