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.
Hike: Lindenfels Loop
Lindenfels was once an important outpost of the Electoral Palatinate in the Odenwald. However, as the region declined in economic importance, so did the castle. Though it was not destroyed, the Electors had the fortifications scrapped and sold for building materials to fund projects elsewhere. This hike takes you through some of the beautiful Odenwald landscapes up to the ruins of the Lindenfels castle, and back to the start.
Hike: Battle of Hürtgenwald – Valley of Death
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.
Hike: Fragments of the Westwall
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.
Hike: The Ancient Ahr Road
This hike takes you up the beginning of the Ahr Valley from Sinzig to Bad Neuenahr. This stretch was once part of the ancient Imperial Coronation Road, from Frankfurt to Aachen. Until the end of the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperor would journey up to Aachen before or after being crowned emperor.