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.

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.

From Andernach station take the regional line to Mendig station. Exact departure times can be obtained from Deutsche Bahn. The journey takes 20 minutes. From Mendig station, walk towards the town (turn right as you exit the station) following Bahnstraße and Poststraße. Keep walking until you reach the end of the road. Turn right into Heidenstockstraße and follow it until you reach the fork with Brauerstraße. The Lava Dome is located at here at number 1. The walk takes between 15 and 20 minutes.

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.

Tip! We recommend wearing warm clothes and sturdy shoes for your visit to the Lava Caverns.

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

PLEASE NOTE! Flat fee for groups of less than 15 people.

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

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