Sauerland-Höhenflug: From Meinerzhagen to Valbert

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The first 16 kilometers of the Sauerland-Höhenflug start in Meinerzhagen opposite the Meinhardus Mattenschanzen and take you all the way to Valbert.


Schafe bei Hösinghausen

Markierung Sauerland-Höhenflug

Aussicht bei Möllsiepen



Krim in Meinerzhagen

Tour starting point:

Meinerzhagen, Schallershaus

Tour destination point:



  • Stage tour
  • promising
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical
  • Flora

Additional Information

Service hotline of the Sauerland-Höhenflug: Phone: 02974 - 202 199




15.1 km


5:00 Std.

Elevation ascent

383 m

Elevation descent

398 m

Altitude (Minimum)

344 m

Altitude (Maximum)

489 m





Recommended seasons


This stage of the Sauerland-Höhenflug begins at the Schallershaus entrance portal in Meinerzhagen. The Meinhardus Mattenschanzen, the Sauerland high-altitude airport in Möllsiepen and the unspoilt spring valley near Hösinghausen as well as numerous magnificent views make the first stage to Valbert an experience.

Schallershaus hiking parking lot


The Schallershaus hiking parking lot is located near the Meinhardus Mattenschanzen in Meinerzhagen and is one of the three entry points to the Sauerland-Höhenflug (along with Altena and Korbach).

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Hinweisstein zur Aggerquelle

Located on the southern outskirts of Meinerzhagen, at 437 m above sea level, is the Aggerquelle, which is marked by a memorial bowl.

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The shepherd of Badinghagen (world of legends)

Der Sagenort mit der sagenhaften Holzfigur

On the way towards Badinghagen, there is a unique audio experience to discover at this bench.

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Meinhardus Mattenschanzen

Beeindruckende Höhe der Schanzenanlage

During the snow-free months, the Meinhardus Mattenschanzen are used for training and promoting young ski jumpers.

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Hiking parking lot Quellental

Wanderparkplatz Quellental

The Meinerzhagen Quellental hiking parking lot is located on the edge of the Hösinghausen district.

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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 about the course 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, 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 trace 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. Try using an Archimedes spiral to pump 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. Shortly before this, the access path to Valbert turns right. This is where the first stage of the Sauerland-Höhenflug ends. The 1 km long access path quickly brings you to the center of Valbert.

Public transiot

In Meinerzhagen: For visitors from the Cologne area, the RB 25 runs every hour from Cologne main station to Meinerzhagen. And for visitors from the Ruhrgebiet, since 10.12.2017 the RB52 has been running every two hours from Hagen Hbf. to Lüdenscheid -Brügge and from there onwards with the RB25 to Meinerzhagen, which also provides a connection from the Ruhrgebiet through the Volmetal.The central bus station in Meinerzhagen offers connections to Olpe (R52), Attendorn (R61), Kierspe (city bus 282), Drolshagen (R52) and Lüdenscheid (R58, runs to Brügge (Westf.)). Follow the signposted access route directly from the ZOB. In Valbert: The Valbert Ort stop offers connections to Meinerzhagen (R61), Attendorn (R61) and Lüdenscheid (via Meinerzhagen ZOB). It is located in the middle of the village on Ihnestraße, but the access route is signposted and takes you to the Sauerland-Höhenflug near the Koppenkopf.Further information 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. Valbert: From Meinerzhagen you can reach Valbert via the L 539.


In Meinerzhagen: In Meinerzhagen at the Schallershaus hiking parking lot directly at the entrance to the Sauerland-Höhenflug. GoogleMaps coordinate: 51.099453,7.65324. For long-term parkers (only on Fridays with parking disc) also behind the town hall in Meinerzhagen town center (GoogleMap coordinate: 51.108022, 7.640709). In Valbert: In the parking lot on the L 707 (Valbert - Nordhelle) above the Ebbehaus. GoogleMaps coordinate: 51.128563,7.746776 or in the village at the beginning of the access road. GoogleMaps-Koordinate: 51.120017,7.750778