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 Lavaweg is the right tour for you. On a good 20 kilometers you will explore meadows, fields, forests and stream valleys - all peppered with evidence of the unique volcanic history of the Eifel. And if you still have power, you can expand the hike into a huge lava bomb. The lava bomb is only 500 meters away from the starting point of the circular hike, the Strohn volcano house.
Mighty basalt boulders, dramatic lava slopes and bubbling mineral springs characterize the almost 14-kilometer circular hike around Üdersdorf and the wildly romantic Liesertal - pure water and rocks!The starting point is the tranquil village of Üdersdorf. From here the path winds up to the first highlight of your hike: The Aarley. From the volcanic ridge you can see the landscape of the Vulkaneifel with an old lava pit.
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The biodiversity path leads you over 13 kilometers to unique nature reserves with giant trees and beautiful views. If the entire round is too long for you, you can shorten it in several places. Alternatively, there is the possibility of extending it with further home trails for a maximum hiking experience via the path. You can connect it with the Lehwaldweg, the Großer Dauner or the Täler and Höhenweg.