The Harz – Innerstetalsperre: What’s that thing?

A couple of minutes after our arrival, a lot of clouds appeared and I switched to black and white pictures. As always, you can tell us which ones you like best in the comments below!

Our attention was also drawn by a strange construction in the water. The Viking and I started guessing what it could be, without reaching a conclusion though… I did some research afterwards and discovered it was a shaft spillway. According to our good friend Wikipedia,

a spillway is a structure used to provide the controlled release of flows from a dam or levee into a downstream area, typically being the river that was dammed. In the UK they may be known as overflow channels. Spillways release floods so that the water does not overtop and damage or even destroy the dam.

During the high season, the reservoir is used for sailing, rowing and fishing. When we were there, we saw one person trying to catch some fish; most other tourists did some hiking or cycling.

13 Comments

  • Sunshine June 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the new knowledge on spillway…at least it is useful for fishing 🙂

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    • thesweetkitten June 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Long live Wikipedia!

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  • Colline June 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    My favourite in this series of photos would have to be the last one. Looking at this picture I can feel the solitude of this place.

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    • thesweetkitten June 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      There were not so many people around anymore, since it was lunchtime.

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  • Bongo June 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I’m usually a fan of color, but I think I like these black and white photos best. There’s something very dramatic about them.

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    • thesweetkitten June 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks and welcome back, Bongo!

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  • magsx2 June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Hi,
    I wouldn’t of known what that structure was either, good on you for finding the answer. Looks like a very lovely place to go hiking. 🙂

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    • thesweetkitten June 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      If you love hiking, I can recommend this whole region! 🙂

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  • Eric Murtaugh June 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Tough call on picking a favorite. I’ll have to go with the second and last shot (if I’m allowed to pick two favorites…ha!).

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    • thesweetkitten June 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Since you are such a nice guy, we allow you to pick two favorites 🙂

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  • unclerave June 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Educational!

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    • thesweetkitten June 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      You are very brief today 🙂

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