The Sauerland Rothaargebirge Nature Park is one of the most attractive hiking regions in Germany, with an abundance of forests, the highest mountains in North Rhine-Westphalia and excellent hiking trails.
The snow-covered low mountain range landscape in winter, varied hiking trails such as the Rothaarsteig and Sauerland-Höhenflug in summer, as well as exciting cultural and industrial landmarks make North Rhine-Westphalia's largest nature park an attractive destination all year round. Spruce and deciduous forests, green valleys and floodplain landscapes, mountains, meadows and juniper heathland form the backdrop for winter sports, hiking, climbing and cycling over an area of more than 3,800 square kilometres. The Rothaar Mountains extend across the nature park, separating Sauerland, Siegerland and the Wittgensteiner Land, which is home to the only free-ranging herd of European bison (Wisents) in Central Europe. The nature park is also home to the two highest peaks in the province, the 843m-high Kahler Asten and the Langenberg, which is exactly two metres higher. The region is characterised by a rich history and down-to-earth people who cherish their heritage as affectionately as their warm hospitality.