Lava pits & fairytale lakes – hiking through Vulkaneifel in Germany
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Tens of thousands of years ago, powerful volcanoes raged in the Eifel, a low mountain range in western Germany. Lava bubbled out of gigantic vents, hurling rock masses through the air. In geological terms, this history is relatively recent. Since then, nature has used the fertile lava soil and layers of ash to transform the region into a picturesque landscape made up of rolling hills and idyllic lakes, known as maars. You can still find traces of the volcanic past in the region as you visit former volcanoes, enchanting river valleys and lakes that make the Vulkaneifel so unique.
In this Collection, we introduce you to 12 beautiful walks, “Heimatspuren”, ranging from short strolls to day trips. The hikes take you to unique places in the region. For example, on the HeimatSpur Lava Trail, you can visit the largest and heaviest lava bomb which weighs 120 tonnes as you explore the Strohn district. In the Alpbachtal Valley, you can gaze upon ginormous basalt blocks and quietly-meandering streams.
In Wallenborn municipality, you can hike to the “Brubbel”, a unique cold-water geyser. Across the Vulkaneifel region, there are many iron-rich springs known as Dreese. You will come across many of these on the Dreeswanderweg trail around the town of Daun. On the HeimatSpur Valleys and High Altitude Trail, you climb numerous hills blanketed in herds of grazing goats. Wonderful panoramas are guaranteed here. You can reward your tired muscles in the town of Bad Bertrich at the Vulkaneifel thermal spa. The saunas and refreshing thermal baths will melt away any stress.
All HeimatSpuren trails are circulars that start or end at a parking lot. You can combine the HeimatSpuren trails together if you want to extend your adventure. In total, there are over 30 circular walks around the Vulkaneifel region. As well as the trails featured in this Collection, you will find 18 additional routes on our profile: komoot.de/user/gesundlandvulkaneifel/tours.
If you've always wanted to know more about volcanism, the Lava Trail is just the right tour for you. Over a good 20 kilometers you explore meadows, fields, forests and stream valleys - all peppered with evidence of the Eifel's unique volcanic history. And if you still have energy, you can extend the…
Mighty basalt boulders, dramatic lava slopes and bubbling mineral springs characterize the almost 14 kilometer long circular hike around Üdersdorf and the wildly romantic Liesertal - pure water and rocks!
Shortly after the start you come close enough to touch the dramatic lava slopes below the Emmelberg…
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You will encounter a special natural phenomenon on this five and a half kilometer long loop from Wallenborn: carbonated water slowly bubbles out of a fountain in the town center. The cold water geyser is an absolutely fascinating attraction.
The circular hike starts at the Catholic branch church of St…
On this short but crisp circular hike from Bad Bertrich, we take you on a journey through time into the fiery history of the Vulkaneifel. Look forward to Stone Age caves, deep red lava walls and breathtaking views.
You've barely taken your first steps when you start to feel the altitude that takes you…
You can expect relaxation at its finest on the almost five kilometer long forest wellness path. Three forest islands tempt you to sit, lie down and unwind - a circular route where you can simply feel good and “bathe in the forest”.
You start at the Drei-Eichen-Hütte and after half a kilometer you reach…
A varied up and down through the volcanic landscape with wildly romantic stream valleys and fragrant juniper heath awaits you on the ten kilometer long Juniper-Endert path.
It starts at the village square in Alflen. You cross the narrow Litzbach, then the path leads you up to the Alfler Berg. A wonderful…
Over almost 16 kilometers, this varied circular tour takes you past a pretty castle and two of the Volcanic Eifel's numerous mineral water and carbon dioxide springs, the so-called Dreese. Pack yourself a delicious snack, because there is an opportunity for a long break at a magical rest area along the…
Around the Eifeld villages of Schönbach and Utzerath you can look forward to a varied circular hike with breathtaking views and a few pleasant surprises. With a distance of around 15 kilometers and an elevation gain of almost 300 meters, the tour is ideal for a day trip to the Vulkaneifel.
Right at the…
On this beautiful, twelve kilometer long hike you follow in the footsteps of Saint Anthony. Around the small community of Ellscheid you will discover fantastic panoramic views of the Mürmes - a large moor area with rare animal and plant species. If you would like to extend your hike further, there is…
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