Storms, heavy rain and hot summers in recent years have also had an impact on the infrastructure for hikers.
Bad Münstereifel – Storms, heavy rain and hot summers in recent years have also had an impact on the infrastructure for hikers.
“There is an increased need for action due to climate change,” reported Petra Holz from the Eifelverein’s headquarters in Düren. After the flood disaster last summer in parts of the Eifel, much of the destroyed infrastructure had already been repaired, said Holz.
With the central event on the Day of Hiking 2022 in Bad Münstereifel on Saturday (May 14th), the German Hiking Association (DWV) and the Eifelverein want to make it clear that the hiking trail infrastructure is largely working again. Hiking expert Manuel Andrack is also expected. More than 400 events are planned nationwide, the DWV explained.
The 313 km long Eifelsteig is now almost completely accessible again. “A lot happened there,” said Holz. The popular hiking route leads in 15 daily stages from Aachen-Kornelimünster in North Rhine-Westphalia to Trier in Rhineland-Palatinate.
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Some diversions are signposted. Holz recommended asking the local tourist offices before starting a hike whether the paths can be used without restrictions.
The Eifel Club’s volunteer trail attendants look after a total of around 8,000 kilometers of hiking trails. With the central event on the day of hiking in Bad Münstereifel, the Eifel Association wants to make it clear that the region is an “Eldorado for hikers” despite last year’s flood disaster.