Germany

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Black Forest - by Henk Nouws

If ever any country takes pride in its romantic legacy, it must be Germany. Put on your hiking boots and headphones and enter the realm of Wagner, Brahms and Schumann, walking through the land of Rhine and Danube, of traditional half-timbered houses, mighty castles and ancient taverns serving excellent food and wine. Most popular hiking destinations are the Black Forest in the southwest, Alsace-Lorraine on the border with France, Bavaria in the south, and forested Thüringen and Harz in central Germany. But there is more to explore. Try an autumn clad Swabian Alb for instance, or spring on the northern island of Rügen.

Not surprisingly, Germany counts over 200 long distance hiking trails, all waymarked and well documented. Walk any European long distance trail, except E2 and E7, and you will pass through Germany! Even if not spectacular in terms of altitude, the varying landscapes can be truly wild and offer wonderful panorama's.

On the negative side, bear in mind that Germany is a modern country. Forests and farmland are exploited efficiently and can be pretty boring.

There are no real difficulties and you can go any time of the year, but higher up snow can make walking difficult in wintertime (and create good opportunities for cross country skiing). Finding food and lodging is never an issue, as mountain huts, hotels, inns and private rooms (Zimmer frei) abound, as do campsites.

Interesting is the current tendency in the country to "certify" trails if they comply to a list of standards. The effect is that some trails get much more attention than other trails. They get the predicate "Premiumweg" or get elected the most beautiful trail of the country. Of course, this does NOT mean that other trails are less interesting. The effect, however, is that while new trails are created, old trails gradually disappear.

Opinions

Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 5. in Europe
  • Daniel K McCabe May 2014
  • Rate 10
  • Positive hiing/biking/food accessibility/friendly people(Bavaria at least)
  • Negative having to leave and the fact they make it so hard and costly to live here.
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  • Walking Verdun: A Guide to the Battlefield
  • On 21 February 1916 the German Fifth Army launched a devastating offensive against French forces at Verdun and set in motion one of the most harrowing and prolonged battles of the Great War. By the time the struggle finished ten months later, over 650,000 men had been killed or wounded or were missing, and the terrible memory of the battle had... Read more
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  • Damascus: Taste of a City
  • “Damascus: Taste of a City” is a touching, thought-provoking book that gives new meaning to what home is and how we experience the feeling of it. It is said: ‘When a man has lived seven years in Damascus, Damascus lives in him.’ Rafik Schami, a prize-winning novelist and exile, lived in Damascus for twenty-five years. Unable to return to the... Read more
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  • International Dollard Route - German Fehn Route (429km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 429kms of cycle routes in the northernmost part of the German /Dutch borderlands around the Ems estuary presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc. A... Read more
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  • Erzegebirge - Klingenthal - Altenberg - Fichtelberg - Oberwiesenthal - Seiffen
  • Erzegebirge - Klingenthal - Altenberg - Fichtelberg – Oberwiesenthal - Seiffen region of Germany at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc.Maps in this series are at a... Read more
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  • Württemberg Winelands Cycle Route (360km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Württemberg Winelands Cycle Route, a 360-km long cycle trail from Rottenburg on the Neckar across the Tauber Valley to Niederstetten, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation,... Read more
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  • Hochspessart - Aschaffenburg - Lohr - Wertheim
  • Hochspessart - Aschaffenburg - Lohr - Wertheim area of Germany at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc.Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or... Read more
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  • Fischland - Darß - Kühlungsborn
  • Fischland - Darß - Kühlungsborn area along the Baltic coast of Germany at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc.Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or... Read more
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  • Lübeck - Wismar
  • Lübeck – Wismar area along the Baltic coast of Germany at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc.Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000.... Read more
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  • Venice to Rome Cycle Route (900km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Venice to Rome Cycle Route - a 900-km long route taking in Ravenna, Florence, Arezzo, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni - presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:75,000. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of... Read more
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  • Starnberger See - Ammersee
  • Starnberger See - Ammersee area of the German Alps at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 717 Heide - Dithmarschen | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. Read more
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  • 715: Kiel - Preetz - Lutjenburg 1:50, 000
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  • Wandelkaart 715 Kiel - Preetz - Lutjenburg | Kompass
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  • 735: Rostock - Warnemund - Bad Doberau 1:50, 000
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  • Wandelkaart 735 Rostock - Warnemunde - Bad Doberan | Kompass
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  • Isarwinkel - Bad Tölz - Lenggries
  • Isarwinkel - Bad Tölz - Lenggries area of the Bavarian Alps on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series... Read more
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  • Rhine Cycle Route Part 2: Basel - Mainz (400km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • The Rhine Cycle Route Part 2 – a 400-km long section from Basel to Mainz presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc.... Read more
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  • Dresden
  • Indexed street map of Dresden at 1:20,000 from Freytag & Berndt with an enlargement of the Old Town at 1:8,000, as well as map of the environs of Dresden. Mapping is bright, colourful and clear, with one-way streets shown, as well as the S-bahn, bus, tram, cable-car and Elbe ferry networks with stops clearly indicated.Points of interest such as... Read more
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  • Walchensee - Kochelsee - Sylvenstein Stausee
  • Walchensee - Kochelsee - Sylvenstein Stausee lakes in the Bavarian Alps on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 06 Walchensee-Kochelsee-Sylvenstein-Stausee | Kompass
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  • EuroVelo 9 Cycle Route: Brno - Vienna - Maribor (550km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • A 550km section of the EuroVelo 9 from Brno in the Czech Republic, across eastern Austria including Vienna, to Maribor in north-eastern Slovenia presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other... Read more
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  • Germany: Rhineland-Palatinate 50K Topographic Survey Recreational Maps
  • GPS compatible, topographic recreational maps at 1:50,000 of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate with cartography identical to the standard topographic survey of Germany but with additional extensive overprint highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, cycle routes, various facilities including accommodation, places of interest,... Read more
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  • Hohe Mark / Münsterland West
  • Hohe Mark / Münsterland West area in Germany at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc.Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour interval... Read more
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  • Fehmarn - Oldenburg
  • Fehmarn - Oldenburg (No. 716), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of Germany and... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 716 Fehmarn - Oldenburg | Kompass
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  • 100 Castles in Münsterland Cycle Network (1050km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 100 Castles in Münsterland Cycle Network, over 1050km of cycle trails and circuits around the historic town of Münster, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair... Read more
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  • Chiemsee - Wasserburg am Inn - Altötting
  • Chiemsee - Wasserburg am Inn - Altötting (No. 159) a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria,... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 159 Chiemsee-Wasserburg am Inn-Altötting | Kompass
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
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  • Castles of the Romantic Rhine
  • Self guided walking tour along the best of the Rheinsteig in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley; home to more than 30 castles. The picture-book Upper Middle Rhine Valley is perfect for walkers and wine lovers. Discover countless (more than 30!) hilltop castles and stately homes as you follow the Rheinsteig hiking trail along the eastern side of this... Read more
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  • Castles of the Romantic Rhine In Style
  • Self guided walking tour, staying at 4-star castle and wine hotels as you walk along the best part of the Rheinsteig. Stay in authentic castle hotels and wineries as you walk along the River Rhine. Follow the Rheinsteig, one of Germany’s Top Trails, as you wind your way between over 30 castles and palaces. In our opinion this is the best part... Read more
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  • Saxon & Bohemian Switzerland
  • Self guided walking tour in Saxon Switzerland. Saxon Switzerland, or the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, is one of the most captivating of parts of eastern Germany. Saxon Switzerland lies either side of the River Elbe south of Dresden and crosses into the Czech Republic; the contrast between riverscapes and dramatic rock outcrops makes for a unique... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • This beautiful and peaceful Leutasch Valley area on the Bavarian and Austrian border will be yours to explore. This idyllic Alpine trail meanders through the tranquil and colourful Leutasch Valley abundant with wild flowers and green pastures. Marvel at the spectacular mountain views towards Zugspitze - Germany’s highest mountain, breathe in... Read more
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United Kingdom
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Red Deer Trail
  • Self guided walking tour in Germany's Northern Black Forest. The Red Deer Trail is a classic self-guided walking tour through the nature reserves and woodland of the Northern Black Forest, to the north of Freudenstadt. The route includes both the largest area of upland moorland in the whole of Germany and the Mummelsee Lake, both the highest... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • The Harz Witches Trail
  • Self Guided trail across The Harz, a magical region famed for fairy tales, witches and legends. One of the “Top Trails of Germany” the Harz Witches Trail long distance walking trail crosses The Harz, a magical region famed for fairy tales, witches and legends. Just a short journey from Berlin the Harz mountains rise from the North German... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • The King Ludwig Way
  • Self guided walking tour through Upper Bavaria on the King Ludwig Way to Neuschwanstein Castle. Follow the King Ludwig Way, one of Germany’s best known footpaths, through beautiful Upper Bavaria to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle. The route was featured in Julia Bradbury’s BBC German Wanderlust series and shouldn’t be missed. Beginning at... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Across the Tyrolean Alps Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk from Bavaria up over the high Austrian Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck. Walk from Bavaria up over the high Austrian Tyrolean Alps to Innsbruck. Follow the high alpine route across the imposing Wetterstein and Karwendel massifs amidst a landscape of soaring, alpine peaks, deep gorges and rich, flower filled pastures. Staying in rustic mountain... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Italië - Te voet over de Alpen, etappe 4
  • Zu Fuss über die Alpen. Der Traumpfad von München nach Venedig. Ludwig Grasslers klassieker beschrijft een aaneengesloten wandelroute dwars over de Alpen. SNP zet het transalpiene kroonjuweel in de etalage. In vier etappes van München naar Venetië. Een adembenemende oversteek. En meer dan dat. “Das ist Ausdruck eines Lebensgefühls”. Ruim... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Sonthofen Allgäuer Alpen 8 dagen
  • Wandelen en langlaufen in de Allgäuer Alpen Actief bezig zijn in een prachtige omgeving, dat zijn de woorden voor deze reis. U reist af naar het zuidelijkste stadje van Duitsland: Sonthofen. Door de centrale ligging zijn de langlaufgebieden Oberstdorf en Kleinwalsertal gemakkelijk te bereiken en zeker de moeite waard door het uitgebreide en... Read more
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  • Duitsland - Beieren
  • Treed in de voetsporen van sprookjeskoning Ludwig en ontdek zijn kastelen in de uitlopers van de Alpen. Bezoek zijn paleis, een kopie van Versailles, op een eiland in de spiegelende Chiemsee. Wandel tussen de boomtoppen van het Bayerischer Wald en kijk uit over Tsjechische wouden en besneeuwde Alpentoppen. Volg de Glasstrasse langs Beiers glas... Read more
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  • Duitsland - Beieren
  • Vanuit de Beierse hoofdstad München fiets je op een heerlijk ontspannen wijze langs de vele meren en meertjes, gelegen in het licht glooiende landschap aan de voet van de Alpen. Gezellige dorpjes en “Seen” met mooie zwemstrandjes, gastvrije terrasjes en uiteraard genieten van de Beierse keuken. Ook mogelijk met e-bike. Read more
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  • Eifelsteig zuid 8 dagen
  • Het Gerolsteiner Land en de Vulkaneifel Voor eens en voor altijd willen we afrekenen met het onterechte imago van het Duitse woord “Steig”. Dat betekent gewoon pad of wandelpad, en heeft dus echt niks te maken met al dan niet constant stijgen of omhooggaan! De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute door een prachtig... Read more
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  • Eifelsteig zuid 8 dagen
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  • Eifelsteig Totaal 17 dagen
  • Van Aken naar Trier Voor eens en voor altijd willen we afrekenen met het onterechte imago van het Duitse woord “Steig”. Dat betekent gewoon pad of wandelpad, en heeft dus echt niks te maken met al dan niet constant stijgen of omhooggaan! De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute met een lengte van 313 km door het prachtige... Read more
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  • Eifelsteig Totaal 17 dagen
  • Van Aken naar Trier Voor eens en voor altijd willen we afrekenen met het onterechte imago van het Duitse woord “Steig”. Dat betekent gewoon pad of wandelpad, en heeft dus echt niks te maken met al dan niet constant stijgen of omhooggaan! De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute met een lengte van 313 km door het prachtige... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Eifel, Ahrtal
  • Het microklimaat in de lieflijke vallei van de Ahr zorgt ervoor dat er in dit in de noordelijk Eifel gelegen dal op uitgebreide schaal wijnbouw mogelijk is. De mooie wijnstadjes Altenahr en Ahrweiler zijn beroemd vanwege de heerlijke rode Spätburgunder. Geen wonder dat een deel van de wandelroute de Rotweinwanderweg wordt genoemd. U overnacht... Read more
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  • emputt 2016-02-16 01:33:51
  • Long distance hike in end of May/June?
  • Hi there,

    I am from the USA and am looking to do a long-distance hike in the end of May through early June, was thinking of doing about 21 days (give or take) and covering anywhere from 100-375km in that time (upper end would have to be an easier trail to cover the distance in my allotted time) and was initially looking into Europe (particularly Germany) but am really up to go anywhere in the world.

    What I want from it:
    - Stunning scenery - ideally GREEN landscape/rolling hills/mountains/forests to rivers to castles, etc etc.
    - Scattered small villages along the trail (they don't have to be every night but maybe every 3 nights at least?)
    - Not super overpopulated

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
    Emily
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