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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

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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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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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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Bergisch Trail, © Das Bergische gGmbH

Bergisch Trail

Hiking from the Ruhr Area to the Drachenfels on the Rhine

The Bergischer Weg (Bergisch Trail) is a challenging hike through Bergisches Land, but variety is the hiker’s reward.

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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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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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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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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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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