Sachsen-Anhalt: Rund ums Selketal – #FinishspartWasser für die Natur
Finish planned a hike.
March 17, 2021
Bare, brown and desolate: the forest in the Selke Valley is changing and is struggling with massive tree deaths. The spruce monocultures are no longer able to cope with the lack of rain, pests and storms give them the rest.While the dead trees remain in the national park and are thus given new life, the conventional foresters in the surrounding forests can hardly keep up with removing the wood and planting new trees. But in some places in the Selketal you can already see the new generation of the forest: Currently, a forest conversion is taking place, instead of the spruce trees, deciduous trees are being planted.Your hike starts in Mägdesprung, which you can reach by bus or train. Right at the beginning you climb up in the forest to two wonderful viewpoints, which give you a wide overview. From the friendship cliff you continue to the Köthener hut, one of the most beautiful rest huts in the Harz Mountains. Equipped with a small bell tower, it stands high above the Selketal.Again and again you can see dried out tree tops in the canopy of leaves already in summer. Nevertheless, the pioneer trail continues through nature in a quite picturesque way, and you can enjoy changing views again and again. Before you cross the Selke, it is worth making a detour to the Luisentempel.Then the Friedenstalbach accompanies you on your tour and the Tränkeweg leads you into the Krebsbachtal. You will pass the Krebsbachteich, where countless dragonflies cavort, and then you will reach the barn café on the Drahtzug. After a refreshment stop, it goes along the Selke back to the starting point of this hike.