With its thick walls and tall towers the remaining ruin is an impressive sight amid the volcanic landscape. For all fans of motor sort a stopover at the famous Eifel race-track, the Nürburgring, is worthwhile. Fans of motor sport regularly race round the traditional Nordschleife (North Loop) there.
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Although you have a few metres to climb on the way from Adenau to Nürburg, afterwards you can enjoy a valley run down to Rothenbach.
Past Kelberg and Gunderath comes the next major feature: the youngest of the Eifel’s maars, the Ulmener Maar, offers the chance of a natural experience in idyllic surroundings. Spend some moments in an unspoiled natural setting at this place of peace and quiet. Also worth a short detour is the castle ruin in Ulmen.
You then pedal leisurelily along through charming villages as far as Driesch, where a cultural stopover is recommended: the Wallfahrtskirche Mater Dolorosa (Mater Dolorosa Pilgrimage Church) houses an impressive gem of the cabinet-maker’s art, the three-tiered Bitter-Leidens-Altar (Altar of Sorrow).
Via Lutzerath and Kennfus you reach Bad Bertrich near the Mosel. Here, at the end of your cycling trip, take some time out in Bad Bertrich’s Volcanic Eifel thermal bath, Germany’s only Glauber’s salt thermal bath.
The Vulkan-Rad-Route takes you 77 kilometres past the Eifel’s hot spots. This demanding ride calls for a good condition and enjoyment of the continuous changes of gradient from the Ahr through HealthLand Eifel down to the Moseltal (Mosel Valley). The trail is suitable for both long-distance and touring cycling.