Course of the Werra
Location States of Thuringia, Hesse, Lower Saxony)  Germany
Length 299.6 km (186.2 mi)dep1 [1]
Source on the Eselsberg and Bleßberg
50°29′59″N 10°57′53″E / 50.4997°N 10.96478°E / 50.4997; 10.96478Coordinates: 50°29′59″N 10°57′53″E / 50.4997°N 10.96478°E / 50.4997; 10.96478
Source height 797 m above sea level (NN)
Mouth confluence with the Fulda
in Hann. Münden to form the Weser
51°25′16″N 9°38′57″E / 51.42097496°N 9.6491679°E / 51.42097496; 9.6491679
Mouth height 116.5 m above sea level (NN)
Descent 680.5 m
Basin Weser
Progression Weser North Sea
Catchment 5,496 km2 (2,122 sq mi)dep1
Discharge[2] Average mid:  
14.0 m3/s (490 cu ft/s) am Pegel Meiningen
23.6 m3/s (830 cu ft/s) Vacha
30.9 m3/s (1,090 cu ft/s) Gerstungen
40.6 m3/s (1,430 cu ft/s) Frankenroda
46.5 m3/s (1,640 cu ft/s) Allendorf
51.2 m3/s (1,810 cu ft/s) Letzter Heller, bei Hann. Mündendep1
Right tributaries Schleuse, Hasel, Hörsel
Left tributaries Ulster, Felda, Wehre
Large towns Meiningen,
Eisenach, Eschwege,
Hann. Münden
Small towns Bad Salzungen, Vacha, Creuzburg, Treffurt
Notable bridges Werrabrücke Vacha,
Werrabrücke Creuzburg, Werratalbrücke Hörschel
Navigable 89 km (55 mi); motor boats in places, but not throughout

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.

The Werra Valley ("Werratal") forms a natural border between the Rhön Mountains and the Thuringian Forest. Highlights here 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 (dating back to the year 786), restaurant and a tower with a wide outlook into the Werra valley near Tiefenort.

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

The Werra near Treffurt
The Werra near Creuzburg
The Werra in Eschwege

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. Gewässerkundliches Jahrbuch Weser-Ems 2005 - PDF, 6,7 MB
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