Germany Trip Plan:
The Eifel, Bitburg-Prüm County and Moselle River Valley

Germany trip plan: The Eifel, Bitburg-Prüm County and Moselle River Valley
Volcanic lakes Maare in the Eifel, GNU-Martin Schildgen
[ source: Wikipedia]

The Eifel, a low mountain range in western Germany, welcomes you with scenic beauty, ancient volcanic lakes and villages dominated by lovely restored farmhouses. Visit historic Monschau, the wine towns Cochem and Trier on the Moselle River, before heading to Bitburg, the famous Beer-Town.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

The Eifel, a low mountain range in western Germany, welcomes you with scenic beauty, ancient volcanic lakes and villages dominated by lovely restored farmhouses. Visit historic Monschau, the wine towns Cochem and Trier on the Moselle River, before heading to Bitburg, the famous Beer-Town.

Tourism gave this mainly agriculture dominated region the well deserved boost. Geographically the Eifel is bordered by the Rhine River in the east, Moselle River in the south, The Ardennes of Belgium and Luxembourg in the west and High Fens in the north. Once the Eifel was a site of extensive volcanic activity which left many, peculiar circle shaped volcanic craters, filled with clear dark blue water, the Maare or lakes. In summer, numerous hiking- and biking trails are popular with visitors and in winter especially cross-country skiing enthusiasts are attracted.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $385 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $300 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $350 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1455 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1930 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Basilica St. Salvator in Pruem, GNU-Mussklprozz
[ source: Wikipedia]

Welcome to the Bitburg-Prüm County in the Eifel, Rhineland-Palatinate. Your new home-from-home is part of a lovely renovated farm house and only a stone's throw away from the scenic beauty of this region. You will love the warm welcome and find it easy to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings.


Day 2: Volcanic-Eifel

Day 2: Volcanic-Eifel
Lower castle of Manderscheid with upper castle in the back, CC- Túrelio
[ source: Wikipedia]

After a scenic drive make your first stop at the renowned Bell Foundry in Brockscheid. The traditional and rare craft of casting bells has been here for many centuries and you will gain great insights what it takes before you can here the perfect sound of a bell. Then, hike along the Meerfelder Maar, which is approximately 35,000 years old! With a diameter of 1,730 meters, it is the biggest Maar in the Eifel. In the nice town of Manderscheid with its 2 castles visit the Maar-Museum. Here you will learn about the origin, history and development of the Eifel Crater Lakes. After all, they shaped the uniqueness and diversity of this impressive landscape. Perfect for a culinary treat is the restaurant and cafe Heidsmühle, right in the heart of the volcanic Eifel region on the banks of the Little Kyll River. Since 5 generations it has been a family operation and is renown for its exceptional location, the open kitchen and the typical Eifel-House confectionery.


Day 3: Trier, oldest town in Germany

Day 3: Trier, oldest town in Germany
St. Gangolf Church in the town center, CC-Alaexis
[ source: Wikipedia]

Today travel south near the border of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and visit Trier, located in a hollow midway along the breathtaking Moselle valley. Wooded and vineyard covered slopes stretch up to the Hunsrück plateaux in the south, explaining its former important strategic position for the rulers of the Holy Roman Empire. The well preserved Roman and medieval buildings still shape the face of the town and Porta Nigra, Constantine Basilica, the ruins of three Roman baths and the amphitheater are a must see. The town center with its pedestrianized zone is dominated by the Trier Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church which also dates back to Roman times. Shopping is fun in Trier and you will enjoy the many boutiques and malls as well as the resting areas and restaurants & cafes.


Day 4: Natural Preserve North-Eifel and Vogelsang Complex

Day 4: Natural Preserve North-Eifel and Vogelsang Complex
Town Center Monschau, GNU-Dr. Joerg Kopp
[ source: Wikipedia]

In the 110 square kilometers large area of the Natural Preserve North-Eifel nature is allowed to regain its own cycle of growth and transience. Wild cats hunt in the National Park and beavers build their lodges in the region's clean waters. Millions of wild daffodils transform the valley meadows into a sea of yellow blossoms every spring. The wide open spaces and woodland areas of Dreiborner Hochfläche in the center of the park have been, together with the Vogelsang Complex, open to the public since the beginning of 2006. From the complex you will enjoy stunning views of the unique Rur/Urft-Lake and the woods around the lake.

Once used for the training of young people by Hitler and his totalitarian state party the huge Vogelsang Complex still served military purposes as a NATO military training ground under Belgian sovereignty, 60 years after the war. Vogelsang is now part of a network of German memorial sites and has the purpose to remind and inform all visitors of the past and also show Vogelsang's possible role in the future. Explore the ensemble of protected historical buildings on the marked paths and let dedicated and qualified guides show you around as part of a tour. After that you might like to enjoy a selection of delicious food at the own restaurant of the complex. On your way back take a break at Monschau, the pearl of the North-Eifel. Beautiful restored have timbered houses are lining narrow lanes and add to the typical idyllic charm of a historical Eifel-Town.


Day 5: Cochem, Beilstein and the Moselle River Valley

Day 5: Cochem, Beilstein and the Moselle River Valley
View on Moselle River and Beilstein from Metternich Castle, GNU-Berthold Werner
[ source: Wikipedia]

The Moselle valley forms the division between the Eifel and Hunsrück mountain regions. It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its beautiful scenery and excellent wines such as Riesling, Elbling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner and Auxerrois. The romantic wine town Cochem lies on the banks of the Moselle River, at the foot of a hill with its landmark, Feudal Cochem Castle. Enjoy the views from the castle and walk through narrow alleys before embarking on a scenic boat tour to Beilstein. Above the village stands the remarkable church of the Carmelites, dating back to the 17th century. The rather steep ascent is via a stairway with more than 100 steps. From the top you have a fantastic view over the small town with its half timbered houses and winding alleys. End your day in Haus Mannertal, Binscheid. This is a wonderful restaurant with a young creative cuisine, generous portions and reasonable prices. You can expect many delicious varieties of local and seasonal products.


Day 6: Bitburg, the Beer-City

Day 6: Bitburg, the Beer-City
Pedestrian Zone Bitburg
[ source: www.bitburg.de/]

Bitburg displays a modern profile with around 14,000 inhabitants plus about 3,500 Americans still being employed here. Over time they became active members of Bitburger societies, clubs, music bands and choirs. With the support of the air base supra-regional successes of Bitburg in various sport disciplines such as weightlifting, boxing, basketball and ice-hockey was made possible. The town in the southern Eifel has extremely increased in popularity mostly because of the Bitburger Brauerei, the famous beer company which has obtained a world wide reputation with its slogan Bitte ein Bit!. Visit the brewery, learn everything about the art of brewing a high quality German beer and enjoy a relaxed evening with a nice dinner and a glass Bitburger Beer at the traditional pub Simonisbräu.


Day 7: Departure