Eifelblick Schöne Aussicht in Nideggen-Schmidt, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Eifel & Aachen

Wild Nature and the Imperial City

In Aachen and Eifel, every visitor can find the right offering: There is wild nature and timber-framed little towns, as well as wellness temples, UNESCO world heritage sites and an unusual shopping paradise. Eifel is, above all, about wild nature and fantastic hiking trails. Historical little timber-framed towns full of atmosphere are also to be found in the region – as well as the quirky city of Aachen, where history and the present meet.

Hiking Urfttalsperre, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz

Experience nature

On foot or by bicycle

Nature can be experienced at its most unspoilt at Eifel National Park, the only National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia. Many rare and endangered animal and plant species have been re-introduced there, including wildcats, beavers and wild daffodils. One of the Top 15 Trails in Germany runs through the National Park – the Eifelsteig. Anyone who follows this trail can go from Aachen to Trier along mainly natural trails.

Eifel is traditionally a hiking region, but cyclists can get their money’s worth here too. Cyclists should be in good physical condition for some of the routes, because after all, Eifel is a low mountain region. Many hiking and cycle trails pass two of the most beautiful little towns in Eifel, Monschau and Bad Münstereifel.

Aachen Cathedral by night, © www.medien.aachen.de, Andreas Herrmann

Culture and wellness

In the Imperial City of Aachen

Anyone who prefers it really urban but still wants some comfort is also in the right place in this region: Aachen, the City of Charlemagne, is the ideal destination for a weekend trip. With its 260,000 inhabitants, the city is not exactly small and yet is has a certain tranquillity to it. The historic city centre is reserved for pedestrians and is still as winding as it was hundreds of years ago; most of the sights can be reached on foot. The city is dominated by the Cathedral, which was the first German building to be placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the Cathedral Treasury in 1978. Aachen is also famous for its thermal springs, which are reputed to have convinced Charlemagne to settle here.

The highlights of the Aachen events calendar include the annual World Equestrian Festival, the CHIO, and of course the Christmas market, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. And of course the Aachen speciality, “Printe” gingerbread, is available here too. Anyone who can’t wait until Christmas can also buy the delicious biscuits all year round at the city’s Printen bakeries.

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    Monschau, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Eifel Sunset, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Eifel Einruhr, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen, © Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen
    Chio Aachen, © Chio Aachen
    Aachen Cathedral in Winter, © A. Steindl / aachen tourist service
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Experience nature on foot or by bicycle

Discoveries in the region Aachen and Eifel

Roman Canal Hiking Trail - aqueduct Mechernich, © Natalie Glatter, Wandermagazin

Roman Canal Hiking Trail

Die Vennbahn, ein Bahntrassenradweg, führt auch übers Reichensteiner Viadukt, © vennbahn.eu

Vennbahn Cycle Route

Auf Rangertouren lernen Wanderer viel Wissenswertes über die Natur in der Eifel, © NationalparkEifel

Wilderness Trail

Paradise for hikers - the Eifel Trail, © Archiv Eifel Tourismus

Eifel Trail

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Culture and Wellness in Aachen

Discoveries in the region Eifel & Aachen

The Aachen Cathedral, © aachen tourist service e.v.

Aachen Cathedral

Das Centre Charlemagne von Außen, © Peter Hinschläger / Aachen

Charlemagne and the Route Charlemagne in Aachen

Hauptstadion beim Chio Aachen, © Chio Aachen, Studio Strauch

CHIO Aachen