Klaus Peter Kappest

Pure Wanderlust — day tours in the Sauerland

Hiking Collection by
Sauerland Tourismus

The Sauerland awaits its visitors with plenty of variety: bubbling springs, promising mountains, foreign forests, lush green meadows and sparkling lakes. Through the beautiful landscape meandering trails are waiting to be explored by you. In this collection we present twelve day tours in the Sauerland, which are as varied as the region. The hikes vary in length and difficulty. So you can pick out your favorites and discover the Sauerland on foot, depending on the shape of the day.

Learn more about the history of mining in the region or get acquainted with geology. You'd rather go upstairs? Then climb the highest mountains in North Rhine-Westphalia and enjoy the panoramas of the numerous observation towers. You like legends and myths? Then come on the hike starting from Winterberg-Züschen at your expense. You just want to enjoy the tranquility of nature? No problem, also you will find enough possibilities.

The tours take you through the beautiful nature, but also through the typical villages in the Sauerland. So you can enjoy in the regional restaurants, the hearty cuisine of the region after a long day of hiking. Near each starting point you will find rest stops. For most walks, it is still worthwhile to pack some snacks. If you plan a longer stay in the Sauerland, you can for example open your base camp in Iserlohn or Winterberg. There you have a large selection of accommodation.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:28
    7.66 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Past bubbling streams, small reservoirs to the large Genkeltalsperre: This twelve-kilometer hike takes you mostly along the water. The starting point is the entry portal of the Sauerland high-altitude flight in Meinerzhagen at the Wanderparkplatz Schallershaus. From here you first hike a little way on the long-distance hiking trail.The path leads you down to Agger until you reach the romantic moated castle Badinghagen after just under two kilometers. Here you leave the long-distance trail and come on your further route past several small reservoirs. After a short climb through the forest you will have a great panorama of the Aggertal. The ideal place to catch a breath and enjoy nature.The path leads you through beech forests to the Genkeltalsperre. You walk along the shore of the drinking water reservoir and are accompanied by the view of the sparkling water surface. Here you will find several nice places where you can take a break.Through meadows and through forests, the route takes you uphill on a gentle slope. Shortly before the end is worth a visit to the ski jump in Meinerzhagen. From here it is not far to the starting point of your hike. In Meinerzhagen you will find several restaurants for a cozy end to your hiking day.

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  • Intermediate
    03:12
    6.88 mi
    2.1 mph
    950 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike, you will find primeval forests, great views and lots of stories. The eleven-kilometer hike starts at the city railway station in Iserlohn. Right on the first one and a half kilometers expect a crisp climb. Did you master this, the so-called Danzturm welcomes you. From the observation tower, a former telegraph station, you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view.On your way, you will pass information signs that tell you about the history of wire trading in the region. You are actually on a section of the 32-kilometer Drahthandelsweg between Lüdenscheid and Iserlohn.After about six kilometers you have mastered another hill. The path will take you two kilometers on the plateau and offers you again and again beautiful viewpoints with benches for a rest.From now on, it's only downhill to your destination Iserlohn. In the city you will find many restaurants and cafes. If you still have time, a visit to the Stadtmuseum at Fritz-Kühn-Platz is worthwhile.

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    9.99 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this 16 kilometer hike, you'll get to know the father of the Sauerland mountains, the Kahler Asten. Starting point of the circular walk is at the village park in Westfelder district Schmallenberg. In the movement and fitness course, you can get your circulation going for the upcoming tour.The path rises slowly and brings you up through forests and meadows. After just under five kilometers, you can rest briefly at the hunting lodges and gather energy for the next stage up to the Kahler Asten.After another two and a half kilometers ascent you stand at 842 meters altitude and can enjoy the great panoramic view - even better from the branch tower. On clear days you can see the second highest mountain in North Rhine Westphalia to the Great Feldberg in the Taunus and the Brocken in the Harz. In the restaurant you can fortify yourself and take a long break.Refreshment can be found less later at the Lennequelle, ideal to replenish the drinking reserves. The path leads you leisurely downhill and with a short dangling over the high bone back to the starting point.

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  • Easy
    01:57
    4.01 mi
    2.1 mph
    700 ft
    675 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This themed trail has the motto: "Between shells, cephalopods and volcanoes in the tropical primeval sea". On the six kilometers you will pass four quarries and a gorge. Information boards tell you more about the different events. Just follow the cephalopod on the hiking sign.Start of the hike is at the church square in Medebach-Düdinghausen. About natural trails, the route takes you up a slight hill to the Kreuzberg chapel. From here you can enjoy a great panorama. Continue uphill and along the various stations along the way. The next section of the climb is short and crisp, but then you walk comfortably uphill. After about four and a half kilometers you have reached the highest point of the tour.Back in Düdinghausen worth a visit to the Drechselmuseum. Refreshments can also be found in town.In the months of April to October you can also do the tour with a geopark guide. More information you get under 02982/9218610.

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    7.32 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this 10 kilometer hike you can enjoy the fantastic views of the Diemelsee, the Sperrmauer and the Sauerland mountains. The varied path leads you through forests and valleys as well as over mountains and meadows. The hike starts at the Wanderparkplatz Florenbicke.Right at the beginning of the tour, you leave the majority of the 300 meters behind you - and are thereby rewarded with beautiful views of the Diemelsee and the surrounding region. The highlight you reach after two and a half kilometers with the view from the Eisenberg. Here you can breathe deeply - the demanding part of the tour is mastered.
     
    Shortly thereafter, you can make a detour to the lookout point on the dam. The path branches off after about one kilometer to the left.
    The further route leads you through different valleys with always new views and panoramas. Shorter sections through forest alternate with paths across fields and meadows. The last steep section of the hike takes you back to the shore of the reservoir.On the way, there are no rest stops, but promising rest areas. On the shores of Lake Diemel you will find several restaurants and cafes for a cozy end. On warm days it is worth packing the bathing suit.

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    7.01 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Grandiose views, beautiful nature trails through idyllic forest and a stream that crosses a railway line in lofty heights - this hike promises you plenty of variety. Let's start the eleven-kilometer tour at the Wanderparkplatz Stauweiher in Heinsberg. Overall, you have to master 270 meters of altitude, but you leave behind in the first third of the tour.After two kilometers, the path leads you past the aqueduct. The historic building leads a stream over the former railway line. The next two kilometers take you up to Dreiherrnstein at 673 meters altitude. You have reached the highest point of the tour and can rest on the benches.Through beech forests you continue hiking to the Rothaarhütte, which is farmed on the weekends. The path leads you over gentle hills back down to the Krenkeltal. On the way, you can enjoy great views, such as the Golden Tang.

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  • Difficult
    07:40
    16.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you into the mystical world of the Middle Ages. Starting point is at the Tourist Information in the center of Winterberg-Züschen. Keep your eyes open for the first runes. The path leads you out of the village and in a short and steep climb up to the Cross of the Cross.After you have breathed once, you walk down again - and then immediately master the next climb to the goat's light. On the 815 meter high mountain in the Rothaargebirge stands a wooden observation tower, which you can climb.You continue hiking through the forest downhill. After 16 kilometers, you will pass a legendary place, the Fermegericht "Freie Stuhl". Here in the Middle Ages people were sentenced to death, on an information board you can read more about it.The path continues downhill until you reach the starting point after 26 kilometers and 760 vertical meters. Pack enough water and provisions for this hike. Refreshments you will find again in Züschen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    5.83 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Thematically suitable begins this good nine-kilometer hike at the mining museum in Ramsbeck. On the circuit you will visit several stations dealing with the history of mining in the area. A total of 38 panels along the way explain the details of the monuments, relics and galleries.After a good three kilometers you have left the first altitude behind you and are standing in front of the so-called flue gas fireplace on Bastenberg. Then go back down to the former settlement of the workers. Again and again you come to stations that explain interesting information in summary.You wander over gentle hills and have always beautiful views of Ramsbeck and the surrounding region. Back in the village, the visit to the Mining Museum is worthwhile. Right next to it is the restaurant "Zur Lore" where you can fortify yourself.

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    9.66 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Let's go to the highest mountain in North Rhine-Westphalia. This 15.5 kilometer hike takes you to the Langenberg with its 843 meters altitude. Start is in the town center in Bruchhausen. The next seven kilometers it goes steadily uphill. On the way you will always come back to resting places, such as the Ochsenkreuz.Once you have reached the Langenberg, you can be proud of the altitude of 430 meters, enjoy the view and relax in the wooden hammock. The further way runs on the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse - old landmarks mark the national border.The route leads you across meadows and through forests downhill until you have reached your starting point Bruchhausen again. Here you have earned a boost.Pack enough water for the ascent to Langenberg. There are no rest stops on the way.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    5.32 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this eleven kilometer long tour, you will hike through the idyllic Mühlental with its bubbling alm springs - a very special treasure. A total of 104 source exits are located in the area, of which you can only see a few. Starting point of the hike is in the village of Alme.The hiking sign Q gives you the direction. You will pass clear springs, wander through a rolling hilly landscape and through deciduous and spruce forests. Again and again you come along great rest areas along which you can enjoy the peace and picturesque nature. The path leads you deep through the valley and then back up to the cliff height above the Mühlental.Refreshments can be found in the tranquil village of Alme, for example in the Eulenhof or in the Almer Schlossmühle. On warm days you can refresh yourself after the tour in the outdoor pool in Alme.

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    12.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Meandering forest streams, clear lakes, bay beech forests, historically forestry settlements and sonorous forest passages - all this awaits you on this 20 kilometer hike. Let's start at the hiking car park Torhaus am Möhnesee. You hike over the Heveseedamm on a forest path to the idyllic valley of the small Schmalenau.The path leads you further over green forest meadows, the Jännis-Steg and through the seemingly endless forests of the nature park Arnsberger forest. After a good 18 kilometers up and down through this beautiful landscape you stand in front of the Möhnesee tower. The climb is worth it, because from the top you have a fantastic view of the lake and the nature you have been hiking through.On the last piece to the starting point you get something on your ears: You walk along several stations of the Klangwald, which is a real experience with its sound art objects.Back on the lakeshore, you can take a ride on an outing steamer for another ride across the lake or take a close look at the dam in the northwest. Restaurants can be found in the villages around the lake. However, you should pack some food for the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    10.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this 17 kilometer long tour you will hike through beech forests, across meadows and experience the nature reserve Rüggen. On the varied route you will get to know the districts of Medebach, Medelon, Berge and Dreislar.Starting point is at the hiking car park Orketal. From there on forest and dirt roads to the smallest district Medesbach and on to mountains. To this day, Berge has kept its character as an idyllic and agricultural place. Over the Lückenkopf with a beautiful view over the Medebacher Bucht you hike further through the nature reserve Rüggen to the summit of the Kreuzberg above Dreislar. In Dreislar worth a visit to the Schwerspatmuseum. Until 1777, the mineral was mined in the region.Time for a break? Then comes the rest area "Im Schwinkel" after eleven kilometers just right. Here you can perfectly relax with water treading pool, barefoot path, massage trees and loungers. With new strength, you master the ascent on Linsenberg before you return to the starting point.In the various districts you will always find refreshments to strengthen you.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    103 mi
  • Duration
    47:59 h
  • Elevation
    14,025 ft

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Pure Wanderlust — day tours in the Sauerland
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Sauerland Tourismus