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Wandern an der Urfttalsperre in der Eifel, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz

Insider tips - Hiking


Hiking can be so wonderful!

Discover new places away from the well-trodden paths with our insider hiking tips. There are many hidden gems that are still relatively unknown among the many hiking routes in North Rhine-Westphalia. We’d like to introduce them to you!

When nature wakes up from its winter hibernation, it is high time to lace up your shoes and enjoy the fresh air. Hikers in North Rhine-Westphalia have over 50,000 kilometres of well-managed hiking paths to choose from, with new offers being added every year. Away from the Eifelsteig and Rheinsteig trails, you’ll find exciting insider tips for hikes in Your NRW.

Hiking and relaxation

One very special experience is yoga hiking. There are several opportunities available in Your NRW, such as the three yoga hiking routes in Bad Meinberg in the Teutoburg Forest. Panels have been set up for hikers in places with particularly spectacular views, showing simple yoga exercises. But the routes are beautiful even without yoga breaks, leading past a baroque spa park and through the moor region where the medicinal Meinberg sulphurous moor mud is collected.

www.hornbadmeinberg.de

Anyone who wants to try out more yoga after their yoga hike can pay a visit to the Haus Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinberg, the largest seminar and training centre of its kind outside India, with a range of offers that are unique in Europe.
For fans of healthy living, the “Vitalwanderwelt” vitality wonderworld in the Teutoburg Forest is also well worth discovering. Here, physiotherapists or specially trained hiking tour guides accompany the guests and show them movement and relaxation exercises at specially arranged points along the way. Thanks to telemedicine, anyone who wishes to can also stay in contact with their doctor during the hike.

www.vitalwanderwelt.teutoburgerwald.de
 

Kleine Dörfer liegen auf dem Weg, © Uwe Völkner - Fotoagentur FOX

Way of St. James

On historic pilgrimage routes through Münsterland

Even hundreds of years ago pilgrims were crossing what is now NRW on the way to Santiago de Compostela. One of these historical routes passes through Münsterland.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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Der Landweg ist einer der Bergischen Streifzüge, © Das Bergische GmbH

Bergisch Wanderings

One-day expeditions

Forest myths, half-timbered houses and Heinrich Böll: the Bergische Streifzüge (Bergisch Wanderings) trails offer 24 half- and full-day themed tours.

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Kupferroute Bank an der Gedenkstätte, © Birgit Engelen

Copper Trail

Today golden-yellow calamine pansies still bloom along the route to Stolberg

For a long time, metal extraction and processing were traditional trades in Stolberg near Aachen. The Copper Trail leads directly into the past.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Kindelsbergpfad Fernblicke, © Natalie Glatter www.wandermagazin.de

Kindelsberg Trail

A circuit offering exceptional views and historical insights

The Kindelsbergpfad (Kindelsberg Trail) in Siegerland-Wittgenstein combines idyllic nature with information on the region’s mining history.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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break at the Ahrsteig, © www.ahrtal.de

Ahrsteig Trail

A hiking trail that links the Eifel with the Rhine

At 90 kilometres, the Ahrsteig is one of the shorter long-distance hiking trails in Germany. But when it comes to variety it can more than hold its own.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Skulpturenpfade im Kreis Mettmann Kunstwege, © Stadt Heiligenhaus

Trails of art in Neanderland

Sculptures paths and art trails in the Mettmann district

Whether Neanderthal silhouettes or mutant animals, the Mettmann district offers plenty of art in public spaces.

Level of difficulty: easy

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Roman Canal Hiking Trail - aqueduct Mechernich, © Natalie Glatter, Wandermagazin

Roman Canal Hiking Trail

Following the footsteps of the Romans from the Eifel to Cologne

Where the Romans once directed fresh water from the Eifel mountains to Cologne, tourists and walkers can now marvel at ancient relics on the Roman Canal hiking trail.

Level of difficulty: easy

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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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More hiking trails in NRW

The river at the Neanderland Steig trail, © Kreis Mettmann Martina Chardin
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Neanderland Steig Trail

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

wood figures at the Upland Trail, © Tourist-Information Willingen
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Upland Trail

Die Rundwege des Wittgensteiner Schieferpfades führen oft durch Wälder, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Wittgenstein Slate Trail

Auf Rangertouren lernen Wanderer viel Wissenswertes über die Natur in der Eifel, © NationalparkEifel
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Wilderness Trail

Bergisch Trail, © Das Bergische gGmbH
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Bergisch Trail

Blick über die Landschaft - Rothaarsteig-Spuren, © Rothaarsteigverein e.V. Klaus-Peter Kappest
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Rothaarsteig-tracks

Canyon at the Teuto-Circuits hiking trails, © Rudolf Schubert
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Teuto-Circuits

Kleine Brücken führen den Bödefelder Hollenpfad über die Bäche, © Tourismus Schmallenberger Sauerland / K.-P. Kappest
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Bödefelder Hollenpfad

River Sieg Nature Trail, © RadRegionRheinland e.V.
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River Sieg Nature Trail

Der Landweg ist einer der Bergischen Streifzüge, © Das Bergische GmbH
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Bergisch Wanderings

Paradise for hikers - the Eifel Trail, © Archiv Eifel Tourismus
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Eifel Trail

Extertal Burg Sternberg, © Gemeinde Extertal
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Hanseatic Trail

panoramic views at the Bestwig Panorama Trail, © Reinhard Schmidtmann
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Bestwig Panorama Trail

Hängebrücke bei Kühhude am Rothaarsteig, © Rothaarsteigverein e.V. Björn Hänssler
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Rothaar Trail

Rambler at the Viaduct Hiking Trail, © Gemeinde Altenbeken
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Viaduct Hiking Trail

Sauerland High-Flyer - the view at the range of mountains, © Sauerland Höhenflug
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Sauerland High-Flyer

break at the Ahrsteig, © www.ahrtal.de
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Ahrsteig Trail

Roman Canal Hiking Trail - aqueduct Mechernich, © Natalie Glatter, Wandermagazin
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Roman Canal Hiking Trail

Winterberg High-Altitude Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg
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Winterberg High-Altitude Trail

Kupferroute Bank an der Gedenkstätte, © Birgit Engelen
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Copper Trail

fog at the Ehmsen trail, © Julian Stratenschulte
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Ehmsen Trail

Skulpturenpfade im Kreis Mettmann Kunstwege, © Stadt Heiligenhaus
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Trails of art in Neanderland

Old tree at the Hermann Trail, © OWL Marketing GmbH,S. Westermann
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Hermann Trail

Sonnenuntergänge in der wie unberührt wirkenden Natur sind besonders beeindruckend, © Foto Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Via Adrina – The “Panoramic Path”

Upper Sauerland Ridge Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg
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Upper Sauerland Ridge Trail

Kleine Dörfer liegen auf dem Weg, © Uwe Völkner - Fotoagentur FOX
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Way of St. James

Blick vom Hermannsdenkmal, © Teutoburger Wald Tourismus - OWL GmbH
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Hermann Heights Trail

two people enjoy the scenery at the Egge trail, © Teutoburger Wald Tourismus
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Egge Trail

Kindelsbergpfad Fernblicke, © Natalie Glatter www.wandermagazin.de
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Kindelsberg Trail

the landscape on Brilon Ridge Trail, © Brilon Wirtschaft und Tourismus GmbH
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Brilon Ridge Trail

Medebach Mountain Trail, © Touristik-Gesellschaft Medebach mbH
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Medebach Mountain Trail

Rheinsteig hiking trail, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rheinsteig hiking trail