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Harz SW.png
The southwestern Harz with the River Söse
Location Lower Saxony, Germany
Length 38 km
Source Auf dem Acker in the Harz
Source height ca. 800 m above sea level (NN)
Mouth Rhume near Katlenburg-Lindau
51°41′58″N 10°06′24″E / 51.6995°N 10.106556°E / 51.6995; 10.106556
Mouth height 130 m above sea level (NN)
Descent ca. 670 m
Basin Weser
Progression Rhume → Leine → Aller → Weser → North Sea
Catchment 212 km²
Right tributaries Große Bremke, Sülpkebach, Markau
Left tributaries Alte Söse
Reservoirs passed Söse Reservoir
Large towns Osterode
The Söse in Osterode

The Söse is a right tributary of the river Rhume, 38 kilometres long, in Lower Saxony, Germany.


The river rises on the plateau of Auf dem Acker in the district of Osterode in the southwestern part of the Harz Mountains in Germany. From there it flows initially westwards; and is then impounded at a pre-dam and then by the Söse Dam between the Osterode village of Riefensbeek and the town of Osterode am Harz itself. In Osterode the river bends northwest, only to swing westwards near Badenhausen and then southwards near Eisdorf just a few kilometres west of the Harz. It flows in that direction through Osterode-Dorste before entering the westward-flowing Rhume between the villages of Berka and Elvershausen, both part of the borough of Katlenburg-Lindau in the district of Northeim.


  • Große Söse ("Great Söse", left headstream)
  • Kleine Söse ("Little Söse", right headstream)
  • Große Limpig (right)
  • Eipenke (left)
  • Ospenke (left)
  • Lerbach (right)
  • Apenke (left)
  • Große Bremke (right)
  • Wellbeek (right)
  • Uferbach (right)
  • Sulpebach (right)
  • Markau (right)
  • Bierbach (right)
  • Dornkesbach (right)
  • Goldbach (right)
  • Salza (left)
  • Dorster Mühlenbach (left)