It is mainly covered with hardwoods and surrounded by the so-called belt-Grünland Fichten, a landscape of hedges feature of Vogelsberg. Meadows, fields, forests, a plant universe of multiple species as well as ponds and lakes are the natural setting. With a dense network of hiking trails, the natural park Hoher Vogelsberg let admire a very diverse flora and fauna.
Vogelsberg - overview of Hoherodskopf, one of the peaks of the massif - photo © Bernard Duyck 05.2014
Vogelsberg - Hoherodskopf: telecommunications tower, 144 meters high - photo © Bernard Duyck 05.2014
Located near the Information Centre for the Conservation of Nature, this spot is touristically overexploited (installation for winter sports, acrobranche course, walking, cafes, restaurant, bus stop Vulkan-Express ... a trailer for cyclists tired or sore shortcuts), but poorly marked geologically ... we must have his nose on Geotop for an indication!
Dark gray basalt outcrops yet near the tower. With a microscope, olivine and plagioclase are revealed.
A peculiarity: the basanite has such a high content of magnetite as a compass needle is deflected.
Taufstein is the highest peak in the Vogelsberg, with its 773 meters.
Outcrops of dark basanite, with olivine and clinopyroxene phenocrysts, in large blocks, are visible in part of natural forest left.
At the top stands the Bismarck Tower (1906 -1910) built in basalt blocks ... one of 240 high towers in the German Empire in honor of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck
A place where Saint Boniface (see ante) have preached and baptized in the 8th century is marked by a few large blocks and called "Bonifatiusborn"
- Petrogenesis of basanitic to tholeiitic volcanic rocks from the Miocene Vogelsberg, Central Germany - by P.J.F. Bogaard & G. Wörner / Journal of Petrology.
- Petrogenesis of tertiary continental intra-plate lavas from the Westerwald region, Germany / Journal of Petrology.
- Der Vogelsberg - Geotope im grössten vulkangebiet mitteleuropas - Th. Reischmann & Ad. Schraft.