Chapel Route Reiste - South Route

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The Reiste Chapel Trail connects 8 villages with their chapels and the Reiste parish church on a total of 25 km circular trail.

You can optionally walk the trail in two stages. The recommendation of the SGV department Reiste is to start with the longer southern route and then hike the northern route.

Kapelle St. Margaretha in Eslohe - Beisinghausen

St. Pankratius Pfarrkirche in Reiste

St. Pankratius Pfarrkirche in Eslohe - Reiste

St. Barbara Kapelle in Eslohe - Landenbeck

Kapelle in Schmallenberg - Sögtrop

Innenraum der Kapelle in Schmallenberg - Sögtrop

St. Laurentius Kapelle in Eslohe - Herhagen

Innenraum der St. Laurentius Kapelle in Eslohe - Herhagen

Herhagen in der Ferienregion Eslohe

Ruhebank bei Nichtinghausen

St. Pankratius Pfarrkirche in Reiste

Tour starting point:

Reiste, St. Pancras parish church, Meschede road (B 55)

Tour destination point:

Reiste, St. Pancras parish church, Meschede road (B 55)


  • promising
  • Round trip
  • cultural / historical




18.5 km


5:00 Std.

Elevation ascent

350 m

Elevation descent

350 m

Altitude (Minimum)

323 m

Altitude (Maximum)

486 m





Recommended seasons


Chapels and wayside crosses are frequent companions in the municipality of Reiste. They testify to a deep religiosity that people practiced here for centuries. Faith and prayer have always been part of everyday life. The bells of the houses of worship divided the day, religious festivals the year. Often, saints' huts or wayside crosses were erected out of gratitude or as a reminder of special events and are cherished by local families to this day. Of course, each village has its own chapel and each is dedicated to a different patron saint.

The 22.6 km (25.7 mi) long chapel trail invites you to discover this tradition and the many beautiful chapels in the chapel villages around Reiste. Hike along secluded forest paths and discover the stories of the small houses of worship. Along the way, impressive views will punctuate your hike, as will the many gems along the way, framed by nature.The chapel trail offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the village structure of an old-established Sauerland community. You will get an idea of what it was like to live "in the village", in reliable structures, but also with many a challenge. For example, it was commonplace to walk to school "over the mountain" even in the deep snow of winter, or to walk to church on Sundays in the next larger village, Reiste, in wind and weather. People kept contact between the larger and smaller villages. On all kinds of occasions, at festivals and celebrations, the footpaths were not shied away from. Whether it was the shooting match, the harvest festival or the traditional Reiste market: people went to Reiste, celebrated together and spent pleasant hours together. These encounters still exist today. Today, however, many residents tend to walk back to their home village on such occasions. On the one hand because of the beautiful nature, on the other hand probably also because of the one or other beer, which can be digested better while walking...

Reiste and its chapel villages have kept their lively associations until today. Hike the chapel path and meet a real piece of Sauerland with its traditions. Let yourself be inspired by nature on the path between the chapels and come to rest. Stop in one or the other chapel and hold silent prayer. Or sit down on a bench along the way, enjoy nature or admire one of the small works of art along the way.

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Reiste - Niederreiste 1.4 kmThe Kapellenweg begins in Reiste at the parish church of St. Pancras. After you have crossed the B55 at the traffic light, walk past the former evangelical church out of the village and turn left. Above the sports field you walk in the direction of Niederreiste. There you will reach the first destination, the 14 Nothelfer Kapelle.Niederreiste - Beisinghausen 1,4 kmNext to the chapel you cross the B55 again and turn right into the path. Continue walking across the eastern field to Beisinghausen. Turn left and walk up into the village. In the middle of the village is the St. Margaretha Chapel.Beisinghausen - Landenbeck 4.7 kmPassing the old forge and the war memorial, the chapel trail now continues to gain altitude quickly. You leave Beisinghausen behind and reach the Sauerland-Höhenflug halfway up the mountain. Follow this further up the mountain to the "Sohl". Here you leave the Sauerland-Höhenflug to the left. You continue hiking over the ridge and slightly downhill along the flank of the Landenbeck valley. Turning left again, you hike through the forest into the village of Landenbeck. A little way down the village you will find the St. Barbara Chapel.Landenbeck - Sögtrop 3.1 kmA bit behind the chapel, the chapel trail splits. From here you can walk the loop over Sögtrop. Walk the road through the village over the Hennebach. After the village, walk up the hill towards Sögtrop. Continue walking the loop of the Kapellenweg through the forest, down into the Rarbachtal valley to Sögtrop. There you will reach the St. Blasius chapel.Sögtrop - Herhagen 2,7 kmNow you walk along the Rarbach and further along the Henne to Herhagen. There you will meet the main route of the chapel path again and can continue your hike on it. In the village you will find the St. Laurentius Chapel, which is right next to the birthplace of Christine Koch, who is known for her poems in Sauerland dialect.Herhagen - Nichtinghausen 1,3 kmNow you leave Herhagen through the wide valley of the Henne, which gives the name to the Hennetalsperre. When you reach the first houses of Nichtinghausen, the St. Bernhard Chapel is not far away.Nichtinghausen - Reiste 3,8 kmAt the bus stop in the village you cross the B55 again. The way back to Reiste continues a little further on the chapel path, along the mountain flank above Nichtinghausen and then via the local hiking trail Re1 back to Reiste.There is a stamp passport for the chapel trail, which can be provided with a stamp of the respective patron saint at the village chapels. You can get the stamp passport in the entrance area of the Reiste parish church, in the inns of Reiste and Nichtinghausen, in the Volksbank in Reiste, in the grocery store as well as in the gas station in Nichtinghausen. The stamps are located in weatherproof boxes below the information boards of the individual chapels. Upon presentation of the completely filled out stamp passport, you will receive a small reminder at the above-mentioned issuing points (except for the parish church).

Safty guidelines

A rescue point system is installed in the Hochsauerlandkreis. Rescue points can be found, among other things, on the information boards of the junctions and hiking signs.

Public transiot

There is a direct connection from Dortmund or Kassel to Meschede by train, and from there with the bus line S70 in the direction of Grevenbrück, directly to Reiste.A direct connection exists from Siegen or Hagen to Grevenbrück by train, and from there with the bus line S70 in the direction of Meschede, directly to Reiste.With the Schmallenberg Sauerland Card you can travel free of charge by bus and train in the region.

Getting there

The church with parking facilities is located on the B55, which runs through Reiste.From the north: via the A46 to Meschede, then the B55 in the direction of Olpe to Reiste.From the south: via the A45 to Olpe, then the B55 via Grevenbrück, Eslohe in the direction of Meschede to Reiste.


Free parking is available everywhere in Reiste. The SGV department Reiste recommends the parking lot at the parish church, which is located directly at the starting point.

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