Aussichtspunkt Kanaul zwischen Löf und Kattenes
The highest elevation of the Löf district with a view over the Moselle and the villages of Löf, Brodenbach and Alken is 242 meters high. From this ridge you can continue hiking in the direction of Kattenes and Lehmen along the Würzlaysteig. On the south side you can descend into the Nachtigallental. On the way down, the hiker passes boxwood bushes. Here on the Lower Moselle is the northernmost border of the distribution area of the box tree. In the protected valley (Nachtigallental) between Kanaul and Falkenberg (on the opposite side) it thrives splendidly. From Canaul downwards in the slopes towards the Moselle we find - if no vineyards are planted - as almost everywhere on the steep slopes of the Moselle and in the side valleys, coppice forest or cane forest. The low height of the trees can be explained by the sprouting of the saplings on the rootstock after the trees have been felled and by the fact that the trees are felled at a young age. The typical tree species of the coppice include the sessile oak, the hornbeam, sometimes the beech and, as a shrub, the hazelnut. If you look around on the Kanaul near the small shelter, you will see several depressions in the ground that reach down more than a meter and can be several meters in diameter. They date back to the final phase of the 2nd World War. In March 1945, the Americans came from the west (Eifel) and met here German troops entrenched on the other side of the Moselle. The depressions were made by the American soldiers who dug in here. From here the American army took Alken, Brodenbach, Thurant Castle and the Vorderhunsrück, where there were German troops, under fire before crossing to the other side of the Moselle on March 13, 1945. Today, the Kanaul is a popular vantage point for hikers.
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