The Bergisch Trail: Stage 5

This stage leads to the "cradle of the Bergisches Land": The castle of the Count of Berg, who gave the region it’s name, once stood in Altenberg. Today, the former Altenberg Cistercian church - the “Bergisch Cathedral” - is particularly impressive. The route there runs through the Wupper valley. One of the oldest drinking water reservoirs in Germany is also by the wayside along with old grinding stones and the enchanted Lambertsmühle (Lambert's Mill) near Burscheid. In addition to this, a detour to Leichlingen beckons. Known as the blossom town, it’s surrounding areas are considered to be the “fruit loft of the Bergisches Land". 


© Cora Berndt-Stühmer


  • Length:  27,6 km
  • Duration: approx. 9 hours 
  • Start point of the stage: Solingen-Burg, Unterburg, access route: approx. 0,7 km from Schloss Burg 
  • End point of the stage: Odenthal-Altenberg, Altenberger Dom 
  • Arrival by car: A1 to exit Wermelskirchen, then L157 to Solingen-Burg; Car park: free car parks in Unterburg (Schlossbergstraße) and close to Schloss Burg 
  • Arrival by public transport: with bus 653, 683, 687, 689 to bus stop "Solingen-Burg Brücke"; or with bus 266, 687, 689 to "Solingen-Burg Schloss" (then access route or Cable railway ) 


Further information

  • Options for returning to the starting point: from bus stop "Altenberg" with  various buses  to "Solingen-Burg Schloss" ( 
  • Other access options: Leichlingen-Witzhelden bus station (Bus 252, 255), access route: 3,2 km; Leichlingen train station (RB48, Bus 253, 254, 255, 257, 694), access route: 6,3 km; Burscheid bus station (Bus 229, 239, 240, 252, 430), access route: 2,6 km 
  • Connection to other long-distance hiking trails: The northerly connecting route to the Bergisch Panorama Trail runs for approx. 14.1 km from Odenthal-Altenberg through the Eifgenbachtal valley to Wermelskirchen-Dhünn. 
  • Tourist Information Office 
    Bergisches Land Tourismus Marketing e.V.
    Kölner Str. 8, 42651 Solingen
    Tel.: +49 212 88160661
    Mail: info[a]
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