In the mountains; Among nature; Near water
The most famous attraction in Schleiden is the castle of "Schloss Schleiden", dating from 1188. A portion of the castle which is accessible includes a chapel with an organ from 1770 on display. In this part of the Eifel you’ll find 240 km of hiking trails including the 4-day "Wilderness Trail”, one of Germany’s long distance hiking trails. One route goes through the former Orderenburg Vogelsang (a former military training camp).
For cyclists and mountain bikers the Eifel is an El Dorado. For motorcyclists, the beautiful Eifel region is great for touring, not only near the Nürburgring but also in Francorchamps. All trails wind their way through beautiful natural landscapes.
The High Fens-Eifel nature area extends from Germany into Belgium and is an area with a variety of landscapes: rivers, streams, lakes and dams, limestone cliffs, ridges of the High Eifel and the volcanic Eifel. You will find caves from the Stone Age, Roman buildings, more than 100 castles, palaces and monasteries, and the now ecologically valuable remains of the Siegfried Line. The spectacular nature with its colorful plants and variety of animals (even moose) is the basis for an active and relaxing holiday in the Eifel.
A visit to the fromer Nazi Ordensburg Vogelsang is certainly worthwhile. The historic, monumental building was opened to the public in 2006. Parts of the surrounding area is accessible via footpaths.
Also worth seeing is the Urft dam (1900-1905), the oldest dam in the Eifel. At the lake there is an island and three peninsulas, which can be reached on foot depending on the water level. There is a level crossing from Gemünd-Malsbenden, with a walking and cycling route of 12 km which meanders through an unspoiled countryside.
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