Goldener Pfad Winterberg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Hik­ing tours for au­tumn days

Strolling through the nature - alone or as a group

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!

For many people, the autumn is the best time for hiking. It’s no longer so hot that every step is torture, and at the same time, the air is often particularly fresh and clear, so that you can enjoy particularly spectacular views. We’ve compiled a list of the autumn tours in NRW that you will particularly enjoy, which you shouldn’t miss this year, and where you can get together with other hikers.

10 years of the Eifelsteig

The most famous hiking trail in the Eifel is turning ten years old. To celebrate this, guided experience hikes will be offered on 12 and 13 as well as 19 and 20 October 2019. Highlights include a birds of prey demonstration at the “Modenhübel” Eifel viewing point, a guided tour of Steinfeld Abbey, natural Kneipp therapies on the Urft river and a juniper surprise in the nature conservation area of Lampertstal.

Tours of discovery around the neanderland Steig route

To the left and right of the neanderland Steig hiking trail, which covers around 240 kilometres, hikers can discover places of interest, nature and historic towns and villages in the area on new paths. 13 short circular paths up to 19 kilometres long lead off from the Steig and connect attractions with each other. 


The Baldeneysteig trail in the Ruhr region has been open to hikers. It runs over 30 kilometres around the Baldeneysee lake in the hilly landscape to the south of Essen. Every so often, there are wonderful panoramic views. To the north, the route passes through forests, and along fields and farms in the south. For hikers wanting to shorten the route, there’s the option of taking the Weisse Flotte Baldey boat or the Hespertalbahn railway.

Historic Siegen-Achenbach circular route

The historic Siegen-Achenbach circular route has been awarded the “Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland – Kulturerlebnis” (“Quality Hiking Trail, Walking in Germany - Cultural Experience”) certificate. As a “hiking high point to the left and right of the Rothaarsteig”, there is a lot to discover on the twelve kilometre-long themed route. With bubbling springs, wild orchids and wooden churches, the trail offers an unusual mix of nature and culture.

Fruit trail

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.

Forest fruits tour

Edible mushrooms, fruits, seeds and plants are all waiting to be found by hikers in the autumn forests. On the forest fruits tour on 13 October 2019 in the Extertal valley, you’ll find information on local fruits, with the opportunity to try them for yourself every so often.

Mushroom excursion

Which mushrooms are we allowed to eat? And what do they say about the place where they grow? On a hike in Schieder-Schwalenberg on 13 October 2019, the theme is these tasty forest dwellers.

Five streams path

On the five streams path (“Fünf-Bäche-Weg”) in Bad Wünnenberg, you pass through colourful forests along the small streams, the Golmeke, Nette, Lühlingsbach, Murmecke and Aabach. For those who want to treat their tired feet after the 23 kilometre-long hike, there’s an opportunity to take a Kneipp bath or walk along a 1 kilometre-long barefoot path.

Two Castles Trail

Autumn views and historic insights are offered on this tour along the Two Castles Trail (“Zwei-Burgen-Wanderweg”) in the Sauerland region. The tour begins and ends at Burg Schnellenberg castle above Attendorn. Along the way, hikers not only pass the castle ruins of Waldenburg, but also the Biggeblick skywalk, which offers fantastic views. Another historic feature along the way is the Waldenburg chapel. It is one of the few buildings to be saved from the flooding of the Biggesee lake, and was rebuilt elsewhere. A tip for the winter season: during advent, a crib scene with around 70 figures is set up in this small building, which can be seen from the outside when the chapel is closed.

Büren hiking week

With over 250 kilometres of marked hiking trails, Büren is an important hiking junction in the Paderborner Land region. During the course of one week, the “Bürener Wanderwoche”, or “Büren hiking week” offers guided tours: from 15 to 19 October 2018, two routes each day are offered (10-14 and 20-28 kilometres). After the tour, hikers can fortify themselves with a midday meal.

Schmidter hiking week

The “Schmidter Wanderwoche” (“Schmidter hiking week”) will be held for the first time this year. From 14 to 18 September 2019, routes will pass through the wonderful Eifel landscape to the colourful sandstone rocks in Nideggen and along the Rursee lake. The tours are between eight and 16.5 kilometres long.

Images and videos

Au­tumn in NRW

Gipfel Clemensberg in Winterberg, © Ferienwelt Winterberg
Wandern im Herbst in Bad Wünnenberg, © Lea Franke
Bürener Wanderwoche, © Stadt Büren
Wanderinnen auf dem Fünf-Bäche-Weg in Bad Wünnenberg, © Lea Franke

Dis­cov­er more

Zeche Zollverein aus der Luft, © Jochen Tack  Stiftung Zollverein

In­dus­tri­al her­it­age

Duisburger Weihnachtsmarkt, © FrischeKontor Duisburg GmbH, www.krischerfotografie.de

Christ­mas Mar­kets

Sicht auf den Düsseldorfer Medienhafen inklusive Rheinturm, © Tourismus NRW e.V.