Vogelsberg: Geopark Vulcanregion publishes new Geopark map for tour planning

Vogelsberg: Geopark Vulcanregion publishes new Geopark map for tour planning
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For further tourism planning for the 2021 summer season, this is hot from the press: a geo-tourist map for the Vogelsberg volcanic region. The new Geopark map, available free of charge, aims to fill a gap in the way of exploring geo-experiences.

Vogelsberg – What are geotopes? Why is it designated as a natural monument? What are the special geological formations in Vogelsberg that you can visit? Among other things, a new geo-tourist map for the National Geopark Volcanic Area Vogelsberg will answer these questions.

“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 (SPD) said in a press release on the occasion of the presentation of the new Geopark map.

Vogelsberg: Geopark Vulcanregion publishes new Geopark map for tour planning

The map includes 30 selected geolocations with precise location information according to the Vogelsberg district, 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 jewelry and industrial culture.”

Some of these landforms are presented on the map with some brief information. It is one of the concerns of Geoparks 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 located on designated additional tours, cycling routes or local hiking trails.

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Geopark map is available there

The new Geopark card is free of charge – a small donation is welcome – is available in the brochure shop of the Vulkanregion Vogelsberg Tourismus GmbH www.vogelsberg-touristik.de or can be accessed by e- in the Office for Economy and Rural Areas of the Vogelsbergkreis is. On economy promotion mail @ vogelsbergkreis.de. The card can also be picked up free of charge at the service point of the Lauterbach district administration.

“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 Licht to Schlitz to Birstein to Ammonberg – the potential for geographical experiences within the boundaries of the district. The par is huge,” the Vogelsbergkreis also announced.

“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,” says district administrator Manfred Görig.

Anyone who wants to learn more about the exciting geographic and cultural history is warmly welcome to the Nature Adventure Exhibition at Vulkenum and Hoherodskopf, two geographic information centers in Schöten. Another ten geostations, spread throughout Vogelsberg, will explain the particular themes that make up the volcanic region.

Vogelsberg District Administrator Görig: “Great interest in nature experiences in the volcano area”

For example, the museum at the brewery in Homberg (Om) provides information on the hard work of the stone judges who made the 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, gives insight into the diversity of local rock shapes.

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The Office for Economic Affairs and Rural Areas and the National Geopark Volcanic Region underscore the enthusiasm for geotopes in the Vogelsberg to Hartmut Greb volcanic region, which are very distinctive with their colours, shapes, stories and landmarks of Vogelsberg – the largest volcanic region in the middle. in Europe.

“The map shows only a small part of the abundance of magical places Vogelsberg has to offer,” Greb said. “It should be an incentive to deal even more with our natural foundations and their beauty, but also the need to protect them.” (You can also read here: Vogelsberg Mountain Meadow is the focus of the championship).

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