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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© 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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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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© 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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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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© 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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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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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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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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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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