Wäller Tour Basalt und Buntmetalle
The GeoRoute "Basalt and Non-ferrous Metals" takes me on a search for traces of the mighty volcanic forces that once shaped the ridge above the Wiedtal valley. On the 8.8-kilometre-long, partly challenging hiking trail, which is certified as a "discovery tour", I come across many information points that tell of the formation of today's landscape with its basalt peaks such as the Bertenauer Kopf, as well as the history of the mining of ores and basalt. A highlight of my tour is the GeoTop of the Year 2021, the Rippelmarken, in the National GEOPARK Westerwald-Lahn-Taunus. The almost vertical rock face with the striking wave structures is a prime example of a fossilised seabed from the Devonian period and, for me, geology you can touch. Near the Bertenau head, I discover the small crater "Wolkenstein", which, together with Lake Manroth, gives me an idea of the efforts that were once made in the region to mine the volcanic rock. Non-ferrous metals (copper, lead, etc.) were once mined in the three mines Wilhelminensegen, Schiefer and Bertenauerkopf along the hiking trail.