Volcanic Eifel: the Weinfelder Maar or Totenmaar

You will find many maars in the Eifel. Bullet-shaped lakes, formed in the crater of an erupted volcano. Because they are so round, they are also called the eyes of the Eifel. You can swim in some of these maars. Others are nature protection areas and swimming is therefore not allowed here. One of these maars is the Weinfelder Maar or the Totenmaar. How it got such a lurid nickname has its origins in a legend. The place has become less idyllic since 2013. An electric wire was stretched around it and to enter you have to go through a revolving door.

Volcanic Eifel: what are maars?

The Volcanic Eifel is located in Germany, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, more specifically in the region between Cochem (Moselle), Koblenz (Rhine), Trier and Ahr Valley. You will find many maars in the Volcanic Eifel. Maren are also called the eyes of the Eifel and they certainly resemble them. After all, they are spherical lakes, created by rain and groundwater that has seeped into the craters of erupted volcanoes. There are more than 80 buts, but they are all different. You can swim in some maars, others are nature reserves. You are not allowed to swim in these maars. Still others have dried up and are called Trockenmaren.

The Totenmaar or Weinfeldermaar

One of the maars where you are not allowed to swim is the Weinfelder Maar or the Totenmaar near Daun. You have a number of buts in this area. On one side of the L64 is the Weinfelder Maar. On the other side of the road is the Schalkenmehren Maar and a little further on another Trockenmaar. The Gemundener Maar is also nearby. The Weinfeldermaar has two names and both names refer to something specific. Weinfelder refers to the village of Weinfeld. The inhabitants of this village disappeared around 1512 after a plague epidemic. And from this it owes its nickname, Totenmaar, the but of the dead. Or does the name come from some truth in the legend of the Totenmaar?

Legend Totenmaar

There is also a legend around the Totenmaar. According to this legend, a count lived in a castle nearby, together with his wife and son. The count’s wife was very harsh. One day the count returned from hunting. A sad sight awaited him: village, castle, woman and child were swallowed up by the but. The count became desperate and begged for his son to return. Suddenly a cradle with the little boy in it floated to the shore. As a thank you, the count had the church built on the Weinfeldermaar.
Droben steht nor die Kapelle, here in the beautiful Eifelland, for a few hundred years of the year of the village Weinfeld stand.Pest and Armut, poor times, busy those people in the Not, ihre Homestatt zu verlassen, letzter Zug in Abendrot.But after Weinfeld kehren wiederStille Schläfer Jahr für Jahr,um für immer auszuruhenauf dem Berg am TotenmaarThis poem about the maar and the events surrounding it was written by Richard Franzen from Mehren.

Walking near the Totenmaar

You can enjoy walking on and around the Totenmaar. You can of course just walk around the lake. Those who are a little more sporty can go to the Mauseberg and take a look at the Dronketurm.

To the Mauseberg and the Dronketurm

When you drive up the mountain to the maars, you can park your car in a small parking lot at the top of the mountain. Be careful when you come from downstairs: you have to drive past the parking lot and enter it from the back. From the top you have a beautiful view: on one side the Weinfeldermaar, on the other side the Schalkenmehrenmaar with the enormous cross on the nearby hill. When you go to the Totenmaar, you will pass a number of information boards about the Dauner maars and how maars are formed. On your left there is a sign Mauseberg 400 meters”. Make no mistake

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