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  • Sebastian Kowalke

    In 1897, the Werra spring was set in stone and designed as a fountain. Since the opening of the spring, the river has been bubbling out of a snapdragon and is making its long journey to the North Sea.

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    • October 18, 2018

  • JR56

    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.

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    • March 7, 2019

  • Reinhard

    Hike from Fehrenbach through the Fehrenbacher Switzerland or the easy variant of Masserberg-OE- large parking lot. As a detour from the Rennsteig hike stage Masserberg- Neuhaus- possible.

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    • February 9, 2017

  • Mike

    Good hiking area around Masserberg. And the source is a nice break.

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    • August 19, 2018

  • Tevion1505 (Andreas)

    Since the beginning of the last century, the dispute over the “real
    Werraquelle "between Fehrenbach (" Vordere Werraquelle ") and Siegmundsburg
    ("Hintere Werraquelle").

    The actual or Vordere Werraquelle rises at the so-called
    "Köpfleswiese" on the northern slope of the Zeupelsberg (760 m above sea level) near Fehrenbach; the
    Rear source of the Werra on the northwest slope of the forest area "Dürre Fichte"
    Siegmundsburg. At Schwarzenbrunn, the upper part of Sachsenbrunn,
    The two Werra source rivers meet and form the Werra from here. The Werra,
    which, as is well known, then forms the Weser together with the Fulda, has two of its own
    almost equal source rivers. The vernacular calls those from Zeupelsberg
    flowing also the "dry" Werra, the coming down from Bleß the "wet"
    Werra or Saar.

    Incidentally, the name "Werra" is derived from the Old High German "Wisaraha" and
    means "meadow river".

    In 1897 the chief forester Georg Schröder from Heubach opened the source
    the "Köpflesgrund" on Zeupelsberg east of Fehrenbach as a source of the Werra
    let it be bordered. The Fehrenbacher master mason Elias Traut took care of that
    professional execution. On August 14, 1898, the Echte Werra spring was as
    those with a local festival - the one that has been celebrated every year since then
    "Werraquellfest" - has been inaugurated.

    This in turn spurred the “competition” on: on the so-called “Märterlein” at
    Siegmundsburg, on the north side of the Bleß, is on the northwest slope of the
    'Dürren Fichte', just a few meters from today's B 281 and one kilometer from
    Rennsteig and from the Dreistromstein, a trickle based on a design by Prof.
    Schulze from Naumburg captured and on August 21, 1910 also as a source of the Werra
    called out. This is where the Saar rises, which then merges into the Sachsenbrunn
    "Real" Werra flows into it.

    Source: lindenhof-waffenrod.de/inhalt/wandertipps/text/erlebniswanderung_werraquellen.pdf

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    • August 28, 2021

  • oti

    relaxed round trip from Masserberg to the Werra source;
    Note: currently extensive construction work directly at the Werra source for a unfortunately oversized hut;

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    • November 15, 2018

  • Boguslawa

    One highlight chases the other

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    • November 15, 2020

  • Mike

    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)

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    • May 22, 2020

  • Monika Laicht

    Great hike through snow-covered winter forest, past trees shrouded in ice. Everything very well signposted.

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    • February 7, 2019

  • Robert

    The Werra spring is easy to reach on foot and on cross-country skis even in winter.
    The paths are well prepared.

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    • February 14, 2019

  • Willigipfel

    The immediate vicinity of the Werra spring has been developed as a tourist attraction.

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    • November 27, 2020

  • Patrick

    Very nice place with beautiful surroundings. Gastronomy is also available. Not far from Masserberg. The Werra cycle path also leads along there.

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    • June 29, 2021

  • Neumi

    Werraquelle is redesigned including area and gastronomy

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    • June 29, 2019

  • Heike

    The Neugestalten Werraquelle has many highlights to offer: a lake, a tower and a restaurant with delicious food, coffee and 🍦!

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    • July 16, 2020

  • Corinna Heim🌅🚲🌈

    Nice destination with good hospitality

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    • February 14, 2021

  • Sebastian

    It's worth a visit! You can linger here!

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    • April 25, 2021

  • va.ho8

    Perfect for a break in between.

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    • September 13, 2021

  • conny

    very interesting because there are also many information boards about the Werra

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    • August 31, 2020

  • Joachim

    In the meantime there is a restaurant and entertainment options for children.

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    • June 21, 2020

  • Sopho, Micha, Frieda & Bella 🐶🐾

    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.

    (Source: Wikipedia)

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    • December 20, 2020

  • JakobusPilger

    At this point / I would like to quickly / say something about the source
    (whereby it corresponds to the art of poetry / if this 'source' is a 'well'):
    To quote the incomparable humorist Heinz Erhardt (1909 - 1979), who was known to a wide audience for his word jokes and "Noch'n poem", with a short quatrain:
    "There is certainly much beauty in
    on the element, the wet.
    Because you can drink the water.
    But you can - also leave it."

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    • 6 days ago

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