Naturschutzgebiet und Standortübungsplatz Schmidtenhöhe
Standortübungsplatz Schmidtenhöhe, 56076 Koblenz
Today a unique nature reserve is located on the former Schmidtenhöhe training area. In 1937 776 hectares were converted into a military training area by the military, which was used continuously by the French armed forces and from 1956 by the German armed forces. The areas of use included the training of tank drivers, signalmen and pioneers. The use of this area created a desert-like landscape with water holes and poor vegetation, which became a diverse biotope of endangered animal and plant species after the closure of the training area in 1992.
The preservation of the biotope as a "semi-open pasture landscape" is ensured naturally by year-round grazing with wild Konik horses and Taurus cattle. Yellow-bellied toads, crested newts, green toads, tree frogs, the Little Pechlibelle and the Early Heather Dragonfly have settled in the waters, the Postillion, Golden Eight, Kais Mantel and the Great Schiller Butterfly can be found on butterflies. Birds such as the rare red-backed shrike and the Great Grey Shrike share the meadows with bats and small rodents.
Once a year the Schmidtenhöhe is the meeting point of a large vehicle meeting with mainly historical military equipment from all over Europe and overseas.