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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

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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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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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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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Die Rundwege des Wittgensteiner Schieferpfades führen oft durch Wälder, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Wittgenstein Slate Trail

Retrace history in an exhibition mine and former quarry

Slate was extensively mined in the Wittgenstein region for centu-ries. Hikers can get close to nature and discover remnants of the past on the historic slate trail.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Upper Sauerland Ridge Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg

Upper Sauerland Ridge Trail

Hiking on the ridges of Sauerland

The route across the ridges of Sauerland offers hikers perfect tranquillity and beautiful forest views.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Medebach Mountain Trail, © Touristik-Gesellschaft Medebach mbH

Medebach Mountain Trail

Hiking through the “Tuscany of Sauerland”

An oasis of well-being awaits the tired hiker on the Medebacher Bergweg (Medebach Mountain Trail) in Sauerland’s sunniest region.

Level of difficulty: hard

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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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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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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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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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