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Round trip Windsborn crater lake and Meerfeld Maar

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  • Windsborn-Kratersee im Sonnenaufgang
    Windsborn-Kratersee im Sonnenaufgang
    Photo: © GesundLand Vulkaneifel/D. Ketz
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The circular hike starting in Manderscheid leads past many a highlight to two fairytale waters of the Volcanic Eifel: the Windsborn crater lake and the Meerfeld Maar.
Distance 16.6 km
5:00 h
376 m
376 m
497 m
281 m
The circular tour to the Windsborn crater lake and Meerfeld Maar starts in the idyllic town of Manderscheid. A short companion to the waterfall and the Wolfsschlucht is the Kleine Kyll. The observation tower on the Mosenberg offers an excellent view into the distance. From there it is only a stone's throw to the Windsborn crater lake, a small fairytale volcanic crater lake that invites you to linger. A little tip: plan a little more time to enjoy the peace and quiet!The next highlight is just a few kilometres away: the Meerfeld Maar. Here the volcanic silhouette shows itself in a very special way.


Highlights along the way:

• 3.1 km waterfall and Wolfsschlucht (wolf gorge)
• 4.9 km detour to the volcano park
• 6.1 km Mosenberg observation tower
• 6.7 km Windsborn crater lake
• 10.4 km Meerfeld Maar


Hiking-friendly hosts:

Planning an overnight stay? 
You can easily search for the hiking-friendly hosts of the Eifel at GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH according to you wishes and also book them online.

Author’s recommendation

Hiking without luggage!

GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH will be pleased to put together an individual hiking tour for you including hotel and luggage transfer.

Profile picture of Vera Esch / GesundLand Vulkaneifel
Vera Esch / GesundLand Vulkaneifel
Update: November 29, 2022
Highest point
497 m
Lowest point
281 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 4.63%Dirt road 7.86%Forested/wild trail 38%Path 27.03%Road 22.45%
0.8 km
Dirt road
1.3 km
Forested/wild trail
6.3 km
4.5 km
3.7 km
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Rest stops

Pension Haus Sonneck
Pension am Lieserpfad
Ferienwohnung Fischer & Jäger
Hotel am Ceresplatz
Wiesenhaus, Ferienhaus
Ferienhaus Pehlen
Gasthaus Weiler
Gasthaus-Pension Brunnenstübchen
Hotel-Restaurant Poststuben die post
die post meerfeld
NaturPurHotel Maarblick
Ferienwohnung Kappen
Ferienwohnung Natur Erleben
Ferienhaus Salzburger
Ferienwohnung "Auf der Höh"
Ferienwohnung Gerberhaus und Strohpension

Safety information

• Stay on the marked hiking trails.
• Stay away from steep edges and rock faces (danger of           falling).
• Keep an eye on your children if necessary.
• Small steps and a steady pace save energy uphill and             protect your joints downhill.
• Take something to drink with you; drinking is important       even when you are not thirsty.
• And: Please keep nature clean.

Tips and hints

GesundLand Vulkaneifel GmbH

Leopoldstr. 9a
54550 Daun
Tel. +49 (0)6592 951370 



GesundLand Tourist Information Manderscheid

Grafenstraße 21
54531 Manderscheid
Tel. +49  (0)6572 9989005



GesundLand Tourist Information Manderscheid, Grafenstraße 21, 54531 Manderscheid (359 m)
50.091490, 6.813459
50°05'29.4"N 6°48'48.5"E
32U 343601 5551092
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GesundLand Tourist Information Manderscheid, Grafenstraße 21, 54531 Manderscheid

Turn-by-turn directions

The round tour is not signposted. Therefore, orientate yourself according to the route description:

The hike starts at the GesundLand Tourist Information in Manderscheid. Follow the main road in the direction of the town centre until the roundabout, then turn left and left again in front of the Maarmuseum in the direction of Großlittgen. Opposite the entrance to the industrial estate, turn right along Birkenallee to Dombachhof. Before the Dombachhof, the path leads left first through meadows and then into the forest. At the next crossroads, follow the signs to the left to the waterfall/Germanenbrücke (Germanic bridge) on the Kleine Kyll. From here, continue to Wolfsschlucht, then follow the Vulkanweg through Wolfsschlucht, Horngraben and up to the observation tower on Mosenberg.Continue on the Vulkanweg (volcano trail) to the Windsborn crater lake. Here you can take a short detour to Hinkelsmaar. Follow the main road to Bettenfeld. In the centre of the village turn right to the church and behind the village take the footpath down to Meerfeld. In Meerfeld, follow the main road into the village and turn left into Maarweg. Walk around the Meerfeld Maar and return to the main road via the car park.Cross the main road at the small chapel, then turn left along the path in the Meerbachtal valley and later along the road towards Manderscheid. After about 50 metres, after the bridge over the Kleine Kyll, take the path to the left uphill and follow the signs to Manderscheid. In Manderscheid, follow the road An Luziakirch to the main road, then turn right and walk through the village back to the starting point of the tour.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train (DB Bahn):

Cologne-Gerolstein-Trier railway line to Gerolstein station and continue by bus.

Railway line Koblenz-Trier/Luxembourg to Wittlich main station and continue with Regioline 300.




Gerolstein - Daun: Regioline 500
Daun - Manderscheid: Regioline 300
Wittlich - Manderscheid: Regioline 300


Getting there

1. from the direction of the Netherlands, Cologne, Ruhr area:
=> A1 direction Blankenheim until the end of the motorway (Tondorf)=> from there direction Hillesheim/Gerolstein=> follow the signs to Daun and Manderscheid.

2. from Belgium/Netherlands:
=> E40 direction Aachen/Trier => exit
Landscheid/Großlittgen => from there via L62 and L46 to Manderscheid

3. from direction Frankfurt / Koblenz:
=> A3 Frankfrut-Köln as far as Dernbacher Dreieck=> or A61 Ludwigshafen-Köln as far as Koblenzer Kreuz=> from there to the Manderscheid exit.

4. from direction A1 Saarbrücken / Trier:
=> from Trier take the A48 to the Manderscheid


• free of charge at the Kurhaus Manderscheid / Kurpark,                 Grafenstr. 21, 54531 Manderscheid

• Parking space Burgenblick


50.091490, 6.813459
50°05'29.4"N 6°48'48.5"E
32U 343601 5551092
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Author’s map recommendations

The flyer including map and directions can be found here:
to the flyer incl. map


• Backpack food and sturdy shoes recommended.
• Walking sticks can be helpful for the trails.

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Brigitte Alten
May 14, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? May 14, 2022
Carsten Laakmann
February 26, 2022 · Community
Wunderschöne und abwechslungsreiche Tour. Ganz hervorragend zusammen gestellt. Zum Zeitpunkt der Wanderung war die Brücke über die kleine Kyll vom Hochwasser weggerissen. Durch eine Schleife über die L46 konnte die Stelle allerdings umgangen werden.
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When did you do this route? September 25, 2021
Marc Pauly
September 04, 2021 · Community
Une chutte d’eau sans eau, un pont qu’on ne peut plus passer, des passages sur routes sans balisage à travers les localités, plus de balisage du tout vers la fin. Je suis décu après avoir fait plus de 100 km pour y arriver en voiture!
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16.6 km
5:00 h
376 m
376 m
Highest point
497 m
Lowest point
281 m
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