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Moselle Slate Route – The premium product for exclusive architecture

Moselle Slate Route – The premium product for exclusive architecture

The Moselle Slate Route takes you on a 110 km long signposted circuit that runs from Mayen through the towns of Münstermaifeld, Cochem, Kaisersesch, Monreal and Mayen, the steep vineyards of the Moselle Valley, the volcanic landscape of the Eifel region and its Volcano Park to the very peak of the Eifel mountains. Moselle Slate got its name from the route taken to transport the precious stone across the Moselle Valley.

Moselle Slate: from the depths of the earth to the rooftops of the world! Formed in the Eifel region about 400 million years ago, slate is one of the oldest natural products in Germany. The smooth, bluish grey, shimmering stone is durable, strong, robust and easy to look after, and was even prized by the Romans.

A first class material

When constructing an exceptional piece of architecture, slate is the go-to material for roofs and façades. For countless generations, builders and craftsmen have used it to create buildings of enduring value and many centuries ago, it was used to give countless buildings, and even entire cities, a distinctive appearance. Slate was the material of choice for builders who appreciated refined materials, with both builders and craftsmen using it to construct the most attractive and striking buildings they could.

The mine tells its story

Today many slate-tiled buildings are considered World Cultural Heritage. The German Slate Mine (Deutsche Schieferbergwerk) is located 16 m under Genoveva Castle in the town of Mayen in Eifel; all over the town, high-quality Moselle slate is now extracted from depths of 300 m using the very latest technology before being perfectly cleaved and shaped to continue its life on roofs or façades.

Slate named after the Moselle

The name "Moselle Slate" has been used since 1588 and comes from the route that was originally used to transport the slate along the Moselle. This has remained an active route for both passengers and trade to this very day. Many events take place along the Moselle Slate Route but a particular highlight is the German Automobile Association (ADAC) Moselle Slate Classic Car Rally (Moselschiefer-Classic), which usually attracts around 150 participants.

Moselle Slate Route

Length: 110 km

Theme: Moselle slate, history of the mining industry

Highlights:
Cochem: Reichsburg Castle
Hatzenport: historic ferry tower
Kaisersesch: Slate Mining Trail
Maifeld: Eltz Castle
Mayen: the German Slate Mine, Genoveva Castle
Monreal: castle ruins
Treis-Karden: Pyrmont Castle

www.moselschiefer-strasse.de

Events
Mayen’s Burgfestspiele Theatre Festival is the cultural highlight of the Northern Rhineland-Palatinate. Every summer the quiet but neat Mayen turns into a theatre city. In 2017 we once more present you top class theatre. The about 60 members of our ensemble show entertainment for everybody during the next festival season: “Kabale und Liebe”, the musical “Der kleine Horrorladen”, the play "Alte Liebe", the youth play "Tschick" and the children’s play “Ronja Räubertochter”. Banners, hanging from Mayen’s houses, announce Mayen’s Burgfestspiele; every visitor feels the air vibrate at Mayen’s sunlit market place. Mid-May the romantic courtyard of Genoveva Castle turns into a stage without roof for a theatre spectacle. The free view into the sky gives your heart, mind and soul wings. And even if the stars don’t shine every evening above this stage, a few drops of rain have never clouded the atmosphere for the audience so far. Our open-air proven audience has given standing ovations even in pouring rain to swimming actors. Let’s take this opportunity to pay a big compliment to the lovers of open-air-theatre! No matter what the weather is like, theatre is more than an entertaining evening. True acting still echoes long after the last word has been spoken and after the stage is empty again. Theatre always shows a piece of life. Theatre is dreams and big feelings. Theatre is images, colours and notes. Theatre moves, touches and fires your imagination. The ensemble of Mayen’s Burgfestspiele wants to show you such great theatre. Come to Mayen, enjoy Mayen’s Burgfestspiele with us. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Upcoming dates:

28.05.2017 - 26.08.2017

from 10:30

Venue

Rosengasse 5
56727 Mayen
Fon: (0049) 2651 494942
Fax: (0049) 2651 497844
tickets@touristikcenter-mayen.de
www.mayenzeit.de

Organiser

Eifelmuseum - Deutsches Schieferbergwerk
Genovevaburg
56727 Mayen
Fon: (0049)2651 498508
Fax: (0049)2651 7017833
museumskasse@mayenzeit.de
http://www.mayen.de/Tourismus-und-Events/Museen/Eifelmuseum_Deutsches-Schieferbe

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Roman event on the roman castle "Katzenberg" next to the City takes place on the third weekend in july of each year. Information and tours to the historic place "Katzenberg". Presentions of a Roman Legion, who work and live for 2 days in the roman period. We present: - roman wedding - all kinds of roman dresses - roman military-legion and presentations and so on.

Upcoming dates:

15.07.2017 - 16.07.2017

from 11:00

Venue

Altes Rathaus am Marktplatz
56727 Mayen
Fon: (0049) 2651 903004
Fax: (0049) 2651 903009
touristinfo@mayenzeit.de
www.mayenzeit.de

Organiser

Tourist-Information Stadt Mayen
Altes Rathaus am Marktplatz
56727 Mayen
Fon: (0049) 2651 903004
Fax: (0049) 2651 903009
touristinfo@mayenzeit.de
http://www.mayenzeit.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Witches and wizards capture the city. Engraving on pumkins and walk acts in the city centre, a magic circus for children on market place and workshops in the Old Town Hall. Prize awarding to the pumkin king and to most gruesome dress. Pumkinparade to Old City Hall with wizards, witches and magicians.

Upcoming dates:

28.10.2017

from 10:00

Venue

Altes Rathaus am Marktplatz
56727 Mayen
Fon: (0049) 2651 903004
Fax: (0049) 2651 903009
touristinfo@mayenzeit.de
www.mayenzeit.de

Organiser

Tourist-Information Stadt Mayen
Altes Rathaus am Marktplatz
56727 Mayen
Fon: (0049) 2651 903004
Fax: (0049) 2651 903009
touristinfo@mayenzeit.de
http://www.mayenzeit.de

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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