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Rotmilan-Höhenweg (Red Kite Ridgeway) - Enjoyable Border Experience

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The red kite soars above the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen. It’s route is the inspiration for this beautiful hiking trail - even across state borders.
Distance 45.2 km
12:30 h
915 m
914 m
671 m
377 m
The cross-border loop hiking trail through the Elsofftal valley is almost 44 km long.

The pentagonal way-markers lead through the Wittgenstein villages of Elsoff, Christianseck, Diedenshausen and Alertshausen and the Hessian village of Neuludwigsdorf.

The red kite, bird of the year 2002, soars above everything that connects the two federal states.

The loop trail at altitudes of 380 to 675 metres offers lush natural surroundings with magnificent views of the Wittgensteiner Land and the Ederbergland. There is great diversity along this route and numerous options for walking the trail.

It’s not just discerning hikers who get their money’s worth here but also cyclists. Parts of the route over the hills are particularly suitable for families with pushchairs and for wheelchair and walking frame users.

There are ten signposted access roads that can be used for tours of various lengths. Experience an interesting “border experience” with an impressive long-distance view!

Author’s recommendation

Include a walk around Elsoff in your plans - The Bundessilberdorf (state silver medal winning village) of Elsoff with its 18 bridges is also known as the Little Venice of Wittgenstein.
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Update: March 17, 2022
Highest point
671 m
Lowest point
377 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Pension Wittgensteiner Schweiz
Landgasthof Restaurant Laibach
"Rotmilan-Rast" - Hof Binsenbach

Tips and hints

The Rotmilan-Höhenweg (Red Kite Ridgeway) is distinguished in particular by its flexibility. This tour offers both demanding stretches as well as long, asphalted sections. Whether active hikers, cyclists, walkers or people with limited mobility – The trail is suitable for everyone.


Contact and further information:

IG Rotmilan-Höhenweg Point of contact
Dr. Hartmut Dienst

Zum Heiligenholz 11
57319 Bad Berleburg

Telephone +49 2750 577


Elsoff, Dorfplatz or Christianseck, Struthbach car park (379 m)
51.022430, 8.513612
51°01'20.7"N 8°30'49.0"E
32U 465886 5652431


Elsoff, Dorfplatz or Christianseck, Struthbach car park

Turn-by-turn directions

We begin our hike at Dorfplatz in Elsoff; the trail leads us to the exit from the village. Then up a steep ascent to Schutzhütte Delle (mountain shelter), which opens onto a beautiful view of the Elsofftal valley.

Through dense spruce forests, we come to Hermannstein, the highest elevation in the Garsnachtal valley at 610 metres. We reach Hof Teiche and see the village of Christianseck. Because of the scenic beauty of the village, Christianseck is also known as Wittgenstein’s Switzerland.

We go west to Schüllar and from Hof Burg we hike past the area damaged by storm Kyrill to Kreisstraße, which leads on to Wunderthäuser Sohl. We then go via Jochumskopf to the highest point in Siegen-Wittgenstein, the 789 m high Gorges. W

We then arrive at the Pastorenwiese ski hut, where we can turn off onto the historical and cultural path from Wunderthausen. Then over Haiskopf past the windmills in the Hessian district to Heiligenholz.

After passing through the forest, we arrive at a view out over the beautiful Elsofftal valley. We then go down into the Inselbachtal valley along gentle winding paths. The trail takes us past farms in idyllic isolated locations. We see magnificent views of the Wittgenstein hill country time and time again.

After about 10 kilometres, we arrive back at the Bundessilberdorf Elsoff (federal silver medal-winning village). The trail runs along a meadow path to the pretty timber-framed hamlet.


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Public transport

You can get to the village of Elsoff from Bad Berleburg by taking the R33 bus line.

Getting there

From Bad Berleburg, you can get to Elsoff via the L717 in the direction of Diedenshausen - stay to the right after Gasthof Restaurant Laibach in the direction of Christianseck/Elsoff.

(You can also start out on the trail from Gasthof Restaurant Laibach and Christianseck).


Or drive from Bad Berleburg via the B480 in the direction of Raumland. In Raumland, stay to the left and follow the L553 in the direction of Dotzlar/Schwarzenau. After Schwarzenau, follow the signs and turn left off the L902 in the direction of Elsoff.

You can also start the trail from the following Wittgenstein villages:

  • Diedenshausen,
  • Christianseck,
  • Alertshausen

Or from Neuludwigsdorf (Bromskirchen) on the Hessian side.


Parking is available in all of the villages that connect the Rotmilan-Höhenweg (Red Kite Ridgeway).


51.022430, 8.513612
51°01'20.7"N 8°30'49.0"E
32U 465886 5652431
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Sturdy footwear and rucksack provisions are recommended on the hike. One starting point is at Dorfplatz in Elsoff, or alternatively Struthbach car park in Christianseck.

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45.2 km
12:30 h
915 m
914 m
Highest point
671 m
Lowest point
377 m
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