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Großer Stein – Scree slope west of Burbach-Holzhausen

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  • Blockschuttwald am Großen Stein
    / Blockschuttwald am Großen Stein
    Photo: Ursula Siebel
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Glowing lava and angry giants – the basalt stone river "Großer Stein" (Big Stone) looks back on an eventful past.
Distance 7.5 km
2:10 h
225 m
225 m
532 m
390 m
Above the villages of Holzhausen and Lützeln rises a densely wooded hill – the "Großer Stein", a relict of a long-extinct whose lava solidified to form multi-sided basalt columns. Over time, the wind and weather peeled off the softer types of rock, so that only the very weather-resistant basalt remained. Frost eventually split up the columns and the fragments rolled over the hilltop, forming the still-visible scree slope. The immediate vicinity of the basalt scree slopes holds a thriving nutrient-needy hardwood forest of Sycamore, Ash, Large-leaved Lime and individual Norway Maples, which is a very rare forest community in North Rhine-Westphalia. The scree forest can be seen at its best when the early-spring flowers like the white Wood Anemone and the Yellow Anemone, Hollowroot Birthwort and Spring Snowflake are in bloom. The forest around the Großer Stein is designated as natural forest and wilderness area. No commercial use may take place here.

The huge ancient trees are a paradise for woodpeckers. All six species native to North Rhine-Westphalia excavate their breeding cavities in the trees here, from the sparrow-sized Lesser Spotted Woodpecker to the crow-sized Black Woodpecker. After the woodpeckers have moved out, the cavities provide homes for numerous other species, such as owls, Stock Doves and forest bats.

Author’s recommendation

The Große Stein area is at its best in spring and autumn.
Profile picture of Holger Krafft, Katharina Wrede
Holger Krafft, Katharina Wrede
Update: March 10, 2020
Highest point
532 m
Lowest point
390 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

A leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from

The hiking car park is also the starting point of the theme trail "Literatur in der Natur - Romantischer Hickengrund".

The nationally-known Rothaarsteig trail passes close to the Großer Stein. It links up with smaller circular trails, the so-called Rothaarsteig branch-trails, Rothaarsteig-Spuren, one of which is the "Trödelstein-Pfad" near Burbach-Lippe.

One of the activities of the local heritage society Heimatverein Holzhausen is to hold cultural and natural history events. You can obtain further information via the link.


Car park Wanderportal Burbach-Holzhausen (389 m)
50.735592, 8.127495
50°44'08.1"N 8°07'39.0"E
32U 438429 5620785


Car park Wanderportal Burbach-Holzhausen

Turn-by-turn directions

The route is composed of sections of the three Holzhausen circular trails Ho1, Ho2 and Ho3.

Since the walk is also one of the audio paths on the Rothaarsteig trail, you will see nine stations during your woodland walk that are marked by signs and enable you to call up information about various forest dwellers or habitats on your smartphone.


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Arriving via the A45 Autobahn (exit 24, Burbach) and driving on to Holzhausen, go straight on at the roundabout on the edge of the town, cross the L 730 with the town outskirts on your left, and take the second turning into Holzhausen. Follow the road to the right and take the second turning on the left into the street "Zum Großen Stein" towards the open-air swimming pool. Follow the street under the railway line to the car park at the edge of the forest (near the electricity substation). This is the start of the Burbach-Holzhausen hiking trail with information boards.

Address for satnavs: Zum Großen Stein 69, 57299 Burbach-Holzhausen

GPS (UTM): 32 U 438505, 5620749

Google coordinates: 50.735572, 8.127458


Car park at start of Burbach-Holzhausen hiking trail above the bathing lake in Holzhausen.


50.735592, 8.127495
50°44'08.1"N 8°07'39.0"E
32U 438429 5620785
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Book „Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken“ (ISBN: 9783000481215)

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Wanderkarte Burbach, 1: 25,000. mr-cartography, price: € 7.90


Sturdy footwear is advised for this hike. Since there are no refreshment facilities along the trail, you should take adequate food and drink with you.

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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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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Christian Fischbach
March 11, 2017 · Community
Bis zu den grossen Steinen ein schöner Weg. Leider ab der Hälfte sehr schlecht beschildert, so dass man plötzlich am Waldrand vor der Einfahrt zur Siegerlandkaserne steht. Sehr ärgerlich !
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Christian Ling
August 30, 2015 · Community
Der Wald ist in großen Teilen, wie beschrieben, sehr beeindruckend und ursprünglich. Leider, was auch in einem Audio-Beitrag entlang des Weges thematisiert wird, stören die nahe B54 sowie der Siegerlandflughafen durch ihren Lärm enorm (zumindest auf dem überwiegenden Teil der Wanderung).
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When did you do this route? August 28, 2015

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2:10 h
225 m
225 m
Highest point
532 m
Lowest point
390 m
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