Been There, Done That: Explore the Eifel, Mosel regions

Since I arrived to Spangdahlem seven months ago, many people have told me I need to explore Europe. I learned this past weekend I don’t need to go too far to see and do some activities.

Hiking trails, an abbey, a ropes course, an air field and amazing cities were just a few things that I participated in as part of two Explore the Eifel Adventure Day tours.

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I didn’t realize there were trails throughout the forest not far from the gates. The first adventure tour took us on a six-mile hike to Himmerod Abbey. It was tiring but the views and wildlife through the peaceful forest made up for it.

Once the group of roughly 60 Sabers arrived at the abbey, we learned the history of the monastery and had the pleasure of listening to an organist play.

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After day one, I couldn’t wait to see what the next tour had in store.

The next morning, a group of about 15 ETE participants departed Spangdahlem for the Traben-Trarbach adventure tour.

I had no clue what was in store for me, but it ended up being one of my favorite days in Germany so far.

After a 20-minute drive, we arrived at ropes course in the forest, consisting zip lines and high obstacles. Everybody in the group really seemed to enjoy the challenge of overcoming their fear of heights and the obstacles. Plus, I never fell!

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Then we made a short one-minute drive to the Traben-Trarbach airfield where members of the group could pay to fly in a glider aircraft.This is an aircraft with no engine. The view above the region is simply phenomenal. Seeing the green vegetation and towns from above offers a different perspective of the area.

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The next stop was a tour of Traben-Trarbach. Learning the history of the two towns’ former disdain for each other and how they are now one town is something interesting I didn’t know. I like history, so this was right up my alley. The town, which lies on both sides of a river, is a sight to see.

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I only went on two of the six tours offered for Sabers, but it’s nice to know I don’t need to go hours away to do something fun or to see something that people expect to see in Europe. There is plenty to offer right around the base.

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