One of the few volcanic crater lakes north of the Alps: the Windsborn crater lake, created about 30,000 years ago. While Maars are blasted into the earth as craters, when lava meets water-bearing strata, the Windsborn is a stratovolcano that has piled up as a mountain on top of the basement. Lava layers alternate with slag and ash that are thrown out of the volcano. Usually such an eruption takes days to a few weeks. Today you look down from the summit cross down to the lake, which is only about two meters flat. Once upon a time, the water was drained to remove peat. It's over. Today, the lake is replenished with rainwater. The summit cross is well suited for a picnic. In this audio contribution Prof. Achim Brauer from the Geo Research Center Potsdam explains how the crater lake was created: soundcloud.com/zeitwissen/wie-entstand-der-windsborn (Internet connection required)
May 9, 2017
The Windsborn crater lake is almost circular and is completely surrounded by a 20-30 meter high rampart. This quiet place is ideal for a breather and for a short break, because here is usually not much going on. The best thing is to round the crater lake - it's only a few hundred meters.
October 12, 2016
The Windsborn crater certainly offers one of the most beautiful and interesting hiking experiences in the Vulkaneifel. If you want a good overall view of the Mosenberg volcano massif, to which the Windsborn crater belongs and wants to win the unique maar landscape, a sightseeing flight from the Schalkenmehrener, the Gemündener and the Weinfelder Maar situated airfield Daun-Senheld off, in the holiday season is possible daily.
July 18, 2019
The Windsborn crater lake is the only crater lake north of the Alps that is constantly filled with rainwater. The lake is at an altitude of 497 meters above sea level. The crater is 300 meters in diameter and around 30 meters deep. The lake is a bit smaller. Its surface is 13,000 square meters and its depth is 80 to 150 centimeters. But the crater lake silted up from the outside in and slowly shrinks. Source: eifel.info/a-mosenberg-vulkangruppewindsborn-krater
May 16, 2020
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