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With this tip I am breaking a rule of mine to write about something I haven’t visited yet. But I am sure you understand why in a minute.
I was thrilled to learn that “my” Rheinland-Pfalz has the world’s largest cold-water geyser. Not that I want to promote this “bigger-higher-better” stuff, but I find it very much remarkable that there is such an interesting natural phenomenon to admire here, while everyone knows Iceland and Yellowstone for their (hot water) geysers. The difference (cold vs. hot) is that in our case here the water is chased up by means of enclosed carbon dioxide or in other words, it is like opening a huge bottle of mineral water, which is saturated with CO2. The region west of Andernach is called Vulkaneifel (volcano region Eifel), and that’s why the amount of CO2 beneath the ground is relatively high. The geyser also belongs now to the volcano park.
This geyser was first discovered early 20th century and its water was used to produce mineral water. In 1957 it was closed again. During the recent years, Andernach’s tourist officials have opened the geyser again and made it accessible to the public. They had, however, to fulfill several conditions given by the environmental league, as the geyser is located on one of the Rhein islands, which are nowadays wildlife protected. That’s why Andernach is building an information centre about geysers, which will open in May 2009. This will enable visitors to learn about these phenomena, see the geyser and, as the geyser visits are only possible with booked tours, will not damage the nature too much.
As they are still building the centre, opening hours and prices are not yet fixed. This is the same for their website. In October, they only had a German website, but now there is also an English version.
If you are in the region and interested in these kind of nature phenomena – why not go for a visit and come back to report that you’ve been at the higest cold-water geyser of the world – in Rheinland-Pfalz.
The geyser was added to the Guiness Book November 9, 2008 : -). It is said to be 50-60 m high, erupts (controlled) every 90 – 120 minutes and the eruption lasts around 8 minutes.
See the how-to-reach-us part on their website for details and approaches. Andernach is approx. 20 km northwest of Koblenz (same side of the Rhein).
Location of Geyser Andernach on Google Maps.
Update (May 2009):
Apparently this cold water geyser is not the only one in the region, that's what I have learned through Christine(j) now. She was visiting Eifel region recently and found another one, cold water geyser "Brubbel" in Wallenborn, a tiny village near Daun (region Eifel). The entrance fee is incredibly low (1 €) and it seems that this one is an alternative to the one in Andernach. But it also shows that geysers are not only limited to Yellowstone and Iceland :-)
Nearest airport: Frankfurt International (code FRA), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) or Bonn/Cologne (CGN).
© Ingrid D., October 2008 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.), update March 2011 (location on Google Maps added).
Directions: (see above)
Phone: +49 - (0) 2632 - 298 420
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