Close to nature, authentic and welcoming – that is the Sauerland region and its people. Enjoy a blend of pretty towns with cultural highlights and unspoilt countryside where even the foxes seem to be friendly. The sparsely populated region, rich in wooded areas and reservoirs, lies mainly in Westphalia with a small overlap into Hesse. The highest elevations are found in the Rothaargebirge mountains, where you can find the springs of the Ruhr and Lenne rivers.
We asked our brand ambassadors and native Sauerlanders about their favourite walks in the Schmallenberg Sauerland and Eslohe holiday region. Eight wonderful people introduced us to eight delightful, personal hikes and told us why they love the Sauerland so much. In this Collection, let a ranger reveal the most beautiful panoramas and a photographer explain the tension between art and nature. A medicinal plant educator will tell you where you can not only go for great hikes, but also find wild thyme and other herbs. You'll get to know Lauschpöhle and learn that the gold villages are not necessarily about precious metals. Before you know it, you’ll lose your heart to the Sauerland.
From the leisurely 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) loop to the 25-kilometre (15.5 mi) hike or the four-day, 73-kilometre (45 mi) expedition, there is something for every taste and every level of fitness. All starting points can be reached either by train or public bus. Timetable information can be found at rlg-online.de (in German). There are hiking taxis and buses in the region too, with information available here: schmallenberger-sauerland.de/informieren/schmallenberger-sauerland-card (in German). If you’d prefer to drive, parking is abundant.
Let yourself be carried away by this beautiful region. Take your time, have a chat and get to know the locals or let your friendly hosts spoil you rotten. There's nothing better.
Klaus-Peter Kappest from Schmallenberg-Oberkirchen is a freelance photographer and prefers to hike in autumn and winter.
“What fascinates me most about our region? Our gently rolling landscape is filled with an original, but not too primeval forest, so that it conveys a sense of security everywhere…
Karin Salamon prefers to hike in spring and autumn. She lives in Schmallenberg and has created a wonderful holiday home in her Heute-Mühle.
“What fascinates me most about the Schmallenberger Sauerland hiking region and the Eslohe holiday region are the varied tours, because they offer the hiker everything…
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Stefan Knippertz from Rehsiepen finds hikes attractive in every season. He is a ranger and enjoys his job in the middle of nature - whether in the sun or in the rain.
“The unique landscape of mountains and valleys, springs and streams, flora and fauna fascinates me most. The forests are close to nature…
Anika Strack prefers to hike in spring, because it is good for her to go hiking after winter, when nature awakens and the landscape takes on color again.
“What fascinates me most about Schmallenberger Sauerland and the Eslohe holiday region is the diverse and varied range of leisure activities, the landscape…
Astrid Völlmecke, trained wild herbs and medicinal plants pedagogue, lives in beautiful Bad Fredeburg and prefers to hike in spring.
“What fascinates me most about the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the Eslohe holiday region is the vast landscapes, the beautiful views and the diverse flora, especially…
Schmallenberg native Petra Breker prefers to hike in spring, summer and autumn. Nature and the forest are the workplaces of the relaxation and health educator.
“What fascinates me the most is the fantastic, varied landscape with hills, meadows and forests and the beautiful traditional hotels, localities…
Alexandra Bischof from Westfeld likes to be out and about at any time of the year. In Schmallenberger Sauerland and the Eslohe holiday region, she is particularly fond of the certified Sauerland Höhenflug hiking trail.
“I am fascinated by the perfectly signposted hiking area, regardless of whether I…
Alisa Kriegesmann and Marina Stötzel from bevandert both live in beautiful Herrntrop near Kirchhundem. Summer is the best time for both of them to go hiking, simply because the days are the longest and both can get the most out of their days in nature.
“Although we both come from the Sauerland, more…
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