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Ber­gisch Wan­der­ings


One-day ex­ped­i­tions

Forest myths, half-timbered houses and Hein­rich Böll: the Ber­gis­che Streifzüge (Ber­gisch Wan­der­ings) trails of­fer 24 half- and full-day themed tours.

The Ber­gis­che Streifzüge (Ber­gish Wan­der­ings) prom­ise hikers a chance to ex­per­i­en­ce nature and dive deep in­to the his­tory of Ber­gisches Land. Hikers can choose between 24 half- and full-day tours with routes ran­ging between 4 and 16 kilo­metres. Each route fo­cuses on a dif­fer­ent his­tory, nature, lit­er­at­ure or tech­no­logy theme re­lated to Ber­gisches Land.

For ex­ample, there is the Ber­gis­cher Fuhr­mannsweg (Ber­gisch Carter’s Way), which fol­lows the path of the carters who trans­por­ted crops, pig iron or even dan­ger­ous gun­powder along the re­gion’s bumpy tracks a hun­dred years ago. The Stein­hauer­p­fad (Quar­ry­man’s Path) in Lind­lar leads hikers through the re­gion’s quar­ries, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the people who mined and pro­cessed the stone over the course of cen­tur­ies. In less than ten kilo­metres on the Bens­ber­ger Schlossweg (Berns­berg Castle Trail) there are four en­tirely dif­fer­ent castles, palaces and oth­er stately build­ings to be dis­covered. The Rös­rath Ber­gbauweg (Rös­rath Min­ing Trail) of­fers hikers an in­sight in­to the 2,000-year his­tory of min­ing in the re­gion

Learn about le­gendary forest dwell­ers

The Fach­werkweg (Half-Timbered House Trail”) in Rup­pich­ter­roth also of­fers a jour­ney back through time. Here, hikers will dis­cov­er how this type of build­ing was made from tim­ber, wattle and daub and learn some in­ter­est­ing facts about the his­tory of not­able half-timbered houses and the say­ings above their door­ways. The Wald­myth­en­weg (Forest Le­gend Trail) whisks walk­ers away to the world of le­gendary forest dwell­ers such as gob­lins, fair­ies and wicked wolves. Those fol­low­ing this trail will also dis­cov­er how gnomes found their way in­to Ger­man gar­dens.

For lit­er­at­ure and his­tory en­thu­si­asts, the Böll­weg (Böll Trail) in Much is worth a vis­it. It of­fers lots of in­form­a­tion about the Co­logne writer Hein­rich Böll’s time in Ber­gisches Land. Dur­ing the tur­moil of World War II, he and his wife sought refuge in the re­gion. The route in­dic­ates places that were vi­tal to the couple’s sur­viv­al between 1944 and 1946, and of­fers an in­sight in­to the re­la­tion­ship between loc­als and the refugees they gave shel­ter to at the time.

All the Streifzüge trails of­fer in­form­a­tion boards and ex­per­i­en­ce sta­tions for hikers. To en­sure that there is also plenty of fun to be had for chil­dren, six spe­cial fam­ily trails have been de­ve­loped, where chil­dren are guided by the fam­ous mouse from the TV car­toon “Die Sendung mit der Maus”.

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Bergisch Wanderings - hikers on the way, © Uwe Völkner Fotoagentur FOX
Gedenkstätten bieten sich für Pausen an, © Das Bergische GmbH
Der Landweg ist einer der Bergischen Streifzüge, © Das Bergische GmbH

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