not far from the City, in the wonderful East Eifel....Schloss Buerresheim, completely intact, never destroyed.....just a fine witness from many centuries ago
for german speaking VT members, the webpage below tells you all about the Eifel Region and its treasures
Have you ever been inside a lava stream? Below the "Vulkanmuseum" you can walk through a maze of basalt pillars. After an eruption 200.000 years ago lava flew down the hills and cooled off. This lava was made of molten basalt and has a height of up to 35 meters. The slow cooling process formed such hexagonal and pentagonal pillars which were used as mill stones in the Middle Age. In the 19th and early 20th century the anthropogenic cave was used as cellar of a brewery.
Today you can walk through the cave and observe bats hanging upside down. But don't get off the beaten track. Several tourist got lost in the dark cave that has a size of about 360 soccer fields!!!
This museum deals with the vulcanism in the Eifel and the results of giant eruptions. The guided tour is very informative and you can get insight in the life of the past hundred years when people tried to get round basalt stones out of the cooled off lava. Those stones were used in mills to grind grains.
The mill stone is the only object that has been on the very first three world fairs and can still be seen.
Heinrich II. erected this monastery at the Laacher See in 1093. It is a fantastic example of Romanesque architecture. It was in the hands of the Benediks until 1802 when the monastery was secularize. In the following years the owner changed several times. In the end of the 19th century the Benedikts became the monatery back. Still today 60 monks live and work here.
The Vulanic Eifel derived its name from the over 800 vulcanoes that can be found here. Most eruptions happened million years ago but not all vulcanoes are extinct. But don't worry, an eruption is not imminent and in this area scientists can forecast an eruption up to three days in advance.
Just stroll around and admire what vulcanoes can create. The photo shows some of my fellow students in an up to sixty meters high basalt-tuff wall made by ashes of the eruption of the Laacher See Vulcano over 12000 years ago.
Heaven for geologists and geographers.
Did you know Germany has active vulcanoes? Okay, they are not as active as others and the latest eruption happened over 12.000 years ago. But it is not proven that all vulcanoes are extinct.
"Laacher See" is a caldera (vulcanic crater made by an explosion) filled with water. You can still see bubbles of CO2 rising to the surface.
...beautiful, don't ya think.....!!Monreal can deal with tourists and travellers alike, good Pension, Campground and Holiday app. to rent. well I can't give any tips here, just 30km from my place, daytrips on the menue.
what I remeber well, good food an never forget that Icecream when exploring the scenery, shops,.... ceramics are very good from here.and of course, the people are great, take my word for it
for all german speaking VT travellers, the website provided is very nice, have a look
and if you are in the area, just 7km by car you find the Village of Monreal, the small River Elz flows through and gives it's final touch to an already picturesque setting.
you will find not only one Castle, there are two..the Lion Castle, Loewenburg and Philip Castle sitting high above the narrow Valley of the Elz., and 3 Bridges have given the people real security ....nobody could surprise, the gates shut at nite. funny thinking of it and the saying in english,after a problem occured: I deal with it when I come to the bridge, or cross the bridge!
today, there are still 3 Bridges to cross, but the gates are always open.....you're welcome
Coming from the "paradise", a special entrance-hall you see the inner court. It is a kind of garden with wells. The interior is richly decorated with colorful Gothic windows.