Frau am Darscheider Drees

Darscheider DreesMost iron-rich spring in the Vulkaneifel

“How does so much iron get into the water?” one asks, given the iron concentration of 46 milligrams per liter in the water of the Darscheider Drees. Hardly any other source in the Vulkaneifel contains this much iron. The solution to the puzzle: The water rising in the Lower Devonian sedimentary rock migrates through iron-containing rock layers and dissolves the iron from them.


  • Coordinates: 50°12.434’N, 6°52.505’E
  • Municipality/location: Darscheid
  • Altitude: 445 m above sea level
  • Water type: weakly mineralized acid with extremely high iron content
  • Water temp.: 8.0 °C

  • Darscheider Drees © Natur- und Geopark Vulkaneifel GmbH, Kappest
  • Darscheider Drees © Natur- und Geopark Vulkaneifel GmbH, Kappest

Since ancient times, many jugs have been filled with the sparkling water on this Drees. The villagers really appreciated the refreshing and wholesome sour water. After the war in 1870/71, the sourling was caught for the first time. Several sources of carbonic acid, which were indicated by reddish soil colors, were led into a well. The water flowed from a stone dome, behind which rose a grotto made of volcanic cinders. When the Drees was redesigned in 2013, the spring outlet was moved to this location. Since then, the Darscheider Drees has appeared in its current form.

Highlights nearby

Hiking trails

The most beautiful hiking routes and tours around the Darscheider Drees hiking destination can be found in the Vulkaneifel Geopark. We present a few selected ones to you here.

  • Totempfahl

    HeimatSpuren Pfad der Artenvielfalt

    Ein lehrreicher Rundweg um Darscheid, welcher viel Abwechslung bietet und vielfältige Biotope entdecken lässt

    • Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittel
    • Strecke: 13,5 km -
    • Dauer: 3:30 Std.
    • Aufstieg: 218 hm -
    • Abstieg: 218 hm


Guided tours


A1 exit Daun, follow the L91 towards Darscheid, turn into Karl-Kaufmann-Straße at the roundabout and turn left behind the sports field, park there, follow the path into the forest down to the left and pass the underpass where Drees is located on the right.


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