Get to Monreal via Koblenz (connected to the German IC network) and Andernach with regional trains. The hiking trail starts directly at the railway station Monreal.
Motorway A 48, take the exit no. 6 'Mayen' and follow the L 82, later the L 92 to Monreal. There's a large parking ground in a striking distance from the railway station which is the initial point of the track.
From Koblenz Hauptbahnhof (Koblenz main station) take the bus no. 350, heading to 'Obertor, Mayen' and change cars to bus no. 334 at 'Mayen Ostbahnhof', heading to 'Ulmen Bürgersaal'. Exit at the 'Monreal Bahnhof' station. Travel time is about 75 minutes.
Take a bus (line SB60), heading to Bonn Hauptbahnhof and exit at the final station. From here get to Monreal via Andernach with regional trains. Travel time is approx. 2.5 hours.
'Monrealer Ritterschlag' which means "Monreal accolade" was opted Germany's most beautiful hiking trail in 2011. Its initial point is in the midst of the beautiful village Monreal in the Eifel.
First the visitor is crossing the historic center of the village Monreal with beautiful houses and narrow alleyways. After the lower castle bridge (Untere Schlossbrücke) the hiking trail Monrealer Ritterschlag follows the Eltz (a little creek in a deep canyon) and goes slightly but continuously uphill. En route one finds numerous gazebos with astonishing panoramas, for instance the two castle ruins of Monreal, the Löwenburg (also known as Monreal castle) and the Philippsburg.
The track keeps on following the Eltz creek for the time being, crosses a country road and leads through a forest to the Thürelz valley. The Thürelz is another little creek which is separated from the Eltz by a steep rock formation which will be crested during the tour. Oaks and furze shape the environment primarily here, and the way down to the valley is quite steep.
In the valley the hikers cross a railroad and the creek, then there are narrow and steep pathways that bring you uphill again to the mountain comb which separates the Eltz valley and the Thürelz valley. At the end of the track there's a small path with an altitude difference of 100 meters leading to the Monreal castles, after this another steep and narrow path leads down to the final destination.
As already mentioned: some parts of the hiking trail Monrealer Ritterschlag are narrow and steep; hence it's not suitable for beginners or people with low stamina. On a scale of difficulty between 1 and 10 (1 = easy, 10 = very hard), the track would be a "7" or an "8".
The length is 13.7 km; the height gain is altogether more than 500 meters. An experienced hiker should calculate 5 hours for this trail.
Escape Address: 56729 Monreal Bahnhof (Bahnhofstraße) , Monreal, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
You should invest some time and discover the medieval village of Monreal with its numerous, lovingly restored, picturesque little half-timbered houses. Explore narrow alleyways and have a break in one of the nice restaurants or cafés in the center of the village. The "Löwenburg" and"'Philippsburg" - these two castle ruins are interesting especially for fans of the Mid Ages as well as kids of course. Both castles can be entered for free.
The Nürburgring is not far away, so it's easy to have a trip there from Monreal. Discover the legendary 'Nordschleife' (Northern Loop) which is one of the most famous racing tracks world wide. Jackie Stewart called it "the green hell". At certain schedules it's possible to explore the track with your own car. Or if you're brave enough, book a tour in the "Ring-Taxi" and have a professional racers drive you!
An exciting journey through time in the past awaits visitors to the unique German shale mine and Eifelmuseum in Mayen. Learn all about the Eifel, its landscape, geology, history, but also all about the people living here, and lived here in the past. Learn all about their faith, their superstition, their traditions and custom habits. In the shale mine learn all about the 400 million years old rocks which can be used in a manifold manner.