Eifelsteig Part 8 – Mirbach to Hillesheim

Dreimühlen-Wasserfall

Waterfall, castle and Flammkuche

The highlight of this stretch of the Eifelsteig is undoubtably the Dreimühler-wasserfall, but along the way you’ll also experience the magnificent Burg Kerper castle and the lovely village beneath it where you can get some much-needed rest and replenish your energy at Das Kleine Landscafe. 

The Eifelsteig leaves the tiny village of Mirbach and heads up into the hills where you’ll get to see some fantastic vistas of the plateau. Even on a sunny day, be prepared for a windy experience before you descend again towards the Ahbach valley.

On the outskirts of Mirbach
On the outskirts of Mirbach

The Dreimühler-wasserfall isn’t impressively tall, nor isn’t there much water falling. Rather, it’s a dripping and murmuring stream that filters over rocks carved across the millenia creating a mysterious atmosphere. It’s a stunning place in the forested valley that seems almost tropical with its carpets of lush mosses and the smell of damp rock.  

Cave mouth at the Dreimühlen-Wasserfall
Cave mouth at the Dreimühlen-Wasserfall
Dreimühlen-Wasserfall
Three streams springing from the dense moss-covered cliffs at the Dreimühlen-Wasserfall.
Burg Kerpen
Burg Kerpen from beneath
Wehrkirche Berndorf
Wehrkirche Berndorf in the distance
Evening view over Hillesheim
Evening view over Hillesheim

Review of the eigth leg of the Eifelsteig trail

Beauty
5/5
Wildlife
3/5
Things to see
5/5
Overall
5/5

What do these categories mean? Check out the explanations for the stars!

While the waterfall and accompanying streams might be home to a wide variety of interesting wildlife, there will very likely be a lot of tourists in the area, so don’t expect tranquility when passing through. There’s a wild variety to the eighth leg of the Eifelsteig, from expansive fields and steep rock walls to lush valleys and bubbling streams.

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