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Lava pits & fairytale lakes – hiking through Vulkaneifel in Germany

Hiking Collection by GesundLand Vulkaneifel

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

    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 always wanted to know more about volcanism, the lava route is the right tour for you. Over 20 kilometers you can 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 extend the hike to a giant lava bomb. The lava bomb is only 500 meters away from the starting point of the circular hike, the Strohn volcano house.In the center of Strohn you start by crossing the Alfbach and then hike in an arc over beautiful dirt roads. With the Trautzberger Maar you arrive at the smallest Maarsee in the Eifel, which will soon be joined by the dreamlike Strohner Switzerland. The Alfbach has washed a wild and romantic valley into the longest lava flow in the Eifel for around 12,000 years. The lava bed was created when the Wartgesberg volcano erupted, a presumably three-part cinder cone.You cross the Alfbach again over a small bridge, walk past the idyllic pond and over hilly terrain. The course of the Sammetbach brings you to the Holzmaar. It is not far from there to the Eifel stop, a mobile snack bar that only stays here on weekends and public holidays.From now on it is only downhill back to Strohn. If you still have strength in your legs, a detour along the Alfbach to the largest lava bomb in the Eifel is worthwhile. The colossus, weighing 120 tons and approximately six meters high, detached itself from a broken wall during blasting work in 1969. It has not yet been clarified whether this giant stone ball once flew through the air during a volcanic eruption or was due to increased melting.

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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 chunks of basalt, 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 town 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.The descent takes you through the Löhley, where the fiery past is particularly evident. Massive chunks of basalt adorn the path on both sides. What used to be deadly volcanic bullets are now moss-covered jewels in this fairytale forest. It is leisurely in the valley of the Lieser along the rippling water.Shortly before you return to Üdersdorf, you get close to the dramatic lava slopes below the Emmelberg. Mineral collectors have already discovered one or two pieces of jewelry in this lunar landscape.

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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: carbonated water is slowly boiling from a well in the town center. The cold water geyser is an absolutely fascinating attraction.The circular hike starts at the Catholic branch church of St. Sebastian. You can hardly wait to visit the geyser called “Brubbel” or Wallenden Born in the heart of Wallenborn. That is why it is your first stop and only a five-minute walk away. A carbon dioxide, gas and water mixture ensures that the unique cold water geyser shoots up every 35 minutes. The water is only nine degrees cold and bubbles up for six minutes.If you have had enough of the natural spectacle for the time being, the way leads you into the surrounding forests. You follow the course of the Marschbach to the Manstein Bridge. The old stone bridge at the confluence of the Marsch and Walmersbach was originally built for the transport of grain.The course of the Walmersbach brings you back to Wallenborn on shady forest paths, where you can pay another visit to the “Brubbel”.

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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 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 vertical meters that lead you up the Victoria height. You master almost 200 vertical meters over a good one and a half kilometers. As a reward, you can relax in the oasis of calm with a magnificent view of the valley on one of the wooden benches or in the small hut.For the next discoveries you stay on one level and immerse yourself in the explosive past of Bad Bertrich. Imposing lava formations testify to the volcanic activity around 50,000 years ago. Nine chimneys have significantly shaped the landscape here and now leave you amazed in front of a meter-high wall of cooled lava.At Falkenlay you can enjoy another wonderful view and take a look into the exciting Stone Age grottoes before descending over the roof holes to the Ueßbach in Bad Bertrich.

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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 is of Celtic origin and synonymous with bubbling spring. On the Dreeswanderweg you will experience the boiling side of the Vulkaneifel with numerous of these mineral springs.The tour starts at the FORUM in Daun. After just a few hundred meters you are already at the first and most famous Drees, the Hotzendrees. The high iron content of the water has colored the metal basin below orange. Treat yourself to a sip of this unique water from the deep layers of rock.Just outside of Daun you come to Josenbachdrees and Kolverather Drees. Here, too, you will find fascinating shades of orange that the iron-rich water leaves in the ground and at the well. You now walk back to Daun and through the well-kept spa park, where you can refresh your feet in a Kneipp pool.A few meters in altitude await you on the ascent to the weir bush with its impressive war memorial. You will end your varied tour at the Daun castle ruins, in the vicinity of which there are plenty of places to stop for refreshments.

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    Difficult
    01:57
    4.38 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Smell, taste, feel - the around seven kilometers long Mindfulness Path is a path for the senses. Surrender to the beauty of nature, listen to the tranquility and sip the crystal-clear stream water. Let yourself go and discover the treasures of nature in a new way at seven stations along the themed path with hammocks, stepping stones over the stream and listening funnels. In any case, take enough time for this relaxed tour.On the edge of Manderscheid you walk along the gently rippling Little Kyll, past the Heidsmühle. You can note the cozy location for the successful conclusion on the way back of the round tour. A few hundred meters further on, the Marienhütte on a small hill is an ideal place to stop and take a deep breath in the scent of the forest.Further south, the Little Kyll becomes wilder and swirls in funny swirls. On the opposite bank you walk through the Wolfsschlucht. Massive basalt columns adorn the path and make the former volcanic activities obvious. The path winds through the picturesque valley and brings you back to the edge of Manderscheid on soft forest floor.

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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 kilometers long forest wellness path. No fewer than three forest islands seduce you to sit, lie down and relax - a circular route on which you can simply relax and "bathe in the forest".You start at the Drei-Eichen-Hütte and reach the first forest island BuchenGlück after half a kilometer. From here you have a wonderful view of the green beech forest while you chill in the hammock and watch the birds in the tree tops.In the forest island forest fragrance you can perceive the different smells of the forest depending on the weather. Damp foliage, warm pine needles, spicy mushrooms. Stop for a moment and soak up the aromas of nature. The third and last forest island TraumTal gives you a fantastic view of the peacefully rushing valley of the Üßbach. The circular route takes you back to the Drei-Eichen-Hütte, where you can go looking for amphibians in the nearby wetland.

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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 wildly romantic brook valleys and fragrant juniper heath awaits you on the ten-kilometer-long juniper-Endert path.It starts in the village square in Alflen. You cross the narrow Litzbach, then the path leads you up to the Alfler Berg. In front of you, a wonderful panorama spreads over the gently rolling hills of the Vulkaneifel. After you've had enough of your fill, you descend into the valley of the Wild Endert. A narrow path leads you along the Endertbach and rustic wooden bridges over it.The circular route now turns and winds up to the Nassenberg. The Wacholderheide nature reserve is located up here and is particularly charming in August and September due to the soft pink heather. In all seasons you can enjoy a magnificent view down into the Endertbach valley.At the end you follow a winding route and cross the Litzbach again, then you are back at the starting point of the impressive tour.

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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.

    This varied circular tour takes you along almost 16 kilometers along a pretty castle and two of the numerous mineral water and carbon dioxide sources in the Vulkaneifel, the so-called Dreese. Pack yourself a tasty snack, because on the way there is the opportunity for an extensive break at a magical rest stop.Shortly after starting at the Vulkania house in Dreis-Brück, you will notice a white building with fairytale towers. The appearance of Dreis Castle was repeatedly shaped by a number of owners. Today you can enjoy homemade cakes from the lord of the castle in the walls, which could also be in a theme park.Before you can feast, however, the circular route takes you to the Dreiser Weiher, the second largest maar in the Eifel. A witness of the region's volcanic past. Right on the edge of the Dreiser pond, you can use the Vulkania healing spring and fill your bottle with delicious, mineral-rich water.If you have circled the Dreiser pond halfway, you will reach a forest area of Dockweiler Drees. The spring located here was built in well and next to it a cozy log cabin and a round picnic table were built. Perfect for a relaxing break in the middle of the forest. When you are fit again, the path winds through the forest to the Feuerbach, which accompanies you back to Dreis-Brück.

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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 bleating surprises. With a distance of around 15 kilometers and almost 300 meters of altitude, the tour is great for a day trip to the Vulkaneifel.Right at the start, when you leave Schönbach, there are a few crunchy meters in altitude waiting for you. But it's worth it, because you can get a postcard-like view via a small side path: Below the summit cross, the Vulkaneifel with its gentle hills lies at your feet. But not only that. From Easter until late autumn you will most likely meet some relaxed goats on the slopes that share the panorama and the wooden benches with you.From Kreuzberg it goes down again through longer forest passages. The shady trees are a welcome refreshment, especially in midsummer. If you have a little barbecue food in your luggage, you can sizzle it in a cozy grill hut along the way.With the most beautiful views and through romantic brook valleys, the path leads you through Utzerath in some ups and downs back to the starting point in Schönbach.

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    Intermediate
    03:38
    8.24 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The path of biodiversity leads you over 13 kilometers to unique nature reserves with giant trees and beautiful views. If the entire lap is too long for you, you can shorten it in several places. Alternatively, there is the option of extending the path with additional traces of home for a maximum hiking experience. You can connect it with the Lehwaldweg, the Großer Dauner or the Täler und Höhenweg.On the outskirts of Darscheid, slip on your hiking shoes and soon stroll through fragrant forest areas. On the Gödderscheid you have the first opportunity to take a break in a refuge. You gently climb up in the forest. An information board with an impressive wooden disc illustrates the dimensions of the giant Douglas firs that grow in this area. They are the largest trees in all of Rhineland-Palatinate.You climb the Semersberg at the emergency cross, a memorial on the occasion of the emergency years in World War II. At 520 meters you can marvel at the West Eifel volcanic land with its highest elevations. A wooden bench invites you to linger and unpack the provisions.If you still have some time left, you can find out more about the sustainable development of the region in the Vulkaneifel Nature Experience Center in the “Village of the Future”. Then you follow small rivers and walk back to the starting point at the edge of the forest.

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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 St. Anthony. Around the small community of Ellscheid you can 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 the HeimatSpur Appoloniaweg.You start your tour directly from the namesake Antonius, the patron saint of Ellscheid. From the pretty bronze statue with the little pigs you follow the Moselweg. There are beautiful dirt roads to the Ellscheider Maarblick and Ellscheider Fenster viewpoints. Depending on the season, you will see blooming spring and summer meadows, golden autumn colors or white fairytale landscapes.Over the silted Mürmes, a former Maarsee, where peat was previously cut to a large extent, we continue to the tranquil Saxler. There you dive into a small piece of forest and finally walk along the Ellscheider Bach back to the starting point of your tour.If you are hungry, the Landgasthof Janshen is the right address for you. Here delicacies from our own production are served, but also hearty Eifel cuisine. A successful end to the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    84.2 mi
  • Duration
    37:31 h
  • Elevation
    8,000 ft
Lava pits & fairytale lakes – hiking through Vulkaneifel in Germany
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