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Feels like flying – hiking on the Sauerland–Höhenflug

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Feels like flying – hiking on the Sauerland–Höhenflug

Hiking Collection by Sauerland-Tourismus

13

Tours

72:54 h

161 mi

20,825 ft

Germany’s Sauerland region is the land of 1,000 mountains. It’s a place where myriad hiking paths traverse lofty summits. One such trail is the 156-mile (251 km) Sauerland-Höhenflug, which takes you over the highest elevations in the Sauerland. Here, on the highest ridges and peaks where epic views abound, it feels like you're flying over the countryside. But there are also deep forests, mystical high moors and extensive pastures to experience. And, of course, you will also encounter the region’s cultural and industrial history time and again.

The Sauerland-Höhenflug is a long-distance hiking trail that connects the town of Meinerzhagen in North Rhine-Westphalia with Korbach in Hesse. In this Collection, you can hike the Höhenflug on the main route from Meinerzhagen to Korbach in 11 stages. Alternatively, you can also start at Altena. After two stages, you will join the main route at Röhrenspring, which is marked here as stage 4.

You will find places to stop for refreshments and overnight stays either along the way or via small detours to the next village. Be sure to check the opening times of the inns and hotels before you visit. It's best to pack a tasty packed lunch and enough drinks in your rucksack for your Tour. This way, you can take a break at your leisure and enjoy the scenery at tranquil rest stops. You can reach almost every start and finish point by public transport or car.

Have you got the urge to breathe in some mountain air? Then head to the Sauerland and up to the lofty heights, where the flight of fancy awaits.

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Sauerland-Höhenflug (von Meinerzhagen nach Korbach)

127 mi

16,150 ft

16,400 ft

Last updated: April 25, 2022

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    Stage 1: Meinerzhagen to Valbert – Sauerland–Höhenflug

    Difficult
    05:09
    11.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the Meinerzhagen train station you walk about two kilometers to the entrance portal Schallershaus. This is where the official Sauerland Höhenflug hiking trail starts. And off we go with the highlights along the way: The Meinhardus ski jump has been the landmark of the town of Meinerzhagen since

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    9.36 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you still want to fill up your supplies for today's stage, it's worth making a short detour to the bakery in Valbert before going straight up to the Nordhelle. At 663 meters, the Nordhelle is the highest mountain in the Ebbe Mountains and will surprise you with its breathtaking views.

    

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  • Difficult
    06:08
    13.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this stage you continue your hike on the Sauerland high-altitude flight in the high-altitude village of Windhausen. A picnic in your backpack should not be missing today either, because you will only get to the next village on the way after about 17 kilometers. On the other hand, you reach the first

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  • Difficult
    07:34
    16.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a length of 26 kilometers and a few meters of altitude, this stage demands your mountain qualities, but always rewards you with fantastic views.

    From Schönholthausen it's a steep and sporty climb up the mountain slope of the Hohe Hardt. Soon you will reach the Sauerland high-altitude flight again

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  • Difficult
    06:26
    13.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Behind the idyllic village of Wenholthausen it goes uphill again. You hike through beautiful beech and mixed forests and across extensive meadows. On the Reister Berg you get very close to heaven - a wonderful place to linger and be amazed.

    Reisete at the foot of the mountain can be reached by descending

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,875 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this stage you have plenty of opportunity for extensive forest bathing, because the area is one of the most densely wooded areas in Germany. You hike on charming paths through extensive beech and spruce forests as well as mystical high moors with very beautiful views. The first rest area with panorama

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  • Difficult
    06:43
    14.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right on the outskirts of Altastenberg it goes back into the forest and to the wet meadows of the Renau. You follow the course of the water through the Renautal via a beautifully landscaped bridge path.

    Just a few kilometers away, what is probably the most famous mountain in North Rhine-Westphalia presents

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    10.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this stage you hike through the Medebach Bay with its open fields, the wide meadows and the narrow paths lined with hedges. It is a place that is spoiled by the sun and is therefore often referred to as the "Tuscany of the Sauerland".

    Great prospects await you today as well. Already above Hallenberg

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    8.63 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After getting a packed lunch for today from the baker in Medelon, you start your hike and follow the Orke for about six kilometers. The enchanting Orketal with its floodplains is a nature reserve and breeding ground for kingfishers and gray wagtails. That was not always the case, because the Orke was

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    10.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    When you start in Küstelberg you can once again admire the location on the east ridge of the Rothaargebirge. To the west you have a wide view over the country and to the east you can see the Schlossberg with the three ski lifts. You leave the village in a northerly direction and are now mainly on the

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  • Difficult
    05:27
    12.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You leave Düdinghausen past old quarries and along a historic Way of the Cross. This offers a last, very nice view of the village with the large church and the picturesque half-timbered houses from the Kreuzberg.

    The land is flatter now, but still undulating. Long, fertile valleys with lush meadows characterize

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    17.0 mi
    2.7 mph
    2,500 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Sauerland high-altitude flight starts from Altena train station. You cross the Lenne and leave it in an easterly direction. Already at the first meter you will surely notice the Altena Castle, which is enthroned on a mountain spur. Soon it goes high and your calves will overcome

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    12.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,650 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Freshly strengthened with a good breakfast in the Henblas Hotel, you can start the second stage. Over the next 21 kilometers you will cross two mountain ranges with fantastic views and panoramas.

    

    The first ridge has been overcome when you reach the mining village of Hagen. On the way there you will find

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    161 mi
  • Duration
    72:54 h
  • Elevation
    20,825 ft

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