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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.

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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Upper Sauerland Ridge Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg

Upper Sauerland Ridge Trail

Hiking on the ridges of Sauerland

The route across the ridges of Sauerland offers hikers perfect tranquillity and beautiful forest views.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Winterberg High-Altitude Trail, © Ferienwelt Winterberg

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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Der Landweg ist einer der Bergischen Streifzüge, © Das Bergische GmbH

Bergisch Wanderings

One-day expeditions

Forest myths, half-timbered houses and Heinrich Böll: the Bergische Streifzüge (Bergisch Wanderings) trails offer 24 half- and full-day themed tours.

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Extertal Burg Sternberg, © Gemeinde Extertal

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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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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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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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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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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