Fairytales Come True in the Spectacular Region of Eifel
The spectacular Eifel region is a highland plateau that extends between the Mosel and Rhine Rivers in western Germany.
The diverse terrain varies from the Hohe Acht mountain peak at 2,451 feet to the troughs and valleys below. The area boasts a number of beech and pine forests and is part of the Eifel National Park system.
The historic location is favored among photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are plenty of interesting destinations to visit and explore.
Fans of architecture, castles and history must take the time to visit the magical Eltz Castle. The fortress stands on a massive rocky plateau overlooking a heavily forested valley. Guided tours take guests through the expansive interior to see original medieval décor and furnishings that include elaborate tapestries. Collections also include traditional armor, weaponry and Chinese porcelain.
Other tour highlights include the master bedroom painted to resemble the outdoors. The immense fireplace is decorated with a tapestry and the bed curtains are gold. The space also features a chapel and a bathroom with a toilet flushes using rainwater.
The fairy-tale like villages feature communities completely surrounded by stone walls that were constructed for protection hundreds of years ago. The homes and shops feature iconic half-timbered construction. The streets are made of cobblestone. Venture through the city gates. Stroll along the wall and become immersed in local history.
Animal lovers enjoy driving through the Wild-& Erlebnispark Daun. The park is located within a lush forest and cares for a variety of animals viewed while driving along the designated path. Some locations allow visitors to leave their vehicles and feed the animals that are safely housed in enclosures.
Otherwise, the majority of domestic and wildlife roam freely about the property. The many animal species living here include Berber monkeys, bison, deer, emus, meerkats, wild boar and wild horses. Many of the animals equate vehicles with food and are not shy about approaching guests.
Outdoor recreation fans enjoy hiking or cycling along one of the many trails found in Eifel National Park. The conservation area is known to have the largest population of wild felines in the Central European region. From April through October, guests might also take a boat ride from the park to Einruhr. Guided and self-guided walks take visitors through majestic forests along rivers and shimmering lakes. See unusual and colorful sandstone formations looming over grasslands and wildflower-covered valleys.
Tour the Bitburger Brewery and learn the processes involved in making the famous pilsner beer. The facility provides guided tours that explore the company's history. Venture through the factory where the brewing process is explained and demonstrated. Relax in the lounge and sample one of the locally crafted beers.
Anyone planning a scenic trip to western Germany should consider reserving a holiday home in Eifel. Enjoy your stay surrounded in beautiful surroundings and an abundance of privacy.
The many available homes vary in size and amenities. Perhaps spend an evening in front of a roaring fire in a wood-burning fireplace or, relax in a private spa. The options are many.