Living in the Volcanic Eifel
| The Volcanic Eifel lies in the northwest of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which is geographically flanked on the left by Belgium and Luxemburg. Over millennia this region was formed by volcanism and today is uniquely characterized by this geologic history. Lined with deep valleys etched by numerous rivers, ancient water-filled volcanic craters like the Laacher See, this area forms one of the most fertile regions in all of Germany.|
The resulting geologic manifestation has created a landscape whose uniqueness is fascinating in so many ways and which is unparalleled in all of Europe. Volcanic activity is registered even today. Indications of this include the escaping gases in the Laacher See.
|The district of the same name with its around 61,000 inhabitants is divided into 109 towns and municipalities with the three municipal associations of Gerolstein, Daun and Kelberg. With an area of 911 km2, this region offers many attractions such as castles and fortresses, historical sites, impressive overlooks, museums and even remnants of ancient Roman roads.|
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Here you will find lots of information on the history of the region and the variety of leisure time possibilities, such as hiking, cycling and GPS tours, geological excursions and geocaching adventures. You will also learn in a very caringly prepared way something about the people who live in the Volcanic Eifel and have call it their homeland.
Right in the middle of the Volcanic Eifel is Kalenborn-Scheuern. The place where our founder and Managing Director Matthias Kuhl first saw the light of day and where we have been firmly established with our company headquarters since 2017.
The first historical mention of Kalenborn is in the year 893, in the Polyptychon of Prüm, a register of the properties that belonged to the Benedictine Prüm Abbey in the Eifel in that year, and in which it was named as “de Caldebrunna” (“Cold Spring”). The site arose approx. 1 km northeast of today’s center. The inscription over the structure of the chapel, which dates to 1642, is evidence however that the present-day town has existed in its current location for more than 360 years.
Growth of the then still independent villages of Kalenborn and Scheuern continued unabated. In 1611 25 houses were counted in both villages, as many as 213 in 1830, growing to 312 houses in 1897 and 269 by 1937.
The municipality of Kalenborn was newly founded from the dissolved municipalities of Kalenborn and Scheuern on 7 June 1969. On 1 December of that same year, the name was changed to Kalenborn-Scheuern. The community continues to grow, with over 500 inhabitants today.
St. Wendelin Chapel Kalenborn
Construction of the already mentioned St. Wendelin Chapel, located in the Kalenborn district, dates to 1552. Since the chapel fell victim to the Thirty Years‘ War, the figure 1642 is today inscribed over the western portal as the year of founding. In 1695 the chapel hat two bells installed which are still today in fine condition. This comes from an old writing by a Mrs. Kelter from 1919, who wrote in the school history of Kalenborn:
"Surely dating to the same time as the reconstruction of the chapel [after the Thirty Years’ War] is the donation of the two bells, which still today sound out from the C[alenborn] house of God. They bear the date 1693 and the inscription of their generous benefactor, Count Rodenburg of Niederbettingen. Due to their historical and artistic value they also escaped confiscation for their metal content during the World War.“
In the shadow of the volcano
In terms of landscape the municipality of Kalenborn-Scheuern, together with the bordering municipalities of Roth, Niederbettingen and Oberbettingen have a special location. Turning one’s glance towards the northeast, the old volcanic prominence “Rossbüsch” which rises directly from the edge of the town to a total of 539 meters.
The area surrounding the extinct volcano has the largest quarry area for millstones and mill wheels dating to the prehistory of the West Eifel volcanic region. A number of smaller quarries can still be found along the border of Kalenborn-Scheuern, where unfinished millstones from 1.10 to 1.45 meters in diameter along with others of various types still lie.
Failed millstones are found in the area of the upper plateau of the volcano at the slope of the northeastern boundaries. Fragments for hand mills are not sufficiently finished that they can be dated to a particular time. One round stone conically beveled on its upper side having a diameter of approx. 0.8 meters could have been intended for a Roman age water powered mill.
In the scoria of the peak one can recognize collapsed horizontal tunnels with tipped-over failed millstones made of cinder in front of the gorges leading to the tunnels. Also found here were bolas that have been dated to a period between the 13th and 15th century. After the end of what was likely the largest middle-ages basalt lava mining area of the West Eifel, the region reforested itself and the still recognizable former charburner huts were constructed around 200 years later.
The inhabitants of Kalenborn-Scheuern with their sense of responsibility and awareness continue even now to help ensure that the natural heritage of Rossbüsch remains intact and that many future generations will be able to enjoy this unique and untouched landscape.
The local community of Kalenborn-Scheuern
The active and dynamic community in Kalenborn-Scheuern is reflected in the numerous associations which together with the surrounding towns have been in existence for years.
In addition to the volunteer fire department of Kalenborn and that of Scheuern, the Athletic Association Roth-Kalenborn provides needed physical activity and entertainment with exciting soccer duals and gymnastics offerings. Our countrywomen organization is always there at celebrations to provide for tasty offerings and regularly organizes meetings for sociable exchange.
Village life is highly active. Our community places great value on holding fests and preserving as well as carrying out traditional customs. For young families a single-group kindergarten, our “Rappelkiste” (a classic of German children's television roughly comparable to Sesame Street) was added on to the Community Center, where children age 2 and up are cared for. Playgrounds and amateur soccer fields are also available for the younger generation.
In order to ensure that there is enough space for growth of our community, new residential building sites have become available since 2018. Business people also find space here for putting down roots. Just like we have!
In 2017 we moved our company headquarters to Kalenborn-Scheuern, where we continue now to work on futuristic technologies embedded in the marvelous volcanic landscape in the shadow of the Rossbüsch.
The region around Kalenborn-Scheuern offers a variety of unique landscapes and sights just waiting for discovery. Extinct volcanoes, maars, hiking trails, castles, overlooks and natural history must-see locations are just some of what awaits the visitor.