High above the Sieg River is one of the most beautiful views in the Sieg Valley: the rock Steckensteiner Kopf. From here you can see the old mining village of Hövels, the "blue ribbon" of the Sieg and the hills to the right and left of the river.
Almost 100 m above the river Sieg is one of the most beautiful views in the Sieg Valley: the rock Steckensteiner Kopf. From here you can look down on the old mining village of Hövels, the "blue ribbon" of the Sieg and the hills to the right and left of the river.
The viewing rock can be reached on foot via the Natursteig Sieg (stage 11), the Räuberweg adventure trail and the Botanical Trail - Culture and Landscape in Wisserland. You can park, for example, at the nearby camping site in the Eichenwald (Räuberweg hikers' car park, access: Roddern 1, 57537 Mittelhof). There is a forest lounger and a picnic area at the lookout point (please leave clean, take rubbish back with you).
Information board no. 75 on the Botanical Trail tells you about the Steckensteiner Kopf:
From the Steckensteiner Kopf you have a beautiful view over the Siegtal valley near Niederhövels. Upstream, Wingertshardt can be seen in the Siegbogen and Katzwinkel on the ridge. At the foot of this 245 m high rocky ridge, a narrow riverside path "meanders" from the "Eisengarten" cemetery to the hamlet of Osenbach. The popular vantage point on the Steckensteiner Kopf was integrated into a circular hiking trail by the municipality of Mittelhof in the 1980s in the course of the village renewal programme, which, as mentioned above, leads via Eisengarten and Osenbach back here to the starting point. Nearby, a country inn and a restaurant in the beautifully situated "Eichenwald" campsite invite visitors to stop for a bite to eat.
From a geological point of view, the lookout rock is a so-called "circulating mountain", because many millions of years ago, the body of water is said to have either run behind the Steckensteiner Kopf (today: localities of Steckenstein/Mittelhof/Osenbach), or to have encompassed both valleys (i.e. also today's Siegtal).
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