Rochlitz Hill , Photo: Gotthard Lagegast
The hills of the Geopark Porphyry Land may not soar into the sky like the Himalayas, but their story is no less interesting. These conspicuous witnesses of geological and landscape development enclose the area from three directions.
Rocks that resisted the effects of weathering for millions of years now stand out as hills and ridges from the mostly level landscape of the Mulde Valley. Early in history they were settlement areas and hideaways, meeting places and places of trials. In the 19th and 20th century, the hills were central survey points, places of a romantic sense of home and patriotic yearnings and sources of raw materials or just simply popular tourist destinations, something they are still today. The hills offer many opportunities for making geological discoveries: by looking from a peak, hiking on signposted GeoRoutes or climbing in close contact with the rock.
Excerpt from: Geopark Brochure “Geopark Porphyry Land. Saxony’s Wealth of Rocks” (2020): Annett Steinert, translated by Michael Walker