Meerfeld

A romantic village? An idyllic lake? This would have been unimaginable 45,000 years ago!

Violent explosions blasted a huge crater in the landscape, vast quantities of volcanic ash built up a rim measuring 1.7 kilometres in diameter, and masses of rocks were thrown out as far as several kilometres. But the volcano calmed down eventually. And as time went on, rainwater and groundwater collected inside the funnel-shaped crater to form a circular lake. After a while a small stream managed to break through the rim of the basin. It washed stones and sediment into the lake and thereby confined it to the northern part of the basin. Many thousands of years later, around 1200 AD, the village of Meerfeld was built on the alluvial fan which the stream had created.

The small village community lived from ore mining, fishing in the maar lake, and farming, which was very successful. Where at first it seemed that nothing could grow, plants later found ideal conditions: Volcanic soils can hold moisture for a very long time and are exceptionally rich in nutrients. In order to extend the area of arable land, the villagers even went so far as to lower the level of the lake in the 19th century!

Our tip: There is a circular walk around the lake, about three kilometres long, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the luxuriant vegetation along the banks and the impressive carpet of water lilies.


Welcome

The Deutsche Vulkanstraße (German Volcano Route) invites visitors to embark on a 280 km long discovery tour. The signposted holiday and discovery route connects 39 places of interest - as regards geology, cultural history and industrial history - which are related to volcanic activity in the Eifel.

A wide variety of volcanic features is presented to visitors, including maar lakes, cinder cones, lava flows, domes and bubbling springs. The fiery natural heritage is presented clearly and understandably in museums, visitor centres and mines.

Contact information

Vulkanregion Laacher See

Kapellenstraße 12
56651 Niederzissen

Telefon.: +49 (0)2636 194 33

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Vulkanregion Laacher See
Kapellenstraße 12
56651 Niederzissen
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54550 Daun
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56637 Plaidt
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