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History and Nature Trail Altena

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  • Hexentanzplatz
    / Hexentanzplatz
    Photo: Stadt Altena Tourismus, Märkischer Kreis
  • / Wald-Tipi
    Photo: Stadt Altena Tourismus, Märkischer Kreis
  • / Naturlehrpfad Schautafel
    Photo: Aleksandra Bacevic , Märkischer Kreis
  • / Ausblick auf Burg Altena
    Photo: Aleksandra Bacevic , Märkischer Kreis
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Forget the stuffy classrooms and look forward to the "green classroom". Sheer nature is what the 3 km long history and nature trail offers, for the young and old. Plaques and signs outline the domestic flora and fauna. With a bit of luck, you will see the forest inhabitants from nearby.
moderate
Distance 1.6 km
0:35 h
92 m
34 m

The beginning of the path is opposite Altena castle and it leads to the circular Altenaer Höhen route. The first part of the educational trail will inform you about the Altena castle, the German Youth Hotel Association that was set up in Altena as well as about the development of Altena with its wire and metal industry.   

The further you walk into the wood, the information will focus on that wood. Plaques on the side of the road introduce the forest inhabitants and if you're lucky you will actually see one or more of them.

You will also pass a forest tipi and a mythical well. You might even forget about the Steinsbörnchen, about which you will have learned more during the exciting ride with the adventure elevator to the Altena castle. The end of the circular route is at the green classroom where you can sit down, enjoy the beautiful view of hilly Altena and that provides interesting information regarding flora, fauna and environmental protection on various plaques and signs. 

Author’s recommendation

The Sauerland alpine club gladly accompanies guests on the nature trail to give further explanations and details about the flora and fauna (only in german language). Bookings can be made by telephone: +49 (0) 2352 3934 or +49(0)160 8011 623. The alpine club also offers project education for school classes of all ages, including the construction of nest boxes or insect hotels. Central theme is always the forest as habitat.
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Author
Stadt Altena Tourismus
Update: November 09, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
301 m
Lowest point
211 m
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Rest Stop

Haus Pilling

Tips and hints

Stadt Altena (Westf.)

Tel. 02352 3370944

tourismus@altena.de

www.visitaltena.de 

Start

Burg Altena (210 m)
Coordinates:
DD
51.298495, 7.675226
DMS
51°17'54.6"N 7°40'30.8"E
UTM
32U 407640 5683852
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Destination

Burg Altena

Turn-by-turn directions

The history and nature trail begins opposite the Altena castle and leads as a circular walk around the black stone. When you get to the forest tipi you can make a detour up and down Zickzack.  

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Ein Zugangsweg  vom Bahnhof Altena führt zum Startpunkt des Naturlehrpfades am Friedrichstor der Burg Altena (Fritz-Thomée-Straße).

Getting there

Von der Autobahn A45 (Sauerlandlinie) fahren Sie an der Ausfahrt Lüdenscheid-Nord ab und folgen dann der Beschilderung nach Altena.

Von der A46 nehmen Sie die Ausfahrt Iserlohn-Oestrich und folgen dann den Schildern nach Altena.

Parking

Parkplatz "Am Langen Kamp"

Coordinates

DD
51.298495, 7.675226
DMS
51°17'54.6"N 7°40'30.8"E
UTM
32U 407640 5683852
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Festes Schuhwerk wird empfohlen.

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
1.6 km
Duration
0:35 h
Ascent
92 m
Descent
34 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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