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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.

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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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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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Ruhrhöhenweg

Over hills and valleys into the Ruhr area

The white St. Andrew's cross points the way from Winterberg to Duisburg, from the source of the Ruhr river to its confluence with the Rhine.

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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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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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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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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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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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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