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Wanderer Siebengebirge sitzend , © T&C

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.

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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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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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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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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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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Kupferroute Bank an der Gedenkstätte, © Birgit Engelen

Cop­per Trail

Today golden-yel­low calam­ine pan­sies still bloom along the route to Stol­berg

For a long time, met­al ex­trac­tion and pro­cess­ing were tra­di­tion­al trades in Stol­berg near Aachen. The Cop­per Trail leads dir­ec­tly in­to the past.

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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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 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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