Come and spend the most beautiful weeks of the year in this enchanting wooded valley in the Eifel mountains. And don’t be afraid you’ll grow lazy – as soon as your body is rested and your strength renewed, you’ll find your curiosity and interest kindled. You’ll start to wonder, “What discoveries await me here?” “What is there to do in the mountains and in Bad Münstereifel?” “What’s of interest in the surrounding areas?”
Sebastian Kneipp and his Kneipp cure.
Any discussion of relaxation in Bad Münstereifel would be incomplete without a mention of the Kneipp cure. The Kneipp cure was invented by Sebastian Kneipp, a German priest, in 1929. In its 100-year history it has been continuously refined and improved to keep pace with the achievements of modern medicine. His motto: “the rejuvenation of the body, mind, and spirit,” – his goal: “to bring all three of these components into harmony.” Life-giving water, wholesome food, vigorous exercise, and thermal hydrotherapy are the building blocks of health that will bring order to your thoughts and emotions, while renewing your body and soul. The natural surroundings here have provided everything you need for a total spa experience. The forests and parks at the spa are quiet and space is available for sports and recreation, as well as pools for water and thermal treatments – all of which will instill you with vitality and health. At each step you will feel loved and cared for. As you relax in this incomparably lovely corner of the world, in an atmosphere of complete harmony and environmental purity, you will breathe the refreshing mountain air and enjoy the velvety mineral water and delicious Mosel wine.
Hiking. Sports. Fishing.
The opportunities for recreation are endless, and appropriate for all tastes and generations. And your discoveries will begin as soon as you leave the city – 200 kilometers of hiking trails await you. If you enjoy walking or jogging, you have free access to nine different routes, totaling 80 kilometers in length, belonging to local fitness clubs. Or perhaps you are interested in archery? That’s available as well. Play tennis or badminton, try out a game of golf or putt-putt, or head for your favorite fishing spot. Love cycling? Then let loose on the local mountain roads – there are ten of them, all with special check points and signs to direct you along different routes from 15 to 70 kilometers in length, with different levels of difficulty.
The biggest aquatic attraction for true lovers of water therapy is the Eifelbad. For just five euros a day, you can enjoy swimming, water massage, thermal treatments, and a 122-meter water slide that’s sure to delight the children. But this is hardly the only choice for water sports. Just a ten-minute drive away is an artificial mountain lake (the Steinbachtalsperre). This extraordinarily picturesque spot is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. Here you can sunbathe, swim, leap into the water from a trampoline, and play table tennis and volleyball. A large restaurant, with its own brewery, is located conveniently right on the shore – a real treat for the whole family.
Hang gliding at the Wershofen airfield
Want to feel like a real flying ace? Here’s your chance to get a bird’s eye view of the Eifel mountains. Hang gliders take to the skies and can soar as silently as birds. The Wershofen airfield has been here for over 50 years, and its pilots are of the highest caliber. They will make your flight one to savor forever.
The open-air museum at Kommern
This is one of the biggest open-air museums in Europe. Historic rural homes are spread out across 95 hectares of land, where you will discover a variety of rustic farms, a blacksmith’s shop, a school, a bakery, water mills, and windmills. Everything is designed to introduce you to the everyday life of late 15th-century peasants. Sample some authentic country bread from a wood-fired oven, or visit the zoo – children love the geese, chickens, horses, deer, wild boar, goats, and donkeys. The museum is home to many species of animals that are currently endangered.
Enjoy beautiful hillsides covered with vineyards, cozy restaurants, and wine that can provide you with pleasure well into your golden years. German wines are light, elegant, and aristocratic, with a low alcohol content. You can arrange a wine excursion and try red wines from Ahr and white wines from the Rhineland and Mosel.
The Effelsberg radio telescope
Until 2000, the Effelsberg radio telescope was the largest fully steerable telescope on Earth. Resembling a large, delicate teacup, the telescope is nestled in a hollow amid the mountains, in the village of Effelsberg. It is mounted on a platform with rail tracks, allowing it to quickly change position. The telescope belongs to the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.
The Roman lime kiln (Kalkbrennerei)
In the neighboring hamlet of Iversheim lies an interesting archaeological monument – a Roman lime kiln. The kiln was discovered by chance when water pipes were being laid in the 1960s. To verify that it really was a lime kiln, one of the ovens was renovated and tested. The experiment was a success and this confirmed the archaeologists’ theories about the oven’s original use. Now you too can visit this ancient lime factory.