Wanderung Maare-Pfad: Pulvermaar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • Distance: 34.7 km
  • Duration: 12:0 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Maar Trail


The Maar Trail (“Maare-Pfad”) takes you to seven maars in the Volcanic Eifel. The start of the trail, which is one of the Volcanic Eifel routes, is the small town of Schalkenmehren next to the maar of the same name, the largest of the three well-known Daun maars (the Weinfeld, Gemünden and Schalkenmehren maars). The first day is already full of highlights, with the tour taking you to the bell foundry in Brockscheid, the Hitsche maar, a magical dry maar, the Dürre maar and the Holzmaar.

During the next stage, the tour continues to the almost perfect circle of the Pulvermaar, the deepest maar in the Volcanic Eifel, the “Strohner Märchen” maar, which has now silted up, and the Immerather maar, which is tucked away from view.

If you follow the path until the end, you cross the Uessbach valley. Here, the maars follow the mills. The path ends at the Drei-Eichen-Hütte (“three oak hut”) and the hikers’ car park of the same name.

From here, you can either take a longer route along the Maar and Thermal Springs Trail (around 8 km) or a direct route to the small town of Lutzerath.

Due to its length, it’s worth dividing the Maar Trail into a 2-day tour. We recommend that you divide the route into the following two sections:

  • 1. Etappe:  Start: Schalkenmehren | Gillenfeld | 15,1 km | 5,5 h
  • 2. Etappe:  Start: Gillenfeld | Strotzbüsch | 15,9 km | 7 h


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  • Wegmarkierung Wanderweg Maare-Pfad
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Blick auf das fast kreisrunde Pulvermaar, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH

Discover the unfathomable depths of the Pulvermaar! Located directly near Gillenfeld, the Pulvermaar is the deepest maar in the Eifel at 74 metres. It is surrounded by beautiful beech forest and in summer is a popular address for all those who want to swim or go boating in the midst of beautiful nature.

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Hotel Schneider am Maar

Hotel Schneider-140521-189

Host of the regional brand EIFEL

In a beautiful landscape, right on Schalkenmehrener Maar located, expects you a not everyday house. Come to rest and relax in the Wellness & Beaty oasis with sauna, ceramic steam bath, air bath and tecaldarium, emotional shower etc. Enjoy your personal pampering program. A large lawn with Maarblick, a garden café, garages and parking spaces can be found directly at the house. Round off the day with one of five draft beers or good wine in our Eifeler Stube in a cozy atmosphere. Sooner or later - a Eifelhotel, a family ... both from the heart.

Eifel Culinary Restaurant with regional, creative cuisine - Taste where it's made – Lamb and turkey from our own free-range farming

  • Comfortable rooms in 4 different categories • Beauty and Wellness Oasis with a Physio-Active Studio
  • Wine and Beer Stube with 5 draft beer varieties
  • Cozy dining rooms and a beautiful sun terrace
  • Accommodation in the Eifelsteig hiking area and along the Maare-Mosel cycling route

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More information about this route

Start: Schalkenmehren

Destination: Wanderparkplatz bei Lutzerath

Distance: 34.7 km

Duration: 12:0 h

Difficulty: difficult

Ascent: 657 m

Descent: 672 m

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