As far back as the Roman Empire, this area has been shaped by the interplay between nature and industry: metres of pumice layers and deep basalt deposits were profitable resources that have long shaped local life and the landscape. The world’s highest coldwater geyser lies nearby at Andernach, by the Rhine. This natural wonder is 60 metres tall and driven by volcanic carbon dioxide from the Earth’s core. Further local attractions include the Benedictine abbey at Maria Laach, the Nürburgring motorsports complex, Eltz castle, and the famous Loreley at St Goar. Stunning Rhine boat cruises are a mere 10 minutes drive away, at Andernach. Close to Coblenz, Nettehammer is easily reached from Frankfurt, or from Rhineland hubs like Cologne, Bonn and Dusseldorf.