GesundLand Vulkaneifel

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

12

Tours

37:28 h

84.1 mi

8,000 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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    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 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.

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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 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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  • 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 slowly simmers from a well in the town center. The cold water geyser is …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Difficult
    01:53
    4.24 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    ❗ ATTENTION ❗
    The Germanenbrücke was damaged by the flood in July 2021. Therefore, the route is currently accessible via the signposted "Abbreviation circular route". This leads over the first …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

    For almost 16 kilometers, this varied round tour takes you along a neat castle and two of the numerous mineral water and carbon dioxide springs in the Vulkaneifel, the so-called …

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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 route of around …

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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 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.

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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 …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    84.1 mi
  • Duration
    37:28 h
  • Elevation
    8,000 ft

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