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.
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)
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.
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