VISITOR SERVICE

Everything you need to plan your visit

Your way to Lava-Dome

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday (including public holidays)
10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Last entrance at 4:45 pm every day

Also open on Mondays during the school holidays in the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia.

CLOSED from the 2nd Sunday in Advent (December 4th, 2023) to December 25th, from the end of the Christmas holidays to January 31st and during the carnival season on Heavy Thursday to Violet Tuesday.

From Cologne via the A61 take the Mendig/Maria Laach exit and merge onto the B262. Turn left towards Mendig. After approx. 50 m turn left toward Mendig/Lava-Dome/Lavakeller. After approx. 1 km you will see the Lava Dome below the brewery.

From Koblenz via the A61 take the Mendig/Maria Laach exit and turn left towards Mendig onto the B262. After approx. 300 m turn left toward Mendig/Lava-Dome/Lavakeller. After approx. 1 km you will see the Lava Dome below the brewery.

Coming from the A48, take the Mayen exit. After approx. 140 m you come to a roundabout. Leave the roundabout following signs towards Mayen on the B262. After approx. 3.5 km turn right towards Mendig. Follow the road for 8 km until you reach the Mendig exit (opposite McDonald’s). Turn right towards Mendig/Lava-Dome/Lavakeller. After approx. 1 km you will see the Lava Dome below the brewery.

Information on bus stops, departure times and prices can be found on the VRM website. Current timetables can be found here:

Current timetables

Tours of the Lava Caverns

The Lava Cavern basalt mine can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Tours last max. 60 minutes.

Public tours for individual visitors take place on Tuesdays to Fridays at 1:30 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, “bridge” days between public holidays and weekends, and during the school holidays in the federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia tours take place daily (including Mondays) at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Reservations for our public guided tours are not possible. Please arrive at the museum approximately 1 hour before the start of a guided tour and then book one of the following guided tours.

Reservations in advance for groupes for the Lava Dome and the Lava Caverns are possible. Please contact us per mail: info@lavadome.de

Important indications are: You like a guide for the Dome or/and the Caverns? Date and time you wish to come. Number of persons. Age of participating children. Your adress and phone number.
Thank you very much.

Disabled visitors

Both the Lava Dome and the Lava Caverns are suitable for people with disabilities and are equipped with lifts. Depending on the size and type of wheelchairs, there may be limitations within the Lava Caverns.

No dogs

We ask for your understanding that dogs of all sizes are not permitted to enter either the museum or the Lava Caverns. Guide dogs are the only exception to this rule.

Entrance prices

Visitor categoryLava-Dome
+ Lava­ Caverns
Lava-DomeLava Caverns
with tour
Day visitors
Adults€ 9,50€ 7,50€ 5,50
Children up to 100 cm in heightfreefreefree
Children up to age 16€ 7,50€ 5,50€ 4,00
Students aged 17+, disabled visitors€ 8,00€ 6,00€ 4,60
Families

(at least one adult and one child)

Adults€ 7,80€ 5,80€ 4,60
Children up to age 16€ 6,30€ 4,30€ 3,50
Groups of up to 15 people

(pre-booking only)

Adults€ 8,00 / € 9,00€ 6,00 / € 7,00€ 4,60
Children up to age 16 *1)--- / € 7,50--- / € 5,50€ 3,50
Students aged 17+, disabled visitors *1)€ 7,00 / € 8,00€ 5,00 / € 6,00€ 3,50

Day visitors

Adults

€ 9,50

Children up to 100 cm in height

free

Children up to age 16

€ 7,50

Students aged 17+, disabled visitors

€ 8,00

Families
(at least one adult and one child)

Adults

€ 7,80

Children up to age 16

€ 6,30

Groups of up to 15 people
(pre-booking only)

without / with Lava-Dome Tour

Adults

€ 8,00 / € 9,00

Children up to age 16 *1)

— / € 7,50

Students aged 17+, disabled visitors *1)

€ 7,00 / € 8,00

Day visitors

Adults

€ 7,50

Children up to 100 cm in height

free

Children up to age 16

€ 5,50

Students aged 17+, disabled visitors

€ 6,00

Families
(min. 1 adult + 1 children)

Adults

€ 5,80

Children up to age 16

€ 4,30

Groups of up to 15 people
(pre-booking only)

without / with Lava-Dome Tour

Adults

€ 6,00 / € 7,00

Children up to age 16 *1)

— / € 5,50

Students aged 17+, disabled visitors *1)

€ 5,00 / € 6,00

Day visitors

Adults

€ 5,50

Children up to 100 cm in height

free

Children up to age 16

€ 4,00

Students aged 17+, disabled visitors

€ 4,60

Families
(min. 1 adult + 1 children)

Adults

€ 4,60

Children up to age 16

€ 3,50

Group prices
(pre-booking only)

Adults

€ 4,60

Children up to age 16 *1)

€ 3,50

Students aged 17+, disabled visitors *1)

€ 3,50

*1) minimum price for groups in all price categories

All-inclusive prices for groups of up to 15 people.

*1)=Minimum group price of all price categories

Lava Dome tour – € 105
Lava Caverns tour – € 69

COMBO (Lava Dome without tour + Lava Caverns with tour) € 120
COMBO (Lava Dome + Lava Caverns with tour) € 135

Audio guides

For our foreign visitors we have a modern audio guide system available in the Lava Dome. The user-friendly, self-explanatory menu makes it very easy to discover our museum. Simply press a button to hear extensive explanations of the display panels and exhibits in either English, French or Dutch. We also provide this service for partially sighted German guests.

This service is free of charge. Please provide a security deposit (e.g., car key) to hire an audio guide.

Information material

Concise information to download

You want to have a good meal after your visit or you are looking for a place to stay overnight? Feel free to inform yourself via the following links.

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