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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
When we went to that hotel/restaurant we were greeted by the waiter in Dutch, who seemed to be confused that we are German. Well, this shouldn’t be a surprise in Germany, right? But we found that it’s basically a Dutch hotel, it even has a Dutch internet address which was written on the beer mat, and it is called “Vakantiehotel” which definitely is...more
LOOK CAREFULLY ON THE LEFT OF THIS PICTURE AND YOU SEE THE TERRACE OVER THE RIVER -- YELLOW UMBRELLASGo for the view, stay for the food, beer, or strudel! We so enjoyed sitting on the terrace directly OVER the Rur with spectacular views that on our second trip we went directly to the Lutticher Hof to eat again! They had a daily special each time...more
There is a so-called "Stadtbahn" which stops at the Burgau car park and the market place and drives around the town. The tour takes about 40 minutes and you'll get a few information on the town, in German, English, French and Dutch. However there was really limited information, I had excepted more for that price (adults 5,-€, students 3,50 €,...more
There are four large car parks near the old town and a good parking guidance system which shows you where you can find a car park and the number of free spaces. We used the car-park Burgau, which offers space for over 300 vehicles and is very convenient when approaching the town from the south. It's just a few minutes to the old town from there. A...more
There are lots of ways to get to Monschau. Several busses come there. However, you can buy a regional ticket from the train systems that includes Aachen, Eupen, Liege, Maastricht and a few other cities between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The bus from Eupen to Monschau runs every 2 hours from the train station and is part of this ticket!more
In Monschau, you get really good mustard in many different varieties. There's a mustard mill that you can visit and there are two “mustard shops”: one is directly at the mill (Laufenstr. 118, open daily from 8:30 to 18:00, Sunday from 10:00), and one in the old town (in the Stadtstraße/ corner Kirchstraße, open daily from 10:30 to 18:00). In both shops you can try the mustards. There are currently 20 different kinds of mustard, like mustard with chili, with lemon, with honey or with herbs. Very interesting!
But there are also other things you get, like pralines with mustard. Sounds weird and I haven’t yet tried it, but it’s just that the cream inside is refined with a bit mustard.
The shop at the mill is the larger one, and you don’t only get mustard there but also jam, honey, cheese, cooking books, wine (they have a wine cellar also!), liqueur (you can try it before you buy), and lots of other things!
The „Monschauer Dütchen“ is a biscuit/sponge cake that is being formed like an ice-cream wafer. It’s usually filled with cream or ice cream. We were told that you can get this in most bakeries in Monschau. We at it in a restaurant, it was filled with cream and came with some additional vanilla ice cream and strawberries. Another specialty is the...more
many communities have a community band. Monschau had a band playing in the market area when I visited. They played "stereotyped" music -- the kind my younger German friends do not necessarily want he world to think of as "German music."But they added to the character of the town on that day.more
Maybe you would like something to remember your visit. I am pleased that years ago we started collecting spoons for our daughter. But I also have some boxes filled with souvenirs that I never see. Go to any flea market in the EU or USA and you'll see plenty of former souvenirs on sale now.
Fun Alternatives: This shop was nice and lady lady was quite nice in helping me look for a gift for my father! It is very near the bus stop or the Parkhaus at the North end of Monschau
A short distance from Monschau, between Monschau (D) and Eupen (BE) is the Venn naturepark. There is a special visitors center and it is great for hiking or cycling! Even the TEC bus will take you and your bike there from Eupen or Monschau!