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The Glisborn spring pot

The Glisborn spring pot

location Schwalm-Eder-Kreis , Hesse , Germany
River system Weser
Drain over Pilgerbach  → Eder  → Fulda  → Weser  → North Sea
source northeast of Gudensberg
51 ° 11 ′ 59 ″  N , 9 ° 23 ′ 0 ″  E
Source height approx.  235  m above sea level NHN
muzzle near Holzhausen in the Pilgerbach Coordinates: 51 ° 12 '55 "  N , 9 ° 24' 50"  E 51 ° 12 '55 "  N , 9 ° 24' 50"  E
Mouth height approx.  182  m above sea level NHN
Height difference approx. 53 m
Bottom slope approx. 18 ‰
length 3 km
Catchment area 4.35 km²
Communities Edermünde with the district of Holzhausen

The Glisborn , also called Glißborn , is a spring pot near the core town of Gudensberg in the Schwalm-Eder district in northern Hesse . The city of Gudensberg gets part of its drinking water needs from the vicinity of the Glisborn spring.

Geography and hydrography

The source pot is located around 650 m north of the Odenberg and around 1.1 km northwest of the Scharfenstein in a field and meadow landscape at around 235  m above sea level. NN . Its water flows as a small stream northeast between Dissen and Besse and flows after a total of about 3.0 km on the southwestern outskirts of Holzhausen at around 182  m above sea level. NN in the Eder tributary Pilgerbach .

Elevation profile of the Glisborn

The spring water of the Glisborn (the "glistening" Born) is said to have been clear and ice-cold, and it was said that it washed clean without soap. According to Pfister, women still came to Glisborn from a great distance in the 1840s to wash their white clothes.

In 1896 a water pipe was laid from Glisborn to Dissen.


According to legend, Charlemagne roamed the Gudensberg area with his army. His warriors were thirsty. The emperor gave his white horse the spurs . The horse stamped its hoof so hard that a stone came off the rock, leaving a hoofprint on it. Where the stone had loosened, a fresh spring gushed, the Glisborn, and the whole army could quench its thirst.

A stone with a chiseled hoof print was built into the wall of the church in nearby Karlskirchen , now a desert , and was considered the hoof print of Karl's horse. With the introduction of the Reformation in the Landgraviate of Hesse in 1526, the Karlskirche was demolished as a refuge for paganism. Years later, the stone reappeared in the churchyard wall in Gudensberg, where it can still be seen today.


Web links

Commons : Glisborn  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation ( information )
  2. Water map service of the Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection ( information )
  3. ^ Heinrich Grunewald: Chronicle of the community Dissen, district Fritzlar. In: Association for Hessian History and Regional Studies: Messages to the members of the Association for Hessian History and Regional Studies , born in 1901, Kassel, 1903, pp. 54-69 (68)
  4. See e.g. B. Otto Henne-Am Rhyn: German folk tales. Wölfert, Leipzig, 1878, p. 524 ; Eduard Wippermann: On the state and legal history of the Wetterau. In: Journal for German Law and German Jurisprudence , Volume Sixteenth, Tübingen, 1856, p. 43