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Trail on the rocks (Felsenweg 1)

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Distance
13.25 mi
Elevation gain
2,110 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
2,110 ft
Max elevation
1,128 ft
TrailRank 
76 4.5
Min elevation
531 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
7 hours 42 minutes
Coordinates
1691
Uploaded
November 6, 2017
Recorded
November 2017
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near Echternach, Echternach (Lëtzebuerg)

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Itinerary description

This is a very cool trail. The area around Echternach and Irrel is known for its bizarre rock formations, and the Felsenweg showcases some of its best. There are, in fact, several Felsenwege, numbered one to six, providing hiking fun for several weeks.

This trail is technically not difficult, but it is a fairly tough hike (and rated 'hard' by some guides). With more than 21 km it is rather long , and continues with much up and down all the way. To cut it short would be a shame, as the interest keeps up till the very end. We therefore recommend to do it in its full length and glory. Take provisions and plan for the whole day.

One is, in any case, never tempted to speed along, as we have been on few hikes in the Eifel and Ardennes with so many photo opportunities - especially in autumn, with its colorful foliage. In summer, you may stop to observe rock climbers on some of the vertical walls and boulders.

Some of the trail's attractions incude: The Liborius Chapel with its wonderful view across Echternach, the Falkenlay (lay meaning rock), the castle of Weilerbach, the Geierslay, the Halsbaach valley, the Hohllay with its amphitheatre and caves, the Labyrinth, and the Wolfsschlucht (wolf's canyon).

The trail is generally well signposted and laid out. Almost all ascents and descents are aided by stone stairs, and some of the cliffs can be reached via iron ladders.

The absolute elevation of the trail is not very high - 162 meters the lowest point and 344 meters the highest. But you will cover a total of 650 meter elevation gain and loss during the hike, and your knees will notice it unless you regularly do this kind of stuff.

The first part of the trail is in Germany, the second part in Luxembourg ('DeLuxe'). On a Saturday in November, we were virtually alone on the German part, while the afternoon in Luxembourg was (justifiably) busy - but only around its main attractions.

There are several points where one can park the car and start the hike. Echternach is still the obvious trailhead because of its many cafes and restaurants. In summer, the Museum-cafe at Schloß Weilerbach would be a welcome rest-stop. Note our free trailhead parking in a residential street (other parking in Echternach may be time-limited).

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 415 ft

EF 01-Free Parking

PictographWaypoint Altitude 544 ft
Photo ofEF 02-Fork

EF 02-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 854 ft

EF 03-Pole

PictographWaypoint Altitude 864 ft

EF 04-Fork

PictographPanorama Altitude 1,048 ft
Photo ofEF 05-View1 Photo ofEF 05-View1 Photo ofEF 05-View1

EF 05-View1

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,050 ft

EF 06-View2

PictographReligious site Altitude 1,072 ft
Photo ofEF 07-Liborius Chapel

EF 07-Liborius Chapel

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,069 ft

EF 08-Fork to Cave

PictographCave Altitude 1,027 ft
Photo ofEF 09-Eremit's Cave Photo ofEF 09-Eremit's Cave

EF 09-Eremit's Cave

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,063 ft

EF 10-View3

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,037 ft
Photo ofEF 11-View4 Photo ofEF 11-View4 Photo ofEF 11-View4

EF 11-View4

PictographWaypoint Altitude 950 ft

EF 12-Intersection

PictographWaypoint Altitude 868 ft

EF 13-Bridge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 787 ft

EF 14-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 862 ft

EF 15-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 793 ft

EF 16-Bridge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 810 ft

EF 17-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 852 ft

EF 18-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 957 ft

EF 19-Intersection

PictographWaypoint Altitude 971 ft
Photo ofEF 20-Falkenlay Photo ofEF 20-Falkenlay Photo ofEF 20-Falkenlay

EF 20-Falkenlay

PictographWaypoint Altitude 989 ft

EF 21-Türkenkopf

PictographWaypoint Altitude 976 ft

EF 22-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 830 ft

EF 23-Intersection

PictographWaypoint Altitude 720 ft

EF 24-Alternative start and map

PictographCastle Altitude 0 ft
Photo ofEF 25-Schloß Weilerbach Photo ofEF 25-Schloß Weilerbach

EF 25-Schloß Weilerbach

PictographWaypoint Altitude 617 ft

EF 26-Intersection

PictographBridge Altitude 574 ft
Photo ofEF 27-Covered Bridge Photo ofEF 27-Covered Bridge

EF 27-Covered Bridge

PictographWaypoint Altitude 575 ft

EF 28-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 637 ft

EF 29-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 889 ft

EF 30-Intersection

PictographPanorama Altitude 1,083 ft
Photo ofEF 31-Geierslay Photo ofEF 31-Geierslay

EF 31-Geierslay

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,065 ft

EF 32-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,097 ft

EF 33-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,053 ft
Photo ofEF 34-Bridge and Fork

EF 34-Bridge and Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,093 ft

EF 35-Alternative Parking

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,126 ft

EF 36-Parking Hohllay

PictographCave Altitude 1,086 ft
Photo ofEF 37-Amphitheatre

EF 37-Amphitheatre

PictographCave Altitude 0 ft
Photo ofEF 38-Hohllay Caves Photo ofEF 38-Hohllay Caves Photo ofEF 38-Hohllay Caves

EF 38-Hohllay Caves

PictographWaypoint Altitude 936 ft

EF 39-Parking and info

PictographWaypoint Altitude 979 ft

EF 40-Labyrinth

PictographWaypoint Altitude 835 ft

EF 41-Bridge and Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 881 ft

EF 42-Fork

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,005 ft
Photo ofEF 43-Wolfsschlucht (Gorges de Loup) Photo ofEF 43-Wolfsschlucht (Gorges de Loup)

EF 43-Wolfsschlucht (Gorges de Loup)

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,088 ft

EF 44-Top of Wolfsschlucht

PictographPanorama Altitude 881 ft
Photo ofEF 45-View Photo ofEF 45-View

EF 45-View

Comments  (7)

  • Photo of Gams
    Gams Jan 13, 2018

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Langer, aber ausgesprochen schöner Trail. Schöne Ausblicke, bizarre Felsenformationen.

    Gut beschildert.

  • Photo of G.Andreew
    G.Andreew Aug 17, 2018

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Awesome hike, we had to stop at 15km because someone couldn't continue

  • Photo of mvaquerm
    mvaquerm Jun 28, 2019

    Hello, in two weeks time, I will travel to Luxembourg to visit the city and do a trekking. I have seen your route in wikiloc and it seems very interesting. Is it complicated to follow? I will carry the GPS but I wanted to know if the road and the orientation were good.
    I will spend a night in Ethernach.

    Thanks for sharing

  • Photo of Palmtreeproduction
    Palmtreeproduction Jul 2, 2019

    HI, the trail is well signposted. If you take - in addition . our GPS coordinates you will surely not get lost. The trail is very clear, even if at times rugged. Start early, as this is a rather long trail with a lot of up and down.

    Happy hiking!

  • Photo of mvaquerm
    mvaquerm Jul 20, 2019

    I loved it, I made the complete tour, following its track and I fell in love with the route.
    I am from Mallorca and the temperatures on the island are very high, and in Luxembourg it was 22 degrees, also for more than half the way it rained and I almost did not get wet, incredible.
    The journey through the rocks and caves, dreamy. Thank you very much for sharing this magnificent route through this wonderful fairytale country.
    regards

  • Photo of CuriousWanderer
    CuriousWanderer Jul 21, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Wonderful trail!

  • Photo of Anne Catherine Lorge
    Anne Catherine Lorge Oct 2, 2022

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Nous nous sommes inspirées de ce très belle itinéraire mais pour nous faciliter la tâche nous avons suivi la route E1 et ensuite la S1 qui sont très bien balisées. À 3 kms du camping Martbusch de Berdorf magnifique itinéraire mais avec un bon dénivelé et donc il faut le savoir

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