Bike Arena Sauerland – mountain biking in the land of 1000 mountains

Mountain Biking Collection by Sauerland Tourismus

Rolling hills and mountains stretching as far as the eye can see; fresh air, idyllic heathlands, thick forests and picturesque villages and towns – the Sauerland in North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany is beautiful. Countless paths and trails lead between cozy villages and beautiful landscapes, making it easy to explore the region by bike. Bike Arena Sauerland has great routes on their almost endless network of trails. In this Collection, we’ve put together the most beautiful mountain bike routes through the Sauerland for you.

Whether you are a touring cyclist, marathon pedaler, downhill rider, or if you are hitting the trails with your whole family, you will find a great route in this Collection. We’ve included a few long rides that will test your muscles as well as some relaxed routes and “taster rounds” for the whole family. You can also extend our Tours by checking out the region’s bike parks and trail centers, for example in the towns of Winterberg, Willingen, or Brilon. When you are done biking, you can indulge in local culinary delights, discover the region’s diverse culture, or relax in your cozy accommodation.

Sauerland has another great reason to visit – it’s located in the centre of Germany and is easy to reach from almost anywhere. Many of the routes’ starting points can be reached by train so you can plan your holiday without a car.

Accommodation is also abundant in the region. You can find a range of places to stay in the popular holiday resorts of Winterberg and Willigen, as well as in the surrounding small villages.

It’s up to you how long you take to the trails and whether you prefer to stay in a buzzing city or quiet village. Sauerland is looking forward to welcoming you for your next biking holiday.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    03:34
    25.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,025 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Kahle Asten is probably the most famous mountain in the Sauerland, if “only” the third highest: With its 841.9 meters, it is still the undisputed “highlight” of this tour, which bears its name perfectly. Again and again you enjoy wonderful views of the Sauerland - the view from the Kahler Asten is particularly beautiful right at the beginning. Where it goes up, the route leads down again: You can expect a demanding mix of steep climbs and long descents that will take you to the border with Hesse and shortly afterwards to the lowest point of the tour to Hallenberg.In the cozy town with its historic half-timbered houses and narrow, dreamy alleys, it is a good idea to take a break and stop off in peace. Then it's back on the trails and paths of the Sauerland. You reach Liesen via fields and meadows, then the route runs again in the forest and finally leads you back to Winterberg. If you still have time and desire, you can end the day here with a few runs in the popular Winterberg bike park or (free of charge) on the trails of the trail park.The start of the tour is at the foot of the Winterberg bike park. There is a large parking lot where you can park your car. Alternatively, you can also take the train to Winterberg very well. There are regular connections, for example from Dortmund. From the Winterberg train station, the tour can be reached by bike in a few minutes.

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    Difficult
    06:03
    38.6 mi
    6.4 mph
    4,950 ft
    4,950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    62 kilometers and more than 1,500 vertical meters - this tour has it all and offers you the full pack of Sauerland, including three unique high plateaus. Great views and impressive landscapes as well as many beautiful trails and paths are certain on this tour to the Westphalian Sauerland.It starts in Willingen, from where you first set course for Winterberg. So you are riding from one Sauerland bike paradise to the next. During a short stop at the Bikepark Winterberg you will meet like-minded people and treat yourself to a small snack in the iconic mobile home snack bar at the bike station. Well strengthened, you are ready for the climb on the Kahler Asten, one of the highest mountains in the Sauerland. Above you can expect an impressive view and the extraordinary heather landscape with its colorful heather.It continues: In the further course of the tour, a lot of nature is waiting for you. You drive along forest paths, forest paths and trails and can fully enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Sauerland. Again and again you come across really beautiful places that are made for a promising break.As is well known, the best comes at the end: Via the Ettelsberg you come back to Willingen, where you are spoiled for choice at the end of the round. Forest path, freeride route or even downhill track? In the MTB Zone Willingen you have various options to get back down to the starting point of the tour. No matter which one you choose, you will have a lot of fun at the end. When you get to the bottom, you can end the day in a sociable way: Willingen is known for its good places to stop for a bite to eat and a few beers.If you don't want to travel by car, the train is a great alternative: Willingen has its own train station with regular connections to the Ruhr area.

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  • Intermediate
    04:04
    26.4 mi
    6.5 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,875 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In the 12th century, the noblemen of Gevore (later called noblemen of Bilstein) had a lot to report in the Sauerland. Of course, they didn't live in normal real estate - something more representative was needed. A small castle, for example. Or three of them? But, as is well known, nothing lasts forever. Today you roll majestically over paths and paths that were once explored by the noble knights on their horses. Their castles have more or less survived. The highlights of this tour are: the Peperburg ruins near Grevenbrück, the Bilstein castle and the Schnellenberg castle.With its 42 kilometers and “only” 900 meters of altitude, the round is easily feasible, and all sorts of highlights that are worth seeing also ensure plenty of breaks on the way. A real highlight is the Hohe Bracht lookout tower. Here you not only enjoy a fantastic view of the Sauerland, but you can also fortify yourself in the adjoining restaurant for the onward journey.The starting point of the tour is the Apollmicke settlement near Olpe. Alternatively, you can of course start elsewhere. For example in Grevenbrück. The district of Lennestadt is easily accessible via two federal highways and even has its own train station.

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    17.5 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This relatively easy bike tour takes you to two striking points in the Sauerland: the wayside shrine on the Big Picture and the High Bone, a mountain range between Westfeld and Kahler Asten. There are two silent highlights, which may seem unspectacular, but which stand for exactly what the Sauerland has to offer here: peace, idyll and wonderful nature.The starting point of the short round is the large parking lot at the foot of Bremberg, where there is nothing else than the epicenter of Sauerland bike sports: the Winterberg bike park and the Winterberg trail park. If the tour is too short for you, you will find plenty of material here for more bike action.First of all, you head west. On the Kurweg (be careful hikers!) You drive to Alastenberg and then up to the Großer Bildchen. This is a typical “wayside shrine”, to which other memorial stones have joined, which together make up a striking ensemble that offers a little breather.Now you continue to Nordenau and Westfeld. Mountain bike races have already taken place in both towns, but that's not the only reason why a break in one of the cozy towns is worthwhile. Here you can stop and refresh yourself for the rest of the tour. Because now it's uphill. At first very leisurely along the Lenne, later steeply back up to Winterberg.If you feel like it, you can take a detour on the Kahler Asten or, as already mentioned, take a few laps through the trail park or the bike park.

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    Intermediate
    03:24
    31.6 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    At around 51 kilometers in length, this tour is not that short. But the name says it all: The “mountains” are left out today, instead you can enjoy a wonderfully relaxed journey through various valleys around the small Hanseatic city of Medebach in the Sauerland region, which is known for its wonderful nature and long history. In addition, there are the most hours of sunshine in NRW - so there is nothing standing in the way of a sunny day on the bike.The starting point of the tour is in the middle of the city center, where the winding alleys, the old buildings and the central market place give you a holiday feeling. After the tour you can stop here comfortably, look forward to it. But now action is the order of the day. On your bike you will now discover the beautiful nature around Medebach. For this you leave the city to the west, follow the Gelängebach for a while and then turn into the beautiful Hallebachtal to Oberschledorn. If you feel like it, you can refresh yourself with fresh ice cream from a farm shop.It continues: Via Hillershausen you come to the beautiful Aar Valley and head for Goddelsheim - so you make a small detour from North Rhine-Westphalia to Hesse. The cozy place is made for another short break before you drive through the Lichtenfeld country back to the Aar and finally along the Gelängebach back to Medebach.Medebach does not have its own train station, but is still easily accessible without a car. You can take the train to Korbach, Olsberg or Winterberg - the rest does the bus. There is also a Flixbus connection directly to Medebach's Center Parc. This makes traveling by bike particularly easy.

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    Intermediate
    01:29
    9.59 mi
    6.5 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    "Short and crisp" - that is the motto of this tour, which starts from Hallenberg with a demanding climb to the Heidkopf. There is wonderful peace, wonderful nature and great views. In addition, after the first climb on the pastor meadow, it continues relatively relaxed, true to the second motto of the round: "First the work, then the pleasure".You start in the middle of Hallenberg. From the market place you first drive on asphalt, later steeply over gravel on the Heidkopf. An idyllic moorland and a wooden lookout tower await you above. It is worth climbing it, because the distant view from the top is particularly impressive. The tower is the perfect place for a little breather after the long climb.The tour then continues relatively relaxed. You can reach the pastor meadows without any noteworthy ascents. Here you can simply enjoy the beautiful nature and tranquility of the Sauerland away from any tourist hustle and bustle. You continue towards Trambach, a small settlement right on the border with Hesse. Follow this part of the way until you finally roll back to Hallenberg on a fast descent. The beautiful old town offers the perfect ambience to end the tour in peace.If you don't have a car, you can reach Hallenberg by bus and train. You travel by rail to Olsberg, from there the S50 bus takes you to the small town in the Sauerland in about an hour.

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    Difficult
    04:08
    23.5 mi
    5.7 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,575 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The name says it all: This tour takes you through the Valmetal to the Hunau and back. A lot of trails and a stop in the cozy half-timbered town of Bödefeld await you.The tour starts at a hiking car park directly on Valmestrasse. Nearby is the campsite Valmetal, which would also be an ideal starting point for this round if you fancy a very natural accommodation. The tour starts a bit out of the way, if you've ever been to Winterberg, you might know this place anyway. Because if you drive over the "branch line" to Winterberg, you will come right here.Now let's go. The trail initially climbs steadily over beautiful trails, first to the Kreuzberg (710 meters), then to the Hunau (818.5 meters), which also contains the ski area of the same name. From up here you have a great view of the Sauerland and the village of Bödefeld, which you are heading for next. You reach the picturesque place, where it is worth planning a short break, via beautiful trails with some crisp climbs. Here you can stop and look around in the narrow streets of the town center. A stop at the Catholic Church and a look at the “black hand” are worthwhile before you tackle the rest of the tour. The way back to the starting point is a varied up and down, but overall it is much easier to drive than the first part of the tour.Even if this tour is rather remote, it is pretty good for traveling by train. From the Ruhr area, you are instantly in Bestwig. If you are not afraid of a few kilometers on the road, you can simply sit on your bike here. Or you take the R72 bus and get off at “Ramsbeck Post”.

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    Intermediate
    02:37
    20.5 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this moderately difficult bike tour you embark on a small historical journey of discovery. On the way you will always come across quiet witnesses who tell little stories about times gone by in this part of the Sauerland.The first historical highlight awaits you right at the start. Only the description "small" does not fit in this case: The historic city gate of Rüthen stands there impressively, like a huge, stone starting arch for your approximately 33 km long tour. When you have driven through it, you roll for a while through the historic city center of Rüthen, past the cemetery and soon into the idyllic valley of the Kitzelsbach, where you can explore the first trails of the round.A little later you cross the Möhne, which you follow briefly before turning into Bibertal. If you feel like a little coffee break right at the start, the Café Bibertal is a great place to stop. After that, nothing awaits you for a while, except the beautiful nature of the Sauerland. You drive up into the Stadtwald Rüthen and follow the beautiful Höhenweg until you turn shortly before the Briloner Stadtwald into the Upper Bibertal. Again you cross the Möhne and follow the Hengelsbach valley up to the historic Schnadstein, which marks the former border of the Briloner, Rüthener and Bürener districts.On the way back to Rüthen you will pass the “Römerlager Kneblinghausen”. A short detour is worthwhile, even if this contemporary witness is relatively unspectacular. Information boards tell you what the Romans used to do here. Back in Rüthen, you can look for a cozy café and end the tour relaxed.If you don't have your own car, you can reach Rüthen by bus and train. The regional express takes you to Lippstadt or Soest, from there buses run to Rüthen.

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    Difficult
    04:26
    28.1 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,650 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is perfect for experiencing a good time on the bike and getting to know the Sauerland in all its facets. At around 44 kilometers, you will find that there is much more here than bare forest roads - numerous, really varied highlights and great trails make this tour a real journey of discovery.The round starts in Willingen and it gets "crisp" to the point when you take the sometimes steep driveway up to the Hohen Eimberg. In order not to exhaust yourself right at the beginning, it is best to take it easy and take a look from time to time: the view of Willingen is exhilarating. Speaking of which: The same applies to the trail that awaits you above. It runs directly along the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse and is a great mix of "flowy" and "technically demanding".At the end of this trail you can already see the next highlight: Lake Diemelsee, which looks particularly idyllic when viewed from above. A short drive over the quiet street and you are already on the shore of the lake, where you can take a deep breath and take a short break. Then another long climb is waiting for you. You drive over picturesque fields to Geibringhausen and then continue uphill towards the Dommelturm. If you fancy a few extra meters and, above all, a great view, the small detour to the tower is worthwhile.The rest of the tour is relatively relaxed. A varied up and down over wide fields and through shady forests finally brings you back to Willingen. Past the Orenbergschanze you finally come back to the starting point with many beautiful impressions from the Sauerland. Here you are guaranteed to find a restaurant or café that suits you, where you can fortify yourself and review the beautiful tour.By the way, Willingen has its own small train station and is ideal if you want to leave your car behind to travel by train instead.

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    Difficult
    04:34
    29.6 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,625 ft
    3,575 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    SKS pumps and mudguards are familiar to almost every cyclist. But why is a mountain bike tour named after it? The answer is relatively simple: this tour starts in Sundern and that is where the SKS production facilities are located. In addition, a lot of beautiful highlights await you: wonderful landscape, flowing descents, promising highlights and crisp climbs.You start in the middle of the city and roll a few meters over asphalt before you get down to business. There are a few ascents waiting for you, but these are interrupted again and again by short descents until you finally reach the Wildewiese ski area via a beautiful downhill trail. Here you have several options for a nice break: from the Schombergturm you can enjoy the wonderful view over the Sauerland, while in Steinbach the Steinberg Alm invites you to a culinary break. This is just right, because here you have completed about half of the tour.Freshly strengthened, you are now driving on. Narrow trails lead you along the Sorpeberg over the "Sieben Wegekreuz" to Dörnholthausen. On the way, the view of the picturesque landscape around you opens up again and again. Via Stockum, where you can take another break, you now make your way back to the starting point in Sundern. You finally come back to SKS 'hometown via a beautiful root trail.If you don't want to travel by car, you can use a combination of bus and train: the train goes to Neheim-Hüsten, then you continue by bus.

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    Difficult
    04:56
    31.7 mi
    6.4 mph
    4,250 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is beautiful in terms of landscape and also has a lot to offer you in terms of driving technique and condition. So get ready for a challenging ride that's a lot of fun!It starts on the outskirts of Brilon, directly at the camping and holiday park, where you can do a few laps to warm up on the small pump track that is located here. With warm calves you are ready for the first climb up to Borberg, from where you can enjoy a great view of Olsberg and the Ruhr Valley. With a view of the famous Bruchhauser stones, you now drive towards Elleringhausen and follow the long climb up to the Hohen Eimberg. You have now reached the highest point of the tour and as a reward you can look forward to a special highlight: The border trail that follows now runs directly on the state border between Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. Pure nature and great trail fun.After a long descent down to Bontkirchen, you can consider whether you would like to take a little break on the banks of the Diemelsee. The detour is manageable and it would be really worth it. Then it goes up again steeply on the "Köpfchen" and above Hoppecke back to Brilon. Shortly before reaching the starting point, you have the opportunity to extend the tour a bit by turning into the Trailground Brilon. Here, many well-maintained trails are waiting to be discovered by you. It is only a few meters from the entrance of the trail ground to the starting point of the tour, so you could stop at any time if your strength wears off.If you want to travel by train, that's no problem. Then you will get to know the beautiful old town of Brilon, because the train station "Brilon Stadt" is located close to the center. It is around 2.5 kilometers from the train station to the start of the tour.

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    Intermediate
    01:39
    11.7 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    With a length of 18.5 kilometers and only 370 meters of altitude, this is the perfect “trial tour” through the Sauerland region, perfectly suitable for beginners and families, including the next generation of mountain bikes. You can still experience the beautiful landscape of the Sauerland on easy-to-drive paths without steep inclines.Shortly after the start of the tour in Willingen, the first beautiful view of the day is waiting for you: The view of the railway viaduct is a real postcard motif. Shortly afterwards you cross the Hochsauerlandstraße and dive into the idyllic Aarbachtal, which you follow into the cozy town of Schwalefeld.Further along the Aarbach you will soon reach the turning point of the tour. Along the Itter, it is now parallel to the road via a dirt road back to Willingen. Shortly before reaching the starting point, a small detour to the worth seeing Orenberg ski jumps is recommended. If you get a taste for it in the meantime and don't get enough of mountain biking, you can extend the tour with a detour to the MTB zone Willingen: You can take a lift to the top of the Ettelsberg, on which various routes of different difficulty levels follow lead below.Particularly practical: You can easily reach Willingen by train - there are numerous fast connections every day directly from the Ruhr area to MTB paradise.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    294 mi
  • Duration
    43:20 h
  • Elevation
    33,875 ft

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