Geheimtipps Wanderwege Paar vor Felsen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Insider tips - Hiking

Hiking can be so nice! Especially if there is something new to discover off the beaten tracks.

Kleine Dörfer liegen auf dem Weg, © Uwe Völkner - Fotoagentur FOX

Way of St. James

On historic pilgrimage routes through Münsterland

Even hundreds of years ago pilgrims were crossing what is now NRW on the way to Santiago de Compostela. One of these historical routes passes through Münsterland.

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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break at the Ahrsteig, ©

Ahrsteig Trail

A hiking trail that links the Eifel with the Rhine

At 90 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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Sauerland High-Flyer - the view at the range of mountains, © Sauerland Höhenflug

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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Kindelsbergpfad Fernblicke, © Natalie Glatter

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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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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Skulpturenpfade im Kreis Mettmann Kunstwege, © Stadt Heiligenhaus

Trails of art in Neanderland

Sculptures paths and art trails in the Mettmann district

Whether Neanderthal silhouettes or mutant animals, the Mettmann district offers plenty of art in public spaces.

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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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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