The Dreimühlen Waterfall is a beautiful piece of nature in the volcanic Eifel. It might not be the most impressive waterfall but this one definitely is special. I hiked to this waterfall and was very surprised by this particular natural phenomenon.
The waterfall grew after 1912, caused by a particular process. After construction of a railway, three sources had to be diverted in the area and since then the waterfall is still growing more each year. About 10 cm annually! The three sources feeding the Dreimühlen waterfall are rich in calcium and carbonated causing the formation of a rock. This rock is very porous and the moss that grows easily on it changes into stone after a while. This way the waterfall keeps on growing. The rocks on which the waterfall is falling down are 9 m high, the waterfall itself is 5 m high.
The waterfall is easily accessible. Situated just outside the village of Nohn and a few hundred meters from the parking lot where the trail begins. You can choose to walk directly to the waterfall via a 500 m long trail or you can make a detour via a 2 km long trail through the forest. 500 m is very short, we therefore choose the 2 km trail. We walk on a wooden bridge under which a beautiful small river flows peacefully and we continue walking through a wooded area with a river on our left getting more and more narrow and silent. It’s the end of March and everything is still bare. I can imagine how beautiful it is in spring and when the trees get colors.
We reach the waterfall pretty fast, I still have a hard time to believe it’s a 2 km walk. It really is a typical short Sunday stroll or a walk you do with children at leisurely pace. We came here only for the waterfall but nearby there are enough trails to further stretch your legs. The volume of water was quite minimal when we were there but that made the falls so graceful. Everywhere tiny wisps of water were calmly making their way down. The rocks covered with moss give it a fresh and green look. Very peaceful. As the informational sign indicates, there are days when the waterfall is falling down with much more force, which should also be a beautiful sight.
We take a look on top of the waterfall, easily accessible via a path. A clear stream flows to the top of the waterfall.
The Dreimühlen waterfall is a real tourist attraction, the chance of being the only one to visit the waterfall is therefore quite small unless you visit it during the week. Actually, I was a tad disappointed. Somehow I expected a waterfall of a larger size. More spectacular. In the pictures below you can see why. The waterfall doesn’t really stand out but up close it’s stunning. The details make it special. In addition, the area was very bare because we visited the falls in late March. Surrounded by green trees and bushes, it must be a completely different sight. However, I think it’s worthwhile to visit this original waterfall in every season. A must-see while visiting the Volcanic Eifel region and a nice place which can easily be combined with a hike or other activities and attractions in the area, such as a climb to the highest mountain of the Eifel.