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“Educational and accessible”
Review of Lava Dom

Lava Dom
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Mendig
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Lava Dome museum was great for the kids (light show recreating a volcanic eruption, pretend news bulletin, rocks to touch with info about 4 eruptions and lots of scientific hands-on models) and informative for the adults. Then we took the guided tour into the old basalt mines created from the lava flows of the volcano. Interesting intro to the area and volcanos in particular. Audio guide in English made it easy for the children to understand the museum but guided tour of mine only in German so it was a little long for them.

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Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed this museum. The museum itself has some really well done exhibits about the local volcano and what would happen when it explodes. You don't need a lot of time to go through- maybe 30 minutes max.

The cave is what's really cool!! The tour was in German and we speak no German, but it was still interesting. A little but long and would not be that exciting for children after a while. be prepared- it's cold down there! Always about 8C.

So take a jacket and enjoy.

Thank Justis11
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Relative expensive and quite long if you want to do (or see) everything. In my opinion a bit too much of the good thing.

Thank Redsilence
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

The museum tells you the story of the area and volcanism. There's a little film and special effects presentation to give you an idea of what that massive eruption must have been like. And plenty of information about geology, other big volcanoes around the world, and an area where you can do little experiments and look at various volcanic rocks with a magnifying glass.
The best part was the tour of the basalt quarry underneath the town of Mendig. Our guide was a local student, who made the tour interesting and was able to answer all questions. Bring a cardigan, as it is quite cool down there. You get a helmet and rain coat before you walk down into the quarry. If you're not very fit, you can take a lift instead of walking down, and later up, about 250 steps. I am not sure if they do tours in any other language than German, but you can always ask them for a quick summary in English afterwards. It's definitely worth seeing the basalt columns.

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Reviewed 26 August 2011

The actual museum is a little small, but packed with info and interactive exhibits, so worth a visit. The introductory film/experience is all in german, but do go into it as the volcanic explosions are worth seeing/feeling!

There's also a trip down into an old basalt mine, effectively the heart of a volcano..... this is dark, cold, long, with a tour giude who only does german. But we still enjoyed ourselves and would do it again. Some things you just gotta see.

Good free parking, people on the front desk who speak english, and a nice little gift shop too.

Thank Fangthewonderdog
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