Once covered by glowing lava, the East Eifel is today green and fertile countryside. Nature lovers call it endearingly “the green heart of Europe”. But primarily, a hike through East Eifel is an exciting trip into times long gone by: The numerous conical mountain peaks, special geological volcanic formations and the large crater lake, "Laacher See" (Lake Laacher), are witnesses of the original volcanic landscape. In the centre is the historic town Mayen – the cultural and commercial centre of the region. The town invites the hiker to a stroll, to relax and gather energy. The following hiking trails await the hiker:
In the Vordereifel the hiker finds delightful nature: blooming golden yellow gorse bushes and purple heaths dominate the landscape. The paths pass along lively brooks through tranquil forests and fertile meadowland. Picturesque castles and impressive castle ruins arouse a sense of discovery and provide sights from different art periods that are awesom and well worth seeing.