Hiking map of the Saale reservoirs
Hiking map of the Saale dams / sheet 60 with Schleiz, Pössneck, Zeulenroda and Neustadt an der Orla as well as the Bleiloch and Plothener Teiche dams.
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The hiking map of the Saale reservoirs shows the Thuringian Slate Mountains and the Saale valley with the Bleiloch and Hohenwarte reservoirs. The BAB 9 motorway is marked from Triptis to south of Schleiz. To the east lies the Zeulenroda dam. In the centre are the Plothener Teiche and in the north the towns of Pössneck and Neustadt an der Orla. The back of the map contains tourist information.
The Thuringian Slate Mountains lie between the Thuringian Forest and the Vogtland. It is part of the low mountain range stretching northwest to southeast with the Thuringian Forest and the Franconian Forest.
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The Saale, flowing north from Hof, forms the border between Bavaria and Thuringia between the confluence of the Tannbach and the Selbitz. The river then flows through the Thuringian Slate Mountains. There the Saale is dammed in a five-stage cascade.
This includes the reservoirs:
- Bleiloch dam with 215 million m³ storage volume and 80 MW power
- Burghammer dam with 5.6 million m³ and 2.26 MW
- Walsburg dam / Wisenta pumped storage plant with 2.5 MW
- Hohenwarte dam / Hohenwarte I pumped storage plant with 182 m³ – 63 MW capacity
- Eichicht dam / Hohenwarte II pumped storage plant
The Bleiloch dam is a local recreation area and popular with water sports enthusiasts and hikers. From Saalburg, the reservoir can be navigated by passenger ships as well as by pleasure boats. The period of use for motor boats is limited to 1 March to 30 November. The Hohenwartestausee can also be used for water sports. There is also a passenger boat service.
The Plothener Teiche are a nature reserve in the Saale-Orla district. They mainly cover the municipalities of Plothen, Knau and Dreba and belong to the Thuringian Slate Mountains/Upper Saale Nature Park. The first ponds were already created in the Middle Ages by the people of Munich. Today there are still 600 ponds on an area with a radius of 2.5 km.
It is a valuable bird breeding area. At the house pond is an approx. 300-year-old pile house, which houses a small museum.
Neustadt an der Orla
... lies on the right tributary of the Saale. Around 1000, Arnshaugk Castle was built on the present-day area. Between 1150 and 1250, the small town of Neustadt was founded by the Lords of Lobdeburg. Historic buildings are:
The late Gothic Town Hall with its rich stone carvings. Since 1464, two parts of the building, the eastern and the western part, have been combined into one building. The door and window jambs and the gables on the east and south sides are valuable.
In the passage from the market to the church square are the Fleischbänke, a medieval butchers' shop. Nine sales arbours are still preserved. Relics of folklore from 1475 are unique in Europe and were renovated in 2002.
The castle church called Klosterkirche is the preserved remnant of the destroyed Augustinian Hermit monastery. The gateway separating the nave was created during the construction of the castle of the Duke of Saxony-Zeitz in 1674.
... is the district town of the Saale-Orla district. It is located in the southeast of Thüringen on the Wisenta, a right tributary of the Saale on a plateau of the Thüringer Vogtlandes. The town was the former residence town of the principality of Reuß-Schleiz. To the north lies the Plothen pond area, the largest natural pond area in Thuringia.
Worth seeing in Schleiz are:
- The mountain church from the 15th century with baroque interior
- the Rutheneum as a place of activity of Konrad Duden (today a museum)
- the Alte Münze (today gallery and city information)
In the south of the town of Schleiz is Germany's oldest natural race track, the Schleizer Dreieck. Motorbike and automobile races have been held here every year since 1923. During the reconstruction in 2004, the 7.6 km long track was shortened to a length of 3.8 km.
... is the largest town in the Saale-Orla district, situated in the Orlasenke. The town hall is one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Thuringia. The flight of steps is in the style of the early Renaissance. Other buildings and monuments worth seeing are the market square with the market fountain and the Gothic town church of St. Bartholomew (end of the 14th century until 1454/1488).
... (since 2006 Zeulenroda-Triebes) is located in the southeast of Thüringen near the border to Saxony. To the south of the town lies the Püllwitz Forest, to the west the Zeulenroda Dam and to the north the Weida Dam. The Zeulenroda dam is of tourist interest. A bungalow village, a lido, an animal enclosure and a high ropes course offer numerous recreational experiences. The town museum has numerous exhibits on the history of the town and especially on the history of the manufacture of furniture.