The second day of the nature tour also takes you to wild landscapes. On the Wilderness Trail in the Eifel national park, hikers and leisurely strollers pass gushing streams, and walk through deep forests and green meadows. Participants on a ranger tour on the Wilderness Trail can even discover the tracks of wildcats, red stags and beavers.
The tour continues to the historic mustard mill in the wonderful Eifel town of Monschau. The family of NRW culinary ambassador for the Eifel region and Aachen, Ruth Breuer, has been producing mustard here for five generations. Guided tours of the mustard mill are offered for visitors who are particularly interested in how mustard is made. Gourmet fans and anyone preferring to taste the mustard are served food garnished and seasoned with the mustard produced in the mill in the “Schnabuleum” restaurant next door. How about a honey mustard parfait, for example? Anyone wanting more of this sharp-flavoured product can purchase various mustard delicacies to take home from the mill shop.
Walking further on through Monschau, visitors pass the famous Red House. It was built by clothmaker Johann Heinrich Scheibler and is open to visitors from April until the end of November. It is furnished in the rococo, Louis-Seize and empire styles, and reflects the opulence and splendour of the bourgeois living culture. The oak spiral staircase, which connects three floors, is particularly impressive.
From Monschau, it’s a short journey to the wild nature of the Eifel national park. There, it gets noisy during the autumn months of September and October. The roaring of the red stags, in their impressive attempt to attract females, rings out over meadows, through woods and into the valleys. With a bit of patience, from the viewing platform in Dreiborn, visitors can enjoy a good view of the largest animals in Europe living in the wild. During the entire rutting season, there are rangers on the platform who will be happy to give specialist information. The best way to wait for a sighting of these wild animals is with binoculars, a cushion to sit on and warm clothing.
In the evening, hikers can relax and recover after a long day’s walk in the Kloster Steinfeld monastery guesthouse, surrounded by the Eifel landscape. The wide-open wrought-iron gates form the entrance to the centuries-old monastery building. Whether you’re looking for four-star hotel standard or a simple monastic atmosphere, there is something here for anyone wanting to spend a night in the middle of the green Eifel region.
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