On the heights of the Thuringian Forest, around 800m above sea level south of Eselsberg near Masserberg / Fehrenbach, one of the main source rivers of the Weser rises: the Werra. Until the end of the first millennium, the two rivers were not distinguished by name. Wesera, Wisara and Wisura were the old high German names. Usually - "aha" (for running water) was added to the name. Later, the Werraha, abbreviated as Werra in New High German, developed from Uiserra via Viseraha.
For decades people have argued about the actual source of the Werra. Not far from Bleßberg near Siegmundsburg, at the interface between the Thuringian Forest and the Thuringian Slate Mountains, the second arm of the Werra rises. Locals speak of the "real" and the "false" source of the Werra. Many a battle of words is still waged between Fehrenbachers and Siegmundsburgers today. Several investigations and reports were commissioned as a result of the disputes. However, this could not bring about a clear clarification. For these reasons, the length of the Werra is also given in various reference works as 298 and 292 kilometers.
However, the source versions are documented. The spring at Zeupelsberg near Fehrenbach was taken in 1897 by forester Georg Schröder from Heubach and master mason Elias Traut from Fehrenbach. The building made of natural stone is adorned with a lion's head, from whose mouth the water flows. On August 14, 1898, the spring, also known as Schröder's spring version, was inaugurated with a forest festival. The spring near Siegmundsburg was not caught until 12 years later. Both arms of the river finally unite at Sachsenbrunn.
March 7, 2019
It is better to speak of a headwaters of the Werra. Because minds argue about THE Werra spring. There is a source near the Bleßberg. But the first source of the Werra from 1897 is located on the southern slope of Eselsberg near Fehrenbach at about 797 m above sea level. NHN. On August 14, 1898, the Werra spring, also known as Schröder's spring version, was inaugurated with a forest festival. It was named after the forester Georg Schröder from Heubach. 2 memorial plaques on the frame remember forester Georg Schröder and master mason Elias Traut, who set the spring in local natural stone. Since then, water has been flowing out of the lion's head.
In the further course the Werra crosses cities such as Eisfeld, Hildburghausen, Meiningen, Bad Salzungen, Eschwege and Bad Sooden-Allendorf. In Hannoversch Münden the Werra and Fulda merge to form the Weser. (Source: werraquell-huette.de)
May 22, 2020
The Werra is the eastern and right of the two main source rivers of the Weser and with a length of 299.6 km also the longer one, because the western and left Fulda is only 220.7 km long. It flows in Thuringia, Hesse and Lower Saxony.
The Werra rises in the Thuringian Slate Mountains near Fehrenbach in southern Thuringia.
After its uppermost course it mostly flows in a north-westerly direction through the west of Thuringia and the north-east of Hesse.
In the south-east of Lower Saxony it then unites in Hann. Münden with the Fulda to the Weser, which flows to the North Sea.
December 20, 2020
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