Zeilberg (Itz-Baunach hill country)
|Location||Haßberge Nature Park, Bavaria, Germany|
|Mountain||Zeilberge, Itz-Baunach hill country|
|Age of the rock||16 million years|
|Special features||Basalt quarry, adventure trail|
The Zeilberg is a  high mountain in the nature park and district of Hassberge in eastern Lower Franconia, about two kilometres east of Maroldsweisach. It is one of the few still recognizable volcanoes of the Heldburger Gangschar and namesake of the Zeilberge, which as the highest part of the Itz-Baunach-Hügelland geologically flowing to the west, but separated by the Baunachtal, merge into the actual Haßberge.
The volcano is 16 million years old and consists of nepheline basanite. In 1895, the Erste Bayerische Basaltstein AG began mining the basalt in a quarry near Maroldsweisach. In 1900, Bayerische Hartstein AG followed with mining in the neighbouring Voccawind. Every year, 20 employees extract 800,000 tons of basalt. The fourth level is 371 metres above sea level (as of 2014)
An adventure trail leads around the basalt quarry. The Haus am Zeilberg is a popular venue for events.
- Map services(Memento of 19 December 2012 in the Internet Archive) of the BfN
- The volcano of Oberleinleiter: traces of a maar in the Northern Franconian Alps (PDF; 2.6 MB) –
Gottfried Hofbauer, NHG Nuremberg (PDF, 2.47 MB)
- Fritz Klemm: Rund um den Zeilberg: Markt Maroldsweisach mit allen Ortsteilen. Maroldsweisach 1988, p. 46.