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Hiking Urfttalsperre, © 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
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More hik­ing trails in NRW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bergisch Trail, © Das Bergische gGmbH
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Ber­gisch Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extertal Burg Sternberg, © Gemeinde Extertal
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Hanseat­ic Trail

Kupferroute Bank an der Gedenkstätte, © Birgit Engelen
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Cop­per Trail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

fog at the Ehmsen trail, © Julian Stratenschulte
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Ehm­sen Trail

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

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

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

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

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