Haar (Westphalia)

Highest point
Peak Spitze Warte
Elevation 391 m (1,283 ft)
Area 300 km2 (120 sq mi)
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Range coordinates 51°31′N 8°27′E / 51.52°N 8.45°E / 51.52; 8.45Coordinates: 51°31′N 8°27′E / 51.52°N 8.45°E / 51.52; 8.45
Parent range Hellweg Börde
Type of rock limestones from the Turonian
and Cenomanian stages[1]
Spitze Warte

The Haar or Haarstrang is a ridge of hills on the southern edge of the Westphalian Basin in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. From a natural region perspective it is the southern, submontane part of the Hellweg Börde, which stands opposite the northern area of the Süder Uplands (which is the natural region of the Sauerland), north of the Möhne and Ruhr rivers.[2][3]

Its highest elevation is the 391 m high Spitze Warte, which is situationed near Rüthen-Hemmern at the eastern end of the Haarstrang. Further west the crest of the ridge reaches heights of generally 200 to 250 m above sea level (NN) and rises to about 100 to 150 m over the Ruhr and Möhne valleys in the south as well as the valley of the Lippe in the north separated by the Upper and Lower Hellweg, both parts of the Hellweg Börde.


  1. Geographische Landesaufnahme: The natural region units on Sheet 97 - Münster (Sofie Meisel 1960), Sheet 98 - Detmold (Sofie Meisel 1959; few small areas on the west of the sheet), Sheet 110 - Arnsberg (Martin Bürgener 1969) and Sheet 111 - Arolsen (Martin Bürgener 1963; few small areas in the west) - Bundesanstalt für Landeskunde, Bad Godesberg
  2. E. Meynen and J. Schmithüsen: Handbuch der naturräumlichen Gliederung Deutschlands - Bundesanstalt für Landeskunde, 6th edition Remagen 1959 (a total of 9 editions in 8 books 1953-1962, updated in 1960 with 1:1,000,000 map of major landscape units)
  3. Strictly speaking the valley of the Ruhr belongs to the Süderbergland.
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