Rothaarsteig long-distance hiking trail

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Brilon - Dillenburg /

157 kilometers to switch off and take a deep breath! On the Rothaarsteig long-distance hiking trail, you can take time for yourself and put everyday life aside for a while.

From Brilon in the Sauerland region, the route takes you through the Lahn-Dill-Bergland in Hessen to the foothills of the Westerwald to Dillenberg in Hessen. Here you hike through the most beautiful forest mountain landscapes with a total altitude difference of 3,931 meters.

The trail is genuine, honest and modern along its entire length and allows nature lovers to experience its uniqueness with all their senses time and time again. It is not for nothing that the Rothaarsteig is also known as the "Trail of the Senses".

Wandergruppe und Beschilderung

Beschilderung des Rothaarsteiges

Kleine Auszeit am Rothaarsteig in Neuastenberg

Kahler Asten am Rothaarsteig

Tour starting point:

Brilon marketplace

Tour destination point:



  • From A to B
  • Stage tour
  • promising
  • Geological highlights
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical

Additional Information

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157.2 km


97:00 Std.

Elevation ascent

3056 m

Elevation descent

3287 m

Altitude (Minimum)

224 m

Altitude (Maximum)

843 m





Recommended seasons


The Rothaarsteig leads in a north-south direction over the ridge of the Rothaargebirge mountains. The starting point is Brilon on the north-eastern edge of the Sauerland. Via the highest mountain in North Rhine-Westphalia - the Langenberg (843m) - the Rothaarsteig leads past the source of the Ruhr to Winterberg to the Kahler Asten (842m). Here in the headwaters of the Lenne, the second major river in the Sauerland, the Rothaarsteig bends to the west and runs south of Schmallenberg to the Rhein-Weser-Turm. From the Rhein-Weser-Turm, the route now heads south again through the Rothaarvorhöhen into the Hilchenbacher Winkeln and on to the headwaters of the Lahn, Sieg and Eder above Netphen. Via the Haincher Höhe, the Rothaarsteig finally heads for its destination, the Orange town of Dillenburg with its imposing Wilhelmsturm tower.

Stage descriptions and lots more information can be found at:



Brilon-Bruchhausen-Küstelberg-Winterberg- Langewiese-Hoheleye-Kühhude-Schanze-Latrop-Jagdhaus-Lützel-Großenbach-Rodenbach-Manderbach-Dillenburg

Safty guidelines

But in an emergency, things have to move quickly! That's why the Rothaarsteig is equipped with so-called rescue signs throughout. On the green and white plaques attached to the posts of the signposts, you will find 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

Whether you start your hike on the Rothaarsteig in the north or the south, both Brilon and Dillenburg are easily accessible by train. Numerous other places along the Rothaarsteig are also well connected to the bus and train network. You can find more information about traveling by public transport here.

Getting there

Brilon: You can reach Brilon from the north and east via the A 44 and from the south and west via the A 445/A 46.Dillenburg: You can reach Dillenburg via the A 45, exit 25 Dillenburg.


Brilon: You can park your car in Brilon free of charge in the parking lot in "Krummen Straße" or at the Kreishaus (Am Rothaarsteig 1). Enter "Marktplatz" in your navigation system.Dillenburg: Free parking is available at the stadium in Dillenburg. Enter the following into your navigation system: "Am Sportzentrum".In addition, there are usually free parking lots for hikers in numerous towns along the Rothaarsteig where you can leave your car.

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