Detailed description

The Hohenseelbachskopf is located in the border area between the municipalities of Daaden-Herdorf (Rhineland-Palatinate) in the south-west and Neunkirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia) and is also known locally as Köppel.

At 517.5 metres above sea level, the Hohenseelbachskopf once had one of the largest basalt domes in Germany, which was formed by volcanic activity. Remains of these basalt columns still surround a deep former quarry where the basalt dome was almost completely quarried at the beginning of the 20th century. A high block of countless basalt columns remains on the north-eastern floor. The quarrying erased the traces of a Celtic rampart and the last remains of the medieval castle of the Knights of Seelbach. The rest of the hilltop has been a nature reserve since 1936

About 220 metres north of the summit is the Hohenseelbachskopf forest restaurant, also known as Köppel, and 1 km to the north-west is Mahlscheid on the state border.

Brief description

Former basalt hilltop under nature conservation.

Contact and directions

Bahnhofstr. 4
57567 Daaden