The Werra (German pronunciation: [ˈvɛʁa]), a river in central Germany, forms the right-source of the Weser. The Werra has its source near Eisfeld in southern Thuringia. After 293 kilometres (182 mi) the Werra joins the river Fulda in the town of Hann. Münden, forming the Weser.

Course of the Werra
Country Germany
StatesThuringia, Hesse, and Lower Saxony
Physical characteristics
  locationon the Eselsberg and Bleßberg
  coordinates50°29′59″N 10°57′53″E
  elevation797 m above sea level (NN)
confluence with the Fulda
in Hann. Münden to form the Weser
51°25′16″N 9°38′57″E
116.5 m above sea level (NN)
Length299.6 km (186.2 mi) [1]
Basin size5,496 km2 (2,122 sq mi) [2]
  locationam Pegel Meiningen[3]
  average14.0 m3/s (490 cu ft/s)
  average23.6 m3/s (830 cu ft/s)
  average30.9 m3/s (1,090 cu ft/s)
  average40.6 m3/s (1,430 cu ft/s)
  average46.5 m3/s (1,640 cu ft/s)
  • Location:
    Letzter Heller, bei Hann. Münden[3]
  • Average rate: 51.2 m3/s (1,810 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionWeserNorth Sea
  leftUlster, Felda, Wehre
  rightSchleuse, Hasel, Hörsel
Navigable89 km (55 mi); motor boats in places, but not throughout

The Werra Valley (German: Werratal) forms a natural border between the Rhön Mountains and the Thuringian Forest. Local attractions include Eiben Forest near Dermbach, the fairytale sandstone cave at Walldorf, the deepest lake in Germany formed by land subsidence (near Bernshausen), and the "Krayenburg", the ruins of a castle.

The following towns or municipalities lie along the Werra: Hildburghausen, Meiningen, Bad Salzungen, Tiefenort, Merkers-Kieselbach, Heringen, Philippsthal, Gerstungen, Wanfried, Eschwege, Bad Sooden-Allendorf, Witzenhausen and Hann. Münden.

See also


  1. Messung über Geopfad (kmz, 66 kB). Die Werte von 292,1 km (ohne Quellbäche) bzw. 298,7 km (über Quelle am Eselsberg) wurden um 0,9 km nach oben korrigiert, da laut hessischer Stationierung die Ulstermündung an km 161,6 liegt, im Geopfad jedoch an 160,7.
  2. Environmental map service of Lower Saxony (Umweltkartendienst des Niedersächsischen Ministeriums für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz)
  3. Gewässerkundliches Jahrbuch Weser-Ems 2005 - PDF, 6,7 MB
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