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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Müritz Lake - Neusterlitz
  • Müritz Lake - Neusterlitz area of eastern Germany’s lake district 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. An inset extends coverage to the Wolin Island in Poland.Maps... 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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  • Fränkisches Weinland - Würzburg - Kitzingen - Ochsenfurt - Volkach
  • Fränkisches Weinland - Würzburg - Kitzingen - Ochsenfurt - Volkach region of northern Bavaria 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... 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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  • 735: Rostock - Warnemund - Bad Doberau 1:50, 000
  • 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. GPS toepasbaar. Read more
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  • Kompass wandelkaart 735 Rostock - Warnemunde - Bad Doberan |
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  • 740: NP Holstein. Schweiz 1:50, 000
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  • Kompass wandelkaart 717 Heide - Dithmarschen |
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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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  • Kamp - Thaya - March Cycle Route (445km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Kamp - Thaya - March Cycle Route, 445 kilometres of cycle trails from the Danube northwards towards the Czech border along the Kemp, then eastwards along the border and the Thaya, and southward along the March to Hainburg. The route is presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants.... Read more
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  • Hamburg and the Elbe Estuary
  • Hamburg and the Elbe Estuary area of northern Germany 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 covering... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 726 Kompass Hamburg-Altes Land | Kompass |
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  • Ulm and Blaubeuren Jura
  • Ulm and the Blaubeuren Jura in eastern Baden-Württemberg 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 covering... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 788 Ulmer Alb - Blaubeurer Alb | Kompass |
  • • Die Schwäbische Alb ist eine Landschaft zum Verlieben: Kalkklippen ragen über Wälder und gepflegte Felder, dazwischen liegen nette Dörfer und alte Bauernhöfe ... Naturliebhaber finden in der Schwäbischen Alb natürlich auch eine Vielzahl besonderer Kostbarkeiten – etwa die Blauhöhle mit ihrem türkisgrünen Wasserabfluss, dem Blautopf. • Der... Read more
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  • Eastern Westphalia - Lippe Region Street Atlas
  • Eastern Westphalia - Lippe 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’s largest motoring organization. The plans name all the individual streets and indicate all the main landmarks and... Read more
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  • Dresden - Meissen - Tharandter Wald
  • Dresden - Meissen - Tharandter Wald area of Saxony 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 series covering... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 809 Dresden-Meissen | Kompass |
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  • Oder-Neisse Cycle Route: the Source of the Neisse to the Baltic (630km)
  • Oder-Neisse Cycle Route, a 630-km long cycle route from the source of the Neisse in the Czech Republic to the Baltic with variants on both the German and the Polish side of the two rivers, 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,... Read more
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  • Germany: ADFC 75K/50K Regional Cycling Maps
  • Waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible cycling maps of Germany at 1:75,000 or 1:50,000 from the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club - the official German cycling federation), with extensive overprint for long-distance and local cycling routes. The series comprise of 78 maps covering Germany’s most popular areas for outdoor... Read more
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  • Düsseldorf - Rhein-Wupper Region Street Atlas
  • Düsseldorf - Rhein-Wupper 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’s largest motoring organization. The plans name all the individual streets and indicate all the main landmarks and... Read more
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  • Flãming - Belzig - Luckenwalde - Jüterborg - Lutherstadt-Wittenberg
  • Flãming - Belzig - Luckenwalde - Jüterborg - Lutherstadt-Wittenberg (No. 747), 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... Read more
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  • Fläming 1 : 50 000
  • Wander- und Radtourenkarte. Bad Belzig - Luckenwalde, Jüterbog - Lutherstadt Wittenberg Kompass Wanderkarten. Neuauflage, Laufzeit bis 2018. Read more
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  • Kompass wandelkaart 747 Flaming |
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Walking holidays

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
  • 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
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
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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
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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
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United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • 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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Oberpinswang Lechtal 8 dagen
  • Wandelen en langlaufen in het Lechtal Het Lechtal is een ideale vakantiebestemming. Het gebied beschikt over een overwegend vlak loipenetwerk, dus ideaal voor de beginnende langlaufer. Maar ook de gevorderde langlaufer zal hier zeker voldoende uitdaging vinden. Langs de routes staan leuke eettentjes, waar de Oostenrijkse gezelligheid hoogtij... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Berlijn
  • Berlijn maakt na 100 jaar roerige geschiedenis een enorme inhaalslag. Moderne architectuur verrijst op de Mauerstreifen, 19e-eeuwse wijken worden opgeknapt en wereldberoemde monumenten krijgen een facelift. Kunstenaars en studenten zorgen in deze groene stad - met zijn trendy cafés, eethuisjes en galeries - voor een relaxte sfeer. Stedentrip... Read more
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  • Duitsland - Berlijn
  • Berlijn is een heerlijke fietsstad met routes van Kreuzberg tot Alexanderplatz en van Reichstag tot Charlottenburg. Je fietst langs de 'Muur', het kronkelend water van de Spree en beklimt de 'Berlijnse Bergen'. Fiets naar de Brandenburger Tor en de Kurfürstendamm, maar ook naar trendy wijken vol cafeetjes, galerietjes en pleintjes. Alles vanuit... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig Hillesheim-Manderscheid 5 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Te voet over de Alpen, etappe 1
  • 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
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Netherlands
  • Westerwald-Raiffeisenland 5 dagen single
  • De bosrijke natuur van Rheinland-Pfalz Westerwald is een relatief onbekende streek, niet ver van Nederland: aan de overkant van de Rijn, ter hoogte van de Eifel. Eigenlijk lijkt het landschap daar sterk op: een bonte afwisseling van weiden, akkers en vooral heel veel bossen van loofbomen en dennen. Alleen….minder bekend, dus dat maakt... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Eifel
  • Volg rustige, vaak autovrije fietsroutes door het fraaie, slingerende dal van de Kyll. Fiets ontspannen over vlakke en dalende wegen door oude loofbossen en stille vakwerkdorpjes onder toeziend oog van stoere burchten. Beklim de uitgedoofde vulkaankegels rond startpunt Gerolstein en geniet 's avonds van de eerlijke, voedzame streekgerechten.... 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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