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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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