Forget the stuffy classrooms and look forward to the "green classroom". Sheer nature is what the 3 km long history and nature trail offers, for the young and old. Plaques and signs outline the domestic flora and fauna. With a bit of luck, you will see the forest inhabitants from nearby.
The beginning of the path is opposite Altena castle and it leads to the circular Altenaer Höhen route. The first part of the educational trail will inform you about the Altena castle, the German Youth Hotel Association that was set up in Altena as well as about the development of Altena with its wire and metal industry.
The further you walk into the wood, the information will focus on that wood. Plaques on the side of the road introduce the forest inhabitants and if you're lucky you will actually see one or more of them.
You will also pass a forest tipi and a mythical well. You might even forget about the Steinsbörnchen, about which you will have learned more during the exciting ride with the adventure elevator to the Altena castle. The end of the circular route is at the green classroom where you can sit down, enjoy the beautiful view of hilly Altena and that provides interesting information regarding flora, fauna and environmental protection on various plaques and signs.
The Sauerland alpine club gladly accompanies guests on the nature trail to give further explanations and details about the flora and fauna (only in german language). Bookings can be made by telephone: +49 (0) 2352 3934 or +49(0)160 8011 623. The alpine club also offers project education for school classes of all ages, including the construction of nest boxes or insect hotels. Central theme is always the forest as habitat.