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River dams in Germany’s Bergisches Land

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River dams in Germany’s Bergisches Land

Hiking Collection by komoot

Germany’s Bergisches Land has more dams than any other region in Europe. Built between 1890 and 1985, the dams supply people with drinking water and help manage regular floods. Swimming isn’t allowed in several of the 21 dams in this Collection as they provide drinking water. However, they are wonderful natural settings, with many plants and animals, to go for a hike or bike ride. Some of the lakes are well-known for watersports.

The Bergisches Land has many small reservoirs and dammed ponds dotted throughout the region. These reservoirs and dams are often incredible structures that will surprise you. You’ll find quiet hiking trails where you can walk around the lakes and enjoy the natural beauty.

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