Kylltal Cycle Route
|Kylltal Cycle Route|
|Total length||120 km|
|Location||Eifel, Kyll, Mosel/ Rhineland-Palatinate|
|Link to map and elevation profile|
|Starting point||Losheimer Trench
|Places along the way||Stadtkyll, Jünkerath (main station), Birgel, Lissendorf (main station), Gerolstein (main station), St.Thomas (Bf), Kyllburg (Bf), Erdorf(Bf), Auw an der Kyll (Bf), Kordel (Bf), Ehrang (Bf)|
|Flooring||on 118 km asphalt,
rest paved roads
end 124 |
+574 Hm up /
-915 Hm down
|Difficulty||slightly hilly; on 3 km > 10 % incline|
|Traffic volume||Bike path; rarely low-traffic roads.|
|Connection to||Prüm Valley Cycle Route, Eifel-Ardennes Cycle Route, Kalkeifel Cycle Route, Nimstal Cycle Route, Moselle Cycle Route|
|ADFC certification||4 from 5 stars|
|Web address||Kyll cycle path at www.eifel.info|
The Kylltal cycle path (also known as the Kyll cycle path) is a 120 km long cycle path running largely parallel to the Kyll.
It connects the source of the Kyll at Losheimergraben on the German-Belgian border with the confluence with the Moselle at Trier-Ehrang and the Roman city of Trier, which is only a few kilometres away.
On the part from Jünkerath to Trier you can cycle next to a railway – the Eifel line – (also through 2 tunnels), and save yourself a climb. The cycle path crosses several landscapes of the Eifel.
The route is asphalted for about 118 km, the rest is on paved paths. The uniform signposting with the cycle path logo is carried out in both directions according to the guidelines of the ADFC. Between Gerolstein-Bewingen and Densborn, an almost level, approx. 20 km long children’s cycle path has been established.
Route source – mouth
The route is almost everywhere flat to slightly hilly. The only exception is a steep climb (> 10 %) (approx. 110 metres in altitude) between Kyllburg and Bitburg-Erdorf. This section can be bridged by train (stations Kyllburg and Erdorf). From Jünkerath-Glaadt to Densborn the separate cycle path is asphalted. Afterwards the route leads partly over quiet country roads to Bitburg-Erdorf. From there the route runs parallel to the railway line. In two places the cycle path leads through tunnels, separated from the railway by grids, in place of the second dismantled track: The Dechen tunnel (181 m) is between St. Thomas and Kyllburg. The Kyller tunnel (138 m) is located 8 km north of Kordel. The trail condition is consistently good from Frauenkron.
The cycle path begins at the confluence of the three source streams of the Kyll on the German-Belgian border, near Losheimergraben, which belongs to the municipality of Hellenthal in North Rhine-Westphalia. The first kilometres lead hilly through a wooded area, already leaving the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The first village reached after the forest is Frauenkron, a district of Dahlem. The cycle path then follows the L22 for about one kilometre and reaches Lake Kronenburg, where the Kyll is dammed in a flood retention basin. The route passes the northern shore of the lake, which serves as a recreation and leisure water. Only a few kilometres to the north are the village and castle ruins of Kronenburg with its interesting history. The route then runs via Kronenburgerhütte to Stadtkyll. Here the Prümtal cycle path branches off, leading across the headwaters, along the river, to its confluence with the Sauer at Minden. Afterwards, the town of Jünkerath is reached.
On 3 May 2015, after the completion of the conversion of the former route of the Vennquerbahn into a footpath and cycle path, the opening of the final section of new construction from Jünkerath to the Belgian border took place. There is now a mainly asphalted section from Weywertz on the route of the former railway (RAVel L.45a) via Losheimergraben (border) and seamlessly into the Kyll cycle path to Jünkerath, which then continues as the Kylltal cycle path to Trier. In Weywertz there is a connection to the Vennbahnradweg.
In Jünkerath is the first train station, located directly on the cycle path. The route continues via Gönnersdorf to Birgel. The next town on the Kylltal cycle path is Bolsdorf, a district of Hillesheim, where the Kalkeifel cycle path ends after a stretch through the “Bolsdorfer Tälchen”. The ruins of Kasselburg Castle are visible from afar before Gerolstein. Gerolstein announces itself by the dolomite massif, the remains of a former coral reef. The Eifel-Ardennes Cycle Route also passes through Gerolstein, which together with its connecting routes crosses the Eifel in a west-easterly direction.
After Gerolstein, the next town is Birresborn. The cycle path then continues to the Eifel village of Mürlenbach, where the Bertrada Castle stands. Charlemagne’s great-grandmother is said to be the founder of the castle and Charlemagne is said to have been born there. Close to the Kyll and the railway, the route then continues through the villages of Densborn and Usch-Zendscheid to medieval Kyllburg with Malberg Castle and Kyllburg Castle. After Kyllburg, the trail leaves the Kyll and climbs a hill with a gradient of up to 13%, followed by a descent to Bitburg-Erdorf, where the trail meets the Kyll again. In total, there is a difference in altitude of around 110 metres.
Via Hüttingen an der Kyll and Philippsheim, the route leads to the pottery village of Speicher. From Auw an der Kyll, where the pilgrimage church Maria Himmelfahrt is located, to the Moselle, the route leads through the floodplain-like landscape characterised by lush riverside vegetation. Behind the village of Kordel you pass Ramstein Castle, the last Eifel castle, before reaching the mouth of the Kyll in the Moselle at Trier-Ehrang. You can continue on the Moselle cycle path via Trier-Pfalzel to Trier-Mitte or go for a hike.
|Kilometres||Section||Length/km||+ Hm up
+ Hm down
|0||Losheimergraben – Hallschlag||15||?|
|15||Hallschlag – Jünkerath||13||+41 / −115|
|28||Jünkerath – Hillesheim-Bolsdorf||11||+87 / −97|
|39||Hillesheim-Bolsdorf – Gerolstein||10||+57 / −104|
|49||Gerolstein – Densborn||15||+23 / −67|
|54||Densborn – Kyllburg||11||+25 / −59|
|75||Kyllburg – Erdorf||6||+146 / −186|
|81||Erdorf – Hüttingen||6||+87 / −98|
|87||Hüttingen – Speicher (train station)||9||+13 / −60|
|96||Speicher (station) – Kordel||15||+82 / −98|
|111||Cordel – Ehrang||8||+14 / −26|
|119||Ehrang – Trier||11||+11 / −4|
Landscape and culture
View of Stadtkyll
Church of the Redeemer in Gerolstein
Lissingen castle near Gerolstein
Routing next to the railway track in the Kyll Tunnel
Kyll shortly before it flows into the Moselle
City centre Trier
The Kyll forms in the Zitterwald from three source streams near Losheimergraben on the German-Belgian border. One of the source streams rises in the Belgian part of the village Losheimergraben, namely in the cellar of the hotel Schröders. The first kilometres the Kyll flows through the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia. Afterwards it reaches the territory of the federal state Rhineland-Palatinate, which it does not leave again until it flows into the Moselle. In the upper part, the Kylltal forms the natural border between Zitterwald and the snowy Eifel to the south. The cycle route leads, seen from the source, first through the northern Eifel with its dams and lakes. Then it reaches the volcanic Eifel, shaped by the elemental forces, and finally the southern Eifel with its typical orchard meadows and rugged rock formations of the Bitburger Gutland. In the lower reaches it impresses with an almost untouched floodplain landscape.
Places of interest
- Kronenburg: The village with its castle ruins as well as the reservoir which was built as a flood retention basin for the Kyll and serves as a recreation and leisure water.
- Jünkerath: The Jünkerath Iron Museum documents the history of the Eifel iron industry since the 15th century.
- Birgel: Historic water mill with cutting, oil and mustard mill and schnapps distillery.
- Hillesheim: Hillesheim has a historic town centre and a well-preserved and restored town wall from the 13th century. The city wall is accessible via a battlement.
- Gerolstein: The Kasselburg with the “Eagle and Wolf Park Kasselburg”, where free flight exercises of golden eagles and falcons are shown. The Church of the Redeemer, which was a gift from the Kirchenbauverein Berlin to Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Löwenburg as well as the Lissingen Castle and the Roman “Villa Sarabodis”. The natural history museum in the old town hall shows the eventful geological past of the region.
- Mürlenbach: Bertrada Castle.
- Kyllburg: With the Malberg Castle, built in Venetian Baroque style, the collegiate church and Kyllburg Castle. In the district of St. Thomas, the former Cistercian monastery of the same name.
- Speicher: Here, clay is still fired in Germany’s largest and oldest wood-fired kiln, while the local history museum provides information on the history of pottery in the region.
- Auw an der Kyll: pilgrimage church Maria Himmelfahrt.
- Trier: The city was founded more than 2000 years ago and claims the title of the oldest city in Germany. The Roman monuments in Trier, consisting of the amphitheatre, the Baths of St. Barbara, the Imperial Baths, the Constantine Basilica, the Porta Nigra, the Roman Bridge, the Igel Column, the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1986.
Connecting cycle paths
From Losheimergraben on the route of the former Vennquerbahn via Büllingen to Weywertz to the Vennbahnradweg.
From Bolsdorf, a district of Hillesheim, the Kalkeifel cycle path leads as a railway track to Ahrdorf in the Ahr valley. The Mineral Springs Route branches off from the Kalkeifel Cycle Route in Niederehe and connects to the Maare-Mosel Cycle Route via Daun. There is another cross connection to the Maare-Mosel cycle path to Wittlich, via the Wittlicher Senke cycle path, which starts only a few kilometres downstream in Schweich. In Gerolstein there is a connection to the Eifel-Ardennes cycle path which links St. Vith in Belgium and Adenau at the Nürburgring. Thus, together with the connecting paths, there is a cycling route which crosses the entire Eifel in a north-easterly direction. With the connection to the Moselle cycle path, the Moselle run between Metz and Koblenz is accessible via cycle paths.
- List of long-distance cycle routes in Germany
- List of cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate
Rail and bus connections
The station closest to the Kyll source is Dahlem on the Eifel line Cologne – Trier or Koblenz. From here to Kronenburg it is about 10 km and to the Kyll-Ursprung at Losheimergraben it is about 23 km. The connecting section from Dahlem to Kronenburg is signposted as a valley route.
If you choose the route directly in the direction of the estuary, you will reach Jünkerath in approx. 6 km. Then the railway station of Jünkerath, as the next station of the Eifel route, offers itself as a starting point. The Eifel route then runs alongside the track to Trier. In Trier there is also a connection to the Moselle line to Koblenz, which is served every hour.
On the Kaisersesch – Daun – Gerolstein line of the former Eifelquerbahn, rail buses and refurbished passenger trains of the Vulkan-Eifel-Bahn (VEB) operated from 2000 to 2012. However, the operation in two-hour intervals was limited to the season from May to October on weekends and holidays. A resumption of services is currently being discussed, but is controversial due to the high refurbishment costs (as of May 2015).
The “Regioradler Vulkaneifel” RegioLine 500 bus route runs daily from 1 April to 1 November between Cochem on the Moselle and Gerolstein in the Vulkaneifel, also connecting Ulmen and Daun along the way. This bus line has room for 22 bicycles.
- ADFC regional map Eifel / Mosel. 1:75.000. 1st edition. Bielefelder Verlag, 2006, ISBN 3-87073-391-8.
- Cycling atlas “Southern Eifel” – between the Ardennes and the Volcanic Eifel. 1:75.000. Publisher Esterbauer, ISBN 978-3-85000-269-1.
Wikivoyage: Kylltal Cycle Route– Travel guide
- Kylltag Cycle Route In: OpenStreetMap
- Map and GPS data In: www.eifel.info. Eifel Tourismus GmbH.
- Pictures from the bike path. In: www.achim-bartoschek.de. Bahntrassenradeln.
- Radwanderland.de Retrieved November 2011
- Kyll-Radweg (on adfc-tourenportal.de)(Memento from February 5, 2018 in the Internet Archive)
- Kyll cycle path at www.eifel.info
- Children’s cycle path, retrieved 4 February 2018
- Children’s cycle path in the Eifel at www.adfc.de, retrieved 4 February 2018
- Route of the Vennquerbahn Kyll cycle path between Jünkerath and Losheim is opened Köl ner Stadt-Anzeiger, 29 April 2015, retrieved 4 February 2018
- The Kylltalradweg on the former railway line Jünkerath – Weywertz Eifelzeitung of 3 May 2015, retrieved on 4 February 2018
- RegioRadler Vulkaneifel, retrieved 4 February 2018