The 1 to 20 million year old namesake of this quality hiking trail, the legendary Druidenstein (National Geotope), welcomes us on this first stage in its extremely powerful form and, as a natural monument, is at the same time "the geological highlight" of our hike. From the Freusburg, which towers high above the Siegtal, the hiking tour runs in the Druiden.Hexen.SiegerLand of the Verbandsgemeinde Kirchen (Sieg) first to the Kahlberg with a unique view from the Ottoturm (GeoBlick) into the Siegtal and the Westerwald. In addition to the Freusburger Mühle, above Kirchen-Herkersdorf, we experience an even artistically designed historical Way of the Cross from the 1920s. In the stage destination Herdorf-Sassenroth, it is essential to plan a visit to the mining museum of the Altenkirchen district. This is a mining world for young and old. A complete mine was built in the basement of the museum based on the original locations in the region.
The very first stage from Freusburg in Siegtal to Herdorf-Sassenroth in Hellertal awaits you with many scenic delicacies and the mystical Druidenstein.
Arriving by car
You can get here by car via the B 62 federal road to Freusburg (between Kirchen and Siegen). Here you leave the main road and follow the signs towards the Freusburg Youth Hostel as far as Kapellenweg in Alt-Freusburg.
Arrival by public transport
The journey takes place as far as the Freusburg-Siedlung train stop. The stop is served by the Westerwald-Sieg-Bahn (RB90) and the Rothaar-Bahn (RB93), which also connect the stations in Kirchen, Betzdorf and Siegen.
Timetable information at www.dreilaenderbahn.de
An approximately 2 km long marked access path (yellow Druidensteig sign) connects the Freusburg-Siedlung train stop with the stage start in the center of Freusburg, Kapellenweg. You can download the corresponding access at https://www.druiden-steig.de/cms/index.php/downloads/gpx-tracks.
Back to the start of the stage
There is a train stop in Herdorf-Sassenroth. From here the Hellertalbahn (RB96) also runs to Betzdorf on Sundays and public holidays. At Betzdorf station, you can change to the Westerwald-Sieg-Bahn (RB90) or the Rothaar-Bahn (RB93), both of which stop at the Freusburg-Siedlung train station.
Timetable information at www.dreilaenderbahn.de
Free parking at the end of the Kapellenweg in Freusburg (opposite the cemetery/Ev. Chapel).
Navi input: Kapellenweg 10, 57548 Kirchen (Sieg)
We start our hike in front of the Otto Pfeiffer Museum in Alt-Freusburg. Through small paths and alleys we get down to the Siegtal. We stop at an information board in the Wilhelmine mine. We cross the river Sieg to Freusburger Mühle. We follow the quality hiking trail to Katzenbach, rising slightly. The Hotel Zum Weißen Stein invites you to take a break here. Our next destination is the lookout point with the 19 m high Otto tower on the Kahlberg. This view should not be missed, so you have to climb the 102 steps and be rewarded with a wonderful all-round view.Over forest and meadow paths and subsequent hiking trails, we enjoy views of Herkersdorf and a little later we reach a historic crossroads. Following this, we suddenly stand in front of the nationally important and legendary Druid Stone. We allow ourselves a long break and let this veteran work on us, at the same time knowing that we have made most of the climbs of the day.From now on it`s first downhill towards Hellertal and further over the so-called Wasserberg. We occasionally notice so-called pings (deep pits), which are reminiscent of the open-cast mine from the mining days. We are impressed by the great view of Herdorf and descend to Sassenroth. A little later we see the destination of our stage, the mining museum of the Altenkirchen district.
If you are of the opinion that certain sections of the path are not accessible to you, then you should avoid them. Especially in adverse weather conditions, near-natural paths can lead to muddy and slippery passages. Particularly in autumn, it is important to ensure that the leaves lying on the ground can cover bumps, roots, stones or holes in the path. You should expect this kind of obstacle to the path when you go on a hike. Although the path is consistently very well marked, you should always have a suitable hiking map with you for safety reasons.
Wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing that is suitable for the weather and protects you from the cold and wet or from the heat and sun. Take plenty of fluids with you. There are not many places to stop for refreshments. Please put on suitable hiking shoes along the way, which will give you sufficient support even on slippery and steep or rocky and uneven paths.
In addition to the legendary Druidenstein, the show mine in the Sassenroth Mining Museum, www.kreis-altenkirchen.de/BERGBAUMUSEUM, is highly recommended.
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