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Via Adrina - The Eder hiking route with wonderful views

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  • / Via Adrina – Eine Wanderung mit Weitsicht
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  • / Wanderung in Bad Berleburg: Via Adrina – Die Eder-Wanderroute mit wundervollen Aussichten
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  • / Aussicht Via Adrina
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  • / Panorama Via Adrina
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  • / Via Adrina
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  • / Rastplatz "Akropolis" Über Schwarzenau
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  • / Aussichtsplattform über Arfeld
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m 500 400 300 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Gästehaus Schwarzenauer Mühle Ein echter … Arfeld Ferienwohnung Hainbach Große Ideen … Arfeld Augenstein Via Adrina
A hike with expansive views - beautiful landscapes and the rushing Eder river turn this hiking route into a fairy tale spectacle.
Distance 20.8 km
7:00 h
526 m
524 m
The 20 kilometre long premium hiking route runs through the varied landscape along the Eder river around Arfeld and Schwarzenau. On the approximately six hour tour, you can explore the eight bends of the Eder river at a sprightly pace.

The trail goes up and down through the hilly landscape. You will be rewarded along the way with wonderful panoramic views on the heights and adventurous, winding nature trails in the valleys.

The viewing platforms set special accents; these provide good sightlines over the section of the trail that is already behind you and the section to come.

The signs showing stylised waves run in both directions along the Via Adrina, which incidentally was awarded the title of third most beautiful hiking trail in Germany in 2009. By taking a well marked shortcut, it is also possible to divide the circular tour into two stages of twelve kilometres each.

Enjoy the tranquillity along the rambling route and breathe in deeply.

Author’s recommendation

The Via Adrina comes third on the hit list of the best premium trails in NRW, with 71 points.

Schwarzenau: Alexander-Mack-Museum.

Arfeld: Schmiedemuseum (forge museum).

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Update: September 28, 2021
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
536 m
Lowest point
362 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Gästehaus Schwarzenauer Mühle
Café Hainbach
Gästehaus Schwarzenauer Mühle
Railway-Café in the Via-Adrina Center

Tips and hints

Tourist information Bad Berleburg

Goetheplatz 3
57319 Bad Berleburg
Tel. +49 2751 9363-3
Fax +49 2751 9363-43


WanderPortal hikers’ portal on the Ederbrücke bridge in Arfeld. (387 m)
51.014234, 8.427568
51°00'51.2"N 8°25'39.2"E
32U 459845 5651563


WanderPortal hikers’ portal on the Ederbrücke bridge in Arfeld.

Turn-by-turn directions

Start the hike at the car park next to the bridge over the river Eder. Cross the bridge before making a steep ascent. After one kilometre, a viewing platform offers a view over the entire hiking area. The “Café Hainbach” is a good place to stop for a rest along the way. When you walk around the basin of the Mühlbachtal valley, you may meet a herd of rare red Wittgenstein highland cattle. After a long descent with views, including onto the Arfeld bend of the river Eder, cross the L 903 road. Continue walking along the edge of a steep bank of the Eder and through untouched deciduous forest. After a long descent with more views, you reach the former railway track, and follow the path that runs parallel to it. You reach the “Schwarzenauer Mühle” restaurant, with a self-service garden café. In 1708, Alexander Mack baptised himself and other fellow believers in the river Eder very close to the Schwarzenauer Schloss palace, and with this symbolic act founded a pietistic religion. A long, steep ascent follows to the town of Hüttental. A second platform offers interesting views. You then reach Arfeld with the important decanal church, which is now also a cyclists’ and hikers’ church. Next to the church is the “Alte Schmiede” (“Old Forge”) museum. An ascent takes you to the “Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad” (“Wittgenstein slate path”) premium trail. Walk along the river Eder back to the starting point.


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Public transport

Information from ZWS (Zweckverband Personennahverkehr Westfalen-Süd) Tel. 01803/50 40 30

Regional Bus R33 Timetable

Getting there

From Bad Berleburg to Dotzlar via the L553 or L718. From there, you go to Arfeld over the Eder bridge. Turn off to the left. The car park is on the left.


Free parking is available.




51.014234, 8.427568
51°00'51.2"N 8°25'39.2"E
32U 459845 5651563
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map WaldReich Wittgenstein, 1: 25,000, Zweckverband Region Wittgenstein, 2nd edition 2008, ISBN 3-00-010140-3, 9,50 €

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The circular tour demands a certain level of fitness and surefootedness in places; sturdy shoes are recommended.

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Nancy Treude
May 10, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöner Wanderweg mit abwechslungsreichen Untergründen,mal geht es über Waldwege,dann weiter auf schmalen Pfaden über felsigen Gestein oder durch Borkenkäferflächen mit neuen wunderschönen Aussichten,die einen nach kurzen steilen Anstiegen belohnen. Versorgungsmöglichkeiten gibt es trotz Corona auch, Hainbachcafe und die Schwarzenauer Mühle haben geöffnet,sowie zwei Selbstversorgungstrinkstellen, wirklich eine tolle Idee! Wir hatten einen tollen Muttertag bei super Wetter!
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When did you do this route? May 09, 2021
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Photo: Nancy Treude, Community
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Ralf Rieger
April 26, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne mittelschwere Wanderung. Wir, meine Frau unser Hund und ich haben diese tolle Wanderung in die zwei empfohlenen Etappen aufgeteilt. So traurig die Kahlstellen in den Wäldern durch den Borkenkäfer sind, umso grandioser sind die Aussichten und Weitblicke die man dadurch bekommt. Zahlreiche Ruhebänke säumen diesen Weg die zu Pausen bei bester Aussicht einladen. Besonders pfiffig der " Getränkeautomat " oberhalb von Schwarzenau. Die Beschilderung ist sehr gut.
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When did you do this route? April 25, 2021
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Photo: Ralf Rieger, Community
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20.8 km
7:00 h
526 m
524 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest


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