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Niedersfelder Hochheide - Niedersfeld High Altitude Heath north of Winterberg

· 5 reviews · Hiking Trail · Sauerland
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  • Bergheide am „Neuen Hagen“ bei Winterberg-Niedersfeld
    / Bergheide am „Neuen Hagen“ bei Winterberg-Niedersfeld
    Photo: Werner Schubert, Biologische Station Hochsauerlandkreis
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The largest of Europe's rare mountain heaths in north-west Germany is situated near Niedersfeld. The expansive, treeless landscape is transformed in the late summer into a pink carpet of Heather flowers.
easy
5 km
1:15 h
77 m
77 m
In the eastern corner of the Hochsauerland District, on the border with the state of Hesse, the nature reserve and FFH area "Neuer Hagen" is at an altitude of more than 800 metres. It is also known under the name "Niedersfeld High Altitude Heath'.

High altitude or mountain heaths are a habitat for specialist flora and fauna. These include the slow-growing dwarf shrub species that dominate the almost treeless landscape:

Heather, Blueberry and Lingonberry, as well as the much rarer Crowberry and Alpine Blueberry. In summer, the heath is decorated with the glowing yellow flowers of Arnica, an old medicinal plant.

In the area you have a good chance of seeing a Great Grey Shrike sitting at the top of a Spruce tree, or hearing a calling Cuckoo, a bird that has become rare in many regions. The large herd of goats and heathland sheep known as "Heidschnucke" is an interesting sight. Once a year they are put out to graze the area. This preserves the wide, open heathland interspersed with individual trees.

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
826 m
Lowest point
772 m
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Tips, hints and links

When you are on the hiking trail, you can have the audio files of the Rothaarsteig transmitted to your smartphone via QR code or phone call, or you can download them beforehand from the Internet by visiting the website of the Rothaarsteigverein www.rothaarsteig.de

Start

Car parking Hochheidehütte, Niedersfeld (792 m)
Coordinates:
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51.254344, 8.557942
DMS
51°15'15.6"N 8°33'28.6"E
UTM
32U 469150 5678202
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Destination

Car parking Hochheidehütte, Niedersfeld

Turn-by-turn directions

To explore the area, you are recommended to use the circular trail sign-posted "NH". It is also the route of the audio trail of the Rothaarsteig with ten "experience stations", one of which is the viewpoint at the Clemensberg. You can also reach the Hoppecke Spring from the circular trail via a cul-de-sac path.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Getting there by public transport is difficult, because after leaving the bus you have to walk uphill 3-4 kilometres (depending on your approach route) to the heath. The closest bus stop is "Niedernfeld, Post" (at least 60 minutes’ walk to the starting point of the trail).

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

Getting there

In Niedersfeld near Winterberg, turn onto the B 480 opposite the bakery called "Isken" - if coming via Olsberg, it’s a left turn; if coming via Winterberg it’s a right. Follow the signs "Hochheidehütte" until you reach the parking lot.

Address for satnavs: no information available

GPS (UTM): 32 U 469167, 5678200

Google coordinates: 51.254320, 8.558170

Parking

Free car parking at the Hochheidehütte

Coordinates

DD
51.254344, 8.557942
DMS
51°15'15.6"N 8°33'28.6"E
UTM
32U 469150 5678202
w3w 
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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 Winterberg, 1 : 20.000 (ISBN: 9783980971300, price: 4.95 €)

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and possibly binoculars.

To use the audio trail you also need a smartphone and possibly a headset.


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Leon Norbart
September 21, 2020 · Community
Prachtige wandeling!!
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maandag 21 september 2020 15:55:04
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maandag 21 september 2020 15:55:36
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maandag 21 september 2020 15:57:29
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maandag 21 september 2020 15:57:59
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Jan Meerhof
September 09, 2020 · Community
Heerlijke wandeling in alle jaargetijden. In de winter liefst langlaufen.
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21 januari 2020
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Carsten Frank
June 15, 2020 · Community
Meine Tour liegt schon etwas zurück, im Juli 2019. Sie ist mir aber sehr gut in Erinnerung geblieben. Ich bin vom Ortskern Niedersfeld steil bergauf gewandert bis Burbecker Platz. Dieser Abschnitt verläuft leider im unteren Abschnitt auf Asphaltwegen und ist wie gesagt sehr steil und anspruchsvoll. Es werden die meisten Höhenmeter der gesamten Strecke bis zur Hochheide Neuer Hagen auf diesem Teil von Niedersfeld bis zum Burbecker Platz auf knapp 800 Meter über N.N. zurückgelegt. Ich bin ein ungeübter Wanderer und musste kleine Pausen einlegen, daher rate ich Anfängern, das Tempo nicht zu forsch anzugehen. Der letzte Abschnitt vom Burbecker Platz bis zur Hochheide verläuft auf dem Kamm des Rothaarsteigs, immer um die 800 Meter Höhenlinie, also ohne weitere Steigungen. Die Strecke führt überwiegend durch Fichtenwald, gibt aber dann unvermittelt an der Hochheidehütte einen wundervollen Blick ins ca. 300 Meter tiefer liegende Tal frei. Anfang Juli hatte ich einen regnerischen Tag erwischt, die Wolken hingen tief, was wiederum aber auch sehr mystisch rüber kam. Auf jeden Fall auch im Sommer bei solchen Wetterlagen regenabweisende Kleidung und wärmere Sachen anziehen. In 800 Metern Höhe war es doch recht frisch. Viel Spaß beim Nachwandern.
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Difficulty
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Distance
5 km
Duration
1:15h
Ascent
77 m
Descent
77 m
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