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Anyone travelling in the GesundLand Vulkaneifel should also visit the Strohn Lava Bomb. With its weight of around 120 tonnes, this huge stone sphere is a real geological feature of impressive dimensions: When you stand next to the lava bomb, which is almost 5 metres in diameter and just as high, you get an impressive idea of how volcanism raged in the Eifel.
However, the lava bomb was never hurled through the area in this form during an explosion - it was probably because parts of the crater wall came loose, fell back into the volcanic vent and thus into the glowing magma. In the process, hot lava got stuck on the fragments of the crater wall, and the sphere was transported upwards again during another eruption. This process was repeated several times, so that the sphere grew into a "lava bomb".

In addition, the Strohn Lava Bomb is the entrance gate to the beautiful "Strohn Switzerland", a small idyll where unspoilt, original nature unfolds in a special way around the wild Alfbach stream. A detour is definitely recommended!
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Blick vom Maarkreuz aufs Schalkenmehrener Maar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Schalkenmehrener Maar

Especially if you visit the GesundLand Vulkaneifel in summer, a detour to the Schalkenmehren Maar is a must. Located directly at the village of the same name and opposite the Weinfelder Maar, the Schalkenmehrener Maar is one of the three Dauner Maars and offers a wonderful backdrop for an extended walk or an extensive hike. If you look closely, you can see that the Schalkenmehren Maar was once a double maar, formed by volcanic activity around 20,000 to 30,000 years ago. But the tuffs of the western maar filled up the eastern maar funnel, so that nothing can be seen of the second maar today, except for the fen vegetation that has spread in this area. Take a little discovery tour and observe numerous animal and plant species along the way!

Manderscheiider Burgen mit Lieser, © Dominik Ketz

Castles of Manderscheid

The spa town of Manderscheid is most famous for two medieval castle ruins that stand directly opposite each other on steep mountain spurs not far from the town's alleyways. The massive complexes are separated only by the little Lieser river and a meadow, which in summer becomes a perfect place for a breather while hiking the Eifelsteig trail or for a family picnic with children. On a weekend in August, however, the castles and the meadow are ideal settings for a spectacular festival with quaint crafts, jugglers, jousting tournaments and minstrel singing. In Advent, the Manderscheid Castle Christmas lends the town a special magic. The freely accessible upper castle with its five-storey keep still looks martial today. The lower castle can be explored on guided tours - even at night - or on your own; it only remains closed in bad weather.