Olsberg Mining Loop ( Quality Tour Wanderbares Deutschland)

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As a former mining region, Brilon and Olsberg attract those interested in history to the Gewerkenweg.

The Olsberg mining loop is one of the most interesting sections of the Gewerkenweg.



Tour starting point:

Langer Berg hikers' parking lot on the B 480 between Olsberg and Brilon-Altenbüren

Tour destination point:

Langer Berg hikers' parking lot on the B 480 between Olsberg and Brilon-Altenbüren


  • promising
  • geological highlights
  • Round trip
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical




6.8 km


2:00 Std.

Elevation ascent

245 m

Elevation descent

245 m

Altitude (Minimum)

458 m

Altitude (Maximum)

572 m





Recommended seasons


A good 100 years ago, quite a few miners were still working at the Eisenberg. They extracted iron ore from the Philippstollen, the Maxstollen and the "Altem Stollen. Afterwards, the miners loaded the material via ramps and horse-drawn carts, thus coloring the access roads all the way to the city center a rusty red.

Many relics of the"Iron Age" can still be admired today on the beech-covered Eisenberg. The Phillippstollen may even be visited ( May-October, Fr. 16.00 o'clock). You can get information about this at the Olsberg Tourist Office and register if necessary.

Get a taste of the history of Olsberg on this theme tour. Information boards along the way provide further exciting details.

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We start at the so-called "gate to the Waldroute", the large parking lot on the Langer Berg.When approaching by car, it should be noted that the turn is not allowed coming from Olsberg.You would first have to drive into the right parking bay of the bus stop and pay attention to the oncoming traffic coming from Brilon.Some information boards at the rest area provide interesting content about the hiking theme in Olsberg.The tour now starts by first crossing the county road.You can follow the sign K for Kneippweg as well as the "W" for Waldroute. These two quality trails Wanderbares Deutschland run in the area on the same section.After about 2 km downhill you have a beautiful view of the Kneipp spa town of Olsberg. You can also see the Waldhotel zumSchinkenwirt in front of you. A stop is recommended.A little above the Waldhotel there are very interesting information boards about the mining history of Olsberg. Now turn left here.A detour to the Maxstollen is a special experience.The Heimatbund Olsberg has equipped this disused gallery with information boards and made it a resting place with benches.The old excavation holds with the well preserved wall remains show the old mining history in a special form.The fresh spring can also be used to "quench your thirst".Continue past the old wall remains, down the secured forest steps to the wonderful, natural path.This also leads along the Kneipp path and the Waldroute along a scenic route with a view of Olsberg to the Forstenberg.There, follow the signs.It then goes off to the left. Here the marking sign G ( for Gewerkenweg ) is valid.The hiking trail now leads past the shepherd's cross. Here you have to pay attention to the turn-off via a natural trail up to the fir forest.This trail leads to the signposted Pingenfelder. Afterwards a special viewpoint with Rothaarsteigliege is offered .Continue past the previous branch, uphill again back to the parking lot.* Pingenfeld* The "Old gallery* Philippstollen* Eisenberg vantage point* Shepherd's cross

Safty guidelines

* Sturdy shoes are recommended.* In the ping fields, be careful not to walk too close to the slopes. Please follow the signs

Public transiot

This tour is easy to reach by train and bus.Olsberg train station ( Hagen-Kassel)Brilon train station ( DB Brilon-Wald stop)Train station Bigge ( Dortmund-Winterberg)Bus: S30 Brilon-Olsberg-BrilonBus stop directly at the hikers' parking lot on Langer Bergwww.bahn.de

Getting there

BAB 44, exit Bad Wünnenberg, via Brilon (B 480) to Olsberg. At the traffic lights in the center of the village, drive in the direction of Olsberg-Bigge. You will find the concert hall after 500 m on the right hand side.Click on the map on the left to enlarge it or use the route planner.


Large parking lot, free of charge. Please note the prescribed direction of travel.Coming from Olsberg, you must first turn right onto the bus stop. Beware of car traffic coming from Altenbüren.

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