Wandern im Bergischen Land, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Hik­ing trails in NRW

NRW is a para­dise for walk­ers

Hik­ing of­fers a slower but no less re­ward­ing way to dis­cov­er the de­lights of North Rhine-West­phalia. A well-de­veloped net­work of trails criss-crosses the state from east to west and north to south, tak­ing in a wide vari­ety of nat­ur­al land­scapes and dis­tinct­ive re­gions.

Seven trails in North Rhine-Westphalia, including the Rothaarsteig (Rothaar Trail), the Eifelsteig (Eifel Trail), the Rheinsteig Trail and the Via Adriana Trail, have been certified as “premium hiking trails”. Along the way, accommodation providers with a seal of quality from the German Hiking Association offer walkers a welcome chance to rest and refuel – and take care of muddy boots. And for those interested in following the footsteps of pilgrims, North Rhine-Westphalia even takes in sections of the Way of St. James – a truly unmissable experience.

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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Ehm­sen Trail

On foot from the Ruhr Val­ley to Bigge­see

What more could hikers want? Wide green val­leys, idyll­ic moun­tain land­scapes and charm­ing old towns. The Ehm­sen­weg (Ehm­sen Trail) has all this plus cow­boys and pyr­am­ids.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Rothaarsteig-tracks

Away from the well-known trails

The Rothaarsteig is re­garded as be­ing one of the most beau­ti­ful up­land hik­ing trails in Europe. However, it’s also worth leav­ing the well-trod­den paths be­hind and turn­ing off onto one of the oth­er tracks on either side.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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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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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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Up­land Trail

Hik­ing to Europe’s highest up­land heath

Strength and stam­ina are re­quired to hike the Up­land­steig (Up­land Trail) in Sauer­land, but the ef­fort is re­war­ded with im­press­ive views and tasty ber­ries in sea­son.

Level of difficulty: hard

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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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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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