"Border stories up close" - From the Rhein-Weser-Turm to the Schwarzbachtal valley

Sauerland-Wanderdörfer / Tours / Touren (O) / "Border stories up close" - From the Rhein-Weser-Turm to the Schwarzbachtal valley

The themed hikes "Border stories up close" bring cultural and natural history on the Rothaarsteig to life through informative anecdotes and stories (audio stories as podcasts).

This border story offers a tower ascent, a stay in an idyllic nature reserve and an interesting anecdote from the Sauerland - Wittgenstein border area.

Grenzgeschichten am Rhein-Weser-Turm


Brücke im Schwarzbachtal


Wasserfurt im Schwarzbachtal

Tour starting point:

Rothaarsteig hiking portal Rhein-Weser-Turm on the L553 (Kirchhundem - Bad Berleburg)

Tour destination point:

Rothaarsteig hiking portal Rhein-Weser-Turm


  • promising
  • Round trip
  • Refreshment stop
  • family-friendly
  • cultural / historical

Additional Information

Tower ascent and refreshments at the Rhein-Weser-Turm mountain hotel

Refreshments: Restaurant"Zur Hahnenquelle"




11.4 km


3:05 Std.

Elevation ascent

228 m

Elevation descent

214 m

Altitude (Minimum)

474 m

Altitude (Maximum)

681 m





Recommended seasons


Pure nature in the Schwarzbachtal nature reserve, the discovery of the Hufeisenstein and interesting facts about the Rhein-Weser-Turm, including a tour of the tower. Audio stories about this trail - Hufeisenstein and Rhein-Weser-Turm - to download !

Grenzgeschichten hautnah: Hufeisenstein

Natur im Schwarzbachtal

Mit "Grenzgeschichten hautnah" entsteht mitten in der Natur "Kino im Kopf" .

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Naturschätze heimliche Bewohner Schwarzbachtal
Naturschätze natürlicher Bach Schwarzbachtal
Naturschätze Feuchtwiesen und Moore Schwarzbachtal
Grenzgeschichten hautnah: Der Rhein-Weser-Turm


Aufschlussreiche Hörgeschichte zum Rhein-Weser-Turm.

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Rhein-Weser-Turm - direkt am Rothaarsteig

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This border history offers a tower ascent, a stay in an idyllic nature reserve and interesting anecdotes from the Sauerland - Wittgenstein border area.First, follow the hiking sign K or X 18 from the Rothaarsteig hiking portal in the direction of Rüspe to Schwarzbachtal. Attention! Once you reach Rüspe, you first cross a small farm until you reach a fenced-off section of the trail. Open the gate in the fence and follow the path to the bridge.After the bridge, turn right and follow the Rothaarsteig access path (yellow and black markings), which runs parallel to the wide valley floor of the Schwarzbach. Attention ! If you want to find the Hufeisenstein and its history, leave the Rothaarsteig access trail at the "Hufeisenstein" hiking trail signpost and take hiking trail A 1 towards the Haberg nature reserve for a few meters. At the height where a forest path branches off to the right, after a few steps turn left "through the bushes" to Kurze Dörbach and recognize the Hufeisenstein with a trained eye. The audio story about the Hufeisenstein can be found here. After this short exploratory detour, follow the access path back into the Schwarzbachtal until it meets the Rothaarsteig. Follow the Rothaarsteig back towards the starting point. In addition to the history of the Rhein-Weser-Turm (Podcast about the Rhein-Weser-Turm), you can enjoy a magnificent view over the "land of a thousand hills" after climbing the tower.

Safty guidelines

Information about the rescue signs:Most hiking trails run away from towns and settlements and every hiker has thought about what would happen if an emergency were to occur. How can I be found here? Where am I anyway? Can the emergency services reach me?In an emergency, things have to happen quickly! That's why the entire hiking trail network in the Lennestadt & Kirchhundem hiking region is equipped with so-called rescue signs throughout. The green and white stickers attached to the posts of the signposts have a number that you must give when making an emergency call. This means that the emergency services know exactly where you are and valuable time can be saved.

Public transiot

Bus route R 36 Lennestadt-Altenhundem - Rhein-Weser-Turm (unfortunately only limited timetable); information on timetables

Getting there

A 45, Olpe exit, B 55 Ricchtung Lennestadt - Altenhundem; B 55 to Kirchhundem, L 553 towards Bad Berleburg


Rothaarsteig hiking portal Rhein-Weser-Turm

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