Where can you go hiking in Germany?
Our readers are currently asking "Where can you go hiking in Germany?" Many of them are drawn to nature this year. Longer trips are currently less interesting for many. They are interested instead in culinary topics and trips to savor . Therefore, we were looking for hiking destinations in Germany that are particularly suitable for slow travelers. We tested some of them on our travels. Hiked there. Through river valleys. In wine regions. At lakes. We liked hiking in East Germany. Hiking in southern Germany is also worthwhile. It doesn't necessarily have to be mountain hikes. There are also hiking areas in Bavaria and Baden Württemberg that are not strenuous. We present some of them here.
You need that for hiking in Germany
- Mit dieser Packing list hiking You will never forget anything on your pleasure hikes.
- Comfortable Walking shoes for wide feetwhere you can walk well even on rough paths
- The backpack is definitely practical for everything you need on the go.
- There are often benches along the hiking trails for a picknick on the roadside.
- Hiking destinations in Germany offer beautiful photo opportunities. Therefore, you should take your camera .
- Take something to drink with you. You will spend a lot of time in the sun on hikes in Germany. A drinking bottle * does good service here.
Hiking destinations Germany - where to hike in Germany
During our travels we discovered places and regions where you can hike well in Germany. We introduce regions that are less well known. These hiking regions are not overcrowded. We avoid highlights and mass tourism. Hiking is only fun if you have nature to yourself. This works well in these regions.
Hiking in East Germany - where to hike in Germany
The east of Germany offers ideal conditions to savor hiking. Many regions are sparsely populated. Country restaurants in the villages that you pass on your way ensure culinary treats. Or you can take a picnic with you and enjoy it in a quiet spot along the way. There are many good regions for hiking in East Germany.
Hike in the Hoher Fläming Nature Park
The Kunstwanderweg in the Hoher Fläming National Park in Brandenburg is a hiking trail for everyone, who likes to hike on flat terrain. This route offers views to the horizon. We went on this hike on an autumn day and only met one family who passed us on the way. The hiking trail leads from the Wiesenburg castle park to Bad Belzig and back. Find a detailed description of our hike on the Kunstwanderweg here. Discover more hiking trails in the Hoher Fläming Nature Park here.
Hike on Usedom Island
The island of Usedom is a paradise for hikers and cyclists. On our tour of the island, we repeatedly met hikers and cyclists, who discovered the island on foot or by bike. You can go on beach hikes on the Baltic Sea beach, which stretches from Swinoujscie to Peenemuende on the northern edge of the island. However, we find the paths, that wind through the villages of the island more interesting. You come across places like Koserow, where time seems to stand still. Hikes to the backwaters are also interesting. This is a bay that is connected to the sea. However, it is protected by the island. There are good opportunities for bird watching here. Twenty hikes on Usedom can be found here described in detail.
- Here you find Nature accommodation on Usedom *
Hikes near Binz on the Island of Rügen
Binz is not just a seaside resort. In the vicinity of Binz you can also hike well. The place on Rügen is located directly on the sea. Beach walks are among the leisure activities of visitors. However, there are also hiking trails that lead along the coast or to destinations in the interior of the island. The chalk cliff trail at Buddenhagen is only twelve kilometers away from Binz. Cape Arkona is just under thirty kilometers away. So you should have a car, if you want to visit these places. Or you can choose hiking trails that can be reached by public transport. Discover more hiking trails around Binz here.
Hiking in the area of Kühlungsborn
The promenade of Kuehlungsborn stretches along the beach with a view of the Baltic Sea. It is protected from the noise of road traffic by a narrow strip of forest. If you want, you can of course also hike on the sandy beach on the coast. However, there are other hiking trails that are worth visiting in the area around Kühlungsborn. The Bastorf lighthouse is a popular destination. For the steep coast near Kühlungsborn you need some physical condition. You can reach more distant hiking trails by car or public transport. Discover more hikes in the area of Kühlungsborn here.
Hiking in the Altmark and in the Elbe-Havel-Winkel
We have been to the Altmark and Elbe-Havel-Winkel in Sachsen-Anhalt several times and discovered, how well this region is suited for leisurely hikes. The flat landscape and the Elbe meadows make hiking in these regions a pleasure for everyone, who prefers easy hiking trails. Gradients are rare. Instead, views of the wide country are breathtaking. Hosts along the route, such as the Hotel Seeblick in Klietz, provide pleasurable experiences. Culture is not neglected either: plan side trips or hikes along the Romanesque Street in your hiking trip. There is a lot to discover. Find twenty hikes in the Altmark here.
In the Erzgebirge you can hike on remote paths
The Erzgebirge in Saxony offers many opportunities for nature hikes. If you drive to Oberwiesenthal, there are beautiful views of the Czech hilly landscape south of the border. There are numerous hiking opportunities in the area surrounding the Fichtelberg. We also have an insider tip for you: the wood sculture park at Blockhausen. Park your car at the foot of the hill and walk past the wood sculptures of the park to the workshop in the middle of the forest. You will be amazed. Walk past bison, eagle sculptures, bears and other animals, that the carver created from tree trunks. Also, don't miss the cuisine of the Erzgebirge . Try the Griene Klitscher (delicious potato patties) and don't miss the Fichtelberg cake. That alone is worth the climb to the Fichtelberg. Here you will find twenty hikes in the Erzgebirge.
Hiking guide for Germany
Hiking in East Germany
- Around Berlin: from Ruppiner Switzerland to the Spreewald *
- Usedom hiking guide and Stettiner Haff *
- Rügen: with Hiddensee and Fischland-Darß-Zingst *
- 365 tips for a nice day on the Mecklenburg Baltic Sea coast *
- 100 cycling and hiking trails that you must discover in Saxony-Anhalt *
- Ore Mountains: from the Müglitztal to the Elster Mountains *
Hiking in the middle of Germany
- Eifel MM hiking *
- 25 hikes around Düsseldorf *
- Magical places in the Eggegebirge *
- Moselle: with dream paths and Moselsteig Trail jumps *
- Taunus and Rheingau (25 hikes) *
- Hiking guide north Hesse *
- Diemelsee - Diemelsteig: hiking map with destinations, places to stop and leisure *
- Urwaldsteig Edersee. Hiking guide *
Hiking in southern Germany
Hiking destinations Germany - in the middle of the country
Hiking in the Eifel
The Eifel is a travel destination for pleasure hikers. We experienced this on our hike around Lake Rursee. Our tip is the Rurtal gourmet tour arranged by the Rursee Touristik. They give you vouchers for gourmet restaurants along the way, where you can stop on your pleasure tour - regional delicacies included. On the route from Einruhr to Rurberg you follow the course of the Rursee and hike through the national park. More hikes in the Eifel National Park can be found here.
You can hike well in the Neanderland
We hiked with Alpakas in Neanderland. An experience to remember. It is perfect for slow hiking, because the animals determine the speed. They are often more interested in the grass along the way than our hike. Therefore, breaks are common and frequent, when hiking with alpacas. This gave us a lot of time to take a closer look at the surroundings. In any case, hiking with alpacas is a lot of fun. However, there are other options too for hiking in the Neanderland.
Hiking in and around Bad Driburg
In Bad Driburg we were walking in the count's park. Our tour cannot be called a hike. The park is not big enough for that. However, the walk made you hungry for more. And there is more! The Externsteine are exciting, which can be reached on hikes in the area of Bad Driburg. But there are also other hiking destinations in the area . You can reach some of them by public transport. For others you need a car.
There are many hiking opportunities around Alf on the Moselle
The Moselle with its vineyards, castles and wine-growing towns is a hiking destination in Germany, that could hardly be more beautiful. We were in Alf and discovered the vineyards above the village. There are several castles in the Alf area. Arras Castle is just a few kilometers outside of Alf. One of the most famous castles in the Moselle valley, Eltz Castle, can also be reached with little effort. And the villages on the Moselle also invite you to enjoy hiking, including good wines and good food. What makes hiking in the region an experience are the views, that you have from the heights above the Moselle. Find more hiking trails in the area of Alf on the Moselle here.
Hiking in the Rheingau
With its vineyards and towns like Assmannshausen or Rüdesheim, the Rheingau is almost predestined for hikes. However, you should be in good physical condition. Because the vineyards rise steeply behind the towns. However, once you have reached the vineyards, a breathtaking view of the Rhine and the castles on the other bank of the Rhine opens up. It is best to take a picnic with you and spend the whole day enjoying a hike through the region's vineyards. Discover more hikes in the Rheingau here.
Hiking in and around Kassel
One of the most famous hikes we suggest, is the hike in the Waterpark of Kassel. However, you will not be alone there. This masterpiece of baroque horticultural architects attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Well deserved! In order to enjoy this spectacle, you should find out, how to savor it, before you get there. In our blog post, we show you, how the Fountains of Kassel are best experienced. There are also more hikes in the surroundings of Kassel.
At Diemelsee in the Sauerland you can hike well in Germany
The Diemelsee in the Sauerland is ideal for hiking. You can hike along the lake. Or you can do it like us and hike through the meadows that surround the lake. Alternatively, you can also go hiking in the hilly landscape that surrounds the lake. There are many hiking trails on and around the Diemelsee.
Hiking in the Kellerwald-Edersee nature park
The region on the Edersee also offers many hiking trails. In the Nature Park Kellerwald-Edersee you can hike through one of the last primeval forests in Central Europe. The beech forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visitor center is worth seeing. You can learn a lot about the beech forests, that once covered all of Central Europe. The treetop walk on the Edersee is also worth a visit. It is fascinating to walk between the tree tops. From there you can see the forest from a completely new perspective. More hiking trails in the Eder Valley can be discovered here.
Hiking in southern Germany - where to hike in Germany
Hiking through the vineyards in Churfranken
In the region between Miltenberg and Wertheim you follow the Main River and pass the red wine regions of Franconia along the way. Here you can not only enjoy a trip on the Route of the Pleasures, but also on the Franconian Red Wine Hiking Trail through the vineyards. There are castles and monasteries to be discovered as well as villages, in which wine, whiskey and good food play a major role. In addition, there are more hiking trails in Churfranken, that are worth a hike.
Hike in the Franconian wine country
Not far from Churfranken you can find the Franconian wine country with its vineyards on the Main River. In the area around Volkach, Ochsenfurt or Iphofen there are hiking trails that delight every hiker. From the Vogelsburg you can see the Mainschleife and Volkach. In Sommerhausen, you shouldn't just try the wine in the vinotheque. There is also a circular hiking trail through the vineyards with a view of the Main. If you are in good condition, the hiking trail from Iphöfer Straße to the Gasthaus Augustiner am See and the castle ruins Speckfeld is worthwhile. A nice hike is also through the vineyard of Hoheneck Castle in Franconia. More hikes in the Franconian wine country can be found here.
Hiking paradise Upper Palatinate
In the hilly landscape of the Upper Palatinate you can hike well in Germany. Forests and fields spread out before our eyes from lookout towers and hilltops in the area of Bad Neualbenreuth. The Fichtelgebirge awaits you with impressive views of northern Bavaria and the northeast of the Czech Republic. Castles make people curious about the history of the region. In between are towns and villages, where you can stop after your hike to quench hunger and thirst. There are many opportunities, where you can hike in the Upper Palatinate.
Hiking in the Bavarian Forest
To the south of this is the mountain landscape of the Bavarian Forest. With its national park and mountain peaks such as the Arber, Rachel or Lusen, the forest region along the Czech border invites you to experience nature hikes. Some hiking trails lead through wilderness areas, that are rarely found in Germany. Others are suitable for comfortable hiking tours. In the wellness hotels in the Bavarian Forest you can relax well after an eventful day of hiking. Plan your hiking tours in the Bavarian Forest here.
Hike in the Inn-Salzach region near Burghausen
Views of the Chiemgau mountains open up from the hilly landscape of the Rupertiwinkel region. The world's longest castle is worth a visit in Burghausen. It doesn't always have to be crowded Lake Chiemsee. In these regions along the border with Austria, you often have a hiking trail to yourself. Magnificent views included. Along the way, you can try culinary delicacies from organic farmers, stop off at a courtyard café or try smoked pork and homemade cheese. No wonder that the region around Waging am See has now blossomed into a region to savor. Discover more hiking trails in Rupertiwinkel and Chiemgau here.
Enjoy the hiking region in the Jagst Valley in Baden-Württemberg
The Jagsttal in Baden-Wuerttemberg is not one of the most famous hiking regions in Germany. The more enjoyable it is to hike there. You have many of the paths to yourself. However, one should not forget a picnic. Because some of the hiking tours offer few opportunities to stop off in a restaurant along the way. But what could be nicer than a picnic in an orchard, where the apples ripen above your head? Discover hiking trails in this region here.
Of course there are many more hiking destinations in Germany that are worthwhile. Where have you been hiking in East Germany or in South Germany? Where can you go hiking in Germany? Let us know your favorite hiking destinations in Germany, which are located in remote regions.
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