The 3 most beautiful stages of the Rothaarsteig

5 days
T1 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km / 6 - 9 mi per day
0 - 250 m / 0 - 820 ft ascent per day
> From Brijon via Winterberg Schanze
> The first three stages of the Rothaarsteig
> Stay in pleasant Gasthofen and hotels.

The Rothaarsteig in the Sauerland is one of the top hiking trails in Germany. Less than a four-hour drive from Utrecht and combinable with a weekend in Winterberg, it is also a popular route among Dutch hikers. If you want to go hiking in Sauerland or in Winterberg, then sooner or later you come on the trail of the Rothaarsteig.

During this 6-day hiking vacation you will hike the first part of the Rothaarsteig and experience part of the Rothaar gerbergte from north to south. You hike from Brijon via Winterberg to Schanze. Your accommodation in comfortable Gasthofen and three-star hotels along the way is arranged, and your remaining luggage is always driven to your next place of accommodation. You only have to concentrate on the beauty of the Sauerland.

Itinerary

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1

Arrival day Brilon

Today, you arrive in Brilon. If you plan to travel by car, it's easiest to park your car in Dillenburg and use public transportation to get to Brilon. But keep in mind that this takes an additional five hours and makes your journey a full day. If you arrive directly by train, you'll have some time to look around in Brilon. The center with its beautiful half-timbered houses is perfect for a relaxed afternoon. Tomorrow, the hiking tour begins!

Hotel Starke (Brilon)

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Day
2

Brilon - Willingen

Duration: 07:07 h
Distance: 23.3 km / 14.5 mi
Ascent: 700 m / 2297 ft
Descent: 510 m / 1673 ft
The first stage of the Rothaarsteig leads south to the town of Willingen. The hike begins in front of Brilon's town hall. From here, you leave the town through the Drübelse Nature Reserve. Later on, you'll reach the Borberg, which offers a beautiful view of the Ruhr area. From there, the trail continues to the endpoint in Willingen.

Aparthotel Jägerhaus (Willingen)

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3

Willingen - Winterberg

Duration: 06:15 h
Distance: 22 km / 13.7 mi
Ascent: 490 m / 1608 ft
Descent: 470 m / 1542 ft
This stage of the Rothaarsteig begins in Willingen and leads along the Hessian border. Further south, you walk through the Neuer Hagen nature reserve. Once you reach Küstelberg, the route heads westward along the Wagenschmier quarry and ends in the town of Winterberg, which is also a favorite destination for winter sports enthusiasts in the winter. It's a challenging stage but definitely worth it.

Hotel Hessenhof (Winterberg)

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Included

  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Rothaarsteig in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Rothaarsteig hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.

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