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Bergwiesen bei Altastenberg - Mountain Meadows near Altastenberg west of Winterberg

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  • Bergwiesen bei Altastenberg
    / Bergwiesen bei Altastenberg
    Photo: Axel M. Schulte, Biologische Station Hochsauerlandkreis
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The mountain meadows with their wealth of flowers in the high-altitude areas of the Sauerland show the most beautiful aspects of the region. Around Winterberg you will find the most significant examples of this habitat in North Rhine-Westphalia.
moderate
4.4 km
1:30 h
109 m
109 m
The nature reserve "Mountain Meadows near Altastenberg", situated at an altitude of 600-770 meters above sea-level, consists of species-rich, montane grassland communities. Mountain meadows are among the most endangered habitats in Europe, because they are dependent not only on the mountain climate, but also on haymaking, an increasingly rare form of land use. The characteristic species of mountain meadows are Golden Oat Grass, Northern Hawksbeard, Wood Cranesbill and Black Devil's Claw. As a feature of the LIFE project ‘Mountain Meadows’ a very interesting theme trail, the "Bergwiesenpfad" was created here.

In addition to the mountain meadows, you will see mountain heaths, Mat Grass fields and montane tall forb communities with Alpine Blue Sow Thistle and Pond Water Crowfoot on your way around the circular trail.

In good weather you have a good chance of seeing the emblem of the Mountain Meadow Trail, the glossy-orange Scarce Copper butterfly.

Author’s recommendation

The mountain meadows are particularly beautiful before they are mowed in July.

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
782 m
Lowest point
709 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

You will sometimes be hiking through pastures with cattle. Please behave thoughtfully towards the animals in order to avoid dangerous situations.

As in any nature reserve, dogs have to be on a leash but special consideration is required in order not to frighten the grazing animals.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes are an absolute must, because the trail sometimes consists of unsurfaced paths.

Tips, hints and links

 LIFE Project Mountain Meadows near Winterberg: www.bergwiesen-winterberg.de

Audio trail of the Rothaarsteig on the subject of mountain meadows: www.rothaarsteig.de

Start

Car park "P1-Kapellenhang" (773 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.186323, 8.466637
UTM
32U 462724 5670680

Destination

Car park "P1-Kapellenhang"

Turn-by-turn directions

Near the car park in the direction of the "Kapelle" (chapel), there is a portal notice board with information about the area. From there follow the "Bergwiesenpfad" mountain meadow trail, which is marked by the orange butterfly and the word "Naturweg". You will find more information boards at the seven theme stations. The trail sometimes consists of narrow paths and in places goes through pasture land, so that some sections can be muddy or dirtied by cow pats.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The closest bus stop is called "Astenstraße" (about 3 minutes’ walk to the starting point of the trail).

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

Getting there

Coming from the direction of Winterberg, you will see the car park at the start of Altastenberg village. This is the starting point of the mountain meadow circular trail.

Address for satnavs: Historischer Pfad, 59955 Altastenberg (Winterberg)

GPS (UTM): 32 U 462824, 5670812

Google coordinates: 51.187510, 8.468050

Parking

Car park "P1-Kapellenhang" (parking fee payable in the ski season).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Book "Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken" (ISBN: 9783000481215)

Author’s map recommendations

Book "Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken" (ISBN: 9783000481215)


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Reviews

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Heike Schäfer
June 25, 2017 · Community
Wir sind die Tour gestern gewandert. Ein schönes Portal und danach landeten wir gleich auf dem verkehrten Weg. Die Beschilderung ( der orangene Falter ) zeigt sich relativ selten und wenn, dann leider nicht auf den ersten Blick. Ab und an ist nur der kleine Pfeil zu finden, aber nicht der Schmetterling. Die Bänke auf dem Weg sind leider auch nicht die schönsten. Erst am Ende des Weges, bereits kurz vor Altastenberg stehen zwei sehr schöne Bänke, die eine schöne Aussicht bieten. Die Blumen waren überall am blühen. Der Weg nicht überall frei. Schade !
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Photo: Heike Schäfer, Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.4 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
109 m
Descent
109 m
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