Bei de Hullerkeppe - Hiking in the spirit of Wacholder schnapps
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The name “Willkommen bei den Wacholderköpfen!“ in High German means “welcome to the home of the juniper heads!”: On the one hand, because the village inhabitants enjoy a juniper schnapps from time to time and, on the other hand, because the route leads past three juniper heaths.
The 19 kilometre long trail offers villages and geological features that are well worth seeing. Enjoy the beautiful views and marvel at the diverse fauna: Juniper sometimes appears as trees, sometimes as bushes - a true chamaleon.
Some of the most beautiful juniper heaths in the Wittgensteiner Land are connected by the six-hour hiking trail. The option of splitting the trail up into three offers you a multifaceted hiking experience.
Explore Dotzlar’s exciting history and enjoy the fantastic view of the juniper heaths!
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A hill fort once stood on Burgberg, only the remains of which can now be seen. The trail then leads downhill through forests to Pfaffenhecke. We then come to the Eder quarries, with impressive drops of up to 15 metres in places. Soon, we arrive at one of the biggest quartz rock groups in the Wittgensteiner Land.
After that, we reach Hillerberg by road. We then follow a path and reach the first juniper heath. The hike then takes us over the hills to Eisenstein. On the way down to the valley we pass the “breiten Eiche” (broad oaks) and enjoy the view of another juniper heath.
The route then continues along the edge of the “Großer Keller” nature conservation area. We see an ancient boundary stone that marks the historical border between the two counties. In the valley, we come to a further border fortification, the “Nassen Hecke”.
We follow the trail downhill for a bit and come to a monument commemorating the scandalous murder of the forester Friedrich Kroh.
The trail leads along the forest to the source of the Meisbach stream. There, the route joins the Via Adrian hiking trail. Then downhill following the stream, we soon cross a road. From there, we continue on along a path to the expansive Edertal valley before reaching the end point.
Public transportYou then take the Deutsche Bahn RB 93 train service via Siegen to Bad Berleburg train station and then change to a bus R 33 in the direction of Dotzlar.
Getting thereBy car, you get to Dotzlar on the A45 Dortmund-Frankfurt motorway and take the Siegen exit, then the B62 and B480 main roads.
The "Laubrother Straße" car park is in the centre of the village of Dotzlar. Coming from the direction of Raumland, you turn left in the village of Dotzlar in the direction of the Kulturhalle. After approx. 400 m, the car park is on the right.
ParkingThere is plenty of parking at the start point.
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EquipmentDue to the hilly route, good physical condition is essential. Surefootedness and sturdy footwear are required. You should also take a backpack with food and drinks for the day with you.
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