Goldene Aue

The Goldene Aue is a landscape between Nordhausen and Sangerhausen in the border region of Thuringia and Saxony- Anhalt ( Germany ).


The Goldene Aue extends between the southern edge of the Harz in the north and the Windleite and the Kyffhaeuser in the south and is traversed by the helmets. Major tributaries to the helmets are the Zorge, Thyra, leash and gonna. South of Sangerhausen concurs with the landscape of the Adamantine floodplain. The flat floodplains of helmets, like the Langenrieth at Görsbach, change with hilly landscapes such as the Haardt (186 m) and the Heath ( on the middle head: 244 m) at its edges. Geographically, the Goldene Aue to Gera Unstrut helmets lowlands within the Thuringian Basin is expected ( with edge plates ).


Originally, only the area around the Aumuehle between Görsbach and Auleben, where the deserted village of the village Langenrieth is referred to as the Goldene Aue. The term first appears in a document of the monastery Walkenried, which began in 1144 in this area with excavation work and called a cloister Ow, later Güldene Aue, had created. From this place name was derived from the mid- 13th century the landscape name from, as most of the wetlands could be made fruitful by the desired influx of Flemish settlers. From Martin Luther, the tradition goes out that the 1494 pilgrimage from returning to Jerusalem Count Botho zu Stolberg was announced: "He 'd rather take his country, the Gilded Aue called and wanted another leave the promised land. "

Today, the term is usually not only the center, but often the lower Helmetal understood Goldene Aue. The predominantly agricultural area was dominated until the 1960s greatly endangered by flooding originating from the resin rivers flood. As a countermeasure, therefore, the 1966 completed Kelbra Dam was built, which ensures, together with an upstream flood retention basin flood protection.


Due to the Goldene Aue led the military road from Nordhausen to Merseburg. Today, it is served by the national highway 80, highway A 38 and the Halle- Kassel railway.


Well worth seeing is the small local museum in Humboldt's Castle in Auleben. Nearby is the Museum " New Rüxleber yard". A few kilometers away is the herring / Helmet Castle, famous for its medieval market. Another special offers herring. Because the money was not enough for a proper high bell tower, the bell was simply placed next to the church. Further east are the lock systems in Roßla and Wallenhausen.

A tourist center has been erected around the reservoir Kelbra.


Auleben is also known by the nearby gypsum karst landscape, with a fairly unique flora and fauna that is worth protecting in this composition. At the time of bird migration can be observed many birds at the nearby reservoir Kelbra because the reservoir is a very suitable resting place. The following protected areas are located in the area of ​​Golden Meadows:

  • NSG Schlossberg Solwiesen east of Auleben
  • Bird sanctuary helmets reservoir Berga - Kelbra in Saxony- Anhalt and the
  • Bird sanctuary Kyffhaeuser Badraer Switzerland helmets dam in neighboring Thuringia

Many paths lead from Europe Auleben village situated in the south over the ridge of the Windleite to Sondershausen.