The municipality of Bausendorf with the Olkenbach district

177 m above sea level, 1,251 residents, 1,186 ha

 

Nestled between the Moselle River and the Eifel Mountains, in a sheltered location with mild climate at the base of the vast Kondelwald in the lower Alfbachtal Valley, is the holiday resort of Bausendorf, with its local centre, Olkenbach.

 

It is not far from the district town of Wittlich.

Bausendorf can be easily accessed via the A1, B49 and B421.

Quiet forests which stretch as far as the Moselle and provide views over the romantic river landscape alternate with beautiful grassy valleys.


Hikers can explore this charming setting on marked trails, and enjoy being out in nature.


Cyclists can take advantage of an extensive network of bike tracks, running from Bausendorf to Wittlich, and along the Moselle.

 

From Wittlich Central Bus Station, visitors can take the special cyclists’ bus (Radlerbus) to Daun in the Eifel Mountains, and then ride back to the Alftal Valley along the famous Maar-Moselradweg track, which has been created on an abandoned railway line.

 

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Mountain-bikers can enjoy a virtually endless network of tracks through the forest and meadows.

 

History of Bausendorf

The town of Bausendorf first emerged around 1220 as a sparsely settled hamlet.

Bausendorf Chapel in the archdeaconry of Kaimt (Zell/Mosel) was mentioned in the records of archiepiscopal rights around 1250.

St Simon’s Collegiate Church (Simeonstift) in Trier bought a property in Olkenbach in 1075.

Bausendorf came under French rule in 1794, and was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna in 1815.

Bausendorf has been part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate since 1946.

Having been first mentioned in 1075, the town of Olkenbach possesses the earliest historic charter for the Alftal Valley municipalities.

Olkenbach has always been a winegrowing town, with viticulture the main focus even in Celto-Romanic times.

The present-day municipality of Bausendorf was created as part of the administrative reform, when the formerly independent municipalities of Bausendorf and Olkenbach merged on 7 June 1969.

 

Individual monuments and attractions

 

Bausendorf

 

  • Koblenzer Straße: Roadside chapel; stucco building, 19th century
  • At Koblenzer Straße 16: Shrine; circular masonry, 18th or 19th century
  • Kondelstraße 1: St Servatius’ Catholic parish church, 4-bayed hall construction, 1865
  • Wyttenbachstraße 6: Vicarage; baroque half-hipped roof construction, around 1800

 

 

Olkenbach

 

  • Am Hohlberg 10: Half-timbered house, solidly constructed in parts, oven in front building, first half of the 19th century

  • Heinzerather Straße: Catholic filial church; small hall construction, built probably soon after 1945
  • At the Heinzerather Mühle north-west of the town
  • St Bartholomew’s Catholic church; Gothic hall construction, 17th century
  • Entire complex with enclosed churchyard and cross, marked 1657 and 1960

 

The residents of the nearby Eifel Mountains, the Central Moselle and the "Wittlicher Tal" make an annual pilgrimage to the Heinzerath pilgrimage church during harvest time.