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Natural landscapes: Rothaarsteig Hiking Trail, © Sauerland Tourismus e.V.

Top Trails of Germany


Four of Germany’s sixteen most beautiful and exciting long-distance hiking trails

Four of Germany’s sixteen most beautiful and exciting long-distance hiking trails, the ‘Top Trails of Germany’, run through NRW. This initiative brings together Germany’s fifteen most beautiful and exciting long-distance trails. All four trails in North Rhine-Westphalia offer particularly natural, attractive and varied hiking routes.

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Paradise for hikers - the Eifel Trail, © Archiv Eifel Tourismus

Eifel Trail

Hikers get close to nature in the Eifel National Park

With trails, reservoirs, valleys and plateaus given over to nature, the Eifelsteig (Eifel Trail) is a paradise for hikers.

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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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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Hängebrücke bei Kühhude am Rothaarsteig, © Rothaarsteigverein e.V. Björn Hänssler

Rothaar Trail

For nature lovers and adventure hikers

One of Europe’s most beautiful high-altitude trails scores highly with its 154 kilometres, the Kyrill-Pfad (Kyrill Trail) and the annual marathon.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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