The Battle of Hürtgenwald was a rare Allied Defeat on the Western Front in WWII. Unlike other failed campaigns such as Market Garden or Kasserine Pass, the Battle of Hürtgenwald was a devastating meat grinder. The Kall Valley formed the initial assault vector for the allied attack. The steep hills and inclement weather created immense difficulties for Allied Forces. This hike combines the beautiful natural landscape of the Eifel with the traces of this devastating conflict.
The Battle of Hürtgenwald was a rare Allied Defeat on the Western Front in WWII. The critical losses suffered in this campaign were enabled by the German fortification of rugged and inaccessible terrain. This same terrain has also largely preserved the Battlefield today, with traces of the conflict evident throughout the forest.
The Westwall or the Siegfried Line was Nazi Germany's last ditched effort to defend its core territory. For political reasons, the defensive works were dismantled after the war, and only a few sections are preserved today. This hike takes you through the best-preserved section of the Westwall.
This is less of a hike and more of a guided tour. Blankenberg is a remarkable Sieg Valley village with a beautifully preserved old town and castle ruins. The traces of the medieval village, which today is an empty field, makes it even more interesting. The surrounding valley is all beautiful, make sure to check out the local dairy farm and monastery.
The Ennepetal is one of the most picturesque corners of the Wuppertal. The ancient monastery church rising above the lake, surrounded by slate-covered houses and dense woodlands, conjures up a fairytale-like atmosphere. This hike takes you along the Ennep River as it flows into the Wupper. Along the way is a long history of industrialization, from the early exploitation of the waterways for power to the full mass production of fabric. Make sure to stop at the museums and industrial heritage sites along the way.