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Though we eventually haven't make it there, I guess, the true attraction of this volcanic area is indeed Wildpark Daun. It's a place for all animals' lovers, a place with deers, donkeys, monkeys, horses, lamas, goats, bears, and falcons..all out in the open. Wildpark Daun also offers picnic places & an adventure playground. Certainly it's a great kids/family day trip spot.
Updated Aug 27, 2011
There are many round lakes in the Eifel, the Maare, lakes of vulcanic origin. We went to the Meersfelder Maar, one of the deepest.
We parked and were surprised how many cars were parking in the little village. So many people were interested in walking down to the Maar?
But, as it turned out, the local football club was playing the rival from the nearest village and that's where everybody was. I also lost my husband on our way down, village football proved to be a bigger attraction than the water.
The ground close to the lake was swampy , sometimes there were wooden planks to make walking easier. It was very quiet, except for the occasional cries of happiness or despair from the footballers. I was happy to see large spots of marsh marigolds, if that's the correct English name for these flowers. They have become rare here.
Written May 19, 2009
We found this cold water geysir in Wallenborn. The name of the village means "boiling source", a very fitting name. The geysir is locally called the Brubbel,
an onomatopoetic word, as the water is "brubbeling".
You can see it from the street, but it's better seen when you go inside the enclosure.
The Brubbel erupts about every 30 minutes and rises up to four meter. It was fascinating to watch.After the eruption the air smells a little bit of sulphur, again an indication that the Eifel region is very young in geological terms.
Entrance fee is 1 Euro.
Updated May 19, 2009
We were looking for a place to have lunch and walked up to the restaurant in the castle in Daun. They only had a special menu that day, which was too much food and too expensive for us. So we decided to go to an Italian place we had passed near the museum, Lo Stivale.
We had such a wonderful meal! It looked like an average restaurant, but their food was much better than usual.
I had grilled eggplant as an appetizer and pasta with salmon afterwards. My husband chose a fruit pizza, a strange combination, but he said it was very good. I had tiramisu for dessert, also very, very good.
We paid 38 Euro, which was very resaonable. This restaurant came as a surprise in such a little town, and we felt lucky that we hadn't gone to the place in the castle.
Written May 19, 2009
Address: Leopoldstrasse 5, Daun
The Vulkan Museum was what had us brought to Daun. We had read about it and on the homepage it said
it was an interactive museum with lots of explanations. This may have been true once, but when we were there, most of the interactive
parts were broken.
One show case which contains a "vulcano", must have got broken a long time ago, judging by the number of dead flies and dust balls in it.
Still, the explanations and pictures were very interesting, maybe a little too scientific.
There was a particularly interesting table about a cold water geysir. It gave a long scientific explanation as to what caused the water to erupt and I wanted to go and see it, if it was not too far. But there was nothing which gave us some plain facts for tourists, like where is it, how to get there etc.
So I asked the lady at the ticket desk, if this geysir was still erupting.
"Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't".
"Can you tell me where it is?" "Not too far from here.""How far is not too far?" "I really don't know, but not too far."
After she had looked in two maps without finding it, we gave up and left. We later found the geysir, it's about 20 minutes from Daun on the B 257 in Wallenborn. I describe it in an extra tip.
Entrance fee to the museum is 3 Euro
Unique Suggestions: This museum is of interest for people who are very interested in geological facts about vulcanoes and who already have some knowledge about it. It is not a good museum for families, which is what they say on their homepage, because all things which children would like to do are broken.
The lady at the cash desk was very friendly, but it clear that she didn't know much about the area.
Written May 19, 2009
Wildpark Daun lies in a 200 Ha. wide forest- and fieldarea, a eight Kilometer long car/walkingroad is crossing the area.
from 15th. March to 15th November,
Daily from 10.00 hrs
Updated Aug 7, 2003
Phone: +49 (0) 65 92 31 54