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 4. 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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Books

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2012
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Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Pfälzer Weitwanderwege | Rother |
  • Dieser Wanderführer beschreibt die drei neuen, insgesamt ca. 400 km langen Qualitätsweitwanderwege durch die Pfalz: Pfälzer Weinsteig, Pfälzer Waldpfad und Pfälzer Höhenweg. Alle drei Wege haben einen eigenen Charakter. Der Pfälzer Höhenweg führt aussichtsreich durch das Nordpfälzer Bergland. Wald, Wiesen und Felder bilden ein... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Via Romana Cycle Tour: Xanten - Njimegen - Xanten (257km)
  • Via Romana Cycle Tour, a 257km cycle circuit of the border area between Xanten and Nijmegen in the footsteps of the Roman legions, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park
  • Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park on a GPS compatible, topographic recreational map at 1:50,000 from the survey organizations 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, sightseeing touring... Read more
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Germany
  • Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe 1 : 50 000
  • Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park on a GPS compatible, topographic recreational map at 1:50,000 from the survey organizations 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, sightseeing touring... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Elbufer - Drawehn
  • Elbufer - Drawehn (No. 862), 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 the... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 862 Elbufer - Drawehn | 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. Geplastificeerde kaart en GPS toepasbaar. Daarnaast staan ook fietsroutes gemarkeerd op d ekaart: als fietskaart dus... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Elbufer - Drawehn WK 862
  • • In unserem Kartenausschnitt warten gleich zwei herausragende Naturlandschaften auf ihre Entdeckung. Das Biosphärenreservat Niedersächsische Elbtalaue und der Naturpark Elbhöhen-Wendland.• Entlang der Elbe eröffnet sich eine naturbelassene Flusslandschaft, die viel Lebensraum bietet für seltene Pflanzen und Tiere und viel Erholungsraum für den... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Rhein-Main - Frankfurt Region Street Atlas
  • Rhein-Main - Frankfurt Region Street Atlas in a series of detailed atlases covering the whole of Germany at 1:20,000 with UTM coordinates for GPS navigation, postal codes and public transport, published by ADAC, the country Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lower Rhine Region Street Atlas
  • Lower Rhine (Niederrhein) Region Street Atlas in a series of detailed atlases covering the whole of Germany at 1:20,000 with UTM coordinates for GPS navigation, postal codes and public transport, published by ADAC, the country Read more
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United Kingdom
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  • The Kiel Canal: North Sea to the Baltic
  • The Kiel Canal: North Sea to the Baltic (No. 711), 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 711 Nord-Ostsee-Kanal | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. GPS toepasbaar. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit Markierungen, empfehlenswerte Radrouten und wichtige touristische Informationen. Der... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Nord - Ostsee - Kanal WK 711
  • • Ein Kanal als Leitmotiv? Der 98 km lange Nord-Ostsee-Kanal erspart Schiffen, die von der Ost- in die Nordsee (oder umgekehrt) möchten, einen 900-km-Umweg um die Nordspitze Dänemarks herum. Der 1895 eröffnete Kanal durchquert Schleswig-Holstein von der Elbmündung bei Brunsbüttel bis zur Kieler Förde – und er ist die meistbefahrene künstliche... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Rheinsverger Lake District - Ruppiner Land
  • Rheinsverger Lake District - Ruppiner Land (No. 743), 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 743 Rheinsberger Seengebiet - Ruppiner Land | 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. Scheur- en watervast Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Rheinsberger Seengebiet - Ruppiner Land WK 743
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte zum Wandern wie aktuelle Wanderwege, empfehlenswerte Routen und wichtige touristische Informationen. Doch können unsere Wanderkarten meist mehr, sind sie nicht nur eine reine Wanderkarte sondern fungieren sie auch als Bikekarte, siehe Titelabbildung. Der topographische Inhalt der Karte wird... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Po Valley Cycle Route: Milan to the Adriatic (595km)
  • The Po Valley Cycle Route, a 595-km long cycle trail linking Milan to the Adriatic, 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 accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Emsland Cycle Tour (297km)
  • Emsland Cycle Tour, a 297km cycle route between Papenburg and Rheine 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, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc. A... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mainz and Rheinhessen
  • Mainz and Rheinhessen area on a GPS compatible, topographic recreational map at 1:50,000 from the survey organization 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, sightseeing touring... Read more
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Germany
  • Mainz und Rheinhessen 1 : 50 000
  • Die grundlegend überarbeitete Karte „Mainz und Rheinhessen“ erschließt das Gebiet zwischen den Ortschaften Rüdesheim am Rhein/ Bingen am Rhein, Mainz und Rüsselsheim im Norden, Groß-Gerau und Lampertheim im Osten, Grünstadt und Eisenberg (Pfalz) im Süden und Ruppertsecken und Bad Kreuznach im Westen. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bergisch Gladbach - Gummersbach
  • Bergisch Gladbach - Gummersbach (No. 494), 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 series covering Austria, much of... Read more
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Germany
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  • Wandelkaart 494 Bergisch Gladbach - Gummersbach | 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. Geplastificeerde kaart en GPS toepasbaar. Daarnaast staan ook fietsroutes gemarkeerd op d ekaart: als fietskaart dus... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Bergisch-Gladbach - Gummersbach - Bergisches Land WK 494
  • Das Bergische Land grenzt im Osten an die Ausläufer des Sauerlandes, im Süden an den Westerwald und die niederrheinische Tiefebene im Westen.• Rund 100.000 Einwohner leben in Bergisch Gladbach am östlichen Rand der Kölner Bucht. Hier scheint die Landschaft unendlich. Weite Hügel und Felder, Wälder, Talsperren, Bäche und Seen laden zu... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Cologne - Bonn Region Street Atlas
  • Cologne - Bonn Region Street Atlas in a series of detailed atlases covering the whole of Germany at 1:20,000 with UTM coordinates for GPS navigation, postal codes and public transport, published by ADAC, the country Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
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
Macs Adventure
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. Starting... 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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Rhine Castles Way
  • Self guided walking tour along the Rhine River Valley Gorge from Koblenz to Bingen. Pretty half-timbered towns and romantic ruined castles line the banks of the river Rhine, making it an incredibly scenic walking trail. From Mainz in the south to Koblenz in the north, the justifiably famous Rhine Gorge springs to mind when you hear the words... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Moselle Valley Wine Trail
  • Self guided walking tour along the Moselle Valley River Gorge from Bernkastel-Kues to Cochem. Follow the Moselle river walking through a unique viticulture landscape with impressive views over the Moselle Valley, picturesque wine villages, historic castles and Roman monuments staying in traditional walker-friendly accommodation. Medieval... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • 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
Macs Adventure
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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Der Lieserpfad 3 dagen Special
  • De mooiste wandelroute ter wereld: “Der Weg ist das Ziel” SPECIAL! EENMALIG EXTRA VERTREK 3 OKTOBER Manuel Andreck (geb. Köln, 1965) is een Duitse schrijver, reporter en discussieleider die in Duitsland al ca. 15 jaar mediabekendheid geniet. Daarnaast heeft hij een grote liefhebberij: wandelen. Hij heeft er diverse boeken over geschreven o.a.... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig 3 / 5 dagen singlereis
  • Van de Lieser naar de Kyll en verder 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! Eifelsteig De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute door het... 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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Bischofsmais Beierse Woud 8 dagen
  • Wandelen en langlaufen in het Beierse Woud Eén van de meest sneeuwzekere gebieden van Duitsland is het Beierse Woud. Een perfect gebied om te langlaufen en te wandelen, want het heuvelachtige landschap wordt doorkruist met honderden kilometers aan geprepareerde loipen en schitterende wandelpaden. Dus ook voor wandelaars biedt deze streek... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Sauerland 5 dagen singlereis
  • Duitslands mooiste natuur ten voeten uit Wandelreis Sauerland Sauerland is een van die gebieden in Duitsland die gezien de afstand ideaal is voor een korte reis. Verder zijn er alle ingrediënten voor een mooie wandelmidweek aanwezig: een prachtige natuur, een vriendelijke bevolking en perfect gemarkeerde en gedocumenteerde wandelroutes. Direct... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig 2 / 5 dagen singlereis
  • 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! Eifelsteig De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute door een prachtig... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Saarweinweg 6 dagen
  • Wandelen over de mooie Saarweinweg De Saar ontspringt, zoals de Moezel, in de Vogezen in Frankrijk, en kent óók het mooiste landschap in haar benedenloop: om precies te zijn tussen Mettlach en Konz, alwaar de rivier uitmondt in de Moezel. Al wandelend geniet u van een gevarieerd landschap van bossen, akkers, weilanden en natuurlijk vele... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Saarweinweg 6 dagen
  • Wandelen over de mooie Saarweinweg De Saar ontspringt, zoals de Moezel, in de Vogezen in Frankrijk, en kent óók het mooiste landschap in haar benedenloop: om precies te zijn tussen Mettlach en Konz, alwaar de rivier uitmondt in de Moezel. Al wandelend geniet u van een gevarieerd landschap van bossen, akkers, weilanden en natuurlijk vele... Read more
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