On the day of the open monument there is occasionally the opportunity to visit the inside of the barrier wall and the turbine house, and you can learn a lot about the construction in the 1920s-30s. There is also an interesting documentary with original film recordings. What they did back then without today's technology is fascinating!
To the right of the dam is the overflow of the reservoir. In the past, after snow melted, there were often overflows. However, this has never happened in recent years. This was not only due to the lack of water, but because of various construction work (or partly due to political decisions) the water level was very often lowered artificially - to the detriment of tourism companies and residents. Shipping is severely restricted as a result. Trips to Harra have been impossible lately ... 😒
March 23, 2020
The Bleilochtalsperre in Thuringia, which accumulates the Saale, is in terms of the volume of the largest reservoir in Germany. It is named after the lead holes that were there before the impoundment and in which lead was mined. The concrete dam is one of the historical landmarks of civil engineering in Germany (Wikipedia).
November 27, 2018
Since the dam lies between the lead mountains, the dam got its name. The dam was built in the years 1926-1932. The Bleilochtalsperre was built within the emergency work of the state of Thuringia. For this purpose, unemployed people from all parts of Thuringia and Saxony were employed for 6 months each to build the barrier. In 1926, the hourly wages were reduced from 70 to 64 pfennigs in 10 to 12-hour working hours.
The traffic jam put 120 buildings and 20 industrial plants under water. 700 residents had to be resettled.
The length of the wall is 208, the height 65 m and the width 47m on the sole.
March 24, 2019
Imposing building from the 1930s. Legendary what they did with the technology at that time ... A visit is possible from time to time on the day of the open monument.
Unfortunately, there is no longer a pier at the barrier wall. Too bad ... Back then it was ideal for hiking or cycling tours ...
April 3, 2020
Here you can first see the proportions of the components that are needed to generate electricity! A visit to the turbine house (below the dam) and the dam itself is highly recommended. Unfortunately there are not too many ways to do this. We made it once at the Open Monument Day in September.
April 3, 2020
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