Volcano park - Laacher See national geopark

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Six museum discovery and information centres and 17 natural, cultural and industrial monuments allow visitors to experience the hot, fiery evolutionary history of the Eifel directly where it happened.

It was only 13,000 years ago that the last pyroclastic flows and ash flows from the Laacher See volcano gushed through the valleys, extinguishing all life and leaving behind a barren moon landscape that in the thousands of years that followed would transform itself into a new landscape.

Even today, you can still see numerous cinder cones, maars, tuff and pumice walls at least a meter thick from this hot phase of the earth’s history. The volcanic eruptions in the past not only dominated the landscape, however, but also the lives of the people living in the Eifel. Historic mines, tunnels and quarries from different eras give a vivid impression of how people lived with this volcanic heritage.

The Laacher See geopark extends from Andernach am Rhein over the Brohltal valley at Niederzissen, to the north of the Laacher See lake. In the east, the area extends through to Boos, and includes the entire volcano park.
Four designated car routes, signposted cycle paths and marked hiking and circular trails lead visitors past different locations in the volcano park. 

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Kottenheimer Winfeld mit Tafeln des Vulkanparks, © Laura Rinneburger

Kottenheimer Winfeld - Vulkanpark

200,000 years ago, the Bellerberg volcano complex erupted. Today surrounded Kottenheimer Büden and Ettringer Bellerberg crescent shaped the actual crater area. During the eruption, three lava flows flowed out of the crater area. The current lying north of the crater filled an old valley, reaching a thickness of about 40 meters. It forms the quarry area of Winfeld. Due to the intensive quarrying since pre-Christian times - but especially during the last 150 years - high walls of basaltic rock have been exposed. This is how an idyllic mining landscape was created. From the former hustle and bustle numerous cranes, crane bases and retaining walls that stand on the imposing lava walls testify.

Vulkanparkstation Mayener Grubenfeld, Felswand, © Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Vulkanparkstation Grubenfeld

Mayen´s pit field is oner of the oldest and most important mines of basalt lava. This porous stone is perfectly suitable for grain grindings am millstones. A tour leads through the mine landscape, in the depth of the petrified lava river of the Bellerberg volvano with ist bizzare pillars. Roman mining traces can be found near a modern crane from the 20 th century. The sculpture park "LAPIDEA" is also on this area which is used for all kinds of events an by arches as training camp.

Tourist-Information Vulkanregion Laacher See

Kapellenstr. 12
56651 Niederzissen
Phone: 0049 2636 19433

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