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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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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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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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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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Kindelsbergpfad Fernblicke, © Natalie Glatter www.wandermagazin.de

Kindelsberg Trail

A circuit offering exceptional views and historical insights

The Kindelsbergpfad (Kindelsberg Trail) in Siegerland-Wittgenstein combines idyllic nature with information on the region’s mining history.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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the landscape on Brilon Ridge Trail, © Brilon Wirtschaft und Tourismus GmbH

Brilon Ridge Trail

A fantastic, challenging hiking trail

They say that you can meet forest fairies on the Brilon Ridge Trail. This approximately 50 km circular route will leave you believing in the mystical and supernatural.

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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Bergisch Trail, © Das Bergische gGmbH

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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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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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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