The Bergisch Trail: Stage 6

On the way from Altenberg Cathedral to the Baroque castle once furnished by Elector Palatine Johann Wilhelm II in Bensberg, this stage leads through a varied landscape with numerous views over the Bergisches Land and the Bay of Cologne. Along the way, a detour to the source of the Strunde beckons. Known as the “most diligent stream in the Bergisches Land” it powered more than 40 mills on its way to the Rhine. Some of these were operated as paper mills and established Bergish Gladbach’s reputation as the paper town. 


© David Bosbach


  • Length:  18,2 km
  • Duration: approx. 5-6 hours 
  • Start point of the stage: Odenthal-Altenberg, Altenberger Dom 
  • End point of the stage: Bergisch Gladbach-Bensberg; access route: approx. 1,3 km to underground station Bensberg 
  • Arrival by car: A1 to exit Burscheid, then B51 and L310 to Altenberg, Car park: Altenberger Dom 
  • Arrival by public transport: DB Bahn: with S6 to Leverkusen Mitte, then bus 212 to bus stop "Altenberg"; bus: with bus 212, 267, 432, BBO4 (Bürgerbus) to bus stop "Altenberg In summer, the hikers’ bus “Bergischer Wanderbus 267” runs on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. 


Further information

  • Options for returning to the starting point: from bus stop "Bensberg" with bus 227 to "Bergisch Gladbach Markt", then with with various bus lines via Odenthal to "Altenberg"  
  • Other access options: Bergisch Gladbach-Herrenstrunden (Hiking car park Burg Zweiffel), access route: 0,1 km; train station Bergisch Gladbach (S11, bus 222, 227, 267, 335, 420, 421, 423, 426, 427, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 450, 451, 452, 453, 455, 456), access route: 3,8 km 
  • Tourist Information Office 
    Gemeinde Odenthal
    i-Punkt Altenberg
    Eugen-Heinen-Platz 2
    51519 Odenthal
    Tel.: +49 2174 419 950
    E-Mail: info[a]
© Guido Wagner

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