Vogelsberg (Ol.). For the summer season and those planning tours in their home region, this is hot from the press: a geo-tourist map for the Vogelsberg volcanic region that closes a gap for finding geological experiences in the immediate vicinity . What are Geotopes? Why is it designated as a natural monument? What are the special geological formations in Vogelsberg that you can visit?
“With recognition as a National Geopark, we are currently receiving more attention throughout Hesse and also at the federal level. The pocket-sized map is therefore a practical addition to our geo-tourism proposition,” said district administrator Manfred Görig said while introducing the new Geopark map.
The map includes 30 selected landmasses with precise location information, all of which are examples of the diversity of shapes and geological diversity in the volcanic region. Not only have volcanoes left behind mighty rock formations, but people’s work and use of raw materials such as basalt, lime or red sandstone have left behind natural gems and industrial culture. Some of these landforms are presented on the map with some brief information. One of the concerns of Geoparks is to develop them slowly but still take care of their safety.
The map is an excellent addition to the “Vandervelt Vogelsberg” tour booklet, as many geotopes are on designated additional tours, cycle routes or local hiking trails. Viewpoints, abandoned mines, ore mining sites, mysterious rocks – the places form the backdrop for exciting stories from the New Age, the culture of life or the mythical world of Vogelsberg. From Lich to Schlitz, from Birstein to Amenberg – the potential for geographical experiences is enormous across the boundaries of the district.
Get to know Vogelsberg as a whole
“The Geopark with its geo-tourist potential does not stop at the administrative boundaries, but looks at Vogelsberg as a whole, which we want to be known as a travel destination in the long term. As an ideal for holistic experiences of nature. Volcanoes as such are a wonderful background for us that the history of the earth has left us,” explains the district administrator.
Anyone who wants to learn more about the exciting geographical and cultural history is warmly welcome to the Nature Adventure Exhibition at Vulcanum and Hoherodskopf, two geographic information centers in Schöten. A further ten geostations, spread throughout Vogelsberg, explain the particular themes that make up the volcanic region. For example, the museum at the brewery in Homberg m provides information on the hard work of stone judges who made paving stones for road construction from the surrounding basalt quarries. The Geological Tree Hedge in Schotten-Eichelsachsen, an initiative of the village community and freely accessible, provides insight into the various forms of our local rocks that literally “lie at our feet”.
An ideal place for a short excursion into the geology of the largest volcanic field in Central Europe. For Geopark, Hartmut Greb underscores the enthusiasm for geotopes in the volcanic region, which are so distinctive of Vogelsberg with their colour, shape, stories and landmarks: “The map shows only a small part of the abundance of magical places that Vogelsberg covers have to be introduced. This should be an incentive to tackle our natural foundations and their need to protect them as well as their beauty.”
The card is available in the brochure shop of the volcanic field Vogelsberg Tourismus GmbH www.vogelsberg-touristik.de Or the Vogelsbergkreis’ Office of Economy and Rural Areas, can be contacted by email [email protected]. The card is also available for collection at the Lauterbach district administration at the service site.
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