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Golden autumn – hiking in the Schmallenberger Sauerland

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Golden autumn – hiking in the Schmallenberger Sauerland

Hiking Collection by Schmallenberger Sauerland

12

Tours

39:12 h

84.7 mi

11,100 ft

In the Schmallenberger Sauerland, a golden autumn is on the agenda. In North Rhine-Westphalia, a region in western Germany, the so-called golden villages are excellent starting points for hikes during autumn. In this Collection, we’ve put together 12 ‘Gold Routes’ in the Schmallenberger Sauerland which lead you through charming villages with half-timbered cottages and hidden alleyways. Autumnal hiking is simply beautiful here.

The so-called ‘Gold Villages’ were awarded their title during a nationwide competition, ‘Unser Dorf soll schöner werden’ (our village shall become more beautiful), in which villages show what they have to offer. Aside from pretty villages, the Schmallenberger Sauerland has much to discover. You can expect wonderful views of the Rothaar Mountains, idyllic valleys, and quiet forests. The Hochsauerland is a hilly region with plenty of variety: enjoy magnificent panoramas from Kahler Asten mountain; stroll along the banks of the Lenne, a tributary of the River Ruhe; or relax beside the Esmecke Reservoir.

We’ve included a range of hikes so you can choose one that suits you best depending on your fitness level and what you fancy. The routes are suitable for children so you can turn your autumn hikes into a family holiday. At the end of each Tour, you can soak up the beauty of the ‘Gold Villages’ and stop for a bite to eat. You will also find a range of accommodation in the region.

So, set off for the beautiful Rothaar Mountains and enjoy an especially golden autumn on these hikes.

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    Golddorf-Route Westfeld – Wanderherbst im Schmallenberger Sauerland

    Intermediate
    04:45
    10.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 16-kilometer hike takes you up to the Kahler Asten, the father of the Sauerland mountains. From the 842 meter high mountain you have a grandiose Paronama over the Rothaar Mountains. The starting point of the circular hike is the Golddorf Westfeld.

    

    You leave the Schmallenberg district and hike straight

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    7.09 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This eleven kilometer long Golddorf route takes you up to the Wilzenberg, also known as the “Holy Mountain in the Sauerland”. Look forward to beautiful views of the idyllic landscape around the Schmallenberg district of Grafschaft.

    

    The hike starts in the center of the village, very close to the Grafschaft

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    6.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This eleven-kilometer hike around the gold village of Oberhenneborn offers great views. In a nice up and down you hike through the picturesque landscape, on the way you come again and again to wonderful viewpoints. The hike starts at the Friedenseiche in the center of the village.

    

    You leave the gold village

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    5.79 mi
    2.1 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this almost ten-kilometer circular hike around the gold village of Niedersorpe, you will get to know the picturesque Sorpe Valley, one of the most beautiful stream valleys in the Upper Sauerland. The hike starts in the center of the gold village.

    

    You leave the tranquil place with its half-timbered

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    6.76 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this eleven-kilometer hike you will get to know the gold village Fleckenberg, which has had this title since 1977. Look forward to wonderful views and a picturesque landscape along the way. The tour starts in the center of the village.

    

    You walk past the sports field and accompany the Lenne for a while

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    9.90 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Time to get to know the gold village of Oberkirchen. This almost 16-kilometer round leads you through the wonderful landscape around the charming village, with many great views.

    

    It starts in the heart of Oberkirchen, right in front of the gates of the Landhotel Gasthof Schütte. From here you take a nature

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    8.10 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A hut with a fabulous view, wonderful nature and even a treasure - this is what awaits you on the Golddorf route around Kirchrarbach. As always, you start your journey of discovery right in the center of the village.

    

    You leave the Kirchrarbach houses behind you and first march at the foot of the Ringelskopf

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  • Intermediate
    03:12
    6.99 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A good eleven kilometers peppered with many unforgettable natural treasures await you on the Golddorf route around Wenholthausen. A round trip for which you can also wonderfully plan your family, even a (all-terrain!) Stroller.

    

    It starts at the Wenneparkplatz directly in Wenholthausen. The Wennepfad begins

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    5.32 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    An extensive journey of discovery through the romantic Uentrop Valley awaits you on this eight and a half kilometer round tour. The highlight - a beautiful viewing platform. The nice thing about the route: It can also be mastered with an (all-terrain!) Stroller.

    

    The starting point of the tour is in the

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    6.32 mi
    2.1 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This tour goes up and down around the Golddorf Bödefeld. Of course, you can be sure of great views and beautiful nature. And you can also sniff a little history on the way.

    

    In front of the gates of the parish church St. Cosmas and Damian in the heart of Bödefeld you cast your gaze at the memorable golden

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  • Easy
    01:46
    3.72 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Short but powerful! This is how this less than six kilometers long round tour around the gold village of Latrop presents itself. Get ready for some stunning views. And of course wonderful nature.

    

    Let's go to the Schmallenberg-Latrop hiking car park and from there directly into the pleasure of hiking

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    7.72 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Soothing air, irresistible half-timbered charm and magnificent views await you on this almost twelve and a half kilometer tour around the gold village of Holthausen. It starts right in the heart of the village.

    

    The path, which is based entirely on the golden G, first takes you to the edge of the picturesque

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    84.7 mi
  • Duration
    39:12 h
  • Elevation
    11,100 ft

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