Fantastic views of the volcanoes of the East Eifel, unique glimpses of the origins of the fire-spewing mountains – an enjoyable trip back to the times of the quarrying industry – that makes hiking along the Volcano Trail an experience and the hiking trail to a “dream”.
The first part of the trail is easy and leads from the Hochsimm Hall in Ettringen through the town. A narrow field path goes through meadows up to the peak of the Ettringen Bell Mountain. A fantastic view of the volcanoes of the East Eifel reward the effort. The trail continues along the west side of the crater rim and down to the breakthrough on the south of the crater (here it is rewarding to make a detour to the quarries of Ettringer Lay). Going along the southern lava stream the path then reaches the forest of Kottenheim Büden.
At the foot of the impressive slag wall are the "Sieben Stuben" (Seven Rooms), small caves in which people sought protection during the second world war. The trail continues up again to the south east side of the crater rim. Here there is a fantastic view of the Bellberg quarry and the volcanoes Hochsimmer, Bellberg, Sulzbusch and Hochstein. The following section goes steeply downhill over surfaced and natural paths into Kottenheimer Winfeld, an idyllic mining landscape with many witnesses from the time of basalt mining. Further on in the direction of Ettringen the trail goes past the rock monument "Junker Schilling", and then crosses a brook and meets the Hartborn mineral water fountain.Then the hiker can relax on the way back from this circular trail to the starting point.
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