Field Trip 9: The Silesian in the Foreland Basins of Northwest Germany

7-9 August 2003

led by

Dr. Guenter Drozdzewski and Dr. Volker Wrede

of the Geological Survey of Northrhine-Westphalia

Warning: some of this is technical, most is not.

Day 1, Thursday 7 August, the Aachen Coalfield

The heat wave continues!

View of Rhine River on way to Aachen

Wald- und Golfhotel Lottental, the restaurant is to the left and the hotel in the background to the right. We stayed for two nights at this hotel, near Bochum (their website: This was during the record-breaking heat wave. My room did not have air conditioning, nor did it have a fan, neither of which would normally be necessary in this area. The setting was very nice, lots of trees and the restaurant was very good. I had jaegerschnitzel one night (with wild mushrooms), very good and another wild mushroom dish the other night, also very good. The continental breakfast at this hotel was the best of any place I stayed in Europe this year. The "golf" refers to miniature golf, as far as I could see.

Day 2, Friday 8 August, the Ruhr Coalfield

Day 3, Saturday 9 August, the Ibbenbüren-Osnabrück Coalfield (Ibbenbüren Horst)

The hottest day of all, probably topping 40 degrees.

After the final stop, we got back on our air-conditioned bus and headed back to Utrecht via Enschede and Apeldoorn (I think).

At this point I'd like to praise our bus driver, Frans R. Bianchi. Not only was he a very capable bus driver, able to negotiate very narrow quarry roads and country lanes, he was able to discuss details of the geology. He has a Masters of Science in Geology and has worked with many of the world's top geologist in the field. With his in-depth knowledge, outgoing personality and excellent driving skills, he would be the perfect driver for any natural history field work or field trips. You can contact him by e-mail at or at Enkhuizerzand 12, 1274 HV Huizen, Netherlands.