Germany Trip Plan:
6 days visit to Aachen, Bad Münstereifel and Monschau, Eifel's gem

Germany trip plan: 6 days visit to Aachen, Bad Münstereifel and Monschau, Eifel's gem
Monschau
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The health climate resort of Monschau offers nature & culture amidst the famous hedges and impressive scenery of the surrounding Eifel region. Stroll through its winding alleys lined by quaint half-timbered houses, visit Bad Münstereifel in the east and the city of Aachen in the north.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 6 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

The health climate resort of Monschau offers beauty & nature amidst the famous hedges and impressive scenery of the surrounding Eifel region. Stroll through its winding alleys lined by quaint half-timbered houses, visit Bad Münstereifel in the east and the city of Aachen in the north.

With its well preserved historical Old Town and unique location, Monschau is a charming town with plenty to offer. It is rightfully referred to as the Gem of the Eifel region. Behind the facades of romantic half-timbered houses you will discover a rich mosaic of art, culture and museums. The whole Eifel region offers such a wealth of attractions that a single vacation will certainly not suffice to see them all. Near Bad Münstereifel extensive forests are every hikers paradise and the Hohes Fenn near the Belgian border offers seemingly endless miles of trails. Driving north through this unique landscape you will reach the favorite residence of Charlemagne, the beautiful city of Aachen.

Cost Estimate:

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

Lodging: starting at $440 for 2 persons / 6 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 6 days
Car Rental: starting at $350 / 6 days
Gas: starting at $300 / 6 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1340 / 6 days
 4 persons, starting at $1520 / 6 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Monschau in the River Rur valley
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A beautiful vacation apartment and a warm welcome await you at this gorgeous destination in the Eifel region, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany's west. You will love your new surroundings discovering an infinite number of interesting details, from antique doors and lintels to quaint gables and facades. Depending on the day of your arrival you might like to enjoy your first dinner at the historical Grafen Keller. This ancient vaulted cellar evokes the magic of bygone centuries and offers a menu ranging from rustic country specialties to sophisticated modern cuisine. Try an authentic Monschau Zwickelbier on tap or choose from a great selection of wines. (Open Thursdays through Sundays and on public holidays.)


Day 2: Monschau

Day 2: Monschau
Town center of Monschau
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During a stroll through Monschau's old town district you will understand why it is called the Gem of the Eifel region or Rothenburg of the Rhineland, especially true during winter when the annual Monschau Christmas Market is held. This is doubtless one of the most romantic events of its kind in the world! Strolling through town the Red House will get your attention. It was erected in the 1752 by Johann Heinrich Scheibler, cloth maker and merchant, as his residence and business domicile. Furnished entirely in Rococo, Louis XVI and Empire period styles, it reflects the splendor of the former upper middle class. One world famous feature of this building is the self supporting oak wood spiral staircase extending over three floors and embellished with 21 small scenes depicting the various stages of cloth making. Then visit Monschau Castle, thought to have been erected in the early13th century. At night, with the town and castle illuminated, the historical complex stands out impressively as Monschau's supreme highlight. If you need a coffee break there is no better place than the Caffee-Rösterei Wilhelm Maassen. You will love the quality and diversity of the hand-selected Arabica coffees! Then there is the historical Mustard Mill where you can see the work in progress and choose from 18 different mustard varieties. If you are interested in 150 years of brewing history, visit Monschau's historical brew house. Take a tour of the brewing room, fermentation cellars and discover the secrets of brewing the diverse beer types. A visit to the historical Felsenkeller, Rock Cellar, dynamited into a slate mountain in 1830, is a particularly memorable experience. The craft brewery, complete with a splendid collection of old brewing equipment, invites you to rest. Tip: A very convenient way to discover all Monschau has to offer is a ride in the local Stadtbahn, a fancy little railway. During the round trip you will see the sights of Monschau and drive all the way up to the castle for a panoramic view of the town and River Rur valley below.


Day 3: Aachen

Day 3: Aachen
Carolus Thermen, Aachen, GNU-Wi1234
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The varied landscape of Eifel Nature Reserve and Park with its rivers, streams, lakes and wooded hills awaits you today on a scenic drive up north to the city of Aachen. Make a stop at the Imperial Abbey Kornelimünster, a Benedictine monastery founded in 814, before reaching your main destination of today. Aachen sits at the juncture where Germany meets the Netherlands and Belgium; the Dutch know it as Aken and Walloons call it Aix-la-Chapelle. In the Middle Ages Aachen was the seat of emperors and kings, and the scene of many coronations and imperial diets. Back in the 1st century Roman soldiers cherished its hot springs; the Elisenbrunnen drinking fountain is one of many in Aachen. The Roman called them Aquis-Granum and later the same springs made this city at the foot of the Eifel hills the favorite residence of Charlemagne, who built a palace here. Northern Europe's oldest Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it forms the heart of the old quarter together with the majestic Gothic town hall. Enjoy a walk around and maybe also step in the modern Carolus Thermal Baths and the famous Aachen Casino.


Day 4: Daun and Dauner Maare in the Vulkaneifel

Day 4: Daun and Dauner Maare in the Vulkaneifel
Daun, GNU-Magnus Manske
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The Vulkaneifel is a district in the northwest of the state Rhineland-Palatinate. It is part of the Eifel Mountains, containing numerous volcanic lakes called Maare. Today's trip brings you to Daun, the county seat of the Eifel volcanic district, south of the High Eifel and River Lieser. The unique landscape is dominated by its still active volcanic nature. Southeast of Daun are the so called Dauner Maare, three connected tuff cones, separated only by their tuff walls. Many easy trails lead around the stunning lakes and bordering wood lands. Daun itself is a charming spa town with mineral springs and home to the Eifel Volcano Museum, which gives you an up close look at the volcanic phenomena and activities - globally and in the volcanic Eifel region. In addition to many information boards, photos and exhibits originate from the volcanic Eifel region as well as from active volcanoes in Europe and Asia.


Day 5: Bad Münstereifel

Day 5: Bad Münstereifel
Bad Münstereifel, GNU-Kateer
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Nature can't be more beautiful than this, as you will see for yourself driving east through the National Park Eifel to Bad Münstereifel, a gorgeous historical spa town in the district of Euskirchen. Not only sightseeing is fun here but also a lot of action is waiting for you. Nowhere in North Rhine-Westphalia is a comparable intact medieval town with fully preserved town walls, four massive gates and a castle. Lovingly restored half-timbered buildings, narrow alleyways and a total of ten bridges over the Erft, which rushes through the middle of the town, are only some of the attractions. Bad Münstereifel is completely within the city walls as a historical monument - a unique ensemble of architectural history. The town's castle is privately owned and features a great restaurant. The dominating Collegiate Church was only a small monastery chapel around 830. Many constructions followed and today it is a particularly beautiful masterpiece under the respective churches in the Rhine and Meuse River region. The earliest evidence of a stone house in West Germany is the Romanesque House, built in 1167, today home to a museum. Part of the European Route of Wood is Windeck-House, with its empire carving and 2 outstanding oriels one of the most beautiful half-timbered houses of the Rhineland. A popular attraction for visitors is Heino's City Hall Cafe, the famous German folklore singer. In a cozy atmosphere it provides numerous pictures and awards from Heino's over 50-year career of an artist. In the Münstereifeler brewery on the market place beer is brewed right before your eyes and you can enjoy the fresh beer directly from the tanks. And if you like Printen visit the Print-House where you can watch the bakers at work and of course take some home.


Day 6: Departure

Day 6: Departure
Monschau from above
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Action packed days come to an end with your departure today. Many more things are left to do and to explore. For example if you come in winter the bobsled coaster park at Rohren near Monschau transforms into a paradise for winter sport enthusiast. For alpine skier 4 slopes and 1 forest run are available and cross country skiing is popular here with many marked circuits. And the sledding area is not only for kids! Eifeler Christmas Markets including Aachen are especially romantic and charming drawing thousands of visitors each year.


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Aachen

Aachen
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Monschau
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