In March 2012 we came once again for a walk to the nature reserve Stilleking at the egde of which you will find the Gerichtslinde.
The area used to be a Belgian army site where they - among other things - had a shooting range for tanks etc.
Today it is a popular spot for people of Luedenscheid to have a walk. There are two sign posted round paths. One is 4 km and the other one 2,5 km. We did the 4 km one which takes you around the pastures of the fully cattle and tiny bit through the nearby forest. It's also a good area for jogging.
In the wintertime you may see part of Luedenscheid on the horizon.
Somewhere near the former Belgian Army tank playground which is located in the hills above Schloss Neuenhof you will find the "Gerichtslinde". The Gerichtslinde was the judgement tree, a linden tree to be precise of the Stillekinder feudal court according to the oldest know court paper dating back to 1473.
The area where this tree is located is now popular with walker and hikers as it's on the outskirts of Luedenscheid and kind of a nature reserve combined with farm land.
Location: somewhere off the Werkshagenerstrasse that turns off the roundabout by Sonneborn but before Homert
The cemetery Huehnersiepen is a memorial to the 550 people that died as forced labourers (Zwangsarbeiter) during WW2 in the Hunswinkel camp (Arbeitserziehungslager) which is now under water at the Versetalsperre between Luedenscheid and Herscheid.
The people from the Soviet Union, Germany, Poland, Belgium, France, Italy, Yugoslavia and the Netherlands died of hunger, misstreatment, hard work or were shot. In 1993 25 former prisioners and forced labourers visited the cemetery.
On the "Findling" rock you find an inscription in Russian and German.
How to get there:
There is no public transport that goes all the way, so it's best to come by car. The turn-off sign is to your left just before the big roundabout by the Sonneborn furniture store in Luedenscheid-Piepersloh coming from downtown Luedenscheid. Then there is another signpost where you turn right and just keep going straight, cross the bridge across the motorway and park by the edge of the forest parking area. There you see a stone sign (photo no. 5) pointing you in the right direction. It's an easy 900 m walk on a forest road.
The light project "Memories of Wind" is a kind of wind rose. It has 12 acryl tubes with red LED lamps inside. The northern LED tube has an extra single white LED to indicate the North Star. The wind direction is shown by one brighter LED tube.
This light installation was a project of the fair "Lichtrouten Lüdenscheid" in 2002 and can be found in the park Loher Wäldchen.
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