Vulkaneifel: Where nature is making eyes at you

Whether you’re a nature lover, interested in geology or an outdoor sports enthusiast, in this very special part of the Eifel you can hike and be amazed, climb and cycle or simply enjoy the natural surroundings. The Vulkaneifel is a fascinating region for anyone who is ready to marvel at the power and beauty of nature, who loves bizarre rocky scenery and fresh lakes and can’t wait to be surprised by some new little miracle around the next corner.

This region is something very special: vulcanism has shaped the landscape here and created some incredible natural phenomena. Volcanic cones, bizarre stone quarries with ancient fossils and the circular, reflecting maars, the “eyes of the Eifel”. Twelve of these bowl-shaped volcanic funnels that were created 10,000 years ago, are still filled with water today. There are good reasons this is the heart of the Vulkaneifel, the Vulkaneifel Nature and Geopark, recognised by Unesco as part of the world’s natural heritage. You can visit the Geopark and have trained rangers accompany you on hikes and excursions. Or you can hike the region on the Eifelsteig, which runs from Aachen in the north to Trier in the south. A few of the most attractive stages lead you through the Vulkaneifel with its steep cliffs, mystical forests, volcanic craters and unforgettable views.

View of the Schalkenmehren Maar, Eifel

View of the Schalkenmehren Maar, Eifel

Golden tip

Worth gold

Swimming in the volcano! Surrounded by deep blue water and golden sunlight. You can swim, relax, go fishing, take a boat out or just go for a stroll and marvel at the waterfowl and dragonflies. You’ll certainly enjoy a beautiful day.


What also glitters…

Mills, ponds and juniper heaths, villages and Dreese (mineral water and carbonic acid springs in the Vulkaneifel), which you can walk through, for example, on the HeimatSpuren hiking trails. Or if you prefer to ride a bike, the Eifel volcano bike route takes you from the river Ahr to the Moselle, straight through the highlights of the Vulkaneifel. Laach Lake with the Maria Laach abbey church, cold water geyser at Andernach.

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