Silbersee im Naturschutzgebiet "Mahlscheid"

Brief description

A blue shimmering lake embedded in a scenic basalt quarry - that is the Silbersee in the Mahlscheid nature reserve. you are welcome to look at this nature reserve from the outside, but entering it is forbidden and costs a fine.

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Detailed description

The Mahlscheid is a secondary hilltop of the Hohenseelbachskopf and lies exactly on the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. The Mahlscheid and the Hohenseelbachskopf represent several large basalt domes that were formed here around seven million years ago through volcanic activity. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the basalt dome of the Mahlscheid was visible from afar. Basalt quarrying for road construction - carried out until the 1950s - led to the removal of the dome and created the quarrying crater with the Silver Lake in it that can be found today. However, up to 40 m high basalt columns are still visible in the steep walls of the crater.

The Mahlscheid, the Hohenseelbachskopf and the Druidenstein, which is only about 5 km away, were probably important Celtic cult sites. Around the 4th century BC, the Mahlscheid area was covered with Celtic fortresses.

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