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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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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Winterberg High-Altitude Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg

Winterberg High-Altitude Trail

Hiking the highest mountains in Sauerland, NRW

Hikers who wish to explore the area around Winterberg need to be in good condition to tackle the highest peaks in Sauerland.

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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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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© 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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© 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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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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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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© Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Via Adrina – The “Panoramic Path”

Through pastures, meadows and forests – always overlooking the River Eder

The circular hiking trail leads through the Rothaar mountains, offering fantastic views of the River Eder's floodplains along its 21-kilometre route.

Level of difficulty: easy

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