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German Volcanoes Route – a hot tip for a fiery tour

Glees: Sonnenaufgang über dem Laacher See, Vulkaneifel ©Lookphotos (Christian Bäck)

The Eifel region located between Bonn and Trier is the most geologically active area in Germany. The German Volcanoes Route takes visitors on a tour of the top geological sites of interest to tourists in the local area across around 280 kilometres.

The Eifel between the Rhine, Moselle and Ahr Rivers is a highland region created by volcanoes during the Cenozoic period. It is an area of harsh beauty and natural landscapes, with the Volcanic Eifel and its volcanoes that have been dormant for 10,000 years at its heart. Around 350 eruption sites narrate the exciting and fiery history behind the region, whilst geological museums and countless geological institutes make scientific phenomena accessible to all. Guided tours showcase the important treasures and sites within this remarkable natural setting.

The German Volcanoes Route includes almost 40 geological sights and attractions relating to industrial history and volcanoes. There is no end of volcanic relics along the way, including mysterious crater lakes, violent sinkholes and cinder cones, spectacular quarries, lava flows, metre-thick walls of tuff and pumice, domes, geysers, bubbling mineral and carbonated springs, plumes and hot spots.

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