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

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The themed hikes "Border Stories Up Close" make cultural and natural history along the Rothaarsteig come alive through insightful anecdotes and stories. On this round tour, the history of the Heinsberg Heid, the Hufeisenstein and the Dreiherrnstein are told(audio stories as 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:

Hikers' parking lot Hochheide (between Kirchhundem-Heinsberg and Panorama-Park Sauerland); access via Kirchhundem-Heinsberg (Bergstraße)

Tour destination point:

Hiking parking lot Hochheide


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




11.8 km


3:08 Std.

Elevation ascent

189 m

Elevation descent

189 m

Altitude (Minimum)

478 m

Altitude (Maximum)

667 m





Recommended seasons


Exciting stories about cultural and natural history in a beautiful landscape (nature reserves Hochheide, Schwarzbachtal) linked with an audio and hiking experience on a length of about 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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Trennung vom RHSZ
Grenzgeschichten hautnah: Dreiherrnstein


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

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From the Hochheide hikers' parking lot, the tour first leads along the Rothaarsteig (hiking sign: horizontal R on red background) in the direction of Schwarzbachtal and Rhein-Weser-Turm. In the Schwarzbachtal (nature reserve) the round tour follows the Rothaarsteig feeder trail in the direction of Röspe.Attention ! If you want to find the Hufeisenstein and its history, leave the Rothaarsteig access path for a detour at the hiking trail signpost "Hufeisenstein" and take the hiking trail A 1 in the direction of the NSG Haberg for a few meters. On the height, where a forest path branches off to the right, after a few steps you go left "through the bushes" to the Kurzen Dörbach and recognize the Hufeisenstein with a trained eye. The audio story about the Hufeisenstein can be downloaded here. After this small exploratory detour, follow the Rothaarsteig access path again to the next crossroads (location name: An der Röspe 1). From here, the hiking trail marked with a K in a white circle initially heads south. The hiking trail marked with the K leads us after about 4.5 km directly to the Dreiherrnstein. The audio history gives an exciting insight into the cultural history of this border triangle and reports about not only peaceful conflicts. From the Dreiherrnstein the Rothharasteig leads north to the Heinsberg Hochheide. After about 1.5 km you reach the heath area. Here it is worthwhile to follow the history of the "Heinsberg Heath" and the "Dicken Steins" before you reach the starting point, the Hochheide parking lot, which is only 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

Safty guidelines

Information about the rescue boardsMostly hiking trails run away from villages and settlements and every hiker has already thought about what would happen if there was an emergency. How can I be found here? Where am I at all? Can the rescue service reach me?But in an emergency, things have to happen quickly! That's why the network of hiking trails in the Lennestadt & Kirchhundem region is equipped throughout with so-called rescue signs. On the green and white plaques, which are attached to the posts of the signposts, there is a number that you have to give when you make your emergency call. This way, the emergency services know exactly where you are and valuable time can be saved.

Getting there

Kirchhundem-Heinsberg via Bergstraße in the direction of the Hochheide hikers' parking lot


Hiking parking lot Hochheide

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