UNESCO Geopark Volcanic Eifel
The Volcanic Eifel - a valuable natural heritage, designated as a European Geopark, part of the UNESCO-supported Global Geopark Network.
Wide heights, dense forests, clear streams, fragrant meadows and pretty villages - the Volcanic Eifel presents itself as a pretty holiday region that could not be more peaceful.
Beneath the surface, however, there is not only silence. The mighty volcanic forces that once led to the formation of this enchanting, sometimes harsh landscape are still active. Fire and water have shaped the volcanic Eifel, are still shaping it today. The legacy so far is impressive: some 350 small and large volcanoes, maars, lava flows and countless mineral and carbonic acid springs. But the geological history of the Volcanic Eifel offers even more: red sandstones, tropical reefs and mighty marine deposits tell of calm and turbulent times during the past 400 million years.
The outstanding importance for the global community was underlined by the recognition of the Volcano Eifel Nature and Geopark as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2015. This high accolade is confirmation of the work that has been done and at the same time an invitation to further develop the offers in the Geopark: GEO museums reveal scientific phenomena. Carefully selected cycling and hiking tours lead to the treasures of this fascinating landscape. Numerous information points provide information about biotopes and geotopes. And certified guides inspire visitors on exciting discovery tours.
For more information on the history and offers of the Volcanic Eifel, visit the homepage of the Nature & Geopark!