Enjoy the calming and inspiring aura of sacral buildings. The special architecture of churches and abbeys creates an unusual atmosphere that gives you space for spirituality, faith and reflection.
There it lies, enfolded in nature, the Cistercian Abbey of Himmerod. This abbey, which was founded as early as the 12th Century, radiates a special spiritual energy. Feel this wellspring of confidence in the church and just cast aside your sorrows, fears and worries in prayer – a liberating experience. Here you will find peace, find your way back to renewed strength and confidence
The monastery is situated in the Salmtal (Salm Valley) on the southern slopes of the Eifel, the western part of the Rhenish Schiefergebirge (Schale Mountains). It is surrounded by woodland, valleys and hills and picturesque little towns and villages. Close by is the Mosel valley with its vineyards. Here you can enjoy deep rest. Hustle and bustle, noise and stress remain outside the thick monastery walls. Whoever comes here finds his inner centre and inner calm.... read more
The little chapel has something enchanted about it, watching so peacefully as it does over the edge of the maar. Mysterious tales have grown up around this place. Once upon a time in the place where the Weinfelder Maar now stands a castle is said to have stood. One day, when the lord of the castle returned from the hunt, the castle had sunk into the maar – in punishment for the wickedness of his lady. Only the couple’s child was found floating unharmed in a cradle by the shore and was the lord’s only consolation. Legend has it that, when the light is right, the battlements of the castle can still be seen shimmering beneath the surface of the water. Weinfeld church by the water’s edge once belonged the village of that name, which fell victim to the plague in the 16th Century.
Today, they say, anyone who pulls on the ropes inside the chapel and so makes the bells ring, can make a wish. Try it and see!
This special pilgrimage church is situated in the little village of Driesch, which belongs to the parish of Lutzerath. The church was built there as early as the second half of the 15th Century. Mater Dolorosa was designed in the Late Gothic style with an impressive octagonal central pillar. However, it is the impressive Altar of Sorrows that attracts the eye. This baroque altar, which is decorated all over with elaborate carvings, depicts the story of Christ’s passion. Vine stems, angels’ heads and the details of the landscape are impressive. Not much is known about the making of the altar – it is believed to have been made in more than 30 years of painstaking work by a cabinet-maker from a village nearby.
So you want to explore churches and houses of worship by bicycle? Then take to the Eifel Pilgrims Cycleway, which runs from Himmerod Abbey to the place of pilgrimage Klausen. As well as the Cistercian abbey where the journey starts, the Eifel Pilgrims Cycleway also runs past the Fintenkapelle Bergweiler (Bergweiler Finten Chapel) and the St. Martin-Kirche (St. Martin’s Church) in Dreis, from where it continues on to the Burgkapelle (castle chapel) in Esch and the Klausener Wallfahrtskirche "Maria Heimsuchung" (Klausen Visitation of Mary Pilgrimage Church).