Health and volcanoes in the Eifel
Like no other region in Germany, the Eifel connects a wide variety of landscapes, including volcanic craters. "Volcanoes are also in the Eifel" was therefore one of the reactions when someone from my circle of friends on Facebook asked for a retreat in the Eifel.
So it was a good thing that I was planning a stay of several days to explore the Vukaneifel and the Maars around Daun - rather untypical for me with an eBike, which was provided to me by the lender RESPO. RESPO maintains various rental stations in the region with generous fleets as well as loading and unloading stations and works with several hotels.
Location for team building and meetings
The starting point for my explorations was the sports hotel and resort Grafenwald in Daun. The complex has rooms, suites, apartments and holiday homes and six meeting rooms, the largest with 144 square meters, making it ideal for larger groups.
In addition, there is a spa area with swimming pool and sauna, a tennis court, numerous activities and a golf course nearby. It lies not far from the Lieserpfad from Daun to Manderscheidt, which is considered the most beautiful hiking trail of the Eifel, and the well-known volcanic maaren.
Hiking and eBiking in the Vulkaneifel
And exactly here led my first tour, the nearly 11 KM invested round trip "Maareglück": From Gmuendner Maar to Weinfelder Maar. Although this is actually designed as a hiking trail, I have partially mastered it with the eBike, but this is not really recommended because of various barriers. The barriers are necessary, however, so that the donkey herd, which usually resides there, can move freely on the maar.
I was thrilled, however, the detour to Mäuseberg, on which there is a ski lift for the winter season. The view from the Dronkenturm on the Maare and the landscape around is really fantastic.
Maare-Moselle cycle path with cycling experience loops
On the second day, I head for the Maare-Moselle Cycle Route, which leads through the southern Eifel from Daun to Bernkastel Kues. A first challenge is the ascent to the viaduct, which lies 28 meters above the spa. After the passage of the "big slotted ear", one of four tunnels of the route, it goes on for me on the bike path without further problems to Gillenfeld.
The remarkable thing about this bike path is that you turn again and again to so-called cycling experience loop - for example, to the maaren, the Manderscheider castles or just after Immerath to the course of the senses.
Landscape Therapeutic Course
Immerath is located in a volcanic crater near the Pulvermaars, the largest, deepest and cleanest volcanic lake. There, the visitors can expect a landscape therapeutic special, which is also suitable for teambuilding activities: spread over the whole area is the course of the senses, which offers visitors the opportunity, alone or at one Guide literally put your own senses to the test.
On a balance platform, for example, groups can demonstrate their team spirit and sense of balance, a spiral makes optical illusions tangible and on a partner swing it can be exaggerated that you can only rock up to lofty heights in optimal teamwork. There is also a barefoot path or a labyrinth.
Lava dry in the Strohner Switzerland
On the way back to Gillenfeld, where I get back on the Maare-Mosel-Radweg, I make a detour to Strohn: The volcano house makes the turbulent history of the volcanic Eifel tangible, the Strohner lava bomb, a huge lava drift, makes the volcanic force clearly and clearly the picturesque Strohner Schweiz along the Alfbach really gives the feeling of being in the Alps.
Who wants to continue from here to the Moselle: At least from Plein the gently sloping path leads you rapidly downhill into the valley of the picturesque Lieser, sometimes left, sometimes right follows the bike path the river to the Moselle. Only three kilometers, then the destination is reached: the idyllic Bernkastel-Kues, where a stroll through the village and delicious Mosel wines wait. Dannach brings one of the RegioRadler, a bus with a bike trailer, back to Daun. Depending on the season an early reservation is recommended.
Finally, we recommend the Cosmos Cycle Path, which runs from Kurpark Daun via Pützborn, Oberstadtfeld, Niederstadtfeld and Schutz to Meerfeld. The path consists of two thematic parts: On the first part of the Cosmos Cycle Path, the planets are scaled in size and distance from the sun.
Every meter you cover here corresponds to 500.000 kilometers in the solar system. From the Bleckhausener mill, you embark on a symbolic journey through time from the Big Bang to the creation of the universe up to the present day. Each step brings an 2 millions of years into the past.
All in all an exciting region that offers a good opportunity for health activities, deceleration and team building in a relaxed environment in close proximity to major cities such as Cologne or Frankfurt.
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