Germany – a wonderland for hikers

Find the right hiking trail for you, and then... the trail under your feet! Behind the nose in Germany: Step by step explore this beautiful country between the coast and the Alps and collect moments that no one can take away from you.

More than 200,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails boasts a great variety, so both die-hard mountaineers and casual walkers and families will find something to suit them. Allow yourself to be pampered by your hosts in hiker-friendly accommodation and you will find out why an active holiday in Germany means pure relaxation. How about a hike on one of the following hiking trails?

Saxony, national park Saxony Switzerland, hiking © DZT, Photo: Jens Wegener
Bad Hindelang, landscape by Lake Schrecksee in the Allgäu © DZT, Photo: Axel Brunst

The path of painters

It offers one of the most beautiful hikes Malerweg, The path of the painters. When you walk through a fairy tale landscape Saxon Switzerland, you will be surrounded by pure romance. In the Elbsandsteingebirge, you will be enchanted by the imposing sandstone cliffs, panoramic views of the Elbe and the table mountains. A picturesque hiking experience awaits you. Romantic painters such as Caspar David Friedrich, the Elbe sandstone hills were discovered long ago as a gigantic backdrop. On to Malerweg but many Hollywood creators also found motifs. Films were shot in the Elbe Sandstone Hills The Chronicles of Narnia, Cloud Atlas and The Grand Budapest Hotel. The Malerweg is also special because it has many sports sections. Rustic mountain huts in narrow valleys and on mountain tops will always tempt you with a cold drink and a warm meal. They are especially worth seeing Lichtenhain waterfall and Königstein fortress. Don't miss the old town of Pirne and the spa town of Bad Schandau.

Malerweg Painters' Path ©DZT, Photo: Leo Thomas

Path along the Rhine

If you prefer to walk tall, you'll love it path along the Rhine: Rheinsteig. The Rhine, which meanders spectacularly through middle Rhineland, is undoubtedly in a class of its own. Natural attractions are complemented by rock formations such as Lorelai, castles as it is Marksburg, and romantic places like Cowboy and Rüdesheim. You can enjoy these UNESCO World Heritage sites in your hiking boots. The Rheinsteig is an exceptional hiking trail that offers everything a hiker expects. It is also suitable for avid mountaineers, as many stages have as many meters of height as if you were in the Alps. Take time for the views, the cultural sights along the way, such as the Niederwald Monument and the Drosselgasse in Rüdesheim, and of course the Rhine wine.

Rüdesheim, view of the city center from the gondola © DZT, Photo: Francesco Carovillano

Saar-Hunsrück route

Saar-Hunsrück-Steig is an exciting route with many natural paths. 410 kilometers of pure hiking! The starting point is at Upper Mosel, at Tromeja, and then continues across meadows and orchards all the way to the famous river bend Saarschleife. Along the way, you can admire reservoir lakes and rivers Maybe, Saar and Rhine and many charming streams. You will get to know each other Hunsrück, a wild natural landscape with vast forests, fields and meadows. Feel the pulse of the town Herrstein with traditional wooden construction and a wild and romantic valley Baybachtal with dreamy mills. The conclusion of the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig is absolutely breathtaking: picturesque routes, views and vineyards along the Rhine lead to the city Boppard.

Mörsdorf, Geierlay Suspension Bridge © Unsplash, Photo Jonathan Klok

The Westweg route

Let's finish with a German hiking classic: a 285-kilometer hiking trail Westweg in the Black Forest. Indulge in the picturesque scenery, hospitality and cuisine of the region on the ridges of the Black Forest. Would you like to try the Black Forest ham or treat yourself to a Black Forest cherry cake? There will be plenty of opportunities to refresh yourself, but otherwise you will spend most of your time the western ridge of the Black Forest. There, views of the valley will be offered again and again Rena all the way to the French Vosges. Through extensive spruce forests, narrow mountain paths and wide forest roads, along historic wooden bridges over streams, through high bogs and past the famous Lake Titisee … Disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy the most beautiful hiking trail in the Black Forest.

Titisee-Neustadt, view of Lake Titisee © Klaus Hansen

No matter which hike is your favorite, you will without a doubt experience the most beautiful side of Germany. Now just quickly put on your hiking shoes and put the trail under your feet!

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