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Traumpfad Waldseepfad Rieden

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  • Erfrischung am Waldsee Rieden
    Erfrischung am Waldsee Rieden
    Photo: Traumpfade im Rhein-Mosel-Eifel-Land

Sleepy valleys, peaceful sections of forest, combined with fantastic views of the volcanic landscape. Highlights are the Rieden Forest Lake and a great 360° panorama from the viewing platform of the Gänsehals Tower.

Distance 14.1 km
4:30 h
464 m
464 m
574 m
360 m

Highlights at Traumpfad

  • Idyllic Rieden Forest Lake
  • Rehbach valley
  • Climb to the Gänsehals with the transmission tower and a panoramic view over the Eifel and up to the Rhine
  • Small Eifel village of Rieden with its mineral spring with acidulous water
  • Gänsehals Hut with phenomenal view

Author’s recommendation

 Wer auf einer kürzeren Wanderung die Region erkunden möchte, dem empfehlen wir das Traumpfädchen Riedener Seeblick.

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Nicole Pfeifer
Update: March 29, 2023
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
574 m
Lowest point
360 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 11.86%Dirt road 27.30%Forested/wild trail 47.95%Path 12.74%Unknown 0.13%
1.7 km
Dirt road
3.9 km
Forested/wild trail
6.8 km
1.8 km
0 km
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Rest stops

Hotel-Restaurant Eifler Seehütte

Safety information

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

Tourist-Info Laacher See, Tel.: +49 (0)2636/19433, info@vulkanregion-laacher-see.de, www.vulkanregion-laacher-see.de

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



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56745 Rieden Am Waldsee, Parkplatz Waldsee (361 m)
50.389454, 7.164025
50°23'22.0"N 7°09'50.5"E
32U 369491 5583544


56745 Rieden Am Waldsee, Parkplatz Waldsee

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts along the idyllic bank of the Rieden Forest Lake before going along the Rehbach brook to Rieden. Past a mineral spring with acidulous water, through Rieden and into the forest along a natural footpath. A pleasant forest path leads hardly noticeably uphill, sometimes beneath flapping branches, sometimes beneath a rustling roof of leaves, into a majestic forest cathedral of beech trees. One section over wide pastureland reveals a view of the transmission tower of the Gänsehals.

The trail continues as a serpentine path winding very much uphill through dense coniferous forest. Going a short way along the edge of the field and along a magical forest path in a grove of pine trees the trail arrives at the transmission tower that is always open and rewards the climb to the top with a fantastic 360° panorama view of the volcanic Eifel and the Newied basin. The descent goes first through mixed forest, then across open fields to the Gänsehals Hut with its phenomenal view.

At the nearby hiker car park the path climbs up to the “Maifeld View” and then straight ahead into the forest. Here the last highlight of the tour is waiting: the trail goes through the middle of a field of rocks, stones and imposing blocks of rock in a deciduous forest. Then it continues in lively change between forest and open meadows, always with new views towards Nette valley and Kirchwald, and then it finally descends to the Rieden Forest Lake.

Public transport

Destination stop: Rieden, Waldsee

Line 399 FreizeitBus: Mayen - Rieden - Maria Laach - Nickenich - Andernach - Namedy (01.04. to 01.11.)

Line 820 Mayen Ost Bf. - Rieden - Kempenich




By road

A61 Exit Wehr, towards Adenau/Kempenich - B412 on the right towards Wehr/Rieden - at L114 to the left, through Rieden to Waldsee (car park signposted) - 56745 Rieden, Am Waldsee


56745 Rieden, Am Waldsee

56745 Rieden, car park Kirmesplatz (Kirchstraße)

56745 Bell, hiker car park Gänsehals


50.389454, 7.164025
50°23'22.0"N 7°09'50.5"E
32U 369491 5583544
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Traumpfade & Traumpfädchen Band  2: Die 19 besten Premium-Rundwanderungen in der Vordereifel, Ulrike Poller & Wolfgang Todt ISBN: 978-3-934342-61-3 
  • 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

Questions and answers

Question from Ifi O. · August 14, 2021 · Community
Kann man in dem See auch schwimmen? Wir würden die wandern Tour gerne kombinieren.
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Answered by Jörg Traser  · August 14, 2021 · Community
Baden im Waldsee Rieden ist möglich.
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Katharina Flotow
September 04, 2022 · Community
Wieder einmal ein sehr schöner Traumpfad in der Eifel. Hier fand ich die Wege teilweise nicht so naturbelassen wie bei vielen anderen Traumpfaden, jedoch kann dieser Weg mit zahlreichen tollen Aussichten punkten. Zudem ist der Waldsee sehr zu empfehlen. Man kann dort schwimmen gehen, mit seinem SUP oder Kanu seine Runden drehen und direkt am See ist ein empfehlenswertes Restaurant gelegen. Etwas teuer, aber bei der Location aber auch verständlich. Minuspunkt beim Parkplatz. Der ist nämlich nur gegen Gebühr zu benutzen.
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When did you do this route? September 02, 2022
Sandra N
August 21, 2022 · Community
Schöne und abwechslungsreiche Tour. Ich würde mir jedoch mehr Pfadanteil wünschen.
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When did you do this route? August 21, 2022
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14.1 km
4:30 h
464 m
464 m
Highest point
574 m
Lowest point
360 m
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