By the way
Bruchschollenland Massenricht – visitors very welcome
At the moment, the anti-Corona measures are hanging like a millstone around our neck. There has been heated debate about the pros and cons of these measures. But we can also see the situation as an opportunity and get round to those things that we may never have done without Corona – for example, exploring our local area and discovering interesting things at the same time. By chance, I have recently taken a walk through the Bruchschollenland near Massenricht, just 8 km away from Hirschau, and I really enjoyed it.
Bruchschollenland near Massenricht is an area of special geological interest. Here, over millions of years, various horizontal sediments have been deposited and, as a result of folds and fractures, evolved into almost vertical formations. These are all located in a very limited area and can still be seen today. The highlight of the only 4.5 km-long walk is the millstone quarry at the Mühlberg. Already by around 1660, sandstone of excellent quality was quarried there for the production of millstones, dressed and sent on the trade routes at that time all over the Upper Palatinate region and much further afield. In the region, sandstone is found in different forms and – as can be admired on older buildings – has been used in many ways as construction material. On the path, you pass ten different information panels describing the special geological, transport- and construction-related features.
Browse under geopark, geopath or geoportal and you’ll find something interesting near you, too.