Eifel View Schloscheid54552 Gefell
At the Eifel view Schloscheid, when the weather is clear, the view extends for around sixty kilometers and offers an impressive panorama from the volcanic cones of the Eifel across the Moselle valley to the heights of the Hunsrück and Hochwald.
The hiking trail here follows an old Roman road. At that time, the Romans often built their long-distance routes through the Eifel on plateaus or along watersheds. This is perhaps where the name of this viewpoint comes from: Schloscheid is the field name of a hill that dates back to the Devonian era. The syllable “-scheid” indicates a watershed: from here, spring water flows either in a northwesterly direction into the Lieser or southeasterly into the Üssbach.
The municipality of Gefell has set up a seating area here where you can rest and let your gaze wander over the forests, meadows and mountains.
For cattle drives and pilgrimages
In the Eifel vernacular, this hiking trail is called “Ferkelsstraße”. Farmers and livestock traders used to drive their animals along this route to the market in Kelberg. In a few meters towards Afelskreuz, the route also known as the “old pilgrim road” meets the hiking trail. The route is still used today by the Matthias Brotherhood, who make pilgrimages from the Rhine and Ahr to the Abbey of St. Matthias in Trier.