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Lava-Dome, multimedialer Vulkanausbruch, © Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz

Volcano park - Laacher See national geopark

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 Büden, © Foto: Svenja Schulze-Entrup, Quelle: Touristik-Büro Vordereifel

Kottenheimer Büden - Vulkanparkstation

The "Kottenheimer Büden" on the eastern flank of the Bellerberg gives an insight into the origins of the Bellerberg volcano and originated about 200,000 years ago when lava bombs and shreds were thrown out of the volcano by violent explosions and piled up into a mighty slag wall. The mysterious "Siewe Stuwe" are caves carved into the basalt lava, which served as air shelters during World War II - primarily for women and children. The Traumpfad "Vulkanpfad" connects the volcanic park stations Ettringer Bellerberg, Kottenheimer Winfeld and Kottenheimer Büden over a distance of about 7 kilometers.

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

Lava-Dome - Deutsches Vulkanmuseum

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.

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

Lavakeller – Unterirdische Kathedrale aus Basalt

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.

Vulkanpark Infozentrum

Rauschermühle 6
56637 Plaidt
Phone: +49 2632 98750

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Tourist-Information Vulkanregion Laacher See

Kapellenstr. 12
56651 Niederzissen
Phone: 0049 2636 19433

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