Mountain Biking Highlight
The Geotop Lechfall near Füssen opens up a unique natural monument in the Bavarian Alps. Impressively, the water masses of the Lech fed from the Alps plunge twelve meters over five levels into the depths. Below the waterfall, the river narrows and enters the Lechschlucht, which the Lech has dug into the rock over millennia. The Lechschlucht is the only one in the entire Bavarian Alpine region, through which a larger Alpine river can still flow freely and unhindered by human hands.
The Lechfall belongs since 2005 to "Bavaria's most beautiful geotopes" (No.8).
Further information: lechfall.de
May 29, 2017
The Lechfall is located on the northern edge of a short but deeply cut gorge in which the Lech breaks through a rock ledge, which is attributed to the west of the Falkensteinkamm, east of the Ammergau Alps. This gorge (Latin Fauces: corridor, gullet) was named for feet. It originated at the end of the Würm ice age about 12,000 years ago, when the meltwater of the Lech glacier formed a large lake that extended to present day Pfronten. As an outflow of this lake, the Lech initially fell about 100 m deep over the rock ledge in the then Füssener Lake and then eroded the narrow canyon.
Together with a drainage tunnel, the dam was built to use hydropower in the years 1784-1787. The construction was also communicated as the creation of a waterfall, more impressive than the former natural cataract. As part of a modernization of the hydroelectric power plant, remaining minimum amounts of water for the Lechfall have been fixed.
Despite the technical nature of the overflowed weir has a significant tourist attraction, especially as the waterfall far exceeds the water richest natural waterfall in Germany, the Alzfall at Altenmarkt, the water supply and altitude.
May 31, 2017
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