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Discover the mountainous scenery of the Sauerland, the Wittgensteiner Land, the Siegerland, and the river Dill on this „path of sensory perceptions". With a length of 160 kilometres the walk takes you from the town of Brilon in the Hochsauerland to Dillenburg, located at the edge of the Westerwald.


Another 60 km add to this when you chose to a variant across the hills of the Hoher Westerwald for two or three extra days.



For the most part the Rothaarsteig passes through the mountains of the Rothaargebirge. The northern end briefly touches the uplands and valleys of the northern Sauerland. The most southern part of the Rothaarsteig - north of Dillenburg - is part of the River Dill valley.


The variant through the Westerwald, west of Dillenburg, additionally passes through parts of the Siegerland and the uplands of the Hoher Westerwald.


The Rothaargebirge is a low mountain range that is characterized by a lot of dense wood and many deep gorges. It is part of the „Rheinisches Schiefergebirge", which is the generic term for numerous hilly regions on both sides of the river Rhine. With an altitude of up to 840 metres it is located between the rivers Diemel in the north-east and Dill in the south-west. The highest point of the Rothaargebirge is the Kahler Asten, 841 metres above sea level.