Wilisch (river)

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The Wilisch near Wilischthal with bike and hiking trails

The Wilisch near Wilischthal with bike and hiking trails

Water code DE : 54266
location Erzgebirgskreis , Saxony ( Germany )
River system Elbe
Drain over Zschopau  → Freiberger Mulde  → Mulde  → Elbe  → North Sea
Headwaters Spring arms north and east of the Greifensteine
Source height 640  m above sea level NHN
muzzle near Wilischthal in the Zschopau coordinates: 50 ° 43 '35 "  N , 13 ° 3' 24"  E 50 ° 43 '35 "  N , 13 ° 3' 24"  E
Mouth height 330  m above sea level NHN
Height difference 310 m
Bottom slope 17 ‰
length 17.9 km
Catchment area 65.5 km²
Small towns Ehrenfriedersdorf , Thum
Communities Gelenau , Amtsberg

The Wilisch is about 17.9 km in length the largest left tributary of the Zschopau . It flows in the Saxon Erzgebirgskreis . Its catchment area covers around 65.5 km².


The Wilisch flows into the Zschopau in Wilischthal

The Wilisch arises in the Ore Mountains . Its two spring arms, in the valleys of Ehrenfriedersdorf and Thum and its district Jahnsbach, encircle the Greifenstein area like pincer in the east and north. The main source is located between the Greifensteinen and Ehrenfriedersdorf. From the highest source arm (the "Jahnsbach") west of the Jahnsbach village (about 640 m above sea level ) to the confluence with the Zschopau, the difference in height of the water is about 310 meters.

The two source arms unite at the southern end of the village of Herold . Then it flows through the districts of Venusberg “Spinnerei” and “Wiltzsch” as well as the lower edge of Gelenau , where the largest valley widening of around 150 to 200 meters is located. Then the valley narrows again and the Wilisch flows after many loops at Wilischthal into the Zschopau.


From 1886 to 1972 the Wilischthal – Thum narrow-gauge railway ran through the valley . The former route was, with interruptions, expanded into a cycling and hiking trail. The river was previously called Wilzsch and could be confused with the tributary of the same name of the Zwickauer Mulde in the Western Ore Mountains, the Wilzsch . In Volume 18 of August Schumann's State, Post and Newspaper Lexicon of Saxony, Albert Schiffner points out that names were identical at the time.


Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. cf. The middle Zschopau area (= values ​​of our homeland . Volume 28). 1st edition. Akademie Verlag, Berlin 1977, pp. 173-175.
  2. Complete State, Post and Newspaper Lexicon of Saxony , Volume 18, Verlag Schumann, Zwickau 1833, p. 1003, accessed on August 22, 2015