Kartenlesen bei der Wanderung, © Uwe Völkner - Fotoagentur FOX

Ber­gisch Pan­or­ama Trail

Trail with a view

Won­der­ful views from the top re­ward hikers’ ef­forts on the Ber­gis­cher Pan­or­a­mas­teig (Ber­gisch Pan­or­ama Trail).

As­cents in Ber­gisches Land have one key ad­vant­age: the spec­tac­u­lar views that re­ward you upon reach­ing the top. The Ber­gis­cher Pan­or­a­mas­teig (Ber­gisch Pan­or­ama Trail) brings to­geth­er nu­mer­ous mag­ni­fi­cent vis­tas. Cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 246 kilo­metres, it takes a cir­cu­lar route through scenery typ­ic­al for the re­gion and takes in views of the Siebenge­birge (Sev­en Moun­tains), Sauer­land and the Eifel re­gion.

In do­ing so, it passes through forests and mead­ows, along­side rivers, streams and re­ser­voirs. There are also plenty of cul­tur­al sights by the way­side. High­lights along the route in­clude the Ber­gisches Frei­licht­mu­seum, an open-air mu­seum in Lind­lar, which de­picts the former rur­al way of life in the area. In Nüm­brecht, the baroque Hom­burg Castle with its cul­tur­al his­tory mu­seum is a draw for vis­it­ors and an­im­al lov­ers can plan a de­tour to see the mon­keys and birds at the Af­fen- und Vo­gel­park Reich­shof-Eck­en­ha­gen. There are also nu­mer­ous stalac­tite caves lin­ing the route.

The trail it­self also has plenty of vari­ety on of­fer. For ex­ample, it runs around Lind­lar, fam­ous for its quar­ries. Stone mined here can be found in such places as Frank­furt Air­port or Dubai and even ap­pears in a yacht be­long­ing to a Rus­si­an bil­li­on­aire.

The stage between Bies­feld and Dhünn has oth­er vir­tues to en­tice vis­it­ors. Right at the be­gin­ning, hikers are wel­comed with a spec­tac­u­lar pan­or­amic view of the Rhine Val­ley and Co­logne Cathed­ral. In Hück­es­wa­gen, it is worth head­ing down for a wander through the town’s his­tor­ic al­leys to the rus­tic castle grounds. Oth­er sec­tions of the route are char­ac­ter­ised by a series of re­ser­voirs, some of which in­vite re­lax­a­tion with their own swim­ming areas.

The en­tire cir­cu­lar route is di­vided in­to twelve stages. Each sec­tion is between 16 and 25 kilo­metres. The trail has been awar­ded the “Qual­ität­sweg Wanderbares Deutsch­land” seal of qual­ity by the Ger­man Hik­ing As­so­ci­ation (DWV).

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  • Round trip
  • Family-friendly
  • Wheelchair-accessible

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Beschilderung des Panoramasteigs in Waldbröl, © Das Bergische
Kartenlesen bei der Wanderung, © Uwe Völkner - Fotoagentur FOX
Wanderer unterwegs auf den Bergischen Panoamasteig, © Uwe Völkner Fotoagentur FOX
Wanderer unterwegs im Grünen, © Uwe Völkner - Fotoagentur FOX

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