GREEN, GREENER, GRAFENWALD
The Vulkaneifel region has a story book landscape. And at the heart of the green ‘magic forest’: the Sporthotel & Resort Grafenwald in Daun.
FIT AND ACTIVE IN NATURE
On a map, the district town of Daun is situated roughly between the towns of Koblenz and Trier. Situated at an altitude of 400 to 700m above sea level, this Rhineland-Palatinate holiday region is based in the centre of the Eifel low mountain range and offers plenty of sights and sporty challenges.
A wide range of cycle trails and footpaths attracts active holidaymakers out into the greenery: for example, the wild romantic Lieserpfad trail or the Eifelsteig trail which is classed as one of the 13 ‘Top Trails of Germany’. The hilly Vulkaneifel region with its kilometres of winding trails is also a paradise for motorcyclists
GEOPARK HOST VULKANEIFEL
As “Geopark Host Vulkaneifel” we welcome you to the Nature Park and UNESCO Global Geopark Vulkaneifel, the land of Maars and volcanoes, a low mountain range in the heart of Europe.
Dramatic events including violent explosions and fire spewing from the depths of the earth have blown holes in the planet‘s surface and created mountains in the Vulkaneifel.
Up until 10,000 years ago the volcanoes here still gave off smoke and most recently the Ulmen Maar was formed – Germany‘s youngest volcano. Volcanic activity hasn’t completely disappeared, it‘s just taking a little break, waiting patiently for the next eruption. Nevertheless the legacy has been impressive: some 350 small and large volcanoes, maars, lava flows and countless mineral and carbon dioxide springs. Yet the natural history of the Vulkaneifel offers even more: red sandstones, tropical reefs and powerful sea deposits tell of both peaceful and tumultuous times over the past 400 million years.
Few regions of our earth provide a comparably clear and fascinating insight into its becoming and changing. This makes the Vulkaneifel a valuable natural heritage, designated as a Nature Park as well as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
VULKANEIFEL HEALTH REGION
The energy of the volcanic earth and its numerous mineral springs are a precious treasure. The district town of Daun has long been known as a climatic health resort as a result. The climate of the resort has been scientifically researched for its therapeutic healing effects. Many relaxation-seekers come here every year to recharge their batteries, keep fit or get their health back on track.
The pure air and picturesque panorama of the Vulkaneifel region has a proven soothing impact on its visitors. The region has been officially named a ‘Therapeutische Landschaft’ (Therapeutic Landscape). This term refers to a network of health-promoting landscape experiences linked to high quality health tourism facilities and set within a unique natural setting.
The concept of the ‘Therapeutic Landscape’ was shaped around 20 years ago by the American scientist Wilbert Gesler after medical investigations revealed that an attractive and peaceful landscape can have a positive impact on blood pressure, for example.
Visitors to the Vulkaneifel region can actually feel the earth’s authentic life energy take effect on their bodies. The gently rolling hills, green meadows, woods, healing springs and volcanic crater lakes (e.g. the exceptional nature of the volcanic Eifel peaks paired with the numerous health-promoting offers available here, from the Landscape Therapy Park to specialist clinics) define the status of the Rhineland-Palatinate region as the ‘Vulkaneifel Health Region’.
See for yourself how health and holiday can be combined – for example on one of the tours offered by the Sporthotel & Resort Grafenwald and led by trained landscape mentors and relaxation coaches.
VULKANEIFEL HEALTH REGION
Away from the fast-paced trails, you can also set your soul free in the Vulkaneifel region and enjoy some perfect relaxation. The climate even has scientifically researched therapeutic healing energy.