"Border stories up close" - Heid, legends, border triangle

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The themed hikes "Border stories up close" bring cultural and natural history on the Rothaarsteig to life through informative anecdotes and stories. This circular tour tells the story of the Heinsberg Heid, the Hufeisenstein and the Dreiherrnstein(audio stories as a podcast).

Wandern in der Heinsberger Heide

Wandern im NSG Schwarzbachtal

Brücke im Schwarzbachtal

Wasserfurt im Schwarzbachtal

Grenzgeschichte zum Hören

Markierungszeichen K

Markierungszeichen Rothaarsteig

Wanderzeichen Rothaarsteig Zugangsweg

Tour starting point:

Hochheide hiking parking lot (between Kirchhundem-Heinsberg and Panorama-Park Sauerland); approach via Kirchhundem-Heinsberg (Bergstraße)

Tour destination point:

Hochheide hiking parking lot


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




11.8 km


3:08 Std.

Elevation ascent

189 m

Elevation descent

189 m

Lowest point

478 m

Highest point

667 m





Recommended seasons


Exciting stories about cultural and natural history in a beautiful landscape (Hochheide and Schwarzbachtal nature reserves) combined with an audio and hiking experience over a length of around 9 km. Audio stories Heinsberg Heid, Hufeisenstein, Dreiherrnstein for download !

Grenzgeschichten hautnah: Heinsberger Heide


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

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Wanderportal Hochheide

Impressionen der Anlage

Östlich von der Kirchhundemer Ortschaft Heinsberg gelegen, ist der Wanderparkplatz Hochheide Ausgangspunkt in die Region Sauerland-Wanderdörfer Hochheide.

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Grenzgeschichten hautnah: Hufeisenstein

Natur im Schwarzbachtal

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

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Grenzgeschichten hautnah: Dreiherrnstein


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

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From the Hochheide hiking parking lot, the tour initially leads along the Rothaarsteig (hiking sign: horizontal R on a red background) towards Schwarzbachtal and the Rhein-Weser-Turm. In the Schwarzbachtal (nature reserve), the circular tour follows the Rothaarsteig access path towards Röspe.Attention ! If you want to find the Hufeisenstein and its history, leave the Rothaarsteig access path for a detour at the "Hufeisenstein" hiking 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. You can download the audio story about the Hufeisenstein here. After this little exploratory detour, follow the Rothaarsteig access path again to the next crossroads (location name: An der Röspe 1). From here, follow the hiking trail marked with a K in a white circle, initially heading south. After around 4.5 km, the hiking trail marked with the K leads us directly to the Dreiherrnstein. The audio history provides an exciting insight into the cultural history of this border triangle and tells of more than just peaceful conflicts. From the Dreiherrnstein, the Rothharasteig trail leads north to the Heinsberg Hochheide. After around 1.5 km, you reach the heathland. Here, it is worth following the history of the "Heinsberg Heid" and the "Dicken Stein" before reaching the starting point, the Hochheide hiking parking lot, just a few meters away.The 3 audio stories of this adventure tour are available for download as a podcast .https://www.lennestadt-kirchhundem.de/Wandern/Unsere-Themenwege/Grenzgeschichten-hautnah/6-Hoergeschichten


Bequemer Wanderschuh, Proviant (keine Einkehrmöglichkeit auf der Wanderroute)

Safty guidelines

Information about the rescue signsMost 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?But in an emergency, things have to happen quickly! That's why the hiking trail network in the Lennestadt & Kirchhundem 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.

Author Tip

Hörgeschichten "Grenzgeschichten hautnah"- Hörgeschichten zur Kulturgeschichte und Naturlandschaft Flora: Naturschutzgebiete; herrliches Bachtal (Schwarzbach) und blühende Heidelandschaften


Wanderkarte Lennestadt & Kirchhundem, 1:25.000, VK 4,50 Euro Hrsg.: Tourist-Information Lennestadt & Kirchhundem, Hundemstr. 18, 57368 Lennestadt, 02723-608800, info@lennestadt-kirchhundem.de, www.lennestadt-kirchhundem.de

Getting there

Kirchhundem-Heinsberg via the mountain road towards the Hochheide hiking parking lot


Hochheide hiking parking lot

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