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Lava pits & fairytale lakes – hiking through Vulkaneifel in Germany

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Lava pits & fairytale lakes – hiking through Vulkaneifel in Germany

Hiking Collection by GesundLand Vulkaneifel

10

Tours

31:57 h

71.6 mi

6,875 ft

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.

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Tours & Highlights

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    HeimatSpur Lavaweg Strohn

    Difficult
    05:41
    13.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    8.53 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Mighty basalt boulders, dramatic lava slopes and bubbling mineral springs characterize the almost 14-kilometer circular hike around Üdersdorf and the wild and romantic Liesertal - pure water and rocks!

    

    The starting point is the tranquil town of Üdersdorf. From here the path winds up to the first highlight

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  • Intermediate
    01:33
    3.50 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You will encounter a special natural phenomenon on this five-and-a-half-kilometer loop from Wallenborn: slowly, carbonated water continues to simmer from a fountain in the town center. The cold water geyser is an absolutely mesmerizing attraction.

    

    The circular hike starts at the Catholic branch church

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  • Difficult
    02:08
    4.22 mi
    2.0 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this short but crisp circular hike from Bad Bertrich, we will 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.

    

    As soon as you have taken the first steps, you will already feel the altitude that

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    6.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Vulkaneifel is known for its Dreese. Drees, that is of Celtic origin and synonymous with bubbling spring. On the Dreeswanderweg you will experience the bubbling side of the Vulkaneifel with numerous of these mineral-containing springs.

    

    The tour starts at the FORUM in Daun. After only a few hundred

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  • Easy
    01:17
    3.07 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can expect the finest relaxation on the almost five kilometer long forest feel-good path. Three forest islands seduce you to sit, lie down and relax - a circular route on which you can simply feel good and "bathe in the forest".

    

    You start at the Drei-Eichen-Hütte and after half a kilometer you reach

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    6.34 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A varied up and down through the volcanic landscape with wild and romantic stream valleys and fragrant juniper heather 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

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  • Intermediate
    04:17
    9.72 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At almost 16 kilometers, this varied round tour takes you along a pretty castle and two of the numerous mineral water and carbon dioxide springs in the Vulkaneifel, the so-called Dreese. Pack a tasty snack, because there is an enchanting rest area along the way for a long break.

    

    Shortly after starting

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    9.32 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around the Eifel villages Schönbach and Utzerath you can look forward to a varied circular hike with a breathtaking view and a few complaining surprises. With a distance of around 15 kilometers and almost 300 meters in altitude, the tour is ideal for a day trip to the Vulkaneifel.

    

    Right at the beginning

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    7.37 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this beautiful, twelve-kilometer hike, you will follow in the footsteps of Saint Anthony. Around the small community of Ellscheid you will discover fantastic views of the Mürmes - a large moor area with rare animal and plant species. If you want to extend your hike further, there is a connection to

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    71.6 mi
  • Duration
    31:57 h
  • Elevation
    6,875 ft

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