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Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad (Wittgenstein slate trail) - An exciting Adventure

· 42 reviews · Hiking Route · Bad Berleburg · Open
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  • On the Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad (Wittgenstein slate trail)
    On the Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad (Wittgenstein slate trail)
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m 600 500 400 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Steinbachtal Fürstlicher … Berleburg NSG Fredlar Felsklippen Grubengelände Hörre
An eventful tour through fabulous forests, past an imposing cliff landscape and along winding paths - this hiking trail promises a real adventure.
Distance 13.8 km
5:00 h
414 m
414 m
571 m
391 m

On the 15 kilometre long Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad (Wittgenstein slate trail), the bat marking shows you where to go. 

As the first premium hiking route in the region, the Schieferpfad (Slate Trail) was awarded the Deutsches Wanderziegen (German hikers seal) in 2005 and has been delighting visitors ever since.

The tour runs through four nature conservation areas and numerous biotopes. There is even a real bat cave along the way. Along the trail, nature runs free and reveals its full beauty - for a wilderness in the best sense.

You will come across fascinating forest scenes, impressive cliff landscapes, winding paths, giant slate heaps and quarries as well as fantastic views of the Edertal valley, the old town of Berleburg and the slate village of Raumland.

The landscape is optimally set centre stage; some sections of the trail are adventurous and alpine in nature. Discover majestic, ancient trees, idyllic waters and historic traces of slate mining.

Author’s recommendation

The Wittgenstein slate trail is among the top ranked trails on the hit list of the best premium trails in North Rhine-Westphalia, with 64 points.

Worth seeing: The Raumland slate mine.

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Update: April 21, 2022
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
571 m
Lowest point
391 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 19.19%Nature trail 29.45%Path 2.17%Road 0.82%Unknown 48.35%
Dirt road
2.6 km
Nature trail
4.1 km
0.3 km
0.1 km
6.7 km
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Safety information

Risk of slipping on slate paths and tree roots in wet weather.

Tips and hints

Tourist Information Bad Berleburg
Marktplatz 1a, 57319 Bad Berleburg
Tel. +49 2751 9363-3
Fax +49 2751 9363-43


“Reisegarten” car park on the river Eder, near the Raumland slate mine. (400 m)
51.025102, 8.387199
51°01'30.4"N 8°23'13.9"E
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“Reisegarten” car park on the river Eder, near the Raumland slate mine.

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail starts at the “Reisegarten” Raumland car park. From there, we cross the Eder over stepping stones and then reach a picnic spot. Afterwards we pass under the old railway embankment and reach the Honert nature reserve via the “Heiligholz” escarpment. After a steep ascent, we walk through a mystical oak forest, punctuated with numerous rock faces. The descent takes us to the valley of the Meckhäuser Bach stream. Then we pass the Fredlar nature reserve with its enormous slate heaps and a stone quarry that looks like an amphitheatre. After a steep ascent, we reach more imposing rock faces and then the ridge of the Fredlar hill. During the descent to the Steinbachtal valley, we can discover track ruts, the relics of a former road that led to Marburg. Cross the L 718 to reach the “Auf der Lenne” hikers’ car park. Shortly afterwards, there is a beautiful view onto the old town centre of Bad Berleburg. Walk through a deadwood forest to reach the extensive “Grubengelände Hörre” nature reserve. The slate village of Raumland lies at our feet, with its important church dating back to the early Christian era. The circular route ends at the exit of the nature reserve.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Information at ZWS (Zweckverband Personenennahverkehr Wesfalen-Süd), Tel. 01803 50 40 30

Getting there

Take the B480 from Bad Berleburg in the direction of Erndtebrück. After crossing the Eder bridge in Raumland, turn off onto the L553 in the direction of Frankenberg. Past the church to the slate show mine at the end of the town. The hiking carpark can be found in the valley opposite the show mine.


Free parking: Reisegarten Raumländer Straße 57319 Bad Berleburg


51.025102, 8.387199
51°01'30.4"N 8°23'13.9"E
32U 457023 5652795
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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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A daypack with food and enough to drink, sturdy shoes are recommended; surefootedness is needed in some places; the hike requires a good level of fitness.

Questions and answers

Question from Ve Ra · October 08, 2021 · Community
Diese Tour sieht toll aus - ist für unsere drei Jungs aber etwas lang. Gibt's eine besonders empfehlenswertes Teilstück +/- 8 km? Wenn die in den Kommentaren berichteten 15,8 km zutreffen könnte man sie fast halbieren und zwei tolle Wandertage draus machen? Und - gibt's in der Ecke noch mehr so tolle Touren mit hohem Pfadanteil? Sind übernächste Woche in Schmallenberg- aber für solche Wege fahren wir gerne ein paar Kilometer...
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Answered by Michael Lücke  · October 09, 2021 · Community
Hallo Ve Ra. Ja, kommt zwar drauf an wie alt und fit die Jungs sind, aber ist schon sehr lang und anspruchsvoll was Ausdauer betrifft. Teilen der Tour müsstet ihr selber Mal schauen. Von Schmallenberg aus kann ich noch Schanze empfehlen. Da gibt's den Kyrillpfad. Viel Erfolg und vor Allem viel Spaß. Liebe Grüße. Michi
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Simone Wiese
July 18, 2022 · Community
Wir können uns an die Kommentare der Vorgänger größtenteils anschließen: abwechslungsreiche Tour, tolle Aussichten, interessante Pfade, auch irgendwie lustig, dass man sich im Wald entlang angelt, obwohl der einfacher zu laufende Wirtschaftsweg parallel läuft. Letzteres war unseren 14+15J. alten Söhnen zum Schluss nicht mehr plausibel zu erklären. Solche Wege machen die Tour zwar interessanter, aber irgendwie sieht man es letztendlich irgendwann nicht mehr ein. Die Jungs haben das besser geschafft als wir, obwohl der jüngere nicht so wanderbegeistert ist. Ja, man hört oft die angrenzenden Straßen.. Stört mich auch etwas. Trotz allem vergebe ich volle Punktzahl.
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When did you do this route? July 16, 2022
Photo: Simone Wiese, Community
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Ge Wo
July 06, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöner Wanderweg Beschreibung ist genial.
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When did you do this route? July 06, 2022
Uwe .
June 19, 2022 · Community
Geniale Tour, durchaus anstrengend, aber absolut lohnenswert!
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5:00 h
414 m
414 m
Highest point
571 m
Lowest point
391 m
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