Despite its small size, the area of the Bruchhausen Rocks is classified as a nature reserve, an FFH area and a bird sanctuary. Moreover, it is recognized as a top-ranking site of archaeological and cultural interest, and as an archaeological reserve, because among the rocks there is a prehistoric circular hillfort and place of worship that dates back to around 500 BC.
Special bird species at the Bruchhausen Rocks are Eagle Owl and Peregrine Falcon, both of which were once extinct in Nord Rhine-Westphalia but now breed at the rocks again. The nocturnal Eagle Owl, the largest owl species in Central Europe, is rarely observed. However, as the Peregrine Falcon is active by day, it can be seen well in the area.
Special plant species also grow on the Bruchhausen Rocks. However, glacial relicts such as the Alpine Rock Cress and extremely rare species of moss are not very conspicuous plants.
Getting thereComing via district road 47 from the direction of Olsberg or Brilon/Willingen, the approach road to the Rocks is signposted at the start of Bruchhausen Village. After 500 metres you reach the lowest parking lot at the Information Centre. There you can pay your parking fees and admission to the area, and visit the small, fascinating exhibition about the area. For opening times and prices, please visit www.stiftung-bruchhauser-steine.de.
Address for satnavs: Schützenhalle/Hochsauerlandstraße 1, 59939 Bruchhausen (Olsberg), from that point please follow the signs.
GPS (UTM): 32 U 467757 5685997
Google coordinates: 51.324140, 8.537032
ParkingThree pay-car parks directly beneath the Rocks.
You can find free car parking in the village of Bruchhausen; you will then have to make your way to the Information Centre on foot.