Daun — Volcano Region With Crime Festival In The Eifel

I feel like I’m home again in the former volcano region of Daun in the Eifel. No, I don’t live here — it just feels like I might have back in a past life.

There’s something calming about sitting by Daun’s crater lakes and mineral springs. It’s not about the castles or the churches this time. No, it’s more about the Volcano Museum and the Volcanic Eifel Marathon, a mountain biking event through the Eifel.

To keep Daun’s volcano theme going, the town has numerous “volcano” bicycle trails with names like the Volcanic Trail Bike Park and the Volcanic Bike Cross Country. Sounds daunting in Daun, doesn’t it? Ha-ha, I just make myself laugh when I say things like that. ;-)

But, no one can live by volcanic eruption alone.

Just kidding… There hasn’t been any volcano eruptions in thousands (and thousands) of years. So, you’ve got to see what else Daun has in store.

I know. How about coming for the Krimi or Crime Festival, where crime writers come from all over every two years (I should say from all over where they speak German) all vying for the coveted prize for the best story.

At least the St. Lawrence Carnival takes place yearly. For five days starting the 1st Wednesday of August everyone come to enjoy one of the largest festivals in the entire Eifel region. Gorgeous countryside, good food, great beer; what else more can anyone ask?

Even if you’re not here during Daun’s festivals there’s still stuff for you to do. You can see the old War Memorial; and at the St. Nicholas Church there’s a 13th century Romanesque crypt. Sounds creepy, I know, but still the artwork is worth the heebie-jeebies. ;-)

Keep the creepers with you when you visit Daun’s Protestant cemetery with opulent (is that even the right word?) gravestones from the 19th century.

I wouldn’t leave Daun on a creepy-crawly note. Go see the Dauner Burg, a castle that was built back in the 11th century. Oh, wait. The castle’s in ruins — so maybe you will leave Daun with that eerie feeling.

I guess that’s better than a bag full of lava. ;-)

 

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