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Zweckverband Naturpark Arnsberger Wald

Lohdiecksweg 6, 59457 Werl

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Nationale Naturlandschaften

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  • 13  Caravanning tourist industry / Outdoor activities
  • 13.05  Outdoor active
  • 13.05.07  Nature tourism / Protected areas

Nature tourism / Protected areas

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Product category: Nature tourism / Protected areas

Prussian Forest

When the Prussians took possession of the Duchy of Westphalia and with it the Arnsberg Forest in 1816, they found many forests in a run-down condition. Centuries of overuse and exploitation had left their mark. In the following decades, the new government launched a reforestation programme to improve the impoverished forest soils and to counteract an impending timber shortage. Over 100 years of experimental plantations still bear witness today to the systematic rescue of the forests.

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Difficulty: easy
Distance: 3,8 km
Duration: 1:04 h
Ascent: 85 hm
Descent: 86 hm

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Product category: Nature tourism / Protected areas


The wealth of ore influenced the appearance of the Arnsberg Forest for centuries. Open-cast mining and quarrying tore large holes in the forest, charcoal burners produced vast quantities of charcoal to satisfy the energy needs of the ironworks. Towns were founded and the growing population demanded more and more building and firewood. Relics from this period can still be found in the forests today and bear witness to an industry that has almost been forgotten and its impact on nature.

The forest and mining for metal ores had a mutual relationship in the Warstein area for centuries. Even if it is not so easy to recognise today: mining has shaped the landscape around Warstein to a great extent - comparable at most with the influence of limestone quarrying on the landscape, which is so visible today. The WaldKulTour trail around the Kahlenberg in Warstein is intended to sharpen the eye of the interested hiker: Where can traces of the long-gone mining industry still be found in the landscape today, even in Warstein, and what concrete effects did the centuries-long mining industry have on the forest.

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Difficulty: medium
Distance: 7,5 km
Duration: 2:00 h
Ascent: 102 hm
Descent: 100 hm

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Product category: Nature tourism / Protected areas

Monastery economy

As early as 1185 the conditions for a monastery in Rumbeck were created. Over the course of more than 700 years, the convent of the Premonstratensian Order created an infrastructure that made it possible to live with and from nature. In addition to firewood and timber, the monastery forests supplied the wood for its own sawmill and charcoal burning. A glassworks and an iron hammer were established. Fish ponds with a sophisticated water supply ensured the food supply for the sisters and the water supply for the mills.

Route information

Difficulty: easy
Distance: 8,7 km
Duration: 2:28 h
Ascent: 216 hm
Descent: 210 hm
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About us

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Since July 1960 the Arnsberg Forest has been allowed to call itself a nature park and thus stands for an area dedicated to the protection and preservation of biological diversity and sustainable tourism.

The interests of agriculture, forestry, water management and hunting had to be taken into account and the districts of Arnsberg, Soest and Meschede, their towns and municipalities, the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association), the forest farmers' association, the Sauerländer Gebirgsverein (Sauerland Mountain Association), the Ruhrtalsperrenverein (Ruhr Valley Dam Association) and other authorities and associations had to be persuaded to take joint action on a long-term basis. To this end, the two districts of Soest and Hochsauerland joined forces to form Zweckverband Naturpark Arnsberger Wald in 1961 after two years of constructive discussion and coordination. Since then they have maintained and promoted the nature park as a recreational area for the population and as a habitat for numerous animals and plants.

Thanks to continuous active work in the nature park, the Arnsberg Forest is now able to assert itself as an attractive destination for tourists from near and far. To ensure that the nature park can also be used as a recreational area by future generations, the special-purpose association works incessantly on nature conservation, improvements to the infrastructure within the forest and the promotion of environmental education measures for children, young people and adults.