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Paar mit Wanderkarte, © 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.

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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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Sonnenuntergänge in der wie unberührt wirkenden Natur sind besonders beeindruckend, © 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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Old tree at the Hermann Trail, © OWL Marketing GmbH,S. Westermann

Hermann Trail

One of Germany’s most beautiful high-altitude trails

With a series of wonderful views, the Hermannsweg (Hermann Trail) is rightly regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful high-altitude trails.

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

Egge Trail

A hiking path for nature lovers

A unique wealth of abundant scenic views for hikers crossing the ridge of the Egge Hills from the Teutoburg Forest into Sauerland.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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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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Blick vom Hermannsdenkmal, © Teutoburger Wald Tourismus - OWL GmbH

Hermann Heights Trail

Hiking in the land of the Cherusci chieftain

Battles have now been replaced with peaceful relaxation on the Hermannshöhen (Hermann Heights) trail. The ridge of the Teutoburg Forest offers amazing views.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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panoramic views at the Bestwig Panorama Trail, © Reinhard Schmidtmann

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

Wilderness Trail

An adventure trail through the Eifel National Park

The 85-kilometre Wildnistrail (Wilderness Trail) leads hikers through unspoilt nature in the Eifel National Park.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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