When mist rises from the valleys early in the morning and the air is heavy with moisture, the atmosphere on the Briloner Kammweg is mystical. According to legend, this is when you have the chance of meeting a forest fairy.
The Briloner Kammweg runs in the eastern Sauerland and connects the towns of Brilon, Willingen and Bruchhausen. Over 50 kilometres (30 mi), it leads through a wonderful landscape with extensive forests, gentle valleys, huge porphyry rocks and clear waters. You climb a good 1,200 metres (3,940 ft), so it’s quite a demanding hike. Grandiose panoramas await as you hike up the mountains step by step and along ridges. The region around Brilon is the most mountainous in the Sauerland.
I've divided the trail into three stages between 10 and 21 kilometres (6 and 13 mi), and added another route for the very rewarding excursion around the Bruchhauser Steine. Ideally, you can add it to the rather short second stage. You find comfortable accommodation and inviting refreshment stops at each of the stage destinations.
You need good shoes for the hikes and pack weatherproof clothing in your rucksack as well as plenty to drink and some snacks. You won’t always find opportunities to stop for refreshments but you will find endless beautiful places along the way, which are perfect for a picnic and a break.
Whether you start the multi-day hike from Brilon or prefer day Tours you can conveniently arrive by train via the stations Brilon Stadt, Willingen and Olsberg. You can reach Bruchhausen from Olsberg by bus R31. By the way, many hosts offer an uncomplicated pick-up and drop-off service – just ask.
Now nothing stands in the way of your little break in the Hochsauerland. Pack your rucksack and throw yourself into this wonderful region with its great people.
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