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4 days of pure geological history — a tour through the Volcanic Eifel

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4 days of pure geological history — a tour through the Volcanic Eifel

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4

Tours

17:59 h

39.2 mi

4,600 ft

The Western Eifel belongs to the geologically youngest areas of Germany. About 13,000 years ago, countless volcanoes were still romping about here, throwing magma into the sky and creating huge craters. Even today you can clearly explore the traces of this history in the Western Eifel - no wonder that it also bears the name Vulkaneifel. Particular highlights are the Maare, volcanic craters in the middle of the wide hilly landscape. When the Eifel was still volcanically active, hot magma touched lakes or swamps on its way to the surface. Sudden explosions occurred, resulting in deep craters in the landscape. Some of these maars are still filled with water today.

On your four-day roundtrip we guide you from Daun to the most exciting places in the Volcanic Eifel. It goes up to the Ernstberg, whose wooded slopes are littered with huge boulders of volcanic rock. You admire the Dauner Maare, three circular lakes formed in old volcanic craters. From the Vulcano platform on the Leyberg you get a unique overview of the exciting hilly landscape of the Volcanic Eifel. And in the Mürmes nature reserve you can explore an extensive dry maar.

In the four days you will cover a distance of around 63 kilometres and climb almost 1,400 metres in altitude. Since the hiking trails are all well developed, the tour is also suitable for occasional hikers. Most of our tours follow two of the most beautiful official trails around Daun: the first two stages are on the Volcano Trail and the remaining two on the Volcano Trail.

At all stage destinations you have a sometimes smaller and sometimes larger selection of guesthouses, inns and hotels. Since buses also run regularly between Daun, the first stage destination Neunkirchen and the second stage destination Schalkenmehren, you can also plan the first and second stage as a two-day tour or as a single day hike.

Daun, the starting point of the circular hike, can be reached from the train stations Cochem and Gerolstein with the RegioBus line 500 or, of course, by your own car.

Bus timetables can be found at vrt-info.de.

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Erdgeschichte in der Vulkaneifel

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4,525 ft

4,525 ft

Last updated: November 30, 2021

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  • Difficult
    05:41
    12.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your first hiking day through the volcanic Eifel, a very special highlight awaits you. The first stage takes you up to the Ernstberg, the highest volcano in the volcanic Eifel. Its slopes are covered with dense beech forest and in between spectacular rock formations and stone walls rise up. At its

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    7.51 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second day of hiking directly holds the next volcanic landscape ready for you: Today you will visit the famous Dauner Maaren. Maars occur when a low-lying magma layer comes into contact with an overlying lake or groundwater. The temperature difference causes a huge explosion that lifts a crater

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    9.00 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage takes you up to Leyberg and further into Ellscheider Trockenmaar. At 558 meters, the Leyberg is not quite as high as the Ernstberg from the first stage, but there is a 28 meter high observation tower at the summit. If you climb that, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    10.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your last hiking day our round hike will take you through the Mürmes. There you can admire another volcanic landscape form. The Mürmes was once a huge maar. The lake partially seeped and left a lush, rustic moor landscape. In the past, peat was stung on the wet meadows, but now the moorland is under

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    39.2 mi
  • Duration
    17:59 h
  • Elevation
    4,600 ft

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