The currently last built and second highest (102.5 m) concrete dam in Germany is located near Unterweißbach in the Lichtetal, in the Thuringian Slate Mountains on the nature park route.The name of the Leibis-Lichte dam is derived from the place Leibis, whose inhabitants were resettled and the dammed river Lichte, a tributary of the Schwarza. It serves the drinking water supply East Thuringia and the flood protection. It is an ecological dike. Floods are simulated to preserve the habitat of plants and animals. The concrete dam is a concrete weight wall. It was built in block construction (about 1000 concrete blocks) and is not anchored in the rock.
It wears only by its own weight.The dam Leibis / Lichte impresses with the second highest concrete dam in Germany. A circular route opens up natural experiences in the interplay of water and moving landscape. In the fall of 2010, nine artists have created natural oak sculptures for the dam-trail around the theme "Rest Area". The artworks invite you to take a break and let the visitor recreate how the artists understood the spirit of the place. The approximately 19 km long route invites today as an open-air exhibition on the discovery tour and can be explored by bike in just over two hours. The entrance to the Sculpture Trail should be via the adjacent towns of Unterweißbach, Meura, Deesbach or Lichte. Here the guest finds parking lots and gastronomy. On the way itself, which runs in the drinking water protection area, there is no supply.
March 7, 2019
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