Bergisches Land

A paradise for walkers and romantics

A green paradise in direct neighbourhood to Cologne: Bergisches Land combines pristine nature with idyllic historic towns.

Bergisches Land begins right on the doorstep of Cologne, and the first major attraction happens to be another cathedral. Altenberg Cathedral, often known as the “Bergisch cathedral”, soars high above the town of Odenthal. It is far from the only sight worth seeing, however, in this area dotted with many attractive historic towns and villages. Not forgetting hikers and cyclists, who are of course also well-catered for in the region.

Activities in Bergisches Land

Bergisches Land offers a number of long-distance hiking paths. The Bergischer Weg (Bergisch Trail), for instance, connects the Ruhr Area with Königswinter near Bonn, thus crossing the entire territory of Bergisches Land. Then there is the Bergischer Panoramasteig (Bergisch Panorama Trail), which traces a circular route through the region. The Bergische Streifzüge (Bergisch Wanderings) offer 24 half and full-day themed tours allowing hikers to explore local traditions and history in depth.

Cyclists can also easily discover Bergisches Land on mainly flat cycle pathways. This is courtesy of recently-opened trails on former railway lines such as the Bergischer Panorama-Radweg (Bergisch Panorama Cycle Track) or the Balkantrasse cycle path. Cyclists will pass by five different reservoirs on the Wasserquintett (Water Quintet) tour. These are typical landmarks of Bergisches Land: no other region in Europe has such a large concentration of reservoirs. Many of them are not just for storing drinking water but can also be used by water sports enthusiasts.

Slate buildings and Bergisch Kaffeetafel

Another sight synonymous with Bergisches Land is the half-timbered and slate houses found in many towns and villages. Wermelskirchen is an especially lovely example. Other historic towns bursting with Bergisch charm include Hückeswagen, known as the “Pearl of Bergisches Land”, and Gummersbach.

Connoisseurs of the finer things in life will feel right at home in Bergisch Gladbach. The baroque Schloss Bensberg castle boasts both a five-star hotel and a three-star restaurant, the “Vendôme”. Meanwhile, one typical Bergisch speciality that everyone should try is the Bergisch Kaffeetafel, a type of spread offered by many cafés and restaurants in the region.

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Bergisches Land region

Ausblick auf die schöne Landschaft, © Naturarena Bergisches Land GmbH
Nordansicht auf den Altenberger Dom, © David Bosbach
Bergisches Fachwerk - Altstadt Bergneustadt, © Naturarena Bergisches Land GmbH / Sabine Hütten
Blick von den Reichshof-Blockhaus, © Kurverwaltung Reichshof

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