A romantic village? An idyllic lake? This would have been unimaginable 45,000 years ago!
The Steffelnkopf cinder cone is underlain by a maar, as are most of the cinder cones in the West Eifel.
The Infozentrum Rauschermühle, which lies between the villages of Plaidt and Saffig, is your first port of call not only for planning your journey, but also for finding out the key facts about volcanic activity and 7,000 years of rock extraction in the area.
There is a unique world of discovery waiting for you in the Lava Dome and the Lavakeller (Lava Cellars) in Mendig. This is where you can learn all about volcanicity in the East Eifel. Children especially, but adults too, can experience volcanic activity with all their senses in Mendig, a small town in the Eifel.
The history of the Mayener Grubenfeld begins with the eruption of the Bellerberg Volcano about 200,000 years ago.
Did you know that there are more than a hundred volcanic 'peaks' in the Eifel region?