Schmalahtal circular trail (Wanderbares Deutschland quality tour)

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Here you can experience Olsberg'snature in all its beauty.

This medium-length tour has a little bit of everything: many highlights along the way, a natural route and, last but not least, a beautiful half-timbered village with cozy places to stop for refreshments.

Blick von den Bruchhauser Steinen


Blick vom Istenberg

Tour starting point:

Hiking board at the Feuereiche on the Rothaarsteig, Olsberg Bruchhausen

Tour destination point:

Hiking trail at the Feuereiche on the Rothaarsteig, Olsberg Bruchhausen


  • Quality Trail Wanderbares Deutschland
  • promising
  • Round trip
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical




8.6 km


2:31 Std.

Elevation ascent

225 m

Elevation descent

225 m

Lowest point

480 m

Highest point

650 m





Recommended seasons


The Schmalahtal tour starts at the Feuereiche on the Rothaarsteig and leads past the golden village of Elleringhausen with views of the Bruchhauser Steine information center. A detour up to the stone giants is recommended here. An entrance fee is required to visit the Bruchhauser Steine and must be paid at the InfoCenter. This detour will add about 2 km to the walk, which is well worth it.

A view of the privately owned Wasserschloß and the European gold village of Bruchhausen rewards the effort of the easy climb. You also reach the Silbersee, Brilon's drinking water. It is not for nothing that the lake has this beautiful name.

Wanderportal Feuereiche auf dem Rothaarsteig

Wandertafel Rothaarsteig Feuereiche

Ausgangspunkt Region Sauerland Wanderdörfer - Feuereiche auf dem Rothaarsteig Wanderparkplatz zwischen Olsberg-Bruchhausen/Elleringhausen und Brilon-Wald.

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Aussichtspunkt „Falkenwacht“

Aussichtspunkt „Falkenwacht“

Beobachtungsturm unterhalb des Bornsteins, dem Lieblingsbrutplatz des Wanderfalken

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Naturschätze Wanderfalke und Uhu Bruchhauser Steine
Naturschätze Entstehung Bruchhauser Steine
Naturschätze Bruchhauser Steine
Bruchhauser Steine

Die Bruchhauser Steine

Der größte der vier markanten Bruchhauser Steine – der Feldstein – ist begehbar.

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Bruchhauser Steine Naturmonument

Bruchhauser Steine

Die Bruchhauser Steine liegen etwa 1 km nordöstlich der Ortschaft Olsberg- Bruchhausen auf dem 727 m hohen Istenberg.

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Parkplatz Infozentrum Bruchhauser Steine

Parkplatz Infozentrum Bruchhauser Steine

Parkplatz am Informationszentrum Bruchhauser Steine.

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Abenteuerspielplatz Bruchhausen


Der Abenteuerspielplatz liegt direkt an dem Sportplatz in Bruchhausen.

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Aussichtspunkt Feldstein

Aussichtspunkt Feldstein

Begehbarer Pophyrfels mit herrlicher Aussichtsmöglichkeit

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Naturschätze Laubwald

Erlebnisweg Drumecke

Erlebnispfad für Kinder im Golddorf Bruchhausen

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Wasserschloss Bruchhausen
Dortmunder Sauerlandhütte
Parkplatz „Drachenplatz“ Bruchhauser Steine

Outdooractive Poi Fallback Bild

Mittlerer der drei Parkplätze an den Bruchhauser Steinen

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Parkplatz „Panoramaplatz“ Bruchhauser Steine

Outdooractive Poi Fallback Bild

Oberster der drei Parkplätze an den Bruchhauser Steinen

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Schmalah See (Seelenort)


Wunderschön gelegener Waldsee im Tal zwischen Brilon und Olsberg

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Start at the small parking lot directly at the Feuereiche, between Olsberg-Bruchhausen/Elleringhausen and Willingen/Brilon.Cross the road once.Well signposted and marked with the B1 trail sign and the Rothaarsteig trail sign, the hiking trail leads around the road towards Bruchhausen. Through the gateway to the Rothaarsteig and below the Bruchhauser Steine InfoCenter, you have a beautiful view into/above the gold village.Through the Bruchhauser Steine information center, you can also hike to the stones for an entrance fee.(additional approx. 2 km). The 4 stone giants are definitely worth tackling these additional kilometers. ( Further information at: )The route now continues uphill around the Istenberg. The Silbersee, Brilon's drinking water, is located on the edge of the path on the last third of the tour. A rest here is recommended. However, the water may not be used for refreshment. Signs indicate this.The last section then leads uphill back to the hikers' parking lot at the Feuereiche.


*Feste Schuhe. * leichte Wanderausrüstung * Wanderkarte Brilon-Olsberg. * Trinkflasche  

Safty guidelines

Attention: the Silbersee is the drinking water for the town of Brilon. Please do not refresh yourself in the lake.

Author Tip

Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit und besuchen Sie das Info-Center der Bruchhauser Steine. 


Wanderkarte Olsberg, Herausgeber Touristik und STadtmarketing Olsberg GmbH, Ruhrstr. 32, 59939 Olsberg

Public transiot

Olsberg station (Hagen-Kassel railroad line)Brilon-Wald station ( Hagen-Kassel railroad line)www.bahn.deR 31 Bus connection Olsberg-Bruchhausen or Elleringhausen

Getting there

L 743 Olsberg-Elleringhausen in the direction of


Parking lot directly on the L 743. Attention: busy country road.Parking space is limited. If the parking spaces are full, you can park below the Brilon-Wald railroad tunnel.A path leads directly below the country road up to the Feuereiche.

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