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Certified hikes


Premium hiking trails and quality hiking trails

With a hiking trail network covering over 50,000 kilometres, it’s not easy to choose. Help comes in the form of certified quality hiking trails, which are tested according to different criteria and awarded with a seal.

Is a trail small and left in a natural state, or broad and tarmacked? Are there palaces, castle ruins or guesthouses along the way? Hiking trails that bear the name “Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland” (“German quality hiking trail”) or the “Deutsche Wandersiegel für Premiumwege” (“German hiking quality seal for premium trails”) awarded by the German hiking institute, or Deutsches Wanderinstitut, offer particularly beautiful tours with tested quality. Every three years, experts monitor whether the trails are allowed to retain their seal. We have compiled a list of all inspected hiking trails in North Rhine-Westphalia. The letter and seal confirm that an excellent hiking experience is guaranteed.  


For more about the quality seal and the criteria, see: www.nrw-tourism.com/tourism-quality-seal

Sauerland High-Flyer - the view at the range of mountains, © Sauerland Höhenflug

Sauerland High-Flyer

A hiking trail for peak climbers

The Sauerland Höhenflug (Sauerland High-Flyer) crosses the summits of Sauerland and offers bird’s eye views of the valleys.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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the landscape on Brilon Ridge Trail, © Brilon Wirtschaft und Tourismus GmbH

Brilon Ridge Trail

A fantastic, challenging hiking trail

They say that you can meet forest fairies on the Brilon Ridge Trail. This approximately 50 km circular route will leave you believing in the mystical and supernatural.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Canyon at the Teuto-Circuits hiking trails, © Rudolf Schubert

Teuto-Circuits

Excursions on the Hermannsweg (Hermann Trail)

Half-timbered villages and rugged rock faces, steep climbs and in-credible views – the Teutoschleifen (Teuto-Circuits) hiking trails have no shortage of interesting sights.

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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).

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Paradise for hikers - the Eifel Trail, © Archiv Eifel Tourismus

Eifel Trail

Hikers get close to nature in the Eifel National Park

With trails, reservoirs, valleys and plateaus given over to nature, the Eifelsteig (Eifel Trail) is a paradise for hikers.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Rambler at the Viaduct Hiking Trail, © Gemeinde Altenbeken

Viaduct Hiking Trail

The perfect route for railway enthusiasts

A route where the railway is the star attraction: the Viadukt-Wanderweg (Viaduct Hiking Trail) rewards hikers with spectacular views of the impressive stone structure.

Level of difficulty: easy

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Extertal Burg Sternberg, © Gemeinde Extertal

Hanseatic Trail

Panoramic views and salt water springs on a hike through the Teutoburg Forest

Panoramic views, salt water springs and Marta Herford: the Hanseatic Trail in the Teutoburg Forest offers hiking with plenty of nature, relaxation and cultural highlights.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Blick vom Hermannsdenkmal, © Teutoburger Wald Tourismus - OWL GmbH

Hermann Heights Trail

Hiking in the land of the Cherusci chieftain

Battles have now been replaced with peaceful relaxation on the Hermannshöhen (Hermann Heights) trail. The ridge of the Teutoburg Forest offers amazing views.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Kleine Brücken führen den Bödefelder Hollenpfad über die Bäche, © Tourismus Schmallenberger Sauerland / K.-P. Kappest

Bödefelder Hollenpfad

A barefoot path and treading pool ensure visitors stay cool

The diverse Bödefelder Hollenpfad trail takes its name from the mythical creatures said to have once lived on the doorstep of the picturesque Sauerland village of Bödefeld.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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