Sauerland is defined by rolling hills, rugged peaks and dense forests. The region occupies much of North Rhine-Westphalia and is one of the top hiking, cycling and mountain biking destinations in the state. Iserlohn is the largest town in the region and is a great launchpad for exploring Sauerland. Alternatively, base yourself in one of the smaller towns or villages that dot the region.
With more than 2,700 mountains to summit, Sauerland is a hiker’s paradise. From challenging full-day hikes to family-friendly walks, there are trails for everyone. The Sauerland Cycle Ring is one of Europe’s most interesting trails, taking you along a former railway line and through a 700-metre-long tunnel filled with bats.
Winter snowfall sees Sauerland transform into a world-class destination for skiing and snowboarding. Wintersport-Arena Sauerland is one of the largest ski resorts in Germany, with more than 65 kilometres of groomed slopes to explore. You can also enjoy winter activities like bobsledding, snowshoeing and tobogganing.
Sauerland is located in North Rhine-Westphalia. Iserlohn is a 1.5-hour drive from Düsseldorf and 2.5 hours from Frankfurt. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Sauerland at your own pace. Iserlohn Train Station has good connections to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and other cities.