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    Mützenicher Venn – Fens of Mützenich

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    Close to the border to Belgium, there’s a part of the “Hohes Venn” (High Fens) which was renaturalised in the 1990s. For this, they did cut many spruces who had been planted earlier to get lumber . Also the drainage channels were closed, to bring back the moor. You here also find two palsa (in German “Palsen”), i.e. the remainders of hillocks from the ice age. There are several plates with information about the moor (in German, Dutch and French), and also a look-out tower.
    The path from the car park through the High Fens to the look-out tower is barrier-free, and it might even be possible for wheelchair users to take the larger of the two wooden walkways to the palsa, although some planks weren’t that well anymore.

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    Another viewpoint: the Steling

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    The Steling (659m) is the highest point in the district Aachen and lies at the long-distance hiking path “Eifelsteig”. Here, you’ll find a cross that was placed there by youth of the nearby village Mützenich. It’s called “Kreuz des Wachens” as each year girls and boys meet on Holy Thursday to hold a night watch.
    Nearby is another “Eifel-Blick”, i.e. a nice viewpoint. Typically you have a bench at a such “Eifel-Blick” which looks like a lying letter “E”. The view from there is nice, you have a 180°C panorama there and an information plate tells you what you can see in which direction.

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    „Kaiser Karls Bettstatt“ – Emperor Charles’ Bedste

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    This “Kaiser Karls Bettstatt” are just two quartzite rocks near Monschau-Mützenich next to the German-Belgian border. There’s an interesting legend around it that says that Charelemagne once slept on one of the large rocks when he got lost there. His servant was sleeping on the smaller rock. As it was a bit cold, the servant offered Charlemagne a cap, i.e. a “Mütze”, but Charlemagne didn’t want it and said “Mütze nicht” (no cap). That’s where the name of the village Mützenich comes from.

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    Viewpoint Perdsley

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    Perdsley is a rock and viewpoint north of Monschau-Rohren at the long-distance hiking path “Eifelsteig”. It’s one of the “Eifel-Blicke” that are nice signposted viewpoints in the Eifel region. For me that view wasn’t really special as you mainly see forest, but it’s still nice. I guess it’s much better in autumn with the coloured trees!
    It’s said that in earlier times, dead horses (“Perd”) have been thrown down the rock (“Ley”) to get rid of them, that’s where the name comes from.

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    Lourdes grotto

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    The Lourdes grotto was build 1903 and is found at the outskirts of the village Monschau-Rohren. It’s an artificial grotto, but nicely done. We had taken hiking trail 27, and the path from the old saw mill to the grotto just goes up, so we were really glad to finally have reached the grotto. It’s a nice place to rest, with several benches in front of the grotto.

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    Historical sawmill

    by himalia11 Written Aug 17, 2012
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    This “Historische Sägemühle” is not really an old sawmill, it actually was build 1955 after old plans and with some old pieces. Such mills already did exist about 400 to 500 years ago, and did exist at several places at the Rur river and other rivulets nearby. This rebuild sawmill is found in the Kluckbach valley near Monschau-Rohren. At that mill also is large picnic place.

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    Mustard mill

    by himalia11 Written Aug 15, 2012
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    Monschau is known for its mustard and there’s a mustard mill since 1882 which is still family-owned. You can visit the mill and we finally managed to do so during our second visit to Monschau. I was surprised that the room where they produce the mustard is so small, but production of mustard is straightforward: you take mustard flour and mix it with vinegar, salt and spices, and then let it rest. Afterwards, it’s grinded twice between two basalt lave stones. The result is a rather hot mustard, so they let it rest for a day or so in the open air. This then is the “Ur-Rezept”, the classic one. But they also produce other types, like mustard with garlic, with curry, or with Riesling wine. The ingredients for these are mixed with the classic mustard then.
    During your visit, you’ll get information about the history of mustard and the production in Monschau and you’ll learn how the production is working. They will show you the live production process with the grinding, and you can look and smell that mustard flour mixture. You also can try the fresh mustard that comes out of the mill, it’s really hotter than the “normal” one. They also have all the other kinds of mustards there to test. As they show everything in the real production room, they have to throw away all the mustard that is produced during these visits, for hygienic reasons. So I’m no longer surprised that they don’t have more frequent guided tours!

    Guided tours from April to October, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 and 14:00. In March on Wednesday only. Visits in English take place form March to October on the first Saturday of each month, at noon. Group visits can also be coordinated.
    Admission: 2,50 €.

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    Handwerkermarkt (Craftsmen Market)

    by himalia11 Written Jul 19, 2009

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    In the hall of an old clothing factury which was closed 1982 you now find the so-called "Handwerkermarkt". It is made like the market place of a village, with a small artificial river, a restaurant, and all kind of market stalls. It's interesting to stroll around there.
    There's no admission except if you want to watch the glassmaker at work; there is a presentation once an hour that costs 2,50 € for adults and 2 € for children.

    Open from 10:00 to 18:00.

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    Perlenbachstausee (Perlenbach reservoir)

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    The Perlenbach is a small river and is damed up to a lake before it flows into the Rur river a few kilometeres later in Monschau. The Perlenbach reservoir was complete 1956 and is used as drink water reservoir.

    At the eastern side of the lake, there is a nice walking trail. The path to the dam is a bit steep but mostly paved, only the last part is with coarse gravel and the short inclide after the dam continues like this. But then you have a rather even forest track which is above the lake and was great to walk. After walking a while we reached two benches on which you could lie on, really great, I've never seen something like this. From there you have a nice view on the lake. A little bit further the path to the village Höfen branches off, and that's were we turned and went back. The path continues to the "Höfener Mühle" (mill) which is a restaurant, that probably would have been another 20 minutes to walk.

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    "Eifeldom" in Kalterherberg

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    Kalterherberg is another village that belongs to Monschau. It's located directly at the border to Belgium. Here you will find the so-called "Eifeldom" (Eifel cathedral), a neo-ramensque twin towered parish church dedicated to St Lambert. It was built between 1898 and 1901 as the earlier church was too small.

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    Höfen and its hedges

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    Höfen is one of the villages of Monschau. Original there had been only a few farms, and that's also where the name come from (Höfe = farms). The village is mostly known for its hedges, although you can see similar ones also in other villages nearby. These hedges were build to protect of wind and weather, and are up to 6 m high. There's a special "Heckenweg" (hedges path) through the village, where you can see many of these beechwood hedges which are all well maintainted. It's really interesting to see these high hedges, with their gates and windows! And you also will see some old houses - half-timbered houses or thatched houses.

    There are two versions of the "Heckenweg", a short and a long one. The short one is pretty even and only goes through the village, so it's suitable for wheelchair users; the longer one is 5,2 km with a level difference of 51 m and will go through the field also. The "Heckenweg" is well signposted, if you want to take the short one follow the signs that say "Leichte Strecke".

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    Haller ruins

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    The Haller ruins are found on one of the hills of Monschau. This tower is said to be older than the castle but I couldn't find any details on it.
    There's a signposted path with steps up to the ruins from the Eschbachstraße and from above you can enjoy a great view on the town.

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    Monschau castle

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    The castle is thought to have been buildt in the early 13th century by the dukes of Limburg. It was expanded several times and fell into ruins in the 18th century. It later got repaired and rebuild and now houses a youth hostel.
    Also the castle is where the event "Monschau Klassik" takes place each summer, where operas are shown in the castle court.

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    Market place

    by himalia11 Written Jul 19, 2009

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    The market square is a nice place with many half-timbered houses and a fountain that you should take a closer look at. As Monschau had been a famous clothier town, the fountain shows some typical craftmen: at the top you'll see a weaver, and on the sides you'll find a dyer and a shearer.
    Also you may be surprised to see the statue of Santa Clause on one of the houses. This is the Weihnachtshaus (Christmas House) - a shop where you can get all kind of Christmas stuff, all the year round.

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    Rotes Haus (Red House)

    by himalia11 Written Jul 19, 2009

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    Rotes Haus in Monschau

    The Red House is a landmark you cannot miss. It was build in 1752 by Johann Heinrich Scheibler who was clothmaker and merchant. Clothes was already produced in Monschau since the late 16th century, but was booming in the 18th century when the clothes of Monschau got very famous thanks to J.H. Scheibler.
    The Red House, which was used as residence and business domicile, now is a museum. It still has all the old furniture and gives an impression on how they had lived in the 18th and 19th century.

    Open Good Friday until Nov 30, Tuesday to Sunday. Entrance at 10, 11, 14, 15 and 16 o'clock.
    Admission: adults 2,50 €, children/students 1,50 €, family 5,- €

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