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.
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.
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 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.
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').
What is going on deep beneath our feet? How does volcanic activity affect the landscape? Experience volcanic phenomena and activity at close range.
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.
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.
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.
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.