Go on a journey back in time to the Roman Empire at the Glauber salt spring. Because they were already aware of the healing properties of this water 2000 years ago. Find out here how the water is still used for healing today.
Glowing red lava and viscous magma. Ice-cold water and hot fire. The elements once raged in the volcanic Eifel. And created something wonderful.
In Wallenborn, water shoots out of the ground every 35 minutes. In Strohn, there is a huge lava bomb. The unique landscape of the GesundLand Vulkaneifel holds many secrets to be solved. Embark on an exciting journey of discovery to geysers, mineral springs and giant lava boulders.
The Volcanic Eifel is known for its mineral water springs, also called Dreese or Sauerbrunnen. Just try the water yourself. You will be surprised how different the flavors of the individual springs are. This is due, among other things, to the different minerals that the water dissolves from the ancient rock on its way to the earth's surface. Many springs are said to have a healing effect, which people have been using for baths and drinking cures for hundreds of years.
What was created thousands of years ago by powerful forces of nature, is today hard to beat in beauty. Twelve maars filled with water make the volcanic Eifel a unique and colorful natural scenery. The crystal clear water sparkles in the sun, the clouds reflect on the surface. You will get to know these magical places during a hike along the shore - and in some volcanic craters you may also swim and bathe.
A seemingly peaceful fountain awakens, begins to bubble. Suddenly, a fountain of warm water shoots up into the sky, bubbling up for six minutes. Then, just as in a flash, the spook is over again. The "Brubbel," as the locals affectionately call the phenomenon, calms down. The basis for this natural spectacle is a carbonated spring. The people of Wallenborn wanted to use it industrially in the early 1930s and began drilling. But during this attempt, chunks of earth and water flew around their ears. They had encountered a chamber in which rising CO2 collected and spilled out with force and water at the surface. Similar to a bubble bottle being shaken, the pressure in such underground chambers rises. At some point, this exceeds the pressure of the water column above - in Wallenborn, this happens every 35 minutes. The Wallende Born is a spectacle that you should not miss!
In 1969, during blasting operations on the Wartgesberg, a huge chunk of rock detached itself from the quarry face at a height of about 15 meters - an impressive accidental find that still inspires enthusiasm today. With its enormous diameter of five meters, the almost circular rock amazed both the blasters and the geologists who were called in to help. The scientists investigated the history of the lava boulder's origin: When the Wartgesberg volcano erupted 12,000 years ago, a piece of the crater wall slid back into the fiery maw. Several times the lump was ejected and fell back, so that always new boiling hot lava fragments adhered to it. It grew to its enormous size and finally, cooled and calmed, embedded itself in the crater wall. Proud of this unique find, the Strohners moved the so-called lava bomb to its present location in 1980 in a sweaty operation.
Numerous springs bubble through the volcanic Eifel. Fresh from ancient volcanic rock, the waters are enriched with numerous minerals.