Sauerland Seelenorte

Living silence

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.


View of the county and the Wilzenberg. | © Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest

Eslohe Museum Square

Museum forecourt at the DampfLandLeute Museum in Eslohe. | © Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest

Cyril's path

 | © Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest

Wormbach church and churchyard

View of the St. Peter and Paul Church in Wormbach. | © Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest


Moss-covered rock near Bödefeld. | © Foto: Klaus-Peter Kappest


Together - being alone

Land of a thousand mountains, yes, but where does one mountain end and the other begin? Most of the time the hiker is presented with this picture: from the crest, the horizon line runs up to the top and down on the other side, only to rise again to the next peak. The crests are lined up like pearls on a string. Only one stands out. I approach it on a hiking trail from the west. Impressive he seems not because of his height, 658 meters, but because he stands alone. The Wilzenberg builds up before me as a cone with a flattened tip. Without it leaning against another ridge. It stands for itself. That instills respect.


Schmallenberg County: 51.152819 | 8.326082

Hiking trails: Golddorf-Route Grafschaft

Parks: Hiking parking lot Wilzenberg

The 'holy mountain' of the Sauerland. A place of pilgrimage in nature, built on the site of two fortified castles from the 2nd century BC and the 9th-10th century AD.

Even a former factory yard can be a place of souls. The outdoor area of the DampfLandLeute museum reminds us of the great times of water power and steam power and of a headstrong entrepreneur.

SteamLandPowerPlace Museum

Anarchy and humility

Nothing here matches. And it fits really well. Sounds contradictory? That's exactly the point. Contradictions. In the character of the man who shaped this place; in the spirit of each person with his different voices; as a challenge that we sometimes despair of.


Eslohe: 51.26191 | 8.165718

Hiking trails: circular hiking trail E2

Parking: Sparkasse, main road

Esloher Steam daysFamilies & Teenagers

Visitors, young and old, from near and far, can experience the steam days in the DampfLandLeute Museum Eslohe up close and personal, how the old steam engines and locomotives from the museum hiss and hiss and hiss. Furthermore, the museum's sights are open to domestic and agricultural activities, handicrafts, blacksmithing and more.

  • Time: Sat. 06.06. & Sun. 07.06.2020 and Sat. 26.09. & Sun. 27.09.2020 each from 10:00 a.m
  • Registration: Registration is not required
  • Meeting place: DampfLandLeute - Museum Eslohe, Homertstr. 27, 59889 Eslohe
  • Costs: The regular entrance fees of the museum apply
  • Contact: DampfLandLeute - Museum Eslohe, 02973 2455 or 02973 800-220,,

Cyril's path

Death and rebirth

A cemetery, in the middle of the woods. In the morning of 19 January 2007 the tree corpses piled up to ten meters high. They lay criss-crossed on top of each other. Killed by someone they called 'the Magnificent' in German. His name is Cyril in Greek. The winter storm swept through Europe with wind speeds of up to 225 kilometres per hour. It also devastated huge areas of forest in the Sauerland. Areas with spruce trees were hit hardest: They grow fast but take root only shallowly in the ground. Cyril had an easy job.


Schmallenberg ski jump: 51.129212 | 8.37843

Hiking trails: WaldSkulpturenWeg/Rothaarsteig, audio trail at the Rothaarsteig

Parking: Hiking car park Schmallenberg-Schanze

Stefan Knippertz

"The Cyril trail, it's a chaotic coexistence. That's how it appears at first glance, but if you look closely, everything is ordered. Everyone finds his place here, whether animal or plant"

Ranger tour through a small jungleFamilies & Teenagers

Excursions with the ranger of the Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW - environmental education for children. 13 years after Kyrill, a very special forest has formed in Schanze on the Kyrill Trail. Explore this exciting area with all its inhabitants together with ranger Ralf Schmidt. Extraordinary plants have spread out and rare animals such as lizards, songbirds and perhaps the wildcat live here.

  • Time: Tues. 21.07.2020 and Tues. 04.08.2020 each at 11:00 a.m
  • Registration: A registration is necessary until 16:00 o'clock the day before
  • Meeting point: Hiker's car park at the entrance to Schmallenberg-Schanze
  • Costs: adults 7,50€, children free
  • Contact: Schmallenberger Sauerland Tourismus under 02972 / 97400,, more information directly from Ranger Ralf Schmidt, 0171 5871691.

Chapel from 1637 with fragmentary preserved wall painting on the pass between the Kückelheimer Höhe and the Steltenberg.

St. Rochus Chapel


The year was 1637 and the country was in the midst of a war that was to last thirty years. Farms were plundered by marauding soldiers, villages were set on fire, many people were killed. What the war spared was carried off by an uncanny disease that has remained deeply engraved in Europe's memory as a trauma: the plague. Entire regions were depopulated. At some point the great dying reached the Sauerland. It is said to have started in Medebach and then it struck Eslohe. In a legend text it says: "The plague raced on and choked the village with greedy mouth. It could not be frightened away, not by praying and blessing, not by drinking schnapps from large crenellated jugs and by smoking cow dung. "Tore the tools from the strongest man's hand and killed the infant at its mother's breast."


Eslohe, St.-Rochus-Weg: 51.253599 | 8.153797

Hiking trail: circular hiking trail E2

Parking: Sparkasse, main road

Stone Age Man


Earth, stone and wood. Nothing else. So simple. And at the same time this image strikes me with archaic force. The dark rock block lies on a pedestal, infinitely heavy, unassailable, as if fallen from eternity. Where does it come from? How did it get here? Which giants could move it? Why did it land here, in this clearing? He is surrounded by eight tree trunks, without their bark, bright, smooth and naked, they too are massive. Pillars of the forest. The monster woods, resting horizontally on them, limit the enigmatic structure upwards.


Schmallenberg ski jump: 51.111599 | 8.380608

Hiking trail: Forest Sculpture Trail, Rothaarsteig, audio trail on the Rothaarsteig - beech woods around the ski jump

Parken: Schanze hiking car park

Monumental sculpture by the artist Nils-Udo in the middle of the extensive forests of the Rothaar ridge on the forest sculpture path from Schmallenberg to Bad Berleburg.

The tree of life (Thuja) on the Wormbach churchyard was hit by a bomb in 1945, which destroyed the upper part of the tree. But life went on and instead of one, today even three tops point to the sky.

Wormbach church and churchyard

Living death

If you want to go to the church, you have to cross the cemetery. And the cemetery is very lively. Its surrounding wall with its crevices and niches is a biotope for moss and wall breakers, spotted fern and stonewort. 300-year-old lime trees stand in a circle like devoutly. A fire salamander crawls in slow motion to its place in the sun, which sends the first warming rays. It extends the wooden crosses, which stand in finely circled rows, by long shadows. Now, at sunrise, it is obvious that all the graves are facing east. They are not located on a field of God outside the village, but right next to the church. The dead and the living are neighbours. Simple elegance on the graves: Once a priest finished the beauty contest to see which farmer had the thickest gravestone and ordered simple wooden crosses. Everyone, rich or poor, has to line up. Before death all are equal.


Schmallenberg-Wormbach: 51.167282 | 8.257041

Hiking trail: Schmallenberger Rundweg S4 Parking: Parking lot

directly at the church Wormbach or town hall Schmallenberg

Mystical church tour in WormbachGuided tour

Guided tour of the almost 800 year old church. Built on top of previous buildings from the 8th century, the building has impressive frescoes depicting the twelve signs of the zodiac, unique in Europe.

  • Time: Every Sunday at 11:20 am
  • Registration: Registration is required
  • Meeting place: after the service at the church door of St. Peter and Paul, Schmallenberg-Wormbach, Alt Wormbach 4
  • Costs: We are happy about a donation for the church
  • Contact: Heimat- und Verkehrsverein Bauernland e.V., Johannes Tigges, 02972 97550 or Rita Engelbertz 02972 7443,

Wormbach Summer ConcertsMusic

The Wormbach Summer Concerts are part of Schmallenberg's permanent cultural inventory. They have been taking place in the Romanesque church in Wormbach for 42 years now under the direction of Ulrich Schauerte. With the 10 evening events in the summer months of July and August, the concert series has become an attraction for music lovers far beyond Schmallenberg and South Westphalia.

  • Time: From 28.06 to 30.08.2020 always Sundays at 20:00
  • Registration: Registration is not required
  • Meeting place: St. Peter and Paul, Schmallenberg-Wormbach, Alt Wormbach 4
  • Costs: Free admission, we are happy about a donation for the church
  • Contact: Wormbach Summer Concerts, Ulrich Schauerte, 02972 7218,,


Moss-covered rock in the middle of a deciduous forest, about which the Bödefelder Hollensage tells.

The Hollen were forest creatures that would have dug deep into the rock. They were friendly to friendly people, helpful in times of need. They especially loved the Bödefeld children, who liked to play near the rock. Their self-forgetful play moved them, and they loved to join them. In the evening, when the little ones had to return to the village, they gave them small, beautiful, shiny stones as presents. For the children, they were nothing but gifts that delighted their hearts. But their parents saw: This is pure gold! The greed of the adults was awakened. They wanted more. At the high rock in the forest they searched for the hiding place of the treasure to steal it. As punishment the Hollen blocked all entrances and turned their house into a huge rock. They were never seen again.


Schmallenberg-Bödefeld: 51.229258 | 8.390949

Hiking trail: Golddorf-Route/Hollenpfad

Parken: Hiking car parks "Spielplatz" and "Unter dem Nonnenstein

Klaus-Peter Kappest

"Here I experience primal nature. In this cathedral of the forest, I feel closer to the primal power of nature and God."

Hiking tour

from 189,-€ p.p.

Wandern in der Wanderwelt Sauerland

Wanderreise: Seelenorte rund um Schmallenberg

Reise Nr. 131  |  30 km  |  2 Übernachtungen  | 2 Wandertage  |  Preis: ab 199 € p.P.

Das Schmallenberger Sauerland gehört zur Qualitätsregion der Sauerland Wanderdörfer. Die Region zeichnet sich durch ein bestens ausgeschildertes Wanderwegenetz aus. In dieser malerischen Landschaft gibt es die Sauerland-Seelenorte, „Kyrill-Pfad“ und „Wilzenberg“ zu entdecken.


Grafschaft - Langewiese - Grafschaft


1. Tag: Individuelle Anreise nach Grafschaft

2. Tag: Grafschaft – Langewiese (14 km + 1 km Kyrill-Pfad, Aufstieg 406 Hm – Abstieg 86 Hm)

Seelenort Kyrillpfad: Der Orkan Kyrill zerstörte Anfang 2007 den Wald mit einer ungeheuren Kraft. 4 Millionen Festmeter Holz fielen im Hochsauerland zu Boden. Auf dieser nicht geräumten Fläche bei Schanze entstand der Kyrill-Pfad. Hier können Wanderer heute über schmale Stiegen und unter umgestürzten Bäumen Naturgewalt ganz friedlich erleben.

3. Tag: Langewiese – Grafschaft (16 km, Aufstieg 400 Hm – Abstieg 689 Hm)

Seelenort Wilzenberg: Der Wilzenberg ist ein 657 m hoher Berg, auch bekannt als der „Heilige Berg“ des Sauerlandes. Schon im Jahre 1500 stand hier eine kleine Kapelle, die heutige Marienkapelle. Das 28 Meter hohe Hochkreuz lockt Wanderer und Besucher gleichermaßen an. Der Wilzenbergturm bietet seinen Gästen einen herrlichen Ausblick.

Individuelle Abreise



2 x Übernachtung in wechselnden Pensionen, Gasthöfen oder Hotels
Zimmer mit Dusche oder Bad/WC
2 x Frühstück
2 x Lunchpaket
2 x Gepäcktransfer zum nächsten Etappenziel
1 Wanderkarte Schmallenberg pro Buchung
Örtliche Kurtaxe/SauerlandCard



  •  im Doppelzimmer:         ab 199,- Euro
  •  im Einzelzimmer:         ab 219,- Euro

  •  Aufschlag Gepäcktransfer für

     Einzelwanderer auf Anfrage


Reisewelt Sauerland GmbH
Poststraße 7
57392 Schmallenberg
Telefon: +492972 974022

Wanderexpertin Alexandra

Zahlreiche Erzählungen und Geschichten ranken sich um den 658 Meter hohen Wilzenberg.

Ø  Dauer: 2 Wandertage      ↔  Strecke: 30 km
↑  Aufstieg: 806 Hm      ↓  Abstieg: 775 Hm

Hinweis für Personen mit eingeschränkter Mobilität: Dieses Produkt ist im Allgemeinen für Personen mit eingeschränkter Mobilität nicht geeignet. Ob es trotzdem Ihren individuellen Bedürfnissen entspricht, erfragen Sie bitte bei Ihrer Buchunganfrage.