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  • Lemmi alias Schlumpf

    From the Karches-See or Karches-Weiher with the Waldrasthaus Karches (hiking car park) the Goetheweg leads to the Weißmainfelsen, the Weißmainquelle and the Ochsenkopf summit. You can also hike the Weißmain nature trail to the Bischofsgrün valley station here.

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    • November 11, 2021

  • Christian

    Beautiful lake with a restaurant to stop off at right on the main road. 😀

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    • August 26, 2021

  • Harald Schramm (Schocker)

    Located directly on the B303, there is also Gasthaus zum Karches nearby. You can eat very well here.

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    • September 12, 2020

  • Christian

    Delicious meal. Nice stop-off point.

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    • September 18, 2020

  • Herbert


    The Karchesweiher is an artificially created reservoir three kilometers southeast of the municipality of Bischofsgrün in the district of Bayreuth (Northern Bavaria), at the foot of the Ochsenkopf in the forest in the high valley of the White Main on the B 303 / E 48. It owes its origin to the mining of iron mica and processing of ore in a hammer mill. The lake is fed by the White Main.

    In 1706, hammer master Johann Christoph Weller built the Weißmain blast furnace (Karches) with an associated apartment for the smelter. He processed the iron mica found in the vicinity. In 1716 the property passed to his son-in-law von Paschwitz, in 1720 to the hammer gentlemen von Roth, and in 1735 the furnace went down. On February 13, 1757, Roth sold the house and property to the servant Johann Karches on the Fröbershammer, at that time there was already a "protective pond" (to protect = dam). Later the house and reservoir passed to the state, which sold them again in 1841; In 1857 the state bought the house again, it served as a residence for a state forest ranger and was rebuilt in 1898. The Waldhaus Karches and the Karchesweiher have been privately owned again since 1970. From 1660 on, the Karchesweiher was used for timber rafting. It got its current size after the construction of the Fichtelgebirgsstraße which leads directly past it.

    Source: Wikipedia

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    • December 28, 2020

  • Naxxos

    Idyllic lake with a highly recommended inn. The hiking car park is a good starting point for tours in the surrounding area.

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    • June 28, 2021

  • Kjetil

    Beautiful lake directly at the Waldrasthaus Karches

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    • March 30, 2021

  • Andi

    Very nice little lake, especially in autumn. Very good food in the Waldrasthaus Karches. From here you can also start hikes, no parking fee.

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    • November 1, 2021

  • SvenN

    Parking lot at the Waldrasthaus Karches - directly on the B303

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    • November 11, 2021

  • Fichtel-Outdoorer

    Starting point for cross-country skiing tours on the OchsenkopfThere are many beautiful tour suggestions for cross-country skiing at komoot.de/collection/1029697/-ski-langlaufen-im-fichtelgebirge or more detailed at fichtel-outdoorer.de/tourenportal-fichtelgebirge-skilanglauf.htm

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    • November 27, 2021

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Location: Bischofsgrün, Bayreuth, Franconian Switzerland, Upper Franconia, Bavaria, Germany


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