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Bruchhauser Steine - Bruchhausen Rocks south-east of Olsberg

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  • Blick vom „Feldstein“ auf die Bruchhauser Steine
    / Blick vom „Feldstein“ auf die Bruchhauser Steine
    Photo: Richard Götte, Biologische Station Hochsauerlandkreis
  • / Aussichtspunkt Feldstein
    Photo: Biologische Station Hochsauerlandkreis
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These four rock heads are visible from afar and form the most striking mountain scenery of the Sauerland region. At the same time they are a testimony to ancient volcanic activity, a refuge for rare species and an impressive cultural monument.
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Distance 3 km
1:15 h
187 m
187 m
Four large porphyry rocks jut out over the treetops of the forest. Each of the mighty volcanic rock cones has its own name: the southernmost rock bearing the summit cross is the Feldstein (45 metres high), to the northwest stands the Ravenstein (72 metres), to the north is the lowest-situated rock called Bornstein (92 metres) with the adjacent Goldstein (60 metres) to the east.

Despite its small size, the area of the Bruchhausen Rocks is classified as a nature reserve, an FFH area and a bird sanctuary. Moreover, it is recognized as a top-ranking site of archaeological and cultural interest, and as an archaeological reserve, because among the rocks there is a prehistoric circular hillfort and place of worship that dates back to around 500 BC.

Special bird species at the Bruchhausen Rocks are Eagle Owl and Peregrine Falcon, both of which were once extinct in Nord Rhine-Westphalia but now breed at the rocks again. The nocturnal Eagle Owl, the largest owl species in Central Europe, is rarely observed. However, as the Peregrine Falcon is active by day, it can be seen well in the area.

Special plant species also grow on the Bruchhausen Rocks. However, glacial relicts such as the Alpine Rock Cress and extremely rare species of moss are not very conspicuous plants.

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Highest point
718 m
Lowest point
531 m
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Safety information

Please observe the safety notices around the area

Tips and hints

Stiftung Bruchhauser Steine: www.stiftung-bruchhauser-steine.de

Times for guided tours: www.gaugreben.de

 

Start

Info-centre "Bruchhauser Steine" (531 m)
Coordinates:
DD
51.324488, 8.537748
DMS
51°19'28.2"N 8°32'15.9"E
UTM
32U 467790 5686011
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Destination

Info-centre "Bruchhauser Steine"

Turn-by-turn directions

On the signposted circular trail, you walk past numerous information boards. A small map is available at the information centre.

For people with limited mobility, it is advisable to start from the highest panorama car park, from which a signposted footpath that is suitable for wheelchairs and prams/pushchairs leads up to the the Feldstein (Stiftung Bruchhauser Steine 2007).

You can climb up the Feldstein from the southeast via natural rock steps (not accessible for wheelchairs etc). From the 756-metre-high summit you have a wonderful view, which in good weather may even extend as far as the Teutoburg Forest.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The closest bus stop is called "Bruchhausen, Unter den Steinen" (about 10 minutes’ walk to the starting point of the trail).

For current timetable information, please visit: http://efa.vrr.de

Getting there

Coming via district road 47 from the direction of Olsberg or Brilon/Willingen, the approach road to the Rocks is signposted at the start of Bruchhausen Village. After 500 metres you reach the lowest parking lot at the Information Centre. There you can pay your parking fees and admission to the area, and visit the small, fascinating exhibition about the area. For opening times and prices, please visit www.stiftung-bruchhauser-steine.de.

Address for satnavs: Schützenhalle/Hochsauerlandstraße 1, 59939 Bruchhausen (Olsberg), from that point please follow the signs.

GPS (UTM): 32 U 467757 5685997

Google coordinates: 51.324140, 8.537032

Parking

Three pay-car parks directly beneath the Rocks.

You can find free car parking in the village of Bruchhausen; you will then have to make your way to the Information Centre on foot.

Coordinates

DD
51.324488, 8.537748
DMS
51°19'28.2"N 8°32'15.9"E
UTM
32U 467790 5686011
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Book "Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken" (ISBN: 9783000481215)

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Olsberg, 1 : 25.000 (price: 4.80 €)

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and possibly binoculars

Questions and answers

Question from Kh Bartmann · January 12, 2021 · Community
Wanderwege rund um Bruchhausen
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Rating

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Ilse Scholten
August 30, 2021 · Community
mooie wandeling
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When did you do this route? August 30, 2021
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Erik Hammer
September 04, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne aber auch herausfordernde Tour. Die Wege sind gut zu erkennen, auf dem Hochweg sehr uneben und steil, gute Trittsicherheit und Achtung auf den Weg, gerade bei nassem Wetter ist große Vorsicht geboten. Gerade der Aufstieg auf den Feldstein ist nur bei trockenem Wetter ratsam, da hier etwas klettern erforderlich ist. Die Aussicht und Landschaft lohnen aber die Mühen des Aufstiegs. Der Rückweg ist größtenteils gut ausgebaut und einfach zu gehen.
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Niklas Delcour
August 13, 2018 · Community
Super schöne Wanderstrecke, vor allem mit Kindern. Wir haben mit Pausen jedoch wesentlich länger gebraucht, was aufgrund der Schönheit der Umgebung auch überhaupt nicht schlimm war. Die Aussicht auf dem höchsten Felsen ist unglaublich. Sehr zu empfehlen!
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3 km
Duration
1:15 h
Ascent
187 m
Descent
187 m
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