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Traumpfad Höhlen- und Schluchtensteig

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  • Durch die Trasshöhlen
    Durch die Trasshöhlen
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Mighty cliffs, tuff caves waiting to be explored, a jungle atmosphere in the Wolf’s Pit with its unique waterfall and bubbling springs at the wayside; impressive alternating sleepy brook valleys and panorama views.

Distance 12.4 km
3:30 h
405 m
405 m
328 m
116 m

Highlights at Traumpfad 

  • Panoramic views “Schöne Aussicht” (Beautiful View) and “Schweppenburgblick” (Schweppenburg View)
  • Viaduct for the volcano express
  • Tuff walls of the Lake Laacher volcano
  • Tuff caves
  • Ruins of the Tönisstein monastery
  • Idyllic brook valleys
  • Unspoilt Wolf’s Dell with its waterfall
  • Bubbling mineral springs at the side of the path

Author’s recommendation

  • The road is currently very busy, especially on weekends and holidays. We recommend that you switch to weekdays (Mon-Fri) if possible.
  • If the parking lot Bergwege is full, please use the parking lot in Andernach-Kell (Pöntertalstraße). From here there is a marked access road to the Traumpfad. Parking along the county road (K58) is strictly prohibited. Please understand that parking along the county road considerably impairs agriculture.
  • Please check whether it is possible to travel by public transport and refrain from using your own car.


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Update: March 28, 2023
Highest point
328 m
Lowest point
116 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Hotel Burgklause GmbH
Seehotel Maria Laach VCH
Vulkan Waldfrieden am Laacher See

Safety information

In some passages surefootedness and a head for heights is required. The trail should not be hiked in icy conditions.


Safety guidance – stay safe whilst hiking on the Traumpfade/Traumpfädchen

Hikers like narrow pathways, unspoilt natural trails (leading over the forest floor, across the grass or alongside streams) and rocky climbs which lead to spectacular views. It goes without saying that particular care should be exercised when taking such routes.

Things to bear in mind when preparing for your hike 

  • Wear proper clothing that is appropriate to the weather conditions and that will protect you against the cold and the wet or the heat and the sun.
  • Schedule suitable breaks during your hike and make sure that you conserve energy.
  • Take sufficient liquids with you. Establishments selling refreshments are not available everywhere.
  • When hiking on the Traumpfade, please wear appropriate hiking boots which provide a sufficient foothold on slippery, steep, rocky and uneven paths.
  • If you do not feel that you are able to negotiate certain parts of the route, then you should avoid such sections or else turn back. Natural pathways may become muddy and treacherous, especially in unfavourable weather.
  • In autumn in particular, please remember that leaves lying on the ground may be concealing bumps, routes, stones or holes in the path.
  • You will need to expect route impairments of this kind if you are intending to undertake a hike.
  • Before setting out, visit https://www.traumpfade.info/traumpfade/wege-status/ in order to find out whether the route you intend to hike is closed or whether diversions are in place. Construction works, timber felling or other disruptions may also be planned.
  • Recommended hiking season: April to October



Tips and hints

Andernach.net, Tel.:  +49 (0)2632/9879480, info@andernach.net, www.andernach-tourismus.de

Projektbüro Traumpfade, Tel.: +49 (0)261/108419, info@traumpfade.info, www.traumpfade.info



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56626 Andernach-Kell car park Bergwege (on the K 57) (327 m)
50.436406, 7.297884
50°26'11.1"N 7°17'52.4"E
32U 379125 5588538


56626 Andernach-Kell car park Bergwege (on the K 57)

Turn-by-turn directions

Directly after the start at the car park near the K57, the first panoramic view is revealed in the direction of Pöntertal. Field footpaths lead through the wide plain revealing again and again new views, past gnarled fruit trees to the descent down to the idyllic Krayerbach valley. Billowing reeds and huge hedges line the way down to Kryermühle (Kryer Mill). Watercourses accompany the hiker down to the deeply carved Pönterbach valley. And soon the path goes steeply upwards to the refuge hut, and shortly afterwards, a detour to the viewpoint “Schweppenburgblick”. The further course of the trail is characterised by lovely views of the volcanic landscape.

The path, now called the Hermanns-Löns-Pfad, continues along a rock slope steeply downwards to the Jägerheim Inn (closed Inn). Here the path goes under the mighty viaduct, over a meadow through man-high walkable tuff caves. Tuff walls and the remains of the Tönisstein monastery can be discovered at the side of the path before it enters the Wolf’s Dell. Fantastic rock formations, jungle atmosphere, bubbling springs in the brook’s bed, and even a waterfall can be seen here.

The way continues on the L113 long the edge of the forest, slightly uphill to the Roman spring, where water containing CO2 and having a slight smell of sulphur bubbles out of it. The path curves into a tranquil side valley, past another bubbling spring, and then left along an uphill forest path on to an alpine plateau that reveals the impressive “Siebengebirgsblick”. Soon the starting point is reached.

Public transport

Destination stop: Kell, mountain trails (from Andernach train station)

Line 310 (direction Dorfplatz Plaidt) to Eich, Dorfplatz - from Eich, Dorfplatz Line 312 (direction Wassenach, Unterdorf)

Destination stop: Kell, village square (from Andernach train station)

Line: 310 RegioBus: Plaidt-Kruft/Kell - Nickenich -Eich - Andernach station Lohmannstrasse

Destination stop: Jägerheim (from Brohl train station)

Line: 808 Brohl-Burgbrohl-Niederlützingen-Brohl

Destination stop: Jägerheim (from the train station, Brohltalstraße, Niederzissen)

Line: 807 Wassenach



Destination stop: Bad Toenisstein train station / Jägerheim

Brohltalbahn "Vulkan-Express" (daily except Monday)



By road

A 61 Exit Niederzissen - B 412 in the direction of Brohl-Lützing/Burgbrohl/Bad Breisig - via the L113 on the K58 to Kell - Laacher Road (K 57) up to the car park


56626 Andernach-Kell, car park Bergwege (on the K 57)

56626 Andernach-Kell, Bürgerhaus car park (Pöntertalstraße)


50.436406, 7.297884
50°26'11.1"N 7°17'52.4"E
32U 379125 5588538
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Traumpfade & Traumpfädchen Band  1: Die 18 besten Premium-Rundwanderungen an Rhein und Mosel, Ulrike Poller & Wolfgang Todt ISBN: 978-3-942779-64-7
  • 27 Premium-Rundwege Traumpfade, Jubiläumsausgabe 10 Jahre Traumpfade,  Ulrike Poller & Wolfgang Todt, ISBN: 978-3-942779-43-2


Sturdy shoes are recommended for the tour!

You can find trail closures at: https://www.traumpfade.info/traumpfade/wege-status/


Related Events

10/15, 11:00 AM–4:30 PM
Pre-registration required
Event Organizer: Tourist-Information Andernach | Source: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land

Questions and answers

Question from E K · October 15, 2021 · Community
Hallo, ist die gesamte Strecke wieder offen?
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Answered by Gerhard Meyer · October 15, 2021 · Community
Hallo ich bin die Strecke lange nicht mehr gegangen deshalb kann ich dir keine positive Antwort geben liebe Grüße
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Question from Ni Bo · June 08, 2021 · Community
Hallo. Gibt es im Moment Einkehrmöglichkeiten und Toiletten an der Wanderroute?
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Answered by Heinz Wescher  · June 08, 2021 · Community
Ja, unten im Tal durch das die Tour läuft gibt es im Bereich der Höhlen und dem Parkplatz ein Ausflugslokal.
Question from Helmut Ebelt · October 11, 2020 · Community
Hallo, könnten Sie mir sagen, ob der Weg noch gesperrt ist ? Stand 24.09.2020 in der Beschreibung. Vielen Dank!
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Answered by Gerd Meyer  · October 11, 2020 · Community
Hallo bin den Weg lange nicht mehr gegangen Kann leider nichts dazu sagen Lg Gerd
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Bubu Schleicher
June 02, 2023 · Community
Der Weg hätte, würden wir nur die coolen Trasshöhlen und die schöne Schlucht mit dem Wasserfall bewerten, hätte er 5 Sterne verdient. Leider müssen wir wegen der vielen breiten und langweiligen.(teilweise sogar geschottert) "Straßen" und Feldwegen, aber 2 Sterne abziehen. Das sind keine Pfade, wie der Name suggeriert. Es müssen sogar mehrere Autostraßen überquert werden. Der Gang durch die Schlucht wird leider durch die naheliegende Straße (Autolärm) arg gestört.🥴
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12.4 km
3:30 h
405 m
405 m
Highest point
328 m
Lowest point
116 m
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