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

Wittgenstein Slate Trail

Retrace history in an exhibition mine and former quarry

Slate was extensively mined in the Wittgenstein region for centu-ries. Hikers can get close to nature and discover remnants of the past on the historic slate trail.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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

Rothaar Trail

For nature lovers and adventure hikers

One of Europe’s most beautiful high-altitude trails scores highly with its 154 kilometres, the Kyrill-Pfad (Kyrill Trail) and the annual marathon.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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Winterberg High-Altitude Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg

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

Bödefelder Hollenpfad

A barefoot path and treading pool ensure visitors stay cool

The diverse Bödefelder Hollenpfad trail takes its name from the mythical creatures said to have once lived on the doorstep of the picturesque Sauerland village of Bödefeld.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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River Sieg Nature Trail, © RadRegionRheinland e.V.

River Sieg Nature Trail

Get close to nature and enjoy magnificent views

Secret paths lead hikers on the Natursteig Sieg (River Sieg Nature Trail) to castles and monasteries and through idyllic villages, always keeping contact with the Sieg.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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

Düdinghausen Geological Trail

A journey through the history of the Earth on foot in Sauerland

Sauerland was a tropical swimming paradise millions of years ago? Find traces of this along the themed route!

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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