stage 5: Burg-Altenberg (27.6 km, 9 hours)
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".
arrival and further information
Highway A1 to AS Wermelskirchen, L157 to Solingen-Burg
car park: car park in Unterburg (Schlossbergstraße) an next to Schloss Burg
with public transport:
with bus 653, 683, 687, 689 to stop "Solingen-Burg Brücke"; or with bus 266, 687, 689 to "Solingen-Burg Schloss" (then take the Access route or the cable railway)
options for returning to the starting point:
from stop "Altenberg" with several busses to "Solingen-Burg Schloss" (with change)
other access options:
- Leichlingen-Witzhelden Busbahnhof (Bus 252, 255), access route: 3,2 km
- train Station Leichlingen (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
Tourist Information office:
Bergische Struktur- und Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH
Kölner Straße 8
Tel.: 0049 (0)212 88 16 06 78
Some areas may be muddy in inclement weather.
Please bring appropriate equipment (rucksack provisions, rain wear, sturdy footwear)!
If you wish to use public transport, please find out about the available connections beforehand.
gpx-tracks of the access routes
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Solingen-Burg
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Solingen-Obenrüden
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Solingen-Untenrüden
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Leichlingen-Witzhelden
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Leichlingen Bahnhof
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Burscheid
- [Translate to English:] Zuweg Odenthal (Parkplatz Schöllerhof)