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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Rheinsteig hiking trail, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Rhein­steig hik­ing trail

Rhine ro­man­ti­cism in the Siebenge­birge

The Rhine has cap­tiv­ated vis­it­ors, in­clud­ing many artists, for cen­tur­ies. Hikers who ex­plore the Rhein­steig trail will dis­cov­er why.

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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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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Olsberg Kneipp Hiking Trail, © Dominik Ketz

Ols­berg Kneipp Hik­ing Trail

Cool your feet in clear streams

En­joy both the beau­ti­ful land­scape of Sauer­land and health be­ne­fits on the Ols­berg Kneipp hik­ing trail.

Level of difficulty: hard

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