Signs with the Volcano-park mascot Vulkanius will lead your way. Along the way you get an insight into the history of the Earth's origins. The tour starts in Mayen, the volcanic center of the area and leads past the rock-cut cellars of Mendig to Alter Krahnen, an old crane from the 16th century in Andernach. Besides, you will find many special themed volcanic and archaeological projects of the Volcano park. For example: antique stone trade, history of earth, the biggest roman tuff mine north of the Alps and rock-cut cellars.
From the main trail you can take four detours: to the Volcano Park information center Rauschermühle in Plaidt/Saffig (about 600m/0.4mi), to the Roman mine Meurin in Ketz (about 2,6km/1,6mi), to the German Volcano Museum with rock-cut cellars in Mendig (about 3,2km/2mi) and to the basaltic lava excavation site Mayener Grubenfeld (about 800m/0.5mi).
Where to eat
You will find various places to eat along the way.
- You're traveling a distance of 21 miles on this easy trail. Average length of all bike Trails in the Rhineland-Palatinate is 60 miles.
- Don’t hesitate to take your kids along on this easy bike Trails.
- If you get hungry along the way, there are places to rest and get food. Nevertheless it’s recommended to also have enough water and food in your backpack when hiking or biking.
Highlights of the tour
Volcano Park Bike Trail offers many geological and cultural/historic highlights. In addition you will find further sights along the trail. The city gates and towers of Mayen, the medieval city fortification, the old town hall, the german slate quarry, the Eifel Museum, the castle Genoveva, the castle Bürresheim, the Clemens-Church in Mayen, the Herz-Jesu-Church in Mayen and the sculpture park LAPIDEA.
Pellenz-Eifel railway goes parallel to the cyclepath. Hence, you can also do only bits of the tour, from one train station to another. Alternatively you could do the whole trail and catch a train back. The train calls at Mayen-Ost, Kottenheim, Thür, Mendig, Kruft, Plaidt, Miesenheim, and Andernach/Rhein.
Take either A61 or A48.
As the tour starts at Ostbahnhof Mayen railway station, you can easily get there by train or taking bus 92 from Kaisersesch.