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· 8 reviews · Hiking Route · Neunkirchen
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  • Kunstwerk Köppel
    / Kunstwerk Köppel
    Photo: Gemeinde Neunkirchen
  • / Schlagfiguren
    Photo: Gemeinde Neunkirchen
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    Photo: Wandermagazin
  • / Skulptur am Ansichten-Aussichten in Neunkirchen
    Photo: Michael Bahr, TVSW e.V./Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein
  • / Wanderweg Ansichten-Aussichten
    Photo: Michael Bahr, Touristikverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein e.V.
  • / Wanderer auf Pausenbank
    Photo: Michael Bahr, Touristikverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein e.V.
m 500 400 300 200 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Naturschutzgebiet Malscheid Pfannenbergturm Hohenseelbachsk. Silbersee Steimel Königseiche Luisenpfad
A beautiful, highly varied hike that is best completed over two days due to its length.
Distance 37.3 km
11:00 h
949 m
949 m
The most beautiful artists’ trail all around Neunkirchen proves how wonderfully art and nature can harmonise with each other. 18 paintings and sculptures by local artists have been installed on this fascinating circular route.

Author’s recommendation

It’s well worth taking the detour to the Malscheid nature reserve.
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Sonja Berg
Update: September 08, 2020
Highest point
490 m
Lowest point
243 m
Best time of year

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Tips and hints

Tourist Info Neunkirchen Rathaus
Zimmer 415, Bahnhofstr. 3
57290 Neunkirchen
Tel. 02735/7 67-425




“Steimel” hikers’ portal. (255 m)
50.781271, 7.973533
50°46'52.6"N 7°58'24.7"E
32U 427635 5626004

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at one of the three “Wanderportale” (hikers’ portals) which serve as the entry point to this tour, which is around 40 km long. One of these portals is located in the former “Steimel” mining area (405 m). From here, the path takes you to the Pfannenbergkopf hill (499 m) with a historic viewing tower built in 1934, which offers a beautiful panoramic view from the viewing platform about 20 m above. After fortifying yourself at the picnic area, you continue past the “Königseiche” oak tree towards the swimming pool. The path crosses the “Bähnchensweg” route, which is popular among cyclists and joggers. The village of Wiederstein is reached via the “Junger Löwe” tip. The educational forest trail provides information about numerous species of tree, while an attractive rest stop is a good place to stop and enjoy the lovely view of the village. The neighbouring Luisenpfad path takes you back downhill past the Wiederstein monument. The Hohenseelbachskopf hill (504 m) is a reminder of the area’s mining history. Continue along the well-signposted path towards the Malscheid nature reserve. You will soon be rewarded with a wonderful view onto the Silbersee lake. After enjoying these sights, go back downhill for the last stretch of the tour; shortly afterwards, you pass through the Kunstertal area and return the starting point in Steimel.


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Public transport

By train:

The Hellertalbahn is connected to the DB train stations in Betzdorf, Haiger and Dillenburg.

The stop at Struthütten train station is directly on the way, from Neunkirchen train station it is about 30 minutes on foot to the starting point from the family pool

By bus:

Getting there

A45 AS Wilnsdorf, L722 to Neunkirchen


Parking at the family pool


50.781271, 7.973533
50°46'52.6"N 7°58'24.7"E
32U 427635 5626004
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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Author’s map recommendations

Radwander- und Freizeitkarte Siegerland-Wittgenstein, mit Begleitheft, 1:50.000

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Normal hiking apparel, a water bottle and food and drink for the day are recommended.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Kai Es
May 24, 2021 · Community
Bereits zum dritten Mal gelaufen und immer noch eine coole Strecke. Ich persönlich gehe lieber zum Köppel hoch, da der Abstieg Berg runter nach etwa 35km dann doch etwas schmerzt. Oder einfach einen anderen Startpunkt wählen. Bedingt durch Borkenkäfer & Co wirds an heißen Tagen bestimmt kuschelig, da die schattenspendenden Fichten hier und da fehlen.
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When did you do this route? May 24, 2021
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Almuth Bickart
March 08, 2020 · Community
Naturschutzgebiet Malscheid
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Naturschutzgebiet Malscheid
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Blick von Jäckels Halde
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Photo: Werner Weber Neunkirchen
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Almuth Bickart
June 08, 2019 · Community
In diesem Jahr bieten wir 4 geführte Etappen auf dem Rundwanderweg an. Es gibt viel zu entdecken unterwegs, von der Grenzeiche über die Königseiche. Herrlichen Ausblick erfährt man nach dem besteigen des Pfannenberger Aussichtsturm. Einen anderen Blick auf das Hellertal bietet die Jäckels Halde im Altenberg in Struthütten.
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Wir wandern - komm mit
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Sehr gut ausgezeichnet sind alle Wanderungen rund um die Gemeinde Neunkirchen, verlaufen ist eigentlich ausgeschlossen.
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Ein Kunstwerk oberhalb des Kunstertales in Struthütten
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Pfannenberger Aussichtsturm
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Immer wieder begegnen uns schöne Kunstwerke, hier tangieren wir ein stückweit auch den Bergmannspfad in Salchendorf
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Alte Zeitzeugen überall, sie könnten uns gewiss viel erzählen.
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Foto von : Ansichten - Aussichten • (08.06.2019 15:17:26 #8)
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Königseiche oder auch Schäfereiche genannt im Naturschutzgebiet Hofstätterwald. Sie soll über 300 Jahre alt sein, ist innen stellenweise hohl, schlägt aber in der Spitze immer noch aus.
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Willkommen im ehemaligen Bergmannsdorf Salchendorf
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Foto von : Ansichten - Aussichten • (08.06.2019 15:28:22 #2)
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37.3 km
11:00 h
949 m
949 m
Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Botanical highlights


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