The Volcano Park cycle tour
Vulkanpark-Radweg, Skulptur im Nettepark, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, Dominik Ketz
  • Distance: 33.3 km
  • Duration: 4:0 h
  • Difficulty: easy

The Volcano Park cycle tour


From Mayen, the centre of the Volcanic East Eifel, via Mendig with its impressive rock-cut cellars, through to the old harbour crane in Andernach, the cycle route connects numerous volcanology and archaeology projects in the Mayen-Koblenz Volcano Park. The “Vulkanius” - the fire-red mascot of the Volcano Park - points you in the right direction.

Tip: Four excursions lead away from the main path of the Volcano Park cycle route and form a connection to the Volcano Park information centre at Rauschermühle in Plaidt/Saffig (excursion - 0.6 km), the Meurin Roman mine in Kretz (excursion - 2.6 km), the “Deutsches Vulkanmuseum”, the German Volcano Museum, with the world-famous rock-cut cellars, in Mendig (excursion - 3.2 km) and the “Mayener Grubenfeld” disused basalt stone mine (excursion - 0.8 km). After around three hours, the final destination, the 2,000-year-old town of Andernach on the Rhine, known for its baker's boy legend, is reached.

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Volcano Park information centre

Vulkanpark Infozentrum, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH/Dominik Ketz

As the central point of contact in the Volcano Park, the information centre offers an overview of the wide range of geological and archaeological themes covered in the park. 

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Skulpturen im Nettepark

Radeln durch den Nettepark, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH/Dominik Ketz
Art you can touch - sculptures made of stone and wood Details ansehen

Roman mine at Meurin

Römerbergwerk Meurin Logo, © Vulkanpark GmbH
In the Roman mine at Meurin, visitors enter an underground world where Roman miners and soldiers worked. Details ansehen

Lava-Dome - Deutsches Vulkanmuseum

Familienaction im Lava-Dome, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

The Lava Dome is a very special museum in the Volcano Park in the East Eifel. On 700 square metres it is not "museum-like", but spectacular - for children and adults, for absolute newcomers and for those who are pre-informed about volcanism. In the "Land of Volcanoes", a multimedia show tells the story of two violent volcanic eruptions. Images, sounds and projections let you relive them - up close and intense, but fortunately virtual. The "volcano workshop" is a genuine small science centre. At experimental stations, visitors gain a vivid impression of the processes inside the earth. The "Time of the Volcanoes" lets stones speak: Anyone who touches them can hear and see the great eruptions of times gone by. Current seismological data and images from webcams around the world are particularly exciting. And in the round cinema, a fictitious news programme takes your breath away, because here it becomes clear what another eruption of the Laacher See volcano would mean.

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Lavakeller – Unterirdische Kathedrale aus Basalt

Führung im Lavakeller Mendig, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

There are many steps leading deep down below the town of Mendig: Here in the lava cellars, in the middle of the cooled volcanic rock, it is consistently cold even in the hottest summers, there is a mysterious dim light, there is the smell of moisture. Up to 28 Mendig breweries used the 32-metre-high, cathedral-like halls in the basalt rock to store fresh beer. Mighty pillars, left standing during centuries of basalt and lava mining, support the gigantic cellars. A guided tour through the cellars is an unforgettable aha experience. The Vulkan Brewery in Mendig, which is located above the cellars, still uses this unique cold storage facility today. The Lava Dome as a multimedia museum shows many more exciting facets of volcanism.

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Erlebniswelten Grubenfeld (mining site Experience Worlds)

Erlebniswelten Grubenfeld, Spannende Einblicke, © Vulkanpark, Martin Christ

What did humans do with the volcanic rocks? What did they create from them? How did they obtain these rocks? And how were they able to shape them? The quarry field Volcano Park experience centre has interesting answers to all these questions.

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Vulkan Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Vulkan Brauerei

Enjoy our tasty and honest Brewhouse kitchen & a large offer of homemade beers.

The entire Brewhouse team is deeply rooted with our home. So it is a personal need to use fresh ingredients directly from the Eifel region.

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Ostbahnhof Mayen


Andernach am Rhein

Distance: 33.3 km

Duration: 4:0 h

Difficulty: easy

Ascent: 159 m

Descent: 353 m

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