Rothaarsteig from brilon to winterberg sneeuwhoogte

Rothaarsteig from Willingen to Winterberg

refreshment possibility

Hochheide hut

safety instructions

Information on the rescue boards on the Rothaarsteig

Most of the hiking trails run away from towns and settlements and every hiker has thought about what would happen if an emergency occurs now. How can I be found here? Where am i anyway? Can the emergency services reach me?

In an emergency, however, it has to be done quickly! That is why the Rothaarsteig is equipped with so-called rescue signs throughout. There is a number on the green and white stickers attached to the post of the signpost, which you must give when you make your emergency call. This means that the rescue workers know exactly where you are and valuable time can be saved.

 

Note on the increased risk of forest fire

Please note that due to the drought there is currently an increasedForest fire risk prevails! Therefore, please note the following:

  • Adhere to the legal ban on smoking in the forest - it applies in spring, summer and autumn, more precisely: from March 1st to October 31st.
  • Observe the ban on open fires in the forest and at a distance of 100 meters from the forest.
  • Take glass with you from the forest - the burning glass effect can trigger forest fires.

When it's (too) late:

  • Extinguish small incipient fires if you can do it without risk. If necessary, check the site carefully.
  • Report fires via "112".
  • Leave the danger area as quickly as possible.

The forest thanks you!

 

Wisent and wild animals on the Rothaarsteig - behavior tips

Many species of game live in the forests on the Rothaarsteig. Encounters with red deer, wild boars, mouflon and, for some time now, bison are possible. You can encounter the latter on the Rothaarsteig between Albrechtsplatz and Dreiherrenstein.

The risks that the bison pose for normal hikers are low and can be reduced to an absolute minimum by appropriately adapted and respectful behavior.

  • Walk past the animals calmly and inconspicuously at a distance, do not frighten them and do not look them directly in the eye.
  • If the animals approach you, stay calm, do not turn your back and leave the area without hectic, but always with a view of the animal.

If the animals fall short of a distance that is uncomfortable for you, call out loudly, whistle or make yourself heard differently. Watch out for threatening gestures!

When sows "chatter their teeth" or bison bow their heads, they await your retreat. Back off!

If you have a dog with you, keep it under control on a leash. If an animal attacks your dog, take it off the leash! The dog is faster and more agile than you and will definitely find you again!

Information on the rescue boards on the Rothaarsteig

Most of the hiking trails run away from towns and settlements and every hiker has thought about what would happen if an emergency occurs now. How can I be found here? Where am i anyway? Can the emergency services reach me?

But in an emergency, it has to be done quickly! That is why the Rothaarsteig is equipped with so-called rescue signs throughout. There is a number on the green and white stickers attached to the post of the signpost, which you must give when you make your emergency call. This means that the rescue workers know exactly where you are and valuable time can be saved.

 

Forest edge risk

Please note that due to the drought there is currently an increased Forest fire risk prevails! Therefore, please note the following:

Adhere to the legal ban on smoking in the forest - it applies in spring, summer and autumn, more precisely: from March 1st to October 31st.

Observe the ban on open fires in the forest and at a distance of 100 meters from the forest.

Take glass with you from the forest - the burning glass effect can trigger forest fires.

When it's (too) late:

  • Extinguish small incipient fires if you can do it without risk. If necessary, check the site carefully.
  • Report fires via "112".
  • Leave the danger area as quickly as possible.

The forest thanks you!

 

European bison and wild animals on the Rothaarsteig

Many species of game live in the forests on the Rothaarsteig. Encounters with red deer, wild boars, mouflon and, for some time now, bison are possible. You can encounter the latter on the Rothaarsteig between Albrechtsplatz and Dreiherrenstein.

The risks posed by these animals for normal hikers are low and can be reduced to an absolute minimum through appropriately adapted and respectful behavior.

  • Walk past the animals calmly and inconspicuously at a distance, do not frighten them and do not look them directly in the eyes.
  • If the animals approach you, stay calm, do not turn your back and leave the area without hectic, but always with a view of the animal. If the animals fall short of a distance that is uncomfortable for you, call out loudly, whistle or make yourself heard differently.
  • Watch out for threatening gestures! When sows "chatter their teeth" or bison bow their heads, they await your retreat. Back off!
  • If you have a dog with you, keep it under control on a leash. If an animal attacks your dog, take it off the leash! The dog is faster and more agile than you and will definitely find you again!

Further information and links

Refreshments along the route:

Further information on the Rothaarsteig is available at www.rothaarsteig.de and by calling the free service hotline on +49 2974/499 4163. We would be happy to advise you on your personal tour planning.