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Her­mann Trail

One of Ger­many’s most beau­ti­ful high-alti­tude trails

With a series of won­der­ful views, the Her­mannsweg (Her­mann Trail) is rightly re­garded as one of Ger­many’s most beau­ti­ful high-alti­tude trails.

The 156-kilo­metre Her­mannsweg (Her­mann Trail) is one of Ger­many’s most beau­ti­ful high-alti­tude trails. It runs along the ridge of the Teuto­burg Forest through the TERRA.vita and Teuto­burg Forest/Egge Hills nature parks. The trail takes its name from Armini­us of the Cherusci (known as “Her­mann” in Ger­man), who de­feated the Ro­man gen­er­al Varus and his troops in 9 AD.

Be­gin­ning in Rheine in Mün­ster­land, the trail heads to Horn-Bad Mein­berg, where it ends at the im­press­ive Lippe Velmer­stot rock form­a­tion.

One of the many sights along the way is the Her­manns­den­k­mal (Her­mann Monu­ment), which com­mem­or­ates the Cherusci chief­tain’s vic­tory over the Ro­mans. Oth­ers in­clude the Dören­ther Klip­pen (Dörenthe Cliffs), the Ex­tern­steine sand­stone pil­lars, Spar­ren­berg Castle in Biele­feld and the Adler­warte Ber­le­beck fal­conry. Adding to the di­versity of the route are castles and mon­as­ter­ies, mu­seums and his­tor­ic town centres like Tecklen­burg.

With a ridge dis­sec­ted by many val­leys, hikers need to be fit to tackle the Her­mann Trail. However, there are a series of pan­or­amic views of the re­gion. The Ger­man Hik­ing As­so­ci­ation (DWV) has awar­ded the route the “Qual­ität­sweg Wanderbares Deutsch­land” seal of qual­ity. Along with the Eggeweg (Egge Trail) it forms the Her­mannshöhen (Her­mann Heights) trail.

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