Saalhausen Hills from the southeast (Härdler)
|Elevation||688 m (2,257 ft)|
|Length||15 km (9.3 mi)|
|Districts||Olpe and Hochsauerlandkreis|
|Parent range||Rhine Massif|
The Saalhausen Hills (German: Saalhauser Berge) are a range of hills up to high in the Sauerland region within the districts of Olpe and Hochsauerlandkreis in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. They are part of the Rhine Massif and lie within the Süder Uplands.
The Saalhausen Hills are part of the South Sauerland Rothaar foothills (Südsauerländer Rothaarvorrückens), which belong to the West Sauerland Uplands (geographical unit no. 336). The hills are clearly delineated in the south by the Lenne and cover that part of the Sauerland between Lennestadt in the west and Schmallenberg in the east. To the northwest are the foothills of the Lennegebirge, to the southeast the Rothaargebirge, to the southwest other elements of the South Sauerland Rothaar foothills and to the northeast the Fredeburger Land. The hills, whose southwest and central areas fall within the Rothaargebirge Nature Park, are located north of the upper Lenne valley, southeast of the Elspebach and southwest of the upper course of the Wenne.
The highest elevation in the Saalhausen Hills is the 687.7 m high Himberg. Other hills include the Auergang (684.1 m), Ösenberg (678.8 m), Hoher Lehnberg (668.8 m), Hoher Hagen (642.2 m), Jürgensberg (618.9 m), Beerenberg (614.1 m), Haferhagen (611.4 m), Kuhhelle (602.6 m), Stöppelkopf (572.0 m) and Robecker Berg (528.0 m).
A section of the Homert Trail runs through the Saalhausen Hills over a pass between the Himberg and Hoher Lehnberg.
- map and aerial photo of the Saalhausen Hills with boundaries and all important heights / Placemarks (Google Earth required)
- BfN Landscape fact file: South Sauerland Rothaar foothills