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Gelängebachtal – Gelänge Stream Valley near Medebach

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  • Blühende Feuchtweiden im Gelängebachtal
    Blühende Feuchtweiden im Gelängebachtal
    Photo: Biologische Station Hochsauerlandkreis
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The landscape around the Gelänge Stream is characterised by a mosaic of habitats subdivided into small plots of land. Within a very small area, you can experience the whole diversity of the Medebach Basin – the so-called "Tuscany of the Sauerland".
Distance 11.2 km
3:00 h
161 m
161 m
447 m
370 m
The nature trail takes you along the Gelänge Stream valley into the landscape west of Medebach past the heights of the Gelängeberg and Medeloner Höhe. In this small part of the FFH area, you can experience the full diversity of the Medebach Basin. In this cultivated landscape subdivided into small plots of land, rare bird species such as Great Grey Shrike and Red-backed Shrike have found a refuge. The nature enthusiast finds interesting information at the 16 stations of a theme trail.

High above the richly structured cultivated landscape Skylarks perform their characteristic flight song. Sometimes you may even see the shy Black Storks circling above the Gelänge Stream valley. The clear waters of the Gelänge offer the storks an ample supply of food and are also home to dragonflies like the Beautiful Demoiselle.

By the wayside and in the late-mown meadows or pastures grazed with only a few animals, you can find rare plant species, such as the Meadow Saxifrage, the Maiden Pink and the Musk Mallow.

You can round your hike off nicely by visiting the exhibition "Mitten drin" (Right in the middle) in the "Touristik" tourism centre of Medebach (limited opening times

Author’s recommendation

Einen schönen Abschluss der Wanderung bietet ein Besuch in der Ausstellung „Mitten drin“ in der Tourist-Info in Medebach (eingeschränkte Öffnungszeiten,
Profile picture of Karuna Eckel; Katharina Wrede
Karuna Eckel; Katharina Wrede
Update: August 17, 2016
Highest point
Test Mariaberg, 447 m
Lowest point
370 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 46.51%Dirt road 30.98%Forested/wild trail 13.85%Path 4.08%Road 4.51%
5.2 km
Dirt road
3.5 km
Forested/wild trail
1.6 km
0.5 km
0.5 km
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Safety information

Dogs must be kept on a leash. Please do not leave the paths.

Tips and hints

A new brochure has been published for all nature trails in the Medebach Basin region. It is available from the Tourist Information Office in Medebach, together with a naturalist's rucksack for kids to borrow. You will find all relevant information under

A childrens' interactive game for Gelänge Stream Valley nature trail is available under:

LIFE Project MEDEBACH BASIN - MODULE FOR NATURA 2000 Funding of the project by the North Rhine-Westphalian state government

and the European Community

Ministry of Environment and Nature Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia


Marktplatz (market square), Medebach (400 m)
51.197984, 8.705083
51°11'52.7"N 8°42'18.3"E
32U 479393 5671883


Marktplatz (market square), Medebach

Turn-by-turn directions

From the market square of Medebach the trail takes you along the town's circular path marked M6. Before the parish church keep left, and then turn right downhill at the chapel "Andreaskapelle", the oldest building in town. At the bottom of the road, cross the "Niederstraße", walk 200 m along the "Hallenbergerstraße" and turn half right into "Zum Klapperhaus". After a total of 2 km along an asphalted road, turn right at the nature trail information board "Naturweg Gelängebachtal". From there, follow the signposts and the trail marks (yellow-blue EU symbol) along the trail, which is about 11 km long. 16 stations of the theme trail are each marked by oak stakes with white numbers. A detailed flyer about the Gelängebachtal nature trail is available from Tourist Information Office in Medebach.

Note: The routing has been changed, so that the flyer does not show the latest version of the trail.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The closest bus stop is called "Medebach, Marktplatz".

For current timetable information, please visit:

From Willingen: Bus R46 (RLG): Willingen-Düdinghausen-Medebach

From Winterberg: Bus R48 (RLG): Winterberg-Düdinghausen / Change in Küstelberg to the direct connection bus, S30 (RLG): Brilon-Medebach

From Korbach: Bus 510 (NVV): Korbach-Medebach

From Frankenberg (Eder): Bus 530 (NVV): Frankenberg-Lichtenfels-Medebach

Getting there

The starting point for exploring the area is the marketplace of Medebach.

Address for satnavs: Niederstraße 6, 59964 Medebach

GPS (UTM): 32 U 495834 5696493

Google coordinates: 51.419721, 8.940068


After agreement with the Tourist Information Office of Medebach, you may park free of charge in the multi-storey car park in "Niederstraße". This requires you to display a special parking ticket in the vehicle.


51.197984, 8.705083
51°11'52.7"N 8°42'18.3"E
32U 479393 5671883
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Nature trail flyer "Naturweg Gelängebachtal"; Book "Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken" (ISBN: 9783000481215)

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Medebach, 1 : 25.000 (ISBN: 9783000253430, price: 5.00 €)

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Possibly the flyer for the nature experience trail (Download Flyer)

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June 05, 2022 · Community
Lange Zeit asphaltierte Wege durch Wiesen, dann ein sehr schönes Stück am Bach - leider viel weniger Bachtal, als es der Name erwarten lässt. Sehr sonnige Wege
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When did you do this route? June 04, 2022
Frank Cornelis
September 28, 2020 · Community
Nogal harde ondergrond, veel asfalt. prima bewegwijzering met een blauwe sticker van het life project. In de zomermaanden zeker faunistisch te noemen. Info over fauna en flora op het traject met behulp van QR codes. weinig inspanning vereist, we maakten een aangename slentertocht.
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When did you do this route? September 28, 2020
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11.2 km
3:00 h
161 m
161 m
Highest point
447 m
Lowest point
370 m
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