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Sauerland

Bergisches Land


Image: Die Externsteine anno 1840. Stahlstich von E. T. Brain nach einem Gemälde von C. Schlickum.

The region Sauerland belongs, together with the Bergisches Land to the geological unit  Rheinisches Schiefergebirge. This area lies right of the river Rhine, between the rivers Sieg and Ruhr, which explains the first part of the name. The highest point in this region is the Kahler Asten in the Naturpark (nature reserve) Rothaargebirge with 841 m asl The size of the Sauerland is west to east 120km and nort to south about 60km.

The rocks of this area are middle and upper Devonian layers, primarily carbonate rocks. Inbetween are some saddles of lower Devonian layer, like the Ordovician schist of the Remscheid Saddle and the Ebbe Saddle. In the Attendorn-Elspe Mulde are upper Karbon.

The whole area is karstified, but the most interresting features are formed at the borders between soluble and non soluble rocks.


Sights of This Region

 Aggertal Cave (Ründeroth Cave) |  Atta Cave (Attendorn Dripstone Cave) |  Balve Cave |  Besucherbergwerk Bertsch |  Bilstein Cave |  Besucherbergwerk Burgbergstollen |  Dechen Cave |  Schwerspatmuseum Dreislar |  Besucherbergwerk Grube Christiane |  Felicitas Heilstollen |  Besucherbergwerk Goldhausen |  Heinrich's Cave (Sundwig Dripstone Cave) |  Hemer Felsenmeer |  Besucherbergwerk Kilianstollen |  Klutert Cave |  Philippstollen Olsberg |  Neanderthal |  Besucherbergwerk Ramsbeck |  Schieferschaubergwerk Raumland |  Recken Cave |  Reinhold Forster Erbstollen |  Stahlberger Erbstollen |  Wiehl Dripstone Cave

See also


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