Sauerland-Höhenflug: From Meinerzhagen to Nordhelle

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This stage of the Sauerland-Höhenflug starts at the Schallershaus entrance portal in Meinerzhagen. The Meinhardus Mattenschanzen, the Sauerland high-altitude airport in Möllsiepen, the unspoilt spring valley near Hösinghausen, the wildly romantic and rare Ebbemoore and the Robert-Kolb-Turm make the first stage up to Nordhelle, the highest mountain in the Ebbegebirge, an experience.

Wanderer auf der Nordhelle



Holzflugzeug auf dem Kinderspielplatz an der Nordhelle


Alter Grenzbaum

Holzsteg in den Ebbemooren

Markierung Sauerland-Höhenflug

Schafe bei Hösinghausen

Bei Hellsiepen

Aussicht bei Möllsiepen

Blick auf die Nordhelle

Tour starting point:

Meinerzhagen, Schallershaus

Tour destination point:



  • Quality Trail Wanderbares Deutschland
  • Stage tour
  • promising
  • Fauna
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical
  • Flora

Additional Information

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




20.4 km


6:15 Std.

Elevation ascent

637 m

Elevation descent

440 m

Altitude (Minimum)

344 m

Altitude (Maximum)

659 m





Recommended seasons


The Sauerland-Höhenflug runs from Altena and Meinerzhagen to Korbach in Hesse. Over 250 fascinating, sporty and impressive kilometers on the ridges of the low mountain range are waiting to be discovered. Whether it's a walk or a hike: enjoyment and challenge go hand in hand here - for long-distance hikers as well as lovers of short high-altitude tours, for individual hikers and larger groups.

The long-distance hiking trail leads through 19 towns and villages and connects numerous sights, scenery and natural features along its individual stages.

Nature lovers can look forward to fascinating natural experiences in the deep forests, in the raised bogs on the slopes of the Ebbegebirge, in the extensive pastures of the Upland, in the Hochheide on the Kahler Asten or in the mountain meadows of the Medebach Bay European bird sanctuary.

Possible starting points for the Sauerland-Höhenflug are the Meinhardusschanze in Meinerzhagen, Burg Altena with the World Youth Hostel or Korbach with its romantic Altstadt.

However, the Sauerland-Höhenflug offers much more than fascinating landscapes and wonderful natural idylls. In the villages along the Sauerland-Höhenflug, the cultural and industrial history lives on today, as does the traditional rural bustle. Museums invite you to visit and learn about the history, industry and crafts of the region.

Recharge your batteries and recharge your batteries on the Sauerland-Höhenflug - the incomparable panoramic views ensure this. Whether from the heights around Altena, from the Hunau or the Kahle Pön near Düdinghausen, from the Quitmannsturm near Neuenrade, the Schombergturm near Wildewiese, the tower on the Kahler Asten near Winterberg, the Heidkopfturm near Hallenberg or the Georg-Viktor-Aussichtsturm near Korbach, hikers are rewarded everywhere with numerous panoramic views! And if you let your gaze wander over mountains and valleys, idyllic villages, forests, meadows, streams, rivers and lakes, you will realize that only flying is more beautiful!



The stage on the Sauerland-Höhenflug from the Meinerzhagen entry point starts at the Schallershaus entry portal. The entrance portal is easily accessible via the A 45 highway, Meinerzhagen exit. There are plenty of parking spaces at the entry portal as well as extensive information boards where hikers can find out more about the Sauerland-Höhenflug. Right at the entrance portal, you can enjoy the first beautiful view of the town's landmark: the Meinhardus Mattenschanzen. Since 1982, the current ski jump has been a training and competition site for various ski associations, with a distance record of 68.6 m.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, you will pass a ground monument that 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 you in Möllsiepen. At Gasthaus Eckern, the Sauerland high-altitude airport has been created by the Nestor educational institute. Wooden airplanes 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 towards Möllsiepen. Shortly after Hösinghausen is the Quellental hiking parking lot. Here, young hikers can use an Archimedes spiral to draw water from the Hösinghausen stream and let the water flow back through various channels made of natural stones. A Sauerland bench also invites you to take a break. Narrow paths, lush fern vegetation and the nearby Ochsenmoor take hikers back to earlier times in the history of the earth. The high-altitude route continues up to the Koppenkopf, where there is a refuge and a memorial stone.Hikers experience fascinating and untouched nature as they cross the narrow wooden footbridge through the "Wilde Wiese" moorland area. The nature reserve is part of the Ebbemoore, which has been designated an FFH area due to its rarity. Many rare animal and plant species such as peat moss, cranberry, bog lily and the raised bog fritillary butterfly can be found in these hillside and spring moors (listen to the Sauerland-Höhenflug podcast!).The Höhenflug continues steadily uphill through the wild and romantic nature reserve. Below Nordhelle, the trail comes across a 250-year-old branded tree. The gnarled copper beech served as a border tree, marking the boundary of the Herscheid Mark.The Sauerland-Höhenflug reaches Nordhelle via a natural path. At 663 m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Ebbegebirge. Next to a hiking restaurant is the Robert-Kolb-Turm on the summit, which was erected in 1913 and named after the then head hiking warden of the Sauerland Mountain Association. From here, you have a wonderful view over the Märkischer Kreis. The 130 m high WDR broadcasting tower is also located on the Nordhelle. This is where the stage ends.

Safty guidelines

Information about the rescue signs on the Sauerland-HöhenflugMost hiking trails run away from towns and settlements and every hiker has thought about what would happen if an emergency were to occur. How can I be found here? Where am I anyway? Can the emergency services reach me?In an emergency, things have to happen quickly! That's why the Sauerland-Höhenflug is equipped with so-called rescue signs throughout. The green and white plaques attached to the posts of the signposts have 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

In Meinerzhagen: For visitors from the Cologne area, the RB25 runs every hour from Cologne main station to Meinerzhagen. And for visitors from the Ruhrgebiet, the RB52 has been running every two hours from Hagen Hbf. to Lüdenscheid-Brügge since 10.12.2017 and from there onwards with the RB25 to Meinerzhagen, which means that the connection from the Ruhrgebiet through the Volmetal is also available again.The central bus station 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 route 252 commutes on Sundays and public holidays during the season from May to October between Meinerzhagen (bus stop "Fumberg", follow the road along the Schützenplatz to get to the Sauerland-Höhenflug), Nordhelle and Lüdenscheid. On the Nordhelle: The hiking bus route 252 commutes between Meinerzhagen, Nordhelle and Lüdenscheid on Sundays and public holidays during the season from May to October. The bus stop on the Nordhelle is located on the L 707 in the immediate vicinity of the P5 parking lot. From the parking lot, an access path takes you to the Robert-Kolb-Turm and thus to the Sauerland-Höhenflug.Further information can be found at .

Getting there

Meinerzhagen: The town of Meinerzhagen is located in the immediate vicinity of the A 45, has its own highway exit and can be reached within an hour's drive from the Ruhrgebiet and the Cologne/Aachen metropolitan area. Coming from the Ruhrgebiet, turn left at the first set of traffic lights to get onto the L 306 n southern bypass, then stay right on Heerstraße past the Hotel-Restaurant "Am Schnüffel". From there it is about 800m to the Schallershaus entrance portal.Coming from Olpe on the A45, turn right at the first set of traffic lights, get into the left-hand lane at the second set of traffic lights and then stay right on the southern bypass L306 n past the Hotel-Restaurant "Am Schnüffel".The turn-off to the Schallershaus hiking parking lot is signposted. Nordhelle: From Meinerzhagen via the L539 in the direction of Attendorn. Shortly before Valbert, turn right onto the L 707 towards Herscheid.


In Meinerzhagen: In Meinerzhagen at the Schallershaus hiking parking lot directly at the entrance to the Sauerland-Höhenflug (GoogleMaps coordinates: 51.099453,7.65324). For long-term parking (only on Fridays with a parking disk), there is also parking behind the town hall in Meinerzhagen town centre (GoogleMaps coordinates: 51.108022, 7.640709). On the Nordhelle: At the P5 hiking parking lot below the Nordhelle. From here, a black-marked access path leads to Nordhelle. GoogleMaps-Koordinaten: 51.144315,7.746989