Möhne Reservoir (Möhnesee), Germany – January 2017

The Möhne Reservoir – or Moehne Reservoir – is an artificial lake in North Rhine-Westphalia, some 45 km east of Dortmund, Germany. The lake is formed by the damming of two rivers, Möhne and Heve, and with its four basins stores as much as 135 million cubic meters of water.

The Möhnetalsperre was then in 1908 to 1913 built at a cost of 23.5 million marks. In the opening the dam was the largest dam in Europe. 140 homesteads with 700 people had to move. It was built to help control floods, regulate water levels on the Ruhr river downstream, and generate hydropower. Today, the lake is also a tourist attraction.

It was a short 40-minute drive from Dortmund, so I decided to take a look.

1. We start from the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.




5. I wonder how much an apartment here costs. These are probably just holiday apartments.

6. On the left is a nice restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere, good prices and slow service :) But I managed to have a piece of delicious cake with coffee to warm up a little bit.

7. Ducks and swans.


9. The dam looks really nice from the bottom. I struggled to catch it all with the 16mm ultrawide lens.

10. I believe this path was closed because of the snow, so I had to turn back and go the long route. You can of course go around the barrier, but few people were doing that.



13. At the top there’s a big parking lot for visitors, with easy access for all people.



16. Snowballs leave nice splashes on the ice.

17. I was surprised to see so many people here. It was a Sunday noon with temperatures around 0 +2 Celsius.

18. The complete town of Günne (population 1,999 people) is visible from the top.

19. I believe these fences were installed specifically for this purpose. Some of the locks date all the way back to 2004-2005.


21. I guess tall people are not romantics.

22. The bigger (upper) basin was frozen too.

23. People were throwing big rocks and stones on the ice, which in turn was making an amazing sound, at first I could’t believe it. It reminded me of the sounds made by a hang drum.

24. You can go up from both sides, so you can make a full circle around the lower basin.




28. When going back to the main road, you will see the Cafe Solo on the right. It was full of people even though the prices were almost twice as high as the restaurant below. Can’t beat their location. People were sitting outside as well in almost freezing weather :)

29. You can see some courageous people sitting at the tables outside.

30. Günne. Windmills in the background.


32. The parking lot right next to the dam.

33. Public restrooms are available here too.



36. When going back to the car I accidentally discovered that there is a VERY small zoo (tiergarten). Some birds and some monkeys. One of the monkeys was playing with a baby pacifier, something that was very amusing to the few spectators.

37. To be honest I wouldn’t say that these animals are living in good conditions…


39. Ground floor apartments usually have a small private garden.

40. The local fire depot, with no one in sight.

41. A lovely house with a lovely view.

42. The final photo right across the street from the parking lot. I think this is beautiful.

It was a pleasure to walk around the Möhne Reservoir and I’ll surely be back here at the end of Spring, this time with the whole family.

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