Doing the Wilderness Trail independently - organisation
- The general map available for download should give you a rough idea of the route.
- Although the entire length of the trail is marked with the stylised wildcat symbol, we recommend use of the hiking map.
- Eifel National Park hosts have nourishing food, refreshing drinks, and comfortable beds to offer. The tourist offices can give you an overview of other places to stay in the region.
- The starting point for the four-day Wilderness Trail is the National Park Gate in Monschau-Höfen, with its large hikers’ car park and refuge.
If you are arriving by car and need to collect it again after the hike, you can get back to the starting point of your hike in Höfen, or back to the finishing points of sections in Heimbach, Gemünd or Einruhr by bus or rail or using the dial-a-bus Trail Express service at the end of your four-day tour.
Further information on getting back
From the finishing point of the fourth section at the National Park Information Point in Zerkall, you will always go back to Heimbach first on the Rurtal regional railway. The Rurtal regional railway station in Zerkall is 100 metres from the Information Point, across the river, and the train goes hourly from 10:51 to 22.51 every day. Within a quarter of an hour you will be at the National Park Gate at Heimbach station.
From Heimbach you can have yourself picked up by the Trail Express at 15:45 every day. It will take you back to the starting point of your hike in Monschau-Höfen or Einruhr. Please note: this is a dial-a-bus service! You must inform Monschauer Land Touristik (tel: +49-2473 93770) at least one working day in advance if you wish to use the service, saying where you wish to go.
Departure: 14:51 at the latest with the Rurtal regional railway from Nideggen-Zerkall station, and 15:45 with the Trail Express from Heimbach (National Park Gate at the station)
Arrival: approx. 16:45 in Höfen (National Park Gate); if going via Einruhr, arrival at approx. 17:10
If you are heading for Gemünd after the final section of your hike, please also use the Rurtal regional railway to return to Heimbach. From there the regular bus No. 231 (service must be paid for) will take you to your destination. For details of connections, please click on the button of the German railways (Deutsche Bahn) below.