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The river at the Neanderland Steig trail, © Kreis Mettmann Martina Chardin

Nean­der­land Steig Trail


The most scen­ic way to ex­plore the Mettmann dis­trict

The Nean­der­land Steig trail is the most scen­ic way to ex­plore the Mettmann dis­trict – with idyll­ic coun­tryside and pic­tur­esque old towns along the way.

A hike along the neanderland STEIG route is guaranteed to be idyllic. From pretty Bergisch towns with picturesque marketplaces to varied natural landscapes, there are many beautiful places to discover.

In 17 individual stages, the trail heads past bathing lakes, across moorland, heathland and expansive forests, and through recreation areas. Hikers can enjoy all that Niederbergisches Land has to offer and experience the region as a “green lung” in the midst of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The route is challenging in places, but the climbs will be well rewarded with magnificent views such as the Ruhr Valley.  

A hiking route with a wealth of options

The neanderland STEIG route was fully opened in 2014. Hikers can now complete the 235-kilometre circuit of the entire Mettmann district and take detours to neighbouring towns. Discovery loops have been created by participating towns, adding to the excursions and diversity available on the route. Hikers who wish to see even more of the region can take the nearby Bergischer Weg (Bergisch Trail), which runs from the Ruhr Area to Königswinter near Bonn.

Farm café or Bergisch Kaffeetafel

While nature is the main attraction on the neanderland STEIG route, there is plenty more to discover. Hikers can visit the museums and churches, castles, climbing walls and pretty old towns, and of course the world-famous Neandertal, along the way. Refreshments are available at a number of rustic farm cafés offering home-made tasty treats. One regional culinary speciality that should not be missed is the traditional Bergisch Kaffeetafel, a type of high tea offered by many cafés and restaurants along the way.

As the neanderland STEIG trail gets very close to nature, it is not classified as accessible, i.e. it is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.

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Tour overview


Info, data & tour route

Distance in km
230.0
Duration in days
-
Walking/Journey time in hours
-

Highest point in metres
276
Uphill altitude difference
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Downhill altitude difference
-
Tour Level
Level of difficulty
intermediate
  • Round trip
  • Family-friendly
  • Wheelchair-accessible

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Blick in die Landschaft, © Kreis Mettmann
The river at the Neanderland Steig trail, © Kreis Mettmann Martina Chardin
Winterliches Feld bei Erkrath, © Kreis Mettmann / M. Chardin
Zwei Wanderer auf dem Neanderland Steig, © Kreis Mettmann / F. Reusch
Hof Judt im Windrather Tal bei Velbert, © Kreis Mettmann / M. Chardin

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