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Hiking the Briloner Kammweg in Sauerland – forests and stone giants

Sonja Thole

Hiking the Briloner Kammweg in Sauerland – forests and stone giants

Hiking Collection by Anette



15:36 h

33.4 mi

4,725 ft

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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Briloner Kammweg

29.8 mi

4,000 ft

4,000 ft

Last updated: November 5, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Brilon nach Willingen (Upland) – Briloner Kammweg

    12.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,075 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Briloner Kammweg starts in front of the town hall on the market square of the town of Brilon in the Hochsauerlandkreis. The town hall, built in the 13th century as a guild house, is one of the oldest in Germany. The previous well on the market square, popularly known simply as

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  • Intermediate
    6.33 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage is not that long with a good ten kilometers. You can end the day of hiking at your destination or add a very recommendable, small excursion about the huge porphyry rocks that towers over the small town of Bruchhausen. You can also find the corresponding tour in this collection.

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  • Intermediate
    3.36 mi
    2.5 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Bruchhauser Steine soil and cultural monument has been cared for and preserved by a foundation since the early 1990s. In 2017 the area was recognized as the first natural monument in North Rhine-Westphalia and it is also one of the most important geotopes in Germany. In order to be able to preserve

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  • Difficult
    10.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third and last stage starts in Bruchhausen and initially continues parallel to the Rothaarsteig. In an arch you walk below the mighty Bruchhauser stones to the fire oak, a tree designed into a work of art that addresses the importance of wood as an energy source. Then it goes steeply up to the Klockliet

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    33.4 mi
  • Duration
    15:36 h
  • Elevation
    4,725 ft

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