Hiking in the Bergisches Land, © 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.

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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Ahr­steig Trail

A hik­ing trail that links the Eifel with the Rhine

At 100 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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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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Sauer­land High-Fly­er

A hik­ing trail for peak climbers

The Sauer­land Höhen­flug (Sauer­land High-Fly­er) crosses the sum­mits of Sauer­land and of­fers bird’s eye views of the val­leys.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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Hanseat­ic Trail

Pan­or­amic views and salt wa­ter springs on a hike through the Teuto­burg Forest

Pan­or­amic views, salt wa­ter springs and Marta Her­ford: the Hanseat­ic Trail in the Teuto­burg Forest of­fers hik­ing with plenty of nature, re­lax­a­tion and cul­tur­al high­lights.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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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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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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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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Veischede Sun Trail

A trail with im­press­ive views and hearty cold-cut plat­ters

A chance to switch off and en­joy the great out­doors. Half-timbered vil­lages, open coun­tryside and ex­pans­ive forests provide an idyll­ic back­drop to this hik­ing trail.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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