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Volcano Eifel Tour is a 43.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gerolstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking.

Length 43.5 mi Elevation gain 8,405 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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1st day: Start in the Vulkaneifelort Gerolstein, known for its mineral water. Walk through the spa park with Helenenquelle and taste a refreshing sip of the mineral water. Then paths lead you through the nature reserve of the dolomite rocks. From the Munterley plateau you have a wonderful view over the city and the Kyll valley. Via a staircase, you reach the Buchenhöhle, where humans and animals found refuge in the late Ice Age. The next highlight is the modern visitor center of the Gerolsteiner Brunnen (www.gerolsteiner.de). Free guided tours are offered daily from Monday to Friday at 3:00 pm for approximately 1 hour. The tour leads us to the Eagle and Wolf Park (www.adler-wolfspark.de), where you can be part of a bird of prey demonstration or see a wolf pack face to face. Via the Eifelsteig, return to Gerolstein and walk up the stairs to Burg Löwenstein with a wonderful view of the city below. After a few minutes, you will reach the destination at the youth hostel in Gerolstein. 2nd Day: From the hostel, start your tour on the Eifelsteig to Daun. At the Dietzenley observation tower you can take a break and enjoy the view of the volcanic Eifel region. You will reach the village of Neroth. Since there were very few earning opportunities for the Eifel rural population in the 19th century, the Nerothers specialized in the production of wire products, such as baskets, kitchen utensils and even mousetraps. The Mausefallenmuseum is unfortunately only open on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Follow the signs to the Nerother head and after the steep ascent, take a well deserved break at the mystical castle ruin with the rock cave. The hike takes you over fields and woods to Neunkirchen. Once again, a steep climb has to be made before you reach Daun. If you still have time, you can stroll through the pedestrian zone of Daun and pay a visit to the volcanic museum. Cross the park, where you can stay for two nights in the youth hostel of Daun, which is a bit out of the way. Day 3: Today you will walk around the spa town of Daun. At the center of our tour today are the three Dauner Maare. Via the Philosophenweg, walk steadily uphill to the wildlife and adventure park of Daun (www.wildpark-daun.de). In addition to native animals such as red deer, wild boars and donkeys, the wildlife park also has monkeys and yaks to admire. In addition, you can still take the summer toboggan run. Descend into the valley of Lieser until you reach Gemünden and cross the Lieser. At the Gemündner Maar, take a small boat tour or relax in the sunshine in the natural swimming pool. Follow the Eifelsteig to the Drohnketurm where you will have a view of the landscape, the Gemündner, and Weinfelder Maar. At Schalkenmehrener Maar you reach the bathing area and can take a well deserved break. Follow a rise on the hill up to the Observatory Hohe List (www.hoher-list.de). Regular guided tours in conjunction with a lecture on astronomy will take place from 1 April to 31 October - every Wednesday at 11:00. Registration via Tourist Information Daun (phone 06592 9513-0) is required. Descend into the Lieser valley and follow the Lieserpfad from the Üdersdorfer Mill back to the Gemündner Maar and on to the youth hostel. Day 4: The first part of the route is familiar to us from the previous day. Follow the Lieserpfad and soon you will hear the noise of Lieser. Follow the river and come to a picturesque mill, where you can stop in bad weather. The Liesertal becomes increasingly narrow and curvy. Our tour with idyllic resting places, narrow paths and the rushing brook is a pleasure for the senses. Pay a visit to the Eckfelder Maar and learn interesting facts about this important fossil site. In summer you can watch the excavation teams of the Natural History Museum in Mainz.

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