Blick auf das Schalkenmehrener Maar

Our Maars The Eifel's Eyes

Maars & Crater LakesTrademarks of the Volcanic Eifel

Our maars - circular lakes with water ranging from deep to azure blue, framed by the green of wooded slopes - are also called the "eyes" of our region. They have always been symbols of the Eifel, adorn numerous postcards and, as natural monuments, are worth a trip for many people. Get to know them. We present our maars and crater lakes with their special features here.

Weinfelder Maar

Weinfelder MaarImpressive evidence of earth's explosive history

The Weinfelder Maar - also known as Totenmaar - is one of the three so-called Daun Maars. It is located about 2 kilometers from our district town of Daun near the local community of Schalkenmehren. It has a diameter of around 525 meters and is 51 meters deep. This makes it the deepest of the three Daun Maars.


Gemündener Maar mit Wanderer

Gemündener Maar Natural Beauty with High Recreational Value

Gemündener Maar, with a diameter of 325 meters, is the smallest of the three Daun Maars. It was named after the Daun district of Gemünden and is located approximately 1.5 kilometers from the district town of Daun. Swimming in the maar is allowed here. There is also an outdoor pool, a large sunbathing area, and boat rental.

Pulvermaar von oben

Pulvermaar Natural Swimming Pool and Hiking Paradise

Pulvermaar is the Maar with the largest water surface and the greatest depth in the Eifel region. It is also one of the deepest lakes in Germany. But don't worry - the natural swimming pool is also suitable for non-swimmers and small children.

Seerosen am Meerfelder Maar

Meerfelder Maar Where Tranquility and Idyll Reign

The Meerfelder Maar is a maar located on the outskirts of the Eifel village of Meerfeld near Manderscheid. The maar lake is nestled within the largest maar crater in the Eifel region. However, only a portion of the 1,700-meter-long basin is covered with water.

Blick über den Sangweiher

Sangweiher Habitat for many bird species

Extensive renaturation measures have breathed new life into the Sangweiher and the nature and bird sanctuary of the same name near Daun between Schalkenmehren and Udler.

Schalkenmehrener Maar von oben

Schalkenmehrener MaarThe maar for swimming

The Schalkenmehrener Maar is the largest of the three Dauner Maar and a so-called double maar. It consists of the western maar lake and the eastern dry maar.


Holzmaar Small - but powerful! Best researched in the world

The Holzmaar is the smallest, water-filled maar in the Eifel. Since the 1980s until today, science and research have shown great interest in the small maar.

Strohner Määrchen von oben

Strohner Määrchen A raised moor in the Maar Valley

The Strohner Maar is one of the last raised bogs in the Eifel. It is a dry moor and belongs to the nature reserve “Pulvermaar with Römerberg and Strohner Määrchen”.

Ulmener Maar

Ulmener Maar The youngest among the Eifel maars

The Ulmen Maar was created around 10,900 years ago from the last volcanic eruption in Germany. This makes it the youngest of all Eifel maars. The up to 20 meter thick wall made of various rocks and ash that surrounds the funnel is particularly impressive.

Ansicht Eichholzmaar

Eichholz Maar The renatured maar

People have demonstrably used the Maart Funnel since Roman times. It was drained several times, used as arable land and meadows and then filled up again for fish farming. In 2007 and 2008 the Maarsee was renatured and filled with water again.

Dürres Maar im Licht

Dürres Maar A remarkable moorland landscape

The Dürre Maar is the middle, second oldest of the three maars from the Holzmaar group (Hetsche – Dürres Maar – Holzmaar). Today it is filled with an intermediate moor. The Dürre Maar has been protected since 1979.

Immerather Maar von oben

Immerather MaarThe flattest of all Eifel maars

A maar lake without an inflow - the water is replenished exclusively by precipitation, surface and groundwater. In the diverse and extremely fertile habitat, rich plants thrive and numerous animals find a safe retreat.

Mürmes von oben

Mürmes The Maar of the Electors

Mürmes is located in the nature reserve of the same name and is an oval fen with four meter thick layers of peat. Rare plants with evocative names such as the narrow-leaved cotton grass and the round-leaved sundew grow on its surface.


Jungferweiher A dry maar that has been flooded again

North of the Ulmener Maar lies the Jungferweiher. It fills a shallow depression sloping towards the south. This previously silted up, older dry maar was flooded again in 1942 by damming the Nollenbach.

Hetsche Maar von oben

Hetsche Maar The Smallest Maar in the Eifel Region

Together with Holzmaar and Dürres Maar, Hetsche Maar is part of the Holzmaar group and is the oldest volcanic vent in this network. Hetsche Maar is also the smallest of all maars in the Eifel region.

lesen am Trautzberger Maar

Trautzberger Maar Smallest Volcanic Lake in the Eifel. And the Youngest.

It's not only the smallest volcanic lake; it's also the youngest. And yet, Trautzberger Maar originated from the oldest of the Strohn volcanoes.

Mosbrucher Weiher von oben

Mosbrucher Weiher A maar with an ancient moor

The Mosbrucher Weiher is the third largest maar in the West Eifel and a partially moored dry maar. Protected since 1939, it now makes a valuable contribution to species and climate protection.

Windsborn Kratersee von oben

Windsborn Crater Lake Outsider Among the Maars

The title is not quite accurate because Windsborn is not a maar at all. It is the only crater lake in the Eifel and north of the Alps that is constantly filled with water. Unlike maars, it is not a hollow form blasted into the original terrain but rather the eruptive crater of a volcanic mountain.

Hinkelsmaar von oben

Hinkelsmaar A Small Paradise for Rare Plants

Hinkelsmaar, in the true sense, is not a maar. It belongs to the Mosenberg-Meerfeld volcanic system and is a stratovolcano. In 1840, a tunnel was dug at the shallowest point of its rim to drain water from the crater lake.

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