Sauerland-Höhenflug: For beginners and those trying it out - the first few kilometers

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On this Sauerland-Höhenflug public transport tour, you start at the Meinhardus Mattenschanzen. The romantic Liesetal valley and numerous magnificent views make this hike an unforgettable experience.

Pause am Bach auf dem Sauerland-Höhenflug

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Schafe bei Hösinghausen

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Tour starting point:

Meinerzhagen, Hösinghausen

Tour destination point:

Meinerzhagen, Hösinghausen


  • promising
  • Fauna
  • Refreshment stop

Additional Information

Service and booking hotline for the Sauerland-Höhenflug: 02974 - 202 199

The smart number for bus and train in NRW:

Tel.: 01803 - 50 40 30 (0.09€/min from a German landline, mobile max. 0.42€/min)

Timetable information "around the clock" every day of the year.

Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft GmbH (MVG):




16.7 km


5:00 Std.

Elevation ascent

448 m

Elevation descent

426 m

Altitude (Minimum)

344 m

Altitude (Maximum)

489 m





Recommended seasons


The hike on the Sauerland-Höhenflug starts in Hösinghausen, from where the R 61 bus takes you to the center of Meinerzhagen. Walk along the access path to the Schallershaus entrance portal.

All public transport information at a glance:

From Meinerzhagen, Hösinghausen you can take the R61 line in the direction of Meinerzhagen to Meinerzhagen ZOB or to the Meinerzhagen Österfeld stop. The latter is located directly at the junction of the K4 with the L 539 in the immediate vicinity of the Sauerland-Höhenflug. The R61 buses run hourly throughout the week until midday, later on at irregular intervals. On Sundays and public holidays during the hiking season, the hiking bus route 252 (coming from Nordhelle) also takes you from Hösinghausen to the Meinerzhagen, Am Schnüffel stop.

Find out more about exact departure times at MVG Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft GmbH

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The tour starts in Hösinghausen at the bus stop directly on the L 539. From here, the R61 bus line in the direction of Meinerzhagen will take you to Meinerzhagen ZOB. From there, follow the black-marked access path to Schallershaus to the entrance portal of the Höhenflug. There are plenty of parking spaces at the access portal as well as extensive information boards where hikers can find out about the route of the Sauerland-Höhenflug. Directly at the entrance portal, you can enjoy the first beautiful view of the town's landmark: the Meinhardus Mattenschanzen. Since 1982, today's ski jump has been a training and competition site for various ski associations, with a distance record of 68.6 m (listen to the Sauerland-Höhenflug podcast!).The Sauerland-Höhenflug leads through meadows and forests, always with a view of the ski jump, to the Wasserschloß Badinghagen, which is hidden deep in the forest and offers a romantic sight with its ditches and ponds, but is not open to the public. After Badinghagen, the trail climbs steeply along a narrow path, then runs idyllically through meadows and forests on the ridge. The Höhenflug passes the village of Kropplenberg and after another 2 kilometers reaches the village of Hellsiepen, which consists of just two houses. Now the elevation gain increases again, but the climb is rewarded with a magnificent view over the Sauerland! Take a seat on a bench and enjoy the panoramic view!At Buntelichte, the hiker passes a ground monument, which represents part of the historic road from Frankfurt to Amsterdam. Right next to the A 45 highway, nowhere else can you follow the development from ancient cart tracks to today's highways!Another highlight of the stage awaits hikers in Möllsiepen. At Gasthaus Eckern, the Sauerland high-altitude airport has been created by the Nestor educational institute. Wooden planes in different colors and shapes whirl through the air and make you experience "height" in a whole new way. Enjoy the view over the high-altitude airport and the Listertal valley while taking a break on a comfortable forest sofa. Below Möllsiepen, the hiking trail briefly follows the K 4, but then turns into a beautiful meadow path through a nature reserve in the Liesetal valley. Near Österfeld, the Höhenflug crosses the country road coming from Valbert.On the way towards Hösinghausen, there are always beautiful views back over the Liesetal with the course of the Sauerland-Höhenflug. In Hösinghausen, we leave the main path and walk along the access path through the village to the bus stop in Meinerzhagen, Hösinghausen.

Safty guidelines

From Meinerzhagen, follow the access route to the Sauerland-Höhenflug.

Public transiot

In Meinerzhagen: The ZOB in Meinerzhagen offers connections to Olpe (R52), Attendorn (R61), Kierspe (city bus 282), Drolshagen (R52) and Lüdenscheid (R58). Follow the signposted access route directly from the ZOB. The hiking bus 252 stops at the "Fumberg" stop in Meinerzhagen. Get off at the "Fumberg" stop in Meinerzhagen and follow the main road from the bus stop in the direction of Schützenplatz. Fumbergstraße meets Heerstraße just a few meters after Schützenplatz, directly at the Schallershaus entrance portal. Hösinghausen: In addition to Meinerzhagen and Nordhelle, the hiking bus 252 also stops at Hösinghausen. A black-marked access path leads directly from the bus stop to the Quellental parking lot, where the Sauerland-Höhenflug trail runs along. The stop also offers a connection to Meinerzhagen, Valbert and Attendorn (R61).Further information at

Getting there

Meinerzhagen: The town of Meinerzhagen is located in the immediate vicinity of the A45, has its own highway exit and can be reached from the Ruhrgebiet and the Cologne/Aachen metropolitan area in an hour's drive. Hösinghausen: Leave the A45 in Meinerzhagen and turn onto the L539. This will take you to Hösinghausen in just a few kilometers.


In Meinerzhagen: In Meinerzhagen at the Schallershaus hiking parking lot directly at the entrance to the Sauerland-Höhenflug. GoogleMaps-Koordinate: 51.099453,7.65324. Hösinghausen: At the Quellental hiking parking lot directly on the Sauerland-Höhenflug. GoogleMaps-Koordinaten: 51.121714,7.733204