Volcano Park information centre


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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. 

The history of the high-temperature creation of the East Eifel is presented to visitors along with the history of quarrying in the same region, which stretches back over 7,000 years. There is also an overview of the entire Volcano Park with all its attractions.

Visitors will find information about the special features of (Eifel) vulcanism, the most important volcanoes in the East Eifel and the historical stone mining. On large backlit images and with striking film material, the “Vulcanology” exhibition area presents the history of the high-temperature creation of the East Eifel.
In the “Archaeology” exhibition, visitors are given an introduction to the history of the mining of basalt lava stone and tuff. Visitors can immerse themselves in this history in the true sense of the word. A 3D image on the floor offers a view into the mining tunnels and quarries. From Roman times via the Middle Ages to the modern era, the focus is on the way in which the valuable volcanic raw materials were mined.
In the stone experience garden, you can listen to, touch and move the volcanic stones, and hear the roar of the “river Nette” as it flows over large basalt blocks in the “roaring park” next door.
You should plan about 1 1/2 hours for a visit to the Volcano Park information centre. For guests wanting some exercise and more information, we recommend that you follow the visit with a hike along the Roman history paths along the Nette and Krufter Bach stream to the Antike Technikwelt (“world of antique technology”) at the Meurin Roman mine.

Small but perfectly formed. Anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the geology and mining history of the East Eifel should start their tour of discovery at the Volcano Park information centre. Particularly when combined with the Antike Technikwelt at the Roman mine in Meurin, the information centre also offers an interesting introduction to the Volcano Park for families with children, thanks to the low entrance charges.




Vulkanpark GmbH
56637 Plaidt
Phone: (0049)02632-9875-0
Fax: (0049)02632-9875-20

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With around 3.3 km² and a depth of 53 m, Laacher See is the largest lake in Rhineland-Palatinate. The area around the lake has been a nature reserve for almost 80 years. The last eruption of the former “Laacher volcano” occurred around 10,930 BC. B.C., about 13,000 years ago. Traces of volcanic activity can still be found in the form of volcanic outgassing, the so-called mofettes, on the eastern shore of the lake. The total ejection quantity of the outbreak at that time was about 16 km³. The eruption was one and a half times as strong as that of Pinatubo in 1991, or 6 times as strong as the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Although Laacher See is widely regarded as the largest maar in the Vulkaneifel, it is scientifically not a maar and also not a real crater lake, but a water-filled caldera - a burglary crater that resulted from a collapse after the magma chamber was emptied below the volcanic cone. The volcanic mountain collapses and only the ring bead on the outer edge remains. Over time, the remaining boiler fills up with water. The Laacher See is in the Eifel, next to the neighboring Wehrer Kessel, the largest caldera and the only water-filled one in Central Europe.