Southern Oder Forest

The Oderwald is a salt structure, such as the Elm, the Aces or the Harly. Rock salt has moved upwards because of its lower density compared to limestone, sand and clay stones and has bulged the superimposed layers. As a result, sedimentary rocks from greater depths at the earth’s surface are open to the surface. In the Oderwald, which is only flat, the rocks of the Cretaceous period have reached the surface.

How to get there: From Braunschweig to the south on the A 395 to exit Autohof Oderwald. Heading east on the L 512. Follow the signs.

The signposted Geopark circular trail leads along the Flammenmergel at point 2, over the Hilssandstein (point 3), which was previously mined for construction purposes, to the minimus clay (4), which was the raw material for a brickworks, back through a valley that stands in spring full of March cups (5), to a former quarry in the white chalk limestone (6) and finally a viewpoint with panoramic views( In the vicinity of the geopath there are other sights, which are also marked by points on the map:

8. Schalksburg near Flöthe
9. former chalk limestone quarry
10. the castle hill of Gielde
11. Imperial Palatinate Werla
12. Klostergut / Church of Heiningen
13. Monopteros of Heiningen
14th War Grave Site
15. Source
16. Werlaburgdorf burial ground