Maarkreuz Schalkenmehren


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Above the Schalkenmehren Maar, a summit cross thorns at 534.5 metres above sea level. Like everything else, this cross has a history and is no longer in its original place.

Nevertheless, its inscription "Maarkreuz seist du genannt, uns zum Heil und diesem Land. Emergency year 1932" reminds us of severe thunderstorms and the resulting damage and crop failures. Many families suffered great hardship. It was intended to serve as a protective cross for the future, even after it was moved to its present location.

Benches next to the cross invite you to take a rest during a hike. Enjoy the view of the Schalkenmehren Maar and pause for a moment.




Ortsgemeinde Schalkenmehren
Mehrener Str. 20
54552 Schalkenmehren
Phone: (0049) 6592 1213


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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!