The Oderteich is a beautiful body of water in the Harz National Park. A path leads you around the pond once. From the dam you can shoot beautiful photos. The Brockenumgehung of the Harzer-Hexen-Stiegs leads along here. Of course, the Harzer hiking needle has a stamp on the Oderteich. Close the pond in a hike over the Rehberger Graben or in the direction of the peat house.
Directly in the vicinity of the dam is a free parking lot at the Harzhochstraße.
June 8, 2017
The Oderteich is located in the Upper Harz north of St. Andreasberg and directly on the federal highway 242. It was built in the years 1715 to 1722 and is thus the oldest dam in Germany. With a capacity of 1,700,000 m³ of water was the Oderteich until the end of the 19th century also the largest dam in Germany.
The Oderteich owes its origin to the rain mining activities in the area of St. Andreasberg. Numerous driving skills and other technical facilities in the surrounding mines were driven with the pond's dammed up water. The contents of the Odereiches were sufficient to supply the pits with water for three more months, even in drought.
The mortarless dam was built of carved granite blocks and sealed with granite sand. This granite sand is completely impermeable to water, unlike ordinary sand. The dam, 166 meters long and 19 meters high, has been fulfilling its task in almost unchanged form for three centuries.
In autumn 2015, the water of the Oderteich was completely drained for the first time. The dam had leaked in the area of the bottom outlet, which made a repair necessary.
A good way to get to know the Oderteich is to take a hike around this artificial body of water. The loop around the pond has a length of only four kilometers and is therefore ideal for less trained hikers.
If you want to travel with your own vehicle, you can use the nearby large parking lot on Bundesstraße 242 for parking.
September 4, 2018
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