The Höhenglücksteig is one of the most scenic via ferrata in the Low Mountains of Germany – but also the most challenging.
It is one of Germany’s best via ferrata – the Höhenglücksteig. This route is located in the Amberg-Sulzbacher region, to the east of Nuremberg. For decades, the valley of Hirschbachtal and the area around Köngistein and Neukirchen has been exerting a magnetic pull on climbers from all over the world. No other destination has such a multitude of climbing routes in such a compact space, some of which carry the highest difficulty rating. It is still possible to make first ascents here.
The Höhenglücksteig is not only for serious climbers, but also offers excellent hiking opportunities without the need for ropes and belays. This makes the Höhenglücksteig a worthwhile destination for both beginners and professionals, as novice climbers can simply hike round the most difficult parts of the ascent. The Höhenglücksteig starts on the southwest side of the Schwarzer Brand massif and follows a varied route up and down a number of rock faces. The summit of the freestanding mountain of Luginsland, also known as Kreuzfelsen, is the perfect place to stop for a breather.
The second part is far shorter and less demanding than the first section. After the Petrusbrettl and the Petrusturm, the route descends through a cave-like chimney called the Frankenkammer. However, the third part is the hardest section of the Höhenglücksteig, requiring lots of strength, endurance and surefootedness. Shortly before the entrance to the Höhenglücksteig route there is a climbing facility for children. The cable system on the “Via Ferrata Bambini” is set at the right height for children. The children’s climbing route is 150 m long. It includes a “Burma bridge” and a ladder.