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Ginsberger Heide – Ginsberg Heath south-east of Hilchenbach

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  • Blick über die Ginsberger Heide
    / Blick über die Ginsberger Heide
    Photo: Ursula Siebel
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Heath, moor, fields of Mat Grass and nutrient-poor meadows characterise the Ginsberg Heath near the town of Hilchenbach. Forests of Birch, Beech and Maple frame the open landscape here.
Distance 5.9 km
1:55 h
251 m
251 m
The heathland area "Ginsberger Heide" lies southeast of Hilchenbach. Extensive forests with a large number of dead trees adjoin meadows, heaths and moors – watched over by the ruins of Ginsburg Castle. From the observation platform of its tower, you have a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, the view extends to the Rhenish Siebengebirge or even to the Hohe Acht mountain in the Eifel, 103 km to the southwest.

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.

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Update: September 17, 2021
Highest point
644 m
Lowest point
492 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

A leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from

You can obtain more information about Ginsburg castle, the emblem landmark of Hilchenbach, under (e.g. a leaflet) or

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) (


Car park at the Ginsberger Heide, Hilchenbach (600 m)
50.973697, 8.152832
50°58'25.3"N 8°09'10.2"E
32U 440521 5647241


Car park at the Ginsberger Heide, Hilchenbach

Turn-by-turn directions

The area can be easily explored on foot. The 15-metre-high "Gillerbergturm" tower is situated close to the trail and provides a first view of the surroundings. The circular trail of about four kilometres is one of the audio paths on the Rothaarsteig trail. An optional detour from the trail to the Ginsburg castle ruins adds an extra approx. 0.6 km to the total distance. At points of interest you can call up audio texts onto your smartphone by means of QR codes.

The hiking trail starts at the information board of the Rothaarsteig Association and initially takes you through an old Beech forest to the Ginsburg castle ruins. From there it goes to the Hohlsterzen Stream gorge. A relatively steep and sometimes washed-out path leads through the ravine forest and up to the Ginsberg Heath.


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Public transport

From Hilchenbach you could travel the scenic route to Lützel with the Rothaarbahn train (R93) and then hike the two kilometres to the starting point on the Ginsberg Heath.

Getting there

In 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


Car park at the Ginsberger Heide, Hilchenbach


50.973697, 8.152832
50°58'25.3"N 8°09'10.2"E
32U 440521 5647241
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Buch „Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken“ (ISBN: 9783000481215)


Sturdy footwear, suitable clothing for the prevailing weather and binoculars.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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