1. Erntekreuz: Hot ash and a quiet lake!

It is difficult to imagine what happened here almost 13,000 years ago: In the midst of gently rolling hills the roof was suddenly blown off a magma chamber which had formed beneath the Earth's surface.
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2. Maria Laach: A monastery and volcanoes - what is the connection?

In the case of the Monastery Maria Laach, it is a very close one! Our tip: We suggest following a two-kilometre long geological trail which leads from the monastery to the former Naturkundemuseum (Natural History Museum). Along the trail you can find out about volcanic rocks, how they were formed and how they have been used.
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3. Eppelsberg (Mount Eppelsberg): An inferno set in stone!

The Eppelsberg near Nickenich is typical of the cinder cone volcanoes in the East Eifel and was active about 230,000 years ago. In modern times, quarrying exposed a unique window onto the inside of the volcano and the typical layered construction of a cinder cone.
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4. Römerbergwerk Meurin (Meurin Roman Mine)

The Römerbergwerk Meurin near Kretz is part of the largest Roman tuff stone mining area north of the Alps. It is one of the archaeological highlights of the Vulkanpark.
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5. Infozentrum Rauschermühle (Visitor Centre Rauschermühle)

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.
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6. Lava-Dome: Welcome to the Lava Dome

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.
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7. Wingertsbergwand: A geological masterpiece!

The Wingertsbergwand near Mendig is a world-famous geological window onto the past and has long been used by volcanologists for research and teaching.
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8. Mayener Grubenfeld (Mayen Mine workings): erupted, quarried, observed

The history of the Mayener Grubenfeld begins with the eruption of the Bellerberg Volcano about 200,000 years ago.
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9. Gleitfalte am Dachsbusch (Slip Fold at the Dachsbusch): Ice in a volcano!

Extraction of volcanic stone from the Dachsbusch ate deeper and deeper into the old cinder cone.
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10. Aschestrom (Ash Flow): Young ash on old rock!

Nearly 13,000 years ago, clouds of hot volcanic ash from the Laacher See (Lake Laach) Volcano raced down the Brohltal (Brohl Valley) and filled it with huge amounts of loose volcanic material.
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11. Trasshöhlen (Trass Caves)

The sky turned dark in the Brohltal (Brohl Valley), when the Laacher See (Lake Laach) Volcano erupted only five kilometres away.
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12. Bausenberg (Mount Bausenberg): a broken volcano!

During the eruption of the Bausenberg Volcano, which lasted only a few weeks, a cinder cone was formed.
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13. Infozentrum Brohltal/Laacher See (Visitor Centre Brohl Valley/Lake Laach)

The Infozentrum Brohltal/Laacher See is the first port of call for holiday-makers in the Brohltal. This is where you can get an overview of the wide range of leisure activities and places of interest in this area.
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14. Tuffsteinzentrum Weibern (Tuff Centre Weibern): Tuff - stone made of volcanic ashes!

Anyone who wants to learn more about tuff can easily find out about this rock and its uses in the 'Weiberner Schaufenster' ('Weibern Shop Window').
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15. Hohe Acht (Mount Hohe Acht): Have you ever climbed the highest peak in a mountain range?

You have a chance to do that here on the Hohe Acht, the highest mountain in the Eifel!
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17. Mosbruch: A maarvelous pond!

A maar volcano created this broad basin which is about 1.5 kilometres in diameter.
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18. Ulmener Maar: A young firebrand

The 10,900-years-old Ulmener Maar is the youngest volcano in Germany.
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19. Vulcano-Infoplattform (Volcano Information Platform): Cheeky peaks

Did you know that there are more than a hundred volcanic 'peaks' in the Eifel region?
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20. Bad Bertrich: Thermal springs and 'Käsegrotte' ('Cheese Cave')

Healing water: The water which comes to us from deep under ground is pleasantly warm at a temperature of 32°C.
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21. Immerather Maar: A volcano sees green

Welcome to the Immerather Maar nature reserve!
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22. Pulvermaar: moor, mountain, lake

The Pulvermaar is the northernmost of a group of volcanoes which stretches from north to south.
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23. Lavabombe Strohn (Strohn Lava Bomb): a hot snowball

When workers in the Wartgesberg quarry were doing some blasting in 1969, they were more than a little amazed!
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24. Holzmaar (Wood Maar): Muddy weather records

'And what was the weather like?' is a question we are often asked when we have been on holiday. And it is one we can answer easily.
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25. Dürres Maar (Dry Maar): Poor and valuable

Unlike the circular lake of the nearby Holzmaar (Wood Maar), the Dürres Maar has become increasingly silted up since its formation about 20,000 years ago.
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26. Weinfelder Maar and Schalkenmehrener Maar

Weinfelder Maar: The former parish church of Weinfeld is the only building that survived when the village was wiped out by the plague in the 16th century.
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27. Gemündener Maar: Siblings - and yet so very different!

Inside the Earth, huge amounts of hot magma are under great pressure and are being pushed towards the surface.
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28. Eifel-Vulkanmuseum (Eifel Volcano Museum) in Daun

What is going on deep beneath our feet? How does volcanic activity affect the landscape? Experience volcanic phenomena and activity at close range.
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29. Dreiser Weiher (Dreis Pond)

Sparkling greetings from inside the Earth! There are big bangs when water and magma meet.
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30. Arensberg (Mount Arensberg): A hollow volcano

Two volcanic eruptions created a mountain where there was none before. The first eruption took place about 32 million years ago: Rising magma forced its way up through layers of slate, limestone and sandstone and with immense power dragged blocks of rock up with it.
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31. Vulkangarten Steffeln (Steffeln Volcano Garden)

The Steffelnkopf cinder cone is underlain by a maar, as are most of the cinder cones in the West Eifel.
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32. Mühlsteinhöhle (Mill Stone Cave) Rother Kopf: Hard toil

A volcano erupts. Hot drops of lava are thrown out of the vent and fall onto other fragments of lava which have been spewed out during earlier eruptions.
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33. Papenkaule (Crater Papenkaule): Errant magma

There really ought to be a mountain here. Or at least a hill. But we find exactly the opposite: a hollow! Because something got in the way tens of thousands of years ago.
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35. Wallenborn: A cold geyser

The 'Wallender Born' geyser came into being by accident during drilling operations in 1933.
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36. Meerfeld (Village of Meerfeld): In the eye of the volcano

A romantic village? An idyllic lake? This would have been unimaginable 45,000 years ago!
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37. Mosenberg (Mosenberg Crater Row) & Windsborn-Kratersee (Windsborn Crater Lake): Meagre diet in paradise

If you walk a little way further up, you will see a geological feature which is a major exception in the Volcanic Eifel.
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38. Maarmuseum Manderscheid

Experience the exciting history of the Volcanic Eifel through spectacular simulations. And go on a journey inside the Earth.
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39. Gesteinsfalte (Slip Fold): A warm, shallow sea

Clay and sand particles float around gently and settle on top of each other in layers on the seabed. But this tranquillity comes to an abrupt end.
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