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Blick auf den Laacher See in der Eifel, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Laacher See lake and Maria Laach

Around 130,000 years ago, the Laacher See volcano eruted violently. Today, the lake is a popular day trip destination. Near the Laacher See lake, you'll also find the beautiful Maria Laach Abbey.

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Laacher See

The Laacher See lake is the largest lake in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate and is a popular day trip destination. During the summer, visitors can take a cool dip in the waters, while on the eastern shore of the lake, there is something exciting waiting to be discovered. There, small bubbles rise in the water. These “mofettes” are rising carbon dioxide and reflect the volcanic history of the lake (although the lake is not a maar like the other volcanic lakes in the Eifel).
About 13,000 years ago, there were several violent eruptions of the Laacher See volcano. First, rising magma came into contact with aquiferous layers and triggered an explosion of water steam. In the following eruption phase, in a similar way to Vesuvius, several ash columns formed, the ash from which was spread widely across Europe. However, there were interruptions to this eruption. As a result, the ash columns collapsed and became hot flows of embers. The ember flows ran into the valleys towards Brohltal and Pellenz, filling them up. The cooled lava flows are called “trass”. Today, you can visit trass caves in the Brohltal valley, as well as an old Roman mine at Meurin, where the material was excavated. 
A further eruption followed, in which basalt blocks from older lava stones surrounding the volcano were blasted outwards. These basalt blocks can be seen in the Wingertsberg volcano wall near Mendig.

Maria Laach abbey

The Benedictine abbey of Maria Laach was built on the shore of the Laacher See lake during the 11th century.
The monastery is an important Romanesque building and contains several monastery enterprises. The monastery has a nursery, a courtyard shop, a boat rental service and a hotel and restaurant.

A tip for hikers:

The “Pellenzer Seepfad” lake path leads past the Laacher See lake. The trail starts in Nickenich and takes hikers along 16 km of impressive volcanic landscape.

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Maria Laach Abbey

Maria Laach
56653 Glees
Phone: 0049 2652 590

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