On your hike in the area you can discover diverse forest habitats. In the near-natural Beech forests you may hear the calls or the drumming of the Black Woodpecker. In the cool and damp ravine forests the Perennial Honesty thrives, while sphagnum mosses grow in the undergrowth of the Downy Birch swamp forests.
The open landscape of the Ginsberg Heath also has a lot to offer: from dry nutrient-poor meadows and Mat-Grass land to moorland meadows with cotton grasses and other marshland plants, such as the Marsh Cinquefoil. With luck, you can see a Red-backed Shrike sitting on the willow bushes in the summer. Hunting Red Kites and the rare Black Stork can also be occasionally observed.
Tips, hints and linksA leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from www.biologische-station-siegen-wittgenstein.de.
Nearby are the renatured sources of the rivers Eder, Sieg, Lahn, and Ilse. Around the source of the Ilse near Heiligenborn there is a fairy-tale hiking trail "Der kleine Rothaar" (The Little Red-haired Elf) (www.kleiner-rothaar.de)
Getting thereIn the village of Lützel on the B 62 trunk road, turn onto the "Gillerbergstraße" and follow that road until you reach the Ginsberger Heide.
Address for satnavs: Schlossberg 1, 57271 Hilchenbach
GPS (UTM): 32 U 439942, 5647255
Google coordinates: 50.973796, 8.152597