The Dörenther Klippen (Dörenther Cliffs) are a relative big sandstone climbing area between the towns of Dörenthe and Ibbenbüren. It lies on the heights of the Teutoburger forest in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The maximum height of the area is about 159 meters and the area is approximately 4 kilometers wide. The area contains numerous sandstone rocks of moderate height and the often tender quality.
In this part of Germany you probably wouldn't expect any climbing areas. But, the Dörenther Klippen isn't the only area in this part of Germany. Famous climbing areas such as the Ith
and other less famous areas like Halleluja-Steinbruch
and Nordeifel (Rurvalley)
are areas in North Rhine-Westphalia where you can find rocks to go climbing. Unfortunatly a lot climbing areas are allmost entirely closed. Most rocks are on private land and are owned already for some time by a local climbing club. During the time that these climbing areas where Privat property it was possible to avoid a lot environmental rules and there were only a few obstructions for climbing. But, since about 25 years more and more climbing areas are closed because of wildlife protection.
The Dörenther Klippen is the only climbing area in North Rhine-Westphalia which has a differentiated climbing regulation. The rocks are zoned and this way the area should be protected and suitable for climbing at the same time. See the Dörenther Klippen section for more information on the zones, and check the Red Tape section for a complete overview of all the rules.
The rocks of Dörenthe received it's name in 1912 from Pfarrer Stapenhorst. He wrote in his book: "from now on these rocks should be called: Sattelfelsen, Königstein, Rabenfelsen, Plisseetal and so on..."
The climbing history starts in 1922. Two climbers from a town nearby where probably the first to climb in the Dörenther Klippen. While climbing on the Dreikaiserstuhl they started dreaming of the high mountains in the Dolomites
Below you can find a chronology table of the first ascents in the Dörenther Klippen:
| Year ||Rock|
|1922||Dreikaiserstuhl and Sattelfelsen|
|1950||Königstein, Wolfsschlucht, Hinkelstein, Rübezahl and Loch.|
|1980||Brumleytal, Osnabrücker Wand|
History: Hockendes Weib
The legend of the "Hockendes Weib"
The "Hockendes Weib"
(squatting woman) is the dominating (highest) rock of the Dörenther Klippen. There is a story that refers to the name of the rock:
A long time ago, the floods of the sea often reached deeply into the country up to the mountains. In a cottage at the foot of the Dörenther Klippen lived a woman with her children. When the sea allmost reached her cottage, the women took her children on her arms and carried them on the highest mountain of the Dörenther Klippen. This time the water didn't seem to stop rising and climbed further and further. When it reached up to her feet, she squatted and told her children to climb up on her shoulders and started to pray. The water finally returned to the sea and the women tried to take her children from her shoulders. But she had become a rock, that jutted out of the floods and carried her children.
So, in order to rescue her children she had become a rock that nowadays is called "Hockendes Weib"
The climbing rocks of the Dörenther Klippen area are located on the hills of the Teutoburger Forest. Pretty much all of the rocks (except the Brumleytal and Osnabrücker Wand rocks) lie on one row in the forest. There's a path on top of the hill wich connects the whole area. This gives you the opertunity to reach all the rocks from one side. The map below gives an impression of the location of the climbing rocks.
Map of the Dörenther Klippen area. Click to enlarge!
The Dörenther Klippen climbing region has about 18 climbing rocks. Unfortunatly climbing is limited in this area, 4 rocks are closed for climbers. The sandstone rocks are of moderate height, it varies between 10 and 25 meters.
The table shows you an overview of all the climbing rocks in the Dörenther Klippen with their restrictions. Please read the Red Tape section on this page!
Climbing in the Dörenther Klippen. Climbing in the Dörenther Klippen.
|Rock / Massif||Height||Routes||Zone|
|Hockendes Weib||15m||7||Zone 1|
|Siamesischer Zwilling||11m||6||Zone 2|
|Osnabrücker Wand||25m||27||Zone 3|
all year climbing prohibition.
climbing only allowed on the available routes, renunciation of opening new routes.
no restrictions, new routes possible (after arrangement with the local climbing association).
The easiest access road to Dörenther Klippen is A30/E30, which runs directly to the north of the region. There are two options, you can either park your car on the eastside (for the following rocks: Osnabrücker Wand, Sattelfels, Königstein, Zwillinge, Dreikaiserstuhl and the Wolfsschlucht), or take the westside for the other rocks.
The A30/30 can be reached as follows:
From the Netherlands (west):
Go east on the A1/E30 and cross the border (Netherlands/Germany), the A1 changes into the A30. Follow the A30 for 50 kilometers untill you reach driveway 11b and 12.
From Osnabrück (east):
take the A30/E30 in the direction Bremen - Dortmund - Amsterdam
. After about 15 kilometers in west direction you reach driveway 12 and 11b.
From Münster (south):
go north on the A1/E37 in direction Bremen - Flughafen - Osnabrück
. After about 40 kilometers you reach trafficjunction Lotte/Osnabrück
. Take the A30/E30 in direction Amsterdam - Rheine
. Follow it for about 10 kilometers untill you reach driveway 12 and 11b.
1. Eastside / driveway 12:
Take driveway Laggenbeck/Ledder straße (12) and turn right on the Bocketaler straße. Follow the Bocketaler straße for about 1,5 kilometers untill you reach the Im Bocketal
road. Take the first parking lot on your left side for the Osnabrücker Wand, and the second parking lot on your right side for the other rocks.
2. Westside / driveway 11b:
Take driveway Ibbenbüren/Münsterstraße (11b) and turn right on the Münsterstraße/B219. After just 500 meters you reach the small town Lehen
where you can park your car.
As I've said before, the Dörenther Klippen has a differentiated regulation for climbing. The rocks are zoned and this way the area should be protected and suitable for climbing at the same time. See the Dörenther Klippen section for more information on the zones.
The Dörenther Klippen are in the middle of a Wildlife area wich makes it's very vulnerable. Respect the wildlife and avoid making unnescessary noise. To minimum the noise there are some rocks wich have a maximum number of climbers allowed at the same time. Please respect this number and avoid climbing in large groups.
The following rocks have a maximum:
- Brumleytal: 30 climbers
- Plisseetal: 35 climbers
- Wolfsschlucht: 10 climbers
- Dreikaiserstuhl: 20 climbers
- Königstein: 20 climbers
Beside the zones and the maximum number of climbers there are 10 commandments that every climber should know. Respect the rules so the Dörenther Klippen will be open for climbers for a long time.
1. Park your car only at the parking lots.
2. Wildcamping and camp fire are forbidden in the whole area.
3. Only use the acces paths and roads. Don't leave the path or take a shortcut to reach the rocks.
4. The Dörenther Klippen are a wildlife area. So, don't make to much noise and don't leave any garbage in the area.
5. It is prohibited to use any magnesium while climbing on the rocks.
6. Please notice and do not climb on the closed rocks (Touristenfels, Hockendes Weib, Wildruhezone) and respect unexpected closing or rules.
7. The Brumleytal rock is owned by the Bergsport Sundermann from Münster
. You need permition from them. There is an obligation for climbers to wear a helmet on the Brumleytal rock.
8. The Osnabrücker Wand is owned by the Twentschen Alpinisten from the Netherlands
. There is an obligation for climbers to wear a helmet on the Osnabrücker Wand rock.
9. It the Dörenther Klippen shouldn't be made any new routes. New routes will probably lead to more rules and maybe even closing the area for climbers.
10. Respect the wildlife and animals in the area. Especially bird's nest should be avoided by everyone.
There are several opportunities besides camping to stay overnight in the Dörenther Klippen area. Remember that wildcamping is prohibited in the whole area!
There are two campings at walking distance of the climbing rocks. Camping im Bocketal
is on the eastside and Camping Dörenther Klippen
on the westside.
Camping im Bocketal:
Camping Dörenther Klippen:
- Im Bocketal 12
Tel: +49 (0)5455 1760
Fax: +49 (0)5455 962106
Camping Am Knoblauchsberg:
- Münsterstraße 419
Tel: +49 (0)5451 2553
Fax: +49 (0)5451 96159
- Königstraße 8
Tel: +49 (0)5482 396
Fax: +49 (0)5482 925213
Maps, Guidebook & Web Pages
As for the maps the best ones are the official topographic maps by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, scaled 1:50000 and 1:25000. All official maps can be found on the web page of The Landesvermessungsamt North Rhine-Westphalia
Map 1:25 000:
Map 1:50 000:
- Tecklenburger Land und Rheine
LVA N.R.W. Map 55
- Osnabrücker Land
LVA N.R.W. Map 01
There's one good guidebook for the Dörenther Klippen climbing area:
"Rocks along the way of old Hermann"
Printed By: Tmms
Autors: Christian Lüke and Martin Schepers
Last print: 2007
- website of the village Ibbenbüren
- North Rhine-Westphalia tourist-information
- Tourist-information Osnabrück
- Information on the Teutoburger Forrest
- website of the village Tecklenburg
- website of the climbing club that owns most of the area
- website of the Twentsche Alpin club, wich owns the Osnabrücker Wand rock
- website of the Outdoor shop wich owns the Brumleytal rock
- website of the Dörenther Klippen Camping
- website of the Knoblauchsberg Camping
Maps and Guidebooks
- website of the Landesvermessungsamt North Rhine-Westphalia
- website where you can order the guidebook Rocks along the way of old Hermann
- weatherforecast for Ibbenbüren