Discover a classic – hike Germany’s Siegerland-Höhenring in 6 days
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Luscious springs, spectacular views, former border fortresses and impressive basalt rocks: you find it all on the Siegerland-Höhenring in Germany’s South Westphalia region. On this classic, 146-kilometre (90.7 mi) trail, you mostly hike the ridges of the Rothaargebirge Mountains around the Siegerland region and the district town of Siegen. The trail avoids almost all civilization and leads you into the low mountain range’s wonderful nature.
I’ve divided the circular route into six stages between 24 and 30 kilometres (14.9 and 18.6 mi) in length. My variant starts at Lützel train station. But, as it’s a circular route, you can start wherever you like. I also sometimes deviate from the official route and the beginning and end of stages to take you to places with accommodation, food and public transport connections. For information on current timetables and connections (in German), see: zws-online.de/start. You can also hike individual stages, split them or plan day hikes from one place – whatever you prefer. Your host might offer a transport service too – just ask.
Even though the Höhenring has lots of nice places to stop, don’t forget to pack a lunch and drinks. You often hike long passages through pure nature with a reasonable amount of climbing. It’s nice to be able to recharge your batteries with a picnic at one of the many charming rest stops.
Are you curious? Then pack your rucksack, lace up your boots and discover a classic German hiking trail through magnificent landscape.
The first stage on the Siegerland-Höhenring takes you from the train station in Lützel up to an ancient watershed with the headwaters of Sieg, Lahn, Eder and many other bodies of water. It is a beautiful, fertile mountain range covered by vast forests. From time to time the forest was left to its own…
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South of Burbach you will reach the Höhenring again after a short distance and continue it towards Trödelsteine. Although this stage is a sporty 30 kilometers long, it is worth exploring this natural monument made of basalt columns and cliffs as well as a block field made of feldspar basalt. Once you…
On the outskirts of Kirchen (Sieg) you will meet the Siegerland-Höhenring again and follow it to the Freusburger Mühle. A mill was mentioned here as early as the 15th century and until 1845 the farmers were obliged to have their grain milled here. Today it is a small hydroelectric power station and is…
At 30 kilometers, this stage is one of the longest of the circular hike. And apart from very few touches, this section of the route bypasses civilization. So make sure to bring a packed lunch and enough drinks with you.
You leave Krottorf and reach the beautiful Wildenburger Land in just a few steps…
On the Rahrbacher Höhe you will meet the Höhenring again. For this stage, too, it is advisable to have a picnic and drinks with you, as there are hardly any places to stop for a break until shortly before the destination.
You first hike to the Littfequelle, then on to the area of the old mining village…
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