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.

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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids - kaart Europäischer Pilgerweg - Via Nova | Freytag & Berndt |
  • Bewegwijzerde route loopt van Metten (noordelijk van Passau, zuidduitsland) naar St. Wolfgang (Oostenrijk). De kleine gids geeft korte beschrijvingen van plaatsen en accommodatie aan. Freytag und Berndt Wanderkarte und Radkarte Pilgerweg Via Nova in 2 Kartenteile Nord und Süd massstab 1:100.0000, Pilgerwander- und Pilgerradweg Routen, 289 km... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wandelgids Römerkanal Wanderweg | Conrad Stein verlag | Ingrid Retterath
  • > Wandelgids voor een 111,3 km lange archeologische wandeling van Keulen naar Nettersheim langs het Eifelaquaduct, dat door de Romeinen is aangelegd om water van de Eifel naar Keulen te transporteren. >  > Als Köln noch Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium hieß, bezogen die Römer ihr Wasser zunächst aus dem Vorgebirge, später aus der Eifel.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Actief en anders Rijn | ANWB |
  • De gids is bedoeld voor reizigers die binnen Europa op vakantie gaan en ter plekke een aantal dagtochten willen doen om de omgeving te verkennen. Dat kan met deze gidsen per fiets, te voet of met de auto. De gids begint met plaatsbeschrijvingen van alle plaatsen in het gebied die de moeite waard zijn. Vervolgens komen de dagtochten aan bod.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2004
  • Wandelgids Wege in die Natur - Wanderführer durch den Müritz-Nationalpark. |
  • Kleine wandelgids van een bij ons tamelijk onbekend mooi gebied: Muritz Nationaal Park. Dieser Wanderführer bietet den Besuchern des Müritz-Nationalparks 7 Tagestouren an, welche tourgerecht und fachkundig detailliert beschrieben sind, so dass die Fahrrad-Wanderungen ohne besondere Führungen vorgenommen werden können. Darüber hinaus enthält... Read more
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United Kingdom
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelkaart - Fietskaart 798 Westharz | Kompass |
  • Wandelkaart van het gebied met alle wandelpaden en routes gekleurd ingetekend. Hoogtelijnen, wegen, bushaltes, campings: alles staat er op! Met coordinaten, dus GPS toepasbaar. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit Markierungen, empfehlenswerte Radrouten und wichtige touristische... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
eBooks.de
Germany
Stanfords
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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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 Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rhein-Neckar Region Street Atlas
  • Rhein-Neckar 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
  • Stuttgart - Heilbronn Region Street Atlas
  • Stuttgart - Heilbronn 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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