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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

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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Rheinsteig hiking trail, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Rhein­steig hik­ing trail

Rhine ro­man­ti­cism in the Siebenge­birge

The Rhine has cap­tiv­ated vis­it­ors, in­clud­ing many artists, for cen­tur­ies. Hikers who ex­plore the Rhein­steig trail will dis­cov­er why.

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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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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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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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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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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Auf dem Rundweg können Wanderer die Blicke schweifen lassen, © Sauerland Höhenflug

Düd­ing­hausen Geo­lo­gic­al Trail

A jour­ney through the his­tory of the Earth on foot in Sauer­land

Sauer­land was a trop­ic­al swim­ming para­dise mil­lions of years ago? Find traces of this along the themed route!

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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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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