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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

two people enjoy the scenery at the Egge trail, © Teutoburger Wald Tourismus

Egge Trail

A hik­ing path for nature lov­ers

A unique wealth of abund­ant scen­ic views for hikers cross­ing the ridge of the Egge Hills from the Teuto­burg Forest in­to Sauer­land.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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panoramic views at the Bestwig Panorama Trail, © Reinhard Schmidtmann

Bestwig Pan­or­ama Trail

Hik­ing with half-timbered idylls and pan­or­amic views of Sauer­land

The ideal hik­ing trail for half-timbered houses and pan­or­amic views. The 53-kilo­metre trail takes in the idyll­ic towns and vil­lages around Bestwig.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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fog at the Ehmsen trail, © Julian Stratenschulte

Ehm­sen Trail

On foot from the Ruhr Val­ley to Bigge­see

What more could hikers want? Wide green val­leys, idyll­ic moun­tain land­scapes and charm­ing old towns. The Ehm­sen­weg (Ehm­sen Trail) has all this plus cow­boys and pyr­am­ids.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Hängebrücke bei Kühhude am Rothaarsteig, © Rothaarsteigverein e.V. Björn Hänssler

Rothaar Trail

For nature lov­ers and ad­ven­ture hikers

One of Europe’s most beau­ti­ful high-alti­tude trails scores highly with its 154 kilo­metres, the Kyrill-Pfad (Kyrill Trail) and the an­nu­al mara­thon.

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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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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Olsberg Kneipp Hiking Trail, © Dominik Ketz

Ols­berg Kneipp Hik­ing Trail

Cool your feet in clear streams

En­joy both the beau­ti­ful land­scape of Sauer­land and health be­ne­fits on the Ols­berg Kneipp hik­ing trail.

Level of difficulty: hard

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Sonnenuntergänge in der wie unberührt wirkenden Natur sind besonders beeindruckend, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Via Ad­rina – The “Pan­or­amic Path”

Through pas­tures, mead­ows and forests – al­ways over­look­ing the River Eder

The cir­cu­lar hik­ing trail leads through the Rothaar moun­tains, of­fer­ing fant­ast­ic views of the River Eder­'s flood­plains along its 21-kilo­metre route.

Level of difficulty: easy

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Old tree at the Hermann Trail, © OWL Marketing GmbH,S. Westermann

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.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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