Hängebrücke bei Kühhude am Rothaarsteig, © Rothaarsteigverein e.V. Björn Hänssler

Rothaar Trail

For nature lov­ers and ad­ven­ture hikers

One of Europe’s most beau­ti­ful high-alti­tude trails scores highly with its 154 kilo­metres, the Kyrill-Pfad (Kyrill Trail) and the an­nu­al mara­thon.

The Rothaar Trail is the flag­ship hik­ing trail of Sauer­land and the Sieger­land-Wit­tgen­stein re­gion, and is con­sidered one of the most beau­ti­ful high-alti­tude trails in Europe. This “path of the senses”, which runs for 154 kilo­metres along a wide vari­ety of nat­ur­al trails, paths and forest tracks, be­gins in Bri­lon in NRW and ends in Dillen­burg in Hesse. Curved forest so­fas and benches to rest on, pic­nic tables, ori­gin­al shel­ters and forest loun­gers “fur­nish” the Rothaar Trail. As well as nu­mer­ous view­points, the path also runs past a vari­ety of des­tin­a­tions with nat­ur­al his­tory, cul­tur­al or his­tor­ic in­terest. The trail has been awar­ded the “Qual­ität­sweg Wanderbares Deutsch­land” seal of qual­ity by the Ger­man Hik­ing As­so­ci­ation (DWV).

One fea­ture is the Kyrill-Pfad (Kyrill Trail), which was con­struc­ted close to Schmal­len­berg-Schan­ze by the Rothaar Trail rangers to serve as a re­mind­er of the severe wind­storms of Janu­ary 2007. This 1,000-metre path was built among the wind­fall, with bridges and lad­ders al­low­ing vis­it­ors to reach up­rooted and fallen trees. A 40-metre hanging bridge over a small wooded rav­ine near the little vil­lage of Küh­hude of­fers an in­form­at­ive in­sight in­to the forest eco­sys­tem. The Rothaar Trail rangers also of­fer hikers ad­vice and prac­tic­al sup­port, and can provide com­pre­hens­ive in­form­a­tion on paths, the forest and the re­gion. Ad­ven­ture hikes guided by the rangers are also avail­able.

Once a year, nature fans also head over the Rothaar Trail in double-quick time, swap­ping hik­ing boots for soft soles: the scen­ic Rothaar Trail Mara­thon at­tracts run­ners, walk­ers and Nor­d­ic walk­ers from all over Ger­many and has de­ve­loped in­to a real fun run with a place in the na­tion­al mara­thon cal­en­dar.

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