Hohe Schrecke

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Hohe Schrecke
Nausitz Hohe Schrecke.jpg
Highest point
Peak Wetzelshain[1]
Elevation 370.1 m (1,214 ft)
Area 30–55[2] km2 (12–21 sq mi)
State Counties of Kyffhäuser and Sömmerda (Thuringia), Burgenlandkreis (Saxony-Anhalt) (Germany)
Parent range Lower Unstrut Hill Country, Thuringian Basin (and surrounding plateaux)
Type of rock Bunter sandstone

The Hohe Schrecke is a ridge of hills in central Germany. It lies mainly within Thuringia; the southeastern part around Lossa belongs to the state of Saxony-Anhalt.


Together with the Schmücke, the Finne and the Hainleite, the Hohe Schrecke forms the northern rim of the Thuringian Basin. It lies between Braunsroda, Reinsdorf, Gehofen, Donndorf, Wiehe, Lossa, Hauteroda and Oberheldrungen.


  • Schulzenberg 320 m AMSL.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The landscape on the Hohe Schrecke is dominated by large, unified stands of deciduous forest, especially beech woods. In the eastern part there are areas that were used as a military training area until the withdrawal of Soviet forces and were kept free of trees for that purpose.

Primarily because of its unity the Hohe Schrecke provides a habitat for the wildcat, black stork and red deer. More than 500 different species of macrofungi also grow here.

Nature reserve[edit]

The majority of the Hohe Schrecke has been designated as a nature reserve, which covers an area of some 35 km2.

The nature reserve was notified to the European Commission as part of the Hohe Schrecke - Finne Flora-Fauna Habitat Region.

The conservation project "Hohe Schrecke - Old Forest with a Future" (Hohe Schrecke - Alter Wald mit Zukunft) was one of five winners of the national competition for nature conservation projects and rural development. As a result, it has received resources from the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.


  1. ^ Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  2. ^ Depending on definition.

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Coordinates: 51°15′30″N 11°20′10″E / 51.2583°N 11.3361°E / 51.2583; 11.3361