Everything that hikers desire
Hiking holiday perfect
The Schmallenberger Sauerland and the holiday region Eslohe are absolute specialists in hiking and offer complete hiking pleasure. This is testified to by satisfied guests and last but not least by the certification as the first "Quality Region Hiking Germany" in 2014, which guarantees the best conditions for a perfect hiking holiday, from the path infrastructure to specialised hosts and a well-organised hiking service for the guest. A wide range of attractive travel arrangements and varied tour suggestions are also part of the package. All this is offered to you by the "Sauerland Hiking Villages", of which we are one.
The bottom line is that you can be sure that we will make your dream hiking holiday come true. Take a look between a thousand mountains and valleys...
Way of the senses
Fascinating views and distant views. An impressively natural trail, forest sofas, vesper islands and adventure stations. The Rothaarsteig leads from Brilon in the Sauerland via the Wittgensteiner Bergland and Siegerland to Dillenburg at the foot of the Westerwald for a total of 154 km and 3,931 metres in altitude. The route through the Schmallenberger Sauerland is generally regarded as a "tenderloin" due to its scenic diversity, exemplary infrastructure and authentic gastronomy.
Sauerland high-altitude flight
250 km of hiking happiness & magnificent views
Experience nature high up: You can do this during a hike on the Sauerland high-altitude flight. A total of 243 km at an altitude of 400 to 800 metres lead from the starting points of Altena Castle or Meinerzhagen to Korbach. "Only flying is more beautiful", because the Sauerland Höhenflug runs almost entirely on mountain ridges that offer fascinating panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. In between, narrow paths lead to streams and gorges, through high moors and heaths. Discover this magnificent long-distance hiking trail.
Nature meets art
This is what happens when internationally renowned artists deal with the eventful history between the Protestant-dominated Wittgenstein and the Sauerland region with its Kurköln Catholic roots. On 23.5 km of the WaldSkulpturenWeg, eleven fascinating installations, sculptures and sculptures, where nature and art come together, await you. The works of art also show the often contradictory relationship between man and nature and invite you to pause and reflect.
Sauerland soul places
Sauerland soul places - these are rocks and quarries, churches and mountain tops, mighty trees and underground grottos, lakes and valleys. 43 places, spread over the Sauerland hiking villages, were chosen because they are particularly impressive and have a special meaning for the people in their surroundings. Not only today, but also in former times. They touch people emotionally, mentally and spiritually. They evoke strong resonances. They are places to which people wander and where they can switch off. Come to themselves. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Being inspired. Gain new insights. Even if each soul place tells its own story, there is one quality that connects them all: Living silence.
Discover the most beautiful villages
These villages are special: well-kept, well preserved, decorated, have a particularly good village community and are actively engaged in their future. These villages are awarded federal gold in the competition "Our village shall become more beautiful". 9 national winners alone belong to Schmallenberg and Eslohe, making them the "goldest" region in our country
Explore these special places with their pretty half-timbered houses, lushly blooming gardens, sparkling clean streets and alleys along the twelve "Gold Routes"
Hiking with the whole family
Hiking newly discovered
Children want to move, experience and discover something. This is exactly the plan of a family hike. Get out into nature, create shared experiences and do something for your health and well-being on the side. Only when the children enjoy it, the hike becomes a pleasure for the adults as well. The instructive paths and adventure trails in the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the Eslohe holiday region make exactly that possible. Exciting discoveries in nature, daring climbing tours or unusual sensory experiences make up the appeal of these tours. Thus hiking becomes a true adventure for families.
Discover together with your children the nature and the animals in the forests of the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the holiday region Eslohe. Barefoot paths, nature trails and varied trails make hiking an exciting family experience. Make sure that you have enough provisions, take enough breaks and choose an attractive hiking destination. In this way, the formerly boring Sunday hike becomes a real family event.
Fans of the fast pace will find plenty of room to indulge in their favourite sport in the forests of the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the Eslohe holiday region. Whether with or without poles, the well signposted and well-maintained forest paths of our region are simply fun.
Feel like increasing the pace? Then try speedhiking. Here ambitious crossers with poles run through the terrain about 30% faster than normal. Uphills and descents alternate constantly, so that pulse and breathing are alternately stressed.
Real relaxation in the fresh air. The trend sport Breath-Walk combines yoga elements, mindful walking, dynamic breathing and conscious movement. Each BreathWalk provides effective exercises and improves stamina. The effectiveness of the BreathWalk is constantly proven by studies. BreathWalk improves breathing and posture, strengthens the immune system, activates the acid-base balance and strengthens the circulatory system. This is how your walk becomes a fitness event
Nature makes you happy
Leave behind a few days of stress and hectic, noise and tightness. What better place than in the middle of nature and on foot in the fresh air? Take a deep breath, switch off, feel the sun, wind and weather and then stop for a bite to eat and enjoy the good things in life. Our hiking services will certainly help you to do so:
Naturally, accommodation is an integral part of a successful hiking holiday. Here we clearly recommend the "Sauerländer Wandergasthöfe". Their consistent focus on the wishes and needs of hikers makes these hosts specialists for hiking holidays. The hotels and inns, most of which are family-run, are embedded in the beautiful landscape of the Sauerland. Numerous hiking routes start directly from here and the hosts are competent advisors in terms of route, weather and hiking destination. Regional cuisine and warm hospitality ensure relaxation and enjoyment after the hike
Finally, tailor-made travel packages or extra services such as luggage transport are aimed precisely at the requirements of hiking holidaymakers. These hosts are an important component of our quality region Wanderbares Deutschland.
Your tour portal for your pocket. The smartphone app "Sauerland & Siegen-Wittgenstein" summarizes about 1400 cycling and hiking tours. Numerous additional functions provide valuable information for planning and en route. And all of this is free of charge. Simply search for "Sauerland" in the iTunes-Store or in the Google Playstore...Download App...
Many kilometres of well signposted hiking trails are waiting for you. On the way you will hardly need a map, as orientation is extremely easy. But for tour planning it is still very popular: The hiking map. You can get it for 5,90 € and with the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card you get a reduced price of 4,90 €.Order hiking maps...
Hiking bus & hiking bus tips
Schmallenberg Sauerland Card
The Wanderbus will be operating again from 10.06.2020!
With your Schmallenberger Sauerland Card you can use the public transport and the citizen bus free of charge. In addition, you will benefit from the Hiking Bus, which will take you up to the most beautiful hiking resorts, romantic valleys and idyllic mountain villages.
This service also makes it easy to plan route hikes - for example "backwards". Park your car at a beautiful stop-off point, use the hiking bus and hike back to your car in a relaxed manner along the most beautiful routes.
During the season the hiking bus runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Please note that masks are compulsory on the Wanderbus.
Take a taxi to the most beautiful stages of the Sauerland-Höhenflug and the Waldskulpturenweg
The hiking taxis in the Schmallenberger Sauerland take you to the most beautiful stages and routes. Plan your day trip or a relaxed circular hike through the beautiful landscape of the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the holiday region Eslohe. Holders of the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card pay a contribution towards travel costs of € 2,- for adults and € 1,- for children.
Please note that a mask is compulsory in the hiker's taxi.
With the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card you have the possibility to use the "Ruf-Taxi" daily for a travel cost contribution of 2,-€ for adults and 1,-€ for children. Three times a day at fixed departure times it runs a fixed route in the Sorpe Valley as well as in Westfeld and Ohlenbach along the stops listed below.
At the latest one hour before the desired departure, the call taxi must be requested under the number 02972 921092. Please note that masks are compulsory in the "Ruf-Taxi".
Departure times and stops are also listed in the respective flyer, which can be downloaded below:
Do you prefer to walk even in winter? Then the cleared winter hiking trails in the Schmallenberger Sauerland and the holiday region Eslohe are just the way you like it. The landscape presents itself in a white frost or snow dress, nature takes a break and this peace and quiet becomes tangible. Let the "wind blow around your nose" during winter hiking and look forward to the hot drink afterwards - ideally at the crackling open fire.
Even on cleared paths it is advisable to wear sturdy shoes with profiled soles. The clearing services on site will do their best, but are also powerless against sudden changes in weather and snowfall. So take care and pack warmly.
Stomp on big feet "over" the snow through an untouched winter wonderland. Snowshoeing (Nordic Snowshoeing) makes it possible
The cross-country skiing centre Hochsauerland in Westfeld offers rental snow shoes and poles as well as guided tours. So get out into the fresh winter air and try out this sport with "fitness effect"
Please be considerate of the native game in the forests, which has to conserve its reserves in this season and do not scare it up.