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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.

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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Ruhrhöhen­weg

Over hills and val­leys in­to the Ruhr area

The white St. An­drew's cross points the way from Win­ter­berg to Duis­burg, from the source of the Ruhr river to its con­flu­en­ce with the Rhine.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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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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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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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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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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Nean­der­land Steig Trail

The most scen­ic way to ex­plore the Mettmann dis­trict

The Nean­der­land Steig trail is the most scen­ic way to ex­plore the Mettmann dis­trict – with idyll­ic coun­tryside and pic­tur­esque old towns along the way.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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