Naturschutzgebiet Glockenborn

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The Glockenborn nature reserve is one of the most valuable wetlands in the north of Hesse;

The Glockenborn nature reserve is located near the Wolfhagen district of Bründersen and has developed into one of the most valuable wetlands in northern Hesse since the start of the conversion measures in 2004. 
The Glockenborn nature reserve is a paradise and decidedly worthwhile destination for all nature enthusiasts. 

To make the area more tangible for visitors, three observation towers were erected by the Wolfhagen Forestry Office. This gives visitors a good view of all parts of the area. In addition, employees of the town of Wolfhagen have built three large information boards and several benches and placed them at the borders of the NSG. 

The design measures have turned former extensive meadows with individual reed zones and with the watercourse "Mühlenwasser" flowing through it into an Eldorado for wetland animals and plants. 

The bird species breeding and migrating in the area make it one of the most valuable wetland biotopes in northern Hesse. Species that have become rare in Hessen have also found a home here and delight many animal and plant connoisseurs. The existing habitat with its shallow lakes, temporary small water bodies and gentle year-round grazing with robust cattle breeds shows a high potential for the development of further animal and plant species. As a formerly extensively used area with mowing meadows and some wet meadow areas, a valuable habitat has been created through the targeted use of public funds and the implementation of various compensatory measures by the Office for Roads and Transport and the town of Wolfhagen, which is only rarely found in Northern Hesse.

The nature reserve owes its name to a legend: If children had secret wishes, it was said: "Go to the Glockenborn. If you are a good child and can be very quiet, you will hear a soft ringing. After that, if the wish is moderate, it will come true." A second legend says that the bell of the Todenhausen church was sunk in the marshy terrain in order not to leave it to, for example, warring hordes.

The town of Wolfhagen as owner of the area and the Wolfhagen Forestry Office are working closely together to secure the conservation status in order to be able to achieve the goals set at the beginning of the measure.

In conclusion, it can be said that the idea and implementation at that time were a stroke of luck for nature and the region thanks to the cooperation of the Wolfhagen Forestry Office, the building authority of the town of Wolfhagen, the Lower Nature Conservation Authority of the Kassel district and the Higher Nature Conservation Authority of the Kassel Regional Council. 

Magistrat der Stadt Wolfhagen - Tourist Info

Burgstraße 33-35

34466 Wolfhagen


Phone: +49 5692 / 6020



General information


The Glockenborn nature reserve is located between Wolfhagen and the Bründrsen district on the K107. Parking is available at the K 107 car park.

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