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Glamping allows travelers to enjoy all the camping activities but with the comfort of a real home. Glamping has grown in popularity in recent years, as more and more people wish to travel around the world, but also want to decrease the impact they leave on our world. This type of accommodation is more sustainable and lets you relax and enjoy a holiday without leaving a big footprint behind. If you want to experience a “greener” stay and support the environment by opting for a more eco-friendly accommodation, our glamping options will serve your needs. Located in the beautiful German region of Eifel, these lodges offer its visitors a chance to dive into the quiet meadows. Parts of the range to the north were proclaimed as Eifel National Park in 2004. Many rivers, streams, lakes and dams cross the region and create a beautiful contrast to the dense dark forests.
The region’s name comes from a low mountain range that covers parts of western Germany and Eastern Belgium. Two rivers – the Moselle and the Rhine – create a natural regional border in Germany. The specific shape of the area is due to volcanic activity in the distant past, also leaving behind many crater lakes left for us to explore.
These lakes have a specific name – “maars” or “maare” in German. The term is actually derived from the Latin word for “sea. The unique characteristic of these lakes is their shape – the eruption of highly pressurized water has created an almost perfectly round lake with a little overflow making it look like a key from a bird’s eye. Over the centuries, more than 70 lakes have been documented, however nowadays only a few have left, while the others have dried out.
Eifel is also known as the home to some of the most beautiful small towns in Germany and castles from the Middle Ages. However, it is not busy with tourists, mainly because it is a rather rural region, without metropolitan areas to attract visitors. Agriculture and farming are the main economic activities here, making Eifel a little heaven among the otherwise busy German territories. In the small and lovely towns, the largest buildings are usually the catholic churches and each is unique on its own.
Generally, this region can provide for a wonderful vacation for nature enthusiasts, as well as for adventure seekers or those who simply want to relax in peace and take in the crisp mountain air.
If you are travelling with children, or you yourself enjoy watching wildlife animals in their natural habitat, then head for the Wildlife Park in Daun. This park is a drive-through one, but it is definitely worth the trip. There are parking spots along the narrow road, where you can stop and even feed some of the animals. There is also a monkey enclosure, but don’t worry it’s not a cage, rather an enclosed 6-hectare reserve for the Berber monkeys. For birdwatchers, there is also a bird exhibition area. You can spot many species around here – deer, lamas, wild horses and even pigs, who might even chase after your car. The whole park is an unforgettable experience for anyone stepping foot in it.
For those who prefer to explore by foot, Eifel has many trails to choose from – the National Park has more than 200 km of paths open to visitors. Wasserland trail is a route specifically for water landscape viewing. On this route you will see the beautiful panoramas of the Obersee and the Urft lakes and the impressive dam on the latter. This route is a circuit one and goes for almost 17 kilometers, however it can be shortened by going for a boat ride across the lake – a spectacular experience. There are also plenty of picnic possibilities in the region, so you can turn this 4.5 h trip into a whole day on and around the lake shore.
The famous Eifelsteig trail – a long distance hiking trail (313 km) – connects Aachen (city) to Trier (city). The trail passes through one of the biggest pieces of highland moor throughout the continent, intact by humans. Subsequently, it continues through parts of the Eifel National park and the Volcanic Eifel territories and ends in Trier, but not before passing through its famous red sandstone rock formations. Don’t let the 300-kilometers-long trail scare you, because the Germans have thoughtfully divided it into 15 stages of different lengths (up to 30 km per day).
If you wish to really escape from reality and get lost on the streets of a small picturesque German town, then go straight to Monreal. This little gem is very quiet and calm, as even the small number of tourists in the region prefer to go for the more popular town of Monschau. Dive into the idyllic life of the locals in a narrow valley of the Elz River. Most of the houses around here date from the Middle Ages and will be an especially interesting sight for those of you who are into architecture. Some of these homes have been owned for centuries by the same kin and if they are willing to, they can tell you many interesting stories of historic and cultural value for the town of Monreal. In the heights above the town, two castle ruins overlook and keep the town safe as the legends say.
Of course, in this region we already mentioned the existence of castles, but one of our most favorite throughout Europe as a whole is the Burg Elz (Elz Castle). Located on a high and very steep rock, surrounded by dense woods in the valley of river Elz, this castle is perfectly isolated from anything happening in the outside world. This is also one of the castles that offers a tour of the interior – a must see for the preserved medieval furniture, as other similar castles have been destroyed at some point and their interior designs are not the authentic pieces. For those who love to relax, visit the Vulkaneifel area. There you can enjoy all the benefits of swimming in thermal waters and breathing its vapors, especially for the respiratory system.