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Upper Harz Water Management System

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The Upper Harz Water System is a system of dams, reservoirs, ditches and other structures, much of which was built from the 16th to 19th centuries to divert and store the water that drove the water wheels of the mines in the Upper Harz region of Germany. It is one of the largest and most important historic mining water management systems in the world and has been placed under protection since 1978 as cultural monuments.

(All photos copyright Harzwasserwerke GmbH)

Due to the sheer number of structures and the length of the ditches the Upper Harz Water Regale is best explored on foot. Thanks to the Harzwasserwerke a large number of waterside footpaths have been created in recent years: the so-called Wasserwanderwege.

Upper Harz Water Management System

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