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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.

wood figures at the Upland Trail, © Tourist-Information Willingen

Up­land Trail

Hik­ing to Europe’s highest up­land heath

Strength and stam­ina are re­quired to hike the Up­land­steig (Up­land Trail) in Sauer­land, but the ef­fort is re­war­ded with im­press­ive views and tasty ber­ries in sea­son.

Level of difficulty: hard

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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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The river at the Neanderland Steig trail, © Kreis Mettmann Martina Chardin

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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Rambler at the Viaduct Hiking Trail, © Gemeinde Altenbeken

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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Canyon at the Teuto-Circuits hiking trails, © Rudolf Schubert

Teuto-Cir­cuits

Ex­cur­sions on the Her­mannsweg (Her­mann Trail)

Half-timbered vil­lages and rugged rock faces, steep climbs and in-cred­ible views – the Teuto­schleifen (Teuto-Cir­cuits) hik­ing trails have no short­age of in­ter­est­ing sights.

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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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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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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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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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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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