Geotopes are geological points of interest such as quarries, outstanding rock formations, rock exposures, landscapes or mineral water sources. They are a window into the geological past of our Earth and allow us to look deep into the subsurface. Geotopes explain how gigantic mountains were formed and ultimately levelled, how climate changed and ancient rivers flowed. Among the many geotopes in the Porphyryland Geopark are two of the most important geotopes in Germany: the wind and glacial striations in the Hohburg Hills and the Porphyry tuff from Rochlitz Hill.
Geotopes are usually freely accessible. Please observe the prohibition signs along the edges of the quarries and respect the interests of geotope and nature conservation when you visit a geotope! Geotopes are not only unique geological sites, they are also a habitat for rare plants and animals. Once destroyed, a geotope cannot be restored.