On the way in the land of maars and volcanoes

Dramatic events including violent explosions and fire spewing forth from the depths of the earth have blown holes in the planet‘s surface and created mountains in the Vulkaneifel. Up until 10,000 years ago the volcanoes here still gave off smoke and most recently the Ulmen Maar was formed – Germany‘s youngest volcano. Volcanic activity hasn’t completely disappeared, it‘s just taking a little break, waiting patiently for the next eruption. Nevertheless the legacy has been impressive: some 350 small and large volcanoes, maars, lava flows and countless mineral and carbon dioxide springs. Yet the natural history of the Vulkaneifel offers even more: red sandstones, tropical reefs and powerful sea deposits tell of both peaceful and tumultuous times over the past 400 million years.

The Vulkaneifel has been named a European Geopark and has been recognized by the UNESCO organization. The Vulkaneifel is a region with particular beauty and significance. Together with our partners of the European and Global Geopark Network, our goal is to make regional natural wonders and phenomena accessible and to inspire new enthusiasm for a sometimes explosive landscape.

All senses are appealed to and all kinds of activities are put on display – savor, hike, mountain bike, research and discover – join us on a journey through the land of maars and volcanoes.