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Hike the roof of the Sauerland – Winterberger Hochtour Trail

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Hike the roof of the Sauerland – Winterberger Hochtour Trail

Hiking Collection by Anette

6

Tours

25:11 h

52.9 mi

8,275 ft

Hiking on the roof of the Sauerland brings you very close to heaven. The air here is often so clear that you can see for miles across Germany. The Winterberger Hochtour Trail takes you 80 kilometres (49.7 mi) up and down rugged mountains, charming heath landscapes and through idyllic valleys. The varied terrain makes this long-distance hiking trail quite demanding and physically challenging. The Sauerland’s highest mountains are found here, with no less than four 800-metre (2,624 feet) peaks. Designated a quality hiking trail, the wonderful route also takes you through the beautiful districts of Winterberg with their lovingly restored half-timbered houses, characterised by slate-covered roofs, and many historical sites. You hike along a mix of wide hiking trails and narrow paths.

The 841-metre (2,759 feet) Kahle Asten, perhaps the most famous mountain in the region, is the start and end point for the hike. It has a spectacular view from the top. I’ve divided the trail into five stages between 13 and 19 kilometres (8 and 11.8 mi) and added another for the 5-kilometre (3.3 mi) hike to Winterberg, if you want to start walking from there. The stages are organised so that you can also hike them as relaxed day Tours. Of course, it’s also possible to tailor the routes individually as many places en route are easy to reach by public transport.

The best way to get the latest bus and train timetables is to contact the Regionalverkehr Ruhr-Lippe (rlg-online.de). It’s worth asking for the Sauerlandcard which allows you to travel on main routes free of charge and gives you a discount on many facilities (sauerland.com/Planen-Buchen/Sauerland-Card). There are cosy overnight accommodation options and eateries to suit every taste in all of the stage towns.

Equipment-wise, you should bring along sturdy shoes and, of course, clothes that are suitable for the weather. Pack enough food too – you’ll climb 600 metres (1,968 feet) on stage one and you’ll definitely find a wonderful place to have a picnic at the top!

What are you waiting for? Westphalia's most beautiful and challenging circular hiking trail beckons. Lace up your shoes, pack your backpack and discover the impressive Hochsauerland.

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    Difficult
    01:28
    3.10 mi
    2.1 mph
    600 ft
    50 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The starting point for the Winterberger Hochtour on the Kahler Asten can be easily reached by car or bus. However, if you prefer to take a sporty approach and want to start running from Winterberg, I recommend this short introductory stage over five kilometers in length.You start at the lower gate in the center of Winterberg, walk a short …

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  • Difficult
    05:36
    11.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This delightful stage begins with an absolute highlight: the Astenturm is the highest building in North Rhine-Westphalia. When the weather is clear, you can see as far as Kassel and of course over the entire Rothaargebirge. You hike through a high heath, let yourself be impressed by the winter sports facilities of the region, pass some beautiful villages and enjoy the wonderful view - not only at the top of the sky.

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    9.47 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage is best started with a good breakfast, because the first four kilometers lead you to the highest mountain in Westphalia. Your mountain qualities are in demand - you will be rewarded with a wonderful path through the delightful Sauerland landscape. And then comes the freestyle: The Hocheide in the Neuer Hagen nature reserve with its beautiful heather areas and a gold village are the other highlights on the now easy, almost incline-free path.

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    11.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this wonderful hike with many ups and downs, stunning views of the land of a thousand mountains await you. You wander through dense forests, open fields and lush green meadows. The head becomes clear and the heart expands. And so that your stomach and legs feel good, it is essential to have enough drinks and provisions in your backpack, because there are hardly any places to stop for refreshments on this route.

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    8.27 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Forest. Mountains. Outlook. The southern arc of the Winterberger Hochtour leads you to the next eight hundred of the tour and to the border with the Wittgensteiner Bergland. On the route you are almost alone with yourself and the most beautiful nature, because apart from the start and finish of the stage there are no villages. You don't need it …

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    9.15 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,325 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Streams, border paths, a historical place of execution and hilltop villages characterize this stage of the Winterberger Hochtour. And of course you always enjoy the wonderful views over the wide meadows, green stream valleys and mountains of the region.After starting in Mollseifen, you first follow the Mollseifer Bach and then the Odeborn down to the valley. Often you hike …

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  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    52.9 mi
  • Duration
    25:11 h
  • Elevation
    8,275 ft

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