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The Sauerland Forest Route

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The quality hiking trail "Sauerland-Waldroute" is an absolute highlight and also runs through Balve. This route not only leads through the picturesque heights of the Balve Forest, but also past Luisenhütte. A first-class circular route awaits hikers here. The trail also leads through the mystical and legendary Hönnetal.

The Hönnetal is known for its impressive caves and striking rock formations, which create a unique and fascinating landscape backdrop. On this hiking route, hikers experience the impressive diversity of nature, accompanied by a touch of mysticism and history.

Info and route map

Legend stations

Sometimes spooky, sometimes humorous, but always exciting are the old legends from the Sauerland. On your way along the forest route, you will pass the so-called legend stations. These tell eerily beautiful stories that are said to have happened - or something similar - at that very spot. Get to know the World Dog, the Seven Virgins and other legendary creatures. Visit the spooky places where gnomes, witches, ghostly builders and cudgel dogs are said to have wreaked havoc.

In the appropriate audio guide, you will be accompanied by forest route ranger Lukas, who will tell you more about the myths and stories along the route. Please note: The audio guides are only available in German.

To the audio guides

Stop off and stay overnight

Whether you're hungry and thirsty or planning a multi-day hike and looking for accommodation - these are our tips for you:

Hiking café
"Alte Schmiede"

Hiking package from Haus Recke

Hiking tour
"Wild and romantic Hönnetal"


The Sauerland Forest Route project office will also be happy to help you with any questions you may have about planning your hike.
Tel.: 02921 302070(Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 16:00, Friday 08:30 to 12:00).
Or you can send an e-mail to

Information on

Here you will find all the important information, including the picturesque course of the Sauerland Waldroute:

To the Sauerland Forest Route

Hiking parking lot

Gate to the forest route in Balve Volkringhausen, Glashüttenweg in 58802 Balve