Bike Touring Highlight
Harpener ponds (Bochum)
In the footsteps of mining
The Harpen Ponds - also known as Werner Ponds - are a combination of still waters that are partly fed by the Harpen Stream. This arises as Bövinghauser Bach in Dortmund and changes its name when it flows over the city limits of Bochum. Located in close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the Ruhr-Park shopping center, the local recreational potential of the Harpen Ponds surprises. Originally designed as sewage ponds for mining in Bochum, the ponds offer walkers, cyclists and joggers an oasis of calm that is not overcrowded. The only thing that stands out from this is the feed point of the pit water of the Robert-Müser colliery with loud noise and bubbling, which is responsible for the milky cloudiness and sometimes for the unpleasant smell of sulfur due to the mineral-containing water. There is seating for a break. A wedding forest can also be found at the Harpen ponds. A network of paths developed from the west, south and north leads through a special flora and fauna.
April 18, 2018
Werner Teiche or Harpener Teiche are in the immediate vicinity of the Ruhrpark in Bochum.
There is a diverse flora and fauna here, keep your eyes open.
There are people in the Ruhr area who claim that the Harpener ponds are among the greenest varieties in the Ruhr area.
April 13, 2018
The Harpen Ponds, also known as Werner Ponds, are two still waters on the border between the Harpen and Werne districts of Bochum near the Ruhr-Park shopping center. Originally designed as sewage ponds for mining, they are now a local recreation area.
The Harpener Bach feeds the two water surfaces. In addition, warm mineral-rich mine water from the former Robert Müser colliery is introduced into it, which leads to a milky, cloudy color and sometimes to unpleasant smells. The high chloride content (up to 40 grams per liter) and the constant 20 ° C temperature of the pit water favor a special fauna and flora at the point of discharge. According to the European Water Framework Directive, waters must be restored to their natural state by 2015; However, the RAG has a special permit from the Arnsberg district and may continue to do so until 2021.
The northern pond is 230 meters wide and 180 meters long, the southern one a maximum of 140 meters wide and 460 meters long. Between the two ponds, a hiking trail leads to the former mine dump of Robert Müser.
Mallards, pond and pale claws, great crested grebes and swans breed at the pond. Gray herons as well as meal and barn swallows can also be observed. The city of Bochum has set up benches along the way and created the wedding forest.
In 2009 the Bochum Botanical Association examined the biodiversity at the Harpen ponds and detected the red kite, the skylark and the ants' cricket as well as the sand sedge, the tufted carnation and the frog bulrush on the plants in rare and remarkable animals.
May 16, 2017
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