Ebbe Mountains

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Ebbe Mountains
The Ebbe from the northeast (Schomberg Observation Tower)
Highest point
Peak Nordhelle
Elevation 663 m (2,175 ft)
Coordinates 51°8′54″N 7°45′23″E / 51.14833°N 7.75639°E / 51.14833; 7.75639Coordinates: 51°8′54″N 7°45′23″E / 51.14833°N 7.75639°E / 51.14833; 7.75639
Length 12 km (7.5 mi)
Karte Ebbegebirge in NRW.png
Location of the Ebbe within North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Region Sauerland
Districts Märkischer Kreis and Olpe
Parent range Rhenish Massif

The Ebbe Mountains[1][2] (German: Ebbegebirge) or Ebbe form a range of uplands up to 663.3 m above sea level (NN) high in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. They have given their name to the Ebbe Mountain Nature Park and are part of the Süder Uplands within the Rhine Massif.



The Ebbe lies in the Sauerland in the districts of Märkischer Kreis and Olpe. It stretches between Herscheid and Plettenberg (outside the area) in the north, Attendorn and Finnentrop (outside the area) in the east, the Biggesee in the south and Kierspe and Meinerzhagen in the west, where the Ebbe Hills are surrounded by the Ebbe Hills Nature Park. It is grazed by the A 45 motorway in the west.


The highest elevation in the Ebbe Mountains is the Nordhelle (663.3 m above NN) between Valbert and Herscheid. Other notable hills are the: Rehberg (645.9 m), Rüenhardt (636.0 m), Waldberg (ca. 635 m), Rothenstein (ca. 600 m), Der Griesing (552,6 m), Homert (538,3 m) and Kahler Kopf (540.1 m).

Rivers and lakes[edit]

The following rivers rise in the Ebbe or around its edges: the Bruchbach, Else, Fürwigge, Ihne, Lister, Oesterbach, Verse and Volme. Within the Ebbe and its foothills are the Ahaus Reservoir, the Biggesee and the Fürwigge, Jubach, Lister, Oester and Verse Dams.


  1. ^ McCann, Tom (ed.) (2008). The Geology of Central Europe: Precambrian and Palaeozoic, The Geological Society, Bath, p. 238. ISBN 978-1-86239-245-8.
  2. ^ Malte-Brun, M. (1829). Universal Geography, Volume 7, Wells & Lilley, Boston, p. 222.

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