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Geopath Nebra

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heavy

9.4 km

02:46 h

113 m

243 m

231 m

229 m
 
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Description:

The path leads through disused quarries and thus makes outcrops in the red sandstone accessible.

Various relics testify here to the once great importance of the quarry and stonemasonry in the Nebra region, whose products can be found throughout Germany.
Characteristic for the Nebra red sandstone is its varied appearance. Hard sandstones are found on one side of the valley, while soft Latvian clays dominate on the other. If one walks along the huge up to 30 m high
The path leads through disused quarries and thus makes outcrops in the red sandstone accessible.

Various relics testify here to the once great importance of the quarry and stonemasonry in the Nebra region, whose products can be found throughout Germany.

Characteristic for the Nebra red sandstone is its varied appearance. Hard sandstones are found on one side of the valley, while soft Latvian clays dominate on the other. If you walk along the huge sandstone walls, up to 30 m high, you will be impressed by their varied colours and structures.

Behind the castle ruins of Nebra a path leads to the old quarry area. There the much sought-after "Nebra building sandstone" was once extracted from the higher area of the middle Buntsandstein. Long after the end of mining, the outcrops are still impressive and many sedimentary structures have only now been plastically weathered out and are particularly easy to observe.


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  • Difficulty: heavy
  • Condition: medium
Directions:

Possible start of the tour is behind the station, in Wangener Straße. The parking area is on the left side of the street. To get to the entrance of the hiking trail, the hiking route leads along the road for about 500 m. Caution is advised here, as there is no footpath. At the town exit sign the entrance is visible on the right hand side through hiking trail signs. The hiker changes the side of the road and turns onto an easily accessible, wide hiking trail. From the sign Steinbruchweg, the path is a little steeper and narrower uphill. The path reduces here to a path and leads along behind the allotment garden. Through an unspoilt quarry area (be careful with windbreak wood on the path here), and alternating between a narrow footpath and a wide hiking trail, as well as over wooden steps, the hiker reaches the top of the steep ascent. At the top of the hill, a plateau is reached, which rewards you with a magnificent view of the red sandstone rocks in their diverse range of colours. Here a recent quarry opens up, where the rock for the restoration of important historical buildings in the 1990s was extracted by block blasting. After a gradual, further ascent, the path leads to the left along the edge of the forest.

At the next fork there are signs, among others to the "Aussichtspunkt Bock". Here the path changes from earthy to partly rocky and leads back into the forest. The red sandstone can already be seen in places on the forest floor. On the left side is the former quarry. In summer only to be guessed, since nature has reclaimed its right here. The hiker follows the path to the next fork and can decide either to go left to the "Bock vantage point" or to stay right on the Steinbuchweg. However, those who choose the "Bock" viewpoint are rewarded with a 180° panoramic view of the narrow Unstrut valley below and of the red sandstone rocks opposite. These vertically sloping walls, with a difference of 100 metres to the valley floor, have a low mountain character. Nevertheless, these are centuries-old quarries, which can only be recognised as such at second glance. Remarkable are the once moved quantities of stone and overburden, which are now largely absorbed by nature.

If the hiker follows the path to the right, after about 10 m there is an old, no longer cultivated meadow orchard. Before the orchard meadow the path leads to the left and again along the edge of the forest. On the right side, the village of Vitzenburg with its castle of the same name can be seen in the distance. After approx. 1.5 km and at the next fork, the hiking tour leads to the left into the forest. Here the descent to Kleinwangen begins. In spring, this section is often offered by the guides in a guided tour to introduce the first spring bloomers.

Arrived in Kleinwangen, turn right and walk through the village on the footpath of the streets "Am Bockberg", "Auf der Nebraer Straße", "Unter den Linden". At this point the hiker might decide to make a small visit to the Nebra Ark. In the seasonal months of April-October there are new special exhibitions every year.

Remaining on the route, the quarry path leads past the sports field. At the next fork and well signposted, turn left. Then over an unguarded level crossing, the Unstrut bridge, to Großwangen. It is about 500 m to the crossing of the village road and the main road. On the "Memlebener Straße" the path leads along the sidewalk on the left. At the end of the village, continue along the roadside for approx. 1 km until you reach the allotment gardens. Once there, the road is crossed. The signposting is clearly visible here. The quarry path now leads slightly uphill into the mixed forest. It then becomes a narrow path. The hiker is located directly at the red sandstone rock and has a wonderful view of the Unstrut valley in early spring.

Between Wangen and Nebra, on both sides of the Unstrut, lie the former quarry areas from which the red sandstone, to which the city owes its reputation, originates. Here on the north slope side, different sandstone banks were mined on two levels, processed and transported over steep ramps on the rubble heaps to the river. The Unstrut was navigable since the end of the 18th century, so that the transport of large quantities was possible. Besides the high quality of the stones, the good infrastructure is the reason for the nationwide distribution of Nebra red sandstone, which was used in Berlin (Reichstag) and Hamburg (Alte Börse). The way forks at a seating group. Here, the hiker can choose whether to take the path below, which leads directly through the now forested former mining fields, partly with a view of the steeply rising red sandstone outcrops, or to climb up towards the plateau, the so-called "Breite Platte". The latter route rewards the ascent with a magnificent vantage point to the Ark and to Vitzenburg. The red sandstone town of Nebra is built on the rock, especially in the old town area. Once you reach the Berggasse, the hiker could turn right, leave the geological trail and take a short visit to the town. In Nebra, from this position, the castle hotel "Himmelsscheibe Nebra" with castle ruins is about 50 m away, the Hedwig Courts Painter Museum about 60 m and the Triassic Exhibition about 100 m. Many buildings in Nebra are built of and on red sandstone, which was previously quarried in the Wangen and Nebra quarries.

Contemporary witnesses, which the hiker has seen beforehand on his hiking route in the form created 250 million years ago. Following the signposted route, the tour leads to the left without a detour into the town and down a concrete staircase path.

The Unstrut bridge with its landmarks, the two lions carved out of red sandstone, can be seen from afar and is crossed. Behind the gated level crossing, the route continues to the left, in the direction of Wangen. The loop closes and after about 50 m the hiker is at his starting point.

Safety Instructions: striking ascents and descents on both sides of the Unstrut

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Contact:

Saale-Unstrut-Tourism e.V.

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