Interesting "border experience"

The Rotmilan-Höhenweg (hiking trail red kite falcon) is an approximately 44 kilometre long, cross country circular trail through the Elsofftal. The pentagonal signpost marks the way for hikers and cyclists through the Wittgensteiner villages of Elsoff, Christianseck, Diedenshausen, Alertshausen and Neuludwigsdorf in county Hessen (Hessenland). An interesting “border experience” with a fascinating panoramic view.

The Rotmilan (red kite falcon) flys over everything that connects the two federal states Nordrhein-Westfalen and Hessen. With some luck, the hikers can observe the birds of prey, which gave the road its name, while hunting. The trail starts at 380 metres and brings you up to 675 metres above sea level and it offers you a rich nature with splendid views to the Wittgensteiner Land and the Ederbergland.

The Rotmilan-Höhenweg offers plenty of different views and shows itself extremely divers. Due to a few paved trails, cyclists as well as hikers will thouroughly enjoy this trip. Subsections are particularly well suited for those who are traveling with prams, wheelchair or a walking frame. Also ten feeder paths are marked as a connection to the villages Alertshausen, Christianseck and Diedenshausen, which can be used as circlet paths with different lengths. The paths are marked with a red pentagon on a yellow ground.

Hikers are advised to wear hiking boots and take food and plenty of water. One of the starting points is the village square in Elsoff, an alternative is the car park Struthbach in Christianseck.


Contact and additional information:

IG Rotmilan-Höhenweg
Ansprechpartner Dr. Hartmut Dienst
Zum Heiligenholz 11
57319 Bad Berleburg
Phone (+49 27 50) 5 77

Gastronomy and accommodation at the edge of the trail:

Landgasthof Laibach

Landgasthof Laibach

Landgasthof Wittgensteiner Schweiz

Landgasthof Wittgenstein Switzerland