“Der Bergische” hiking between Solingen Gräfrath and Altenberg
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Colorful forests and shiny fruits, the last sunrays make hiking in the autumn a special experience. Discover our autumn hiking areas for your next trip to NRW!
Autumn is harvest time! The fruit trail (Obstweg) in Leichlingen, one of the rambles in the Bergisches Land region, provides information about apple growing over a route of around six kilometres, and shows the wide variety of ways in which people can use this fruit. As well as different information panels, there are also two audio stations along the edge of the path, which play fairytales and poems with apples and pears as their theme.
If you are interested in learning more about herbs, you can take the Eifel herbal path from Nettersheim to Bad Münstereifel to find out some interesting facts about local herbs and other plants. Advice: Visitors can dive right into the subject with a cup of herbal tea in the café and lovingly maintained farmer’s garden of the Naturzentrum Eifel.
Go looking for truffles with nature scent hounds or discover seasonal wild plants such as wild garlic, nettle, or wild carrot with a herb teacher – themed tours to autumn treats are available all around Schloss Türnich.
The wetlands in the Urdenbacher Kämpe near Monheim in Neanderland are sprinkled with innumerable autumn crocus from September onwards, turning the areas into a sea of pale violet blossoms. Wetland adventure tours organised by the biological station Haus Bügel focus on subjects such as "Natural history hike in the late autumn on the Urdenbacher Altrhein” (5 November) or “Discovering mushrooms in the alluvial forest near Baumberg” (13 Oktober).
When the leaves are fiery red, bright yellow or hazelnut brown, a hike through the forests of North Rhine-Westphalia is a real delight. A small tip: There’s a particularly good view of the autumn colours from the reservoir dams, such as in the “Bergisches Städtedreieck”, the three Bergisch cities, or in the Bergisches Land region, where you mostly have open views. Or you can board a boat and enjoy a leisurely ride past the Siebengebirge hills with their legendary Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock). The Indian summer can also be admired on the Weser. On the steep slopes of the Ziegenberg and Brunsberg hills near Höxter, the view onto the foliage of the beechwoods is particularly impressive. For anyone who always wanted to try Slag heap hopping, the autumn is the ideal time. It’s neither too hot nor too cold, and you have a great view out over the autumn landscape of the Ruhr region.
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