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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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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  • 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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United Kingdom
  • Lübeck - Wismar 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 12
  • 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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  • Fischland - Darß - Kühlungsborn 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 13
  • 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 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 27
  • 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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Maps

Stanfords
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: Marco Polo 200K Regional Road Maps
  • Germany on 13 large regional maps at 1:200,000 in the MairDumont’s Marco Polo series, prominently highlighting interesting locations and protected areas. In each title an index booklet attached to the map cover has street plans and access maps of main cities, descriptions of 15 best sights, plus where appropriate plans of main airports and/or... Read more
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  • Bremerhaven - Cuxhaven
  • Bremerhaven - Cuxhaven (No. 400), 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... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 400 Bremerhaven Cuxhaven | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden en register. GPS toepasbaar. Water- en scheurvast! KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit Markierungen, empfehlenswerte Radrouten und wichtige touristische... Read more
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  • Spreewald - NP Dahme-Heideseen 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 29
  • Spreewald - NP Dahme-Heideseen area of eastern 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. Coverage includes Goslar and Wernigerode.Maps in this series are at a... Read more
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  • Obere Donau - Baar - Donaueschingen 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 53
  • Obere Donau - Baar - Donaueschingen area of south-western 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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  • Baldeneysee - Elfringerhauser Schweiz
  • Baldeneysee - Elfringerhauser Schweiz (No. 493), 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,... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 493 Baldeneysee - Elfringhauser Schweiz | 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 de kaart: als fietskaart dus... Read more
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  • Hannover - Hildesheim Region Street Atlas
  • Hannover - Hildesheim 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 public... Read more
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  • Via Romana Cycle Tour: Xanten - Njimegen - Xanten (257km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 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
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  • Oberstaufen - Westallgäu - Adelegg - Lindenberg - Isny - Wangen
  • Oberstaufen - Westallgäu - Adelegg - Lindenberg - Isny – Wangen 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... 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. 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
Macs Adventure
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
Macs Adventure
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
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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Bayern en de Zugspitze 6 dagen
  • Van Garmisch naar de top van Duitsland Per ICE trein snel en comfortabel naar Garmisch Partenkirchen. De Zugspitze is met 2962 meter de hoogste berg van Duitsland en ligt in het zuiden van Beieren, op de grens van Duitsland en Oostenrijk. Het gebied is één van de mooiste en bekendste wandelgebieden van Duitsland en Oostenrijk. De route gaat van... Read more
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  • Bayern en de Zugspitze 6 dagen
  • Van Garmisch naar de top van Duitsland De Zugspitze is met 2962 meter de hoogste berg van Duitsland en ligt in het zuiden van Beieren, op de grens van Duitsland en Oostenrijk. Het gebied is één van de mooiste en bekendste wandelgebieden van Duitsland en Oostenrijk. De route gaat van Duitsland naar Oostenrijk over bergkammen en het prachtige... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Sauerland - mountainbiken
  • Uitstekend gemarkeerde routes leiden je door één van de beste mountainbikegebieden van Duitsland. Met groene heuvels tot boven de 800m zo typisch buitenland, maar toch dicht bij huis. Geniet van de bloeiende heide zo ver het oog reikt in natuurgebied Hochheide en fiets langs de diepblauwe Diemelsee. Suis naar beneden over een echt downhill... 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
  • Rennsteig 8 dagen
  • De Rennsteig dwars door het Thüringerwald Een trekker voor de langeafstandswandelaar is de Rennsteig, het oudste langeafstandswandelpad van Duitsland. De Rennsteig is een 168 kilometer lang wandelroute die van Hörschel (een stadsdeel van Eisenach) naar Blankenstein bij de Tsjechische grens loopt. De Rennsteig loopt over de kam van het Thüringer... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Eifel, Oberes Kylltal
  • Een mooie wandelvakantie door het hart van de Eifel, langs de lieflijke Kyll en restanten van oude vulkanen. Wandelen door akkerland, dichte bossen, weides, beekdalen en hoogveengebieden met bijzondere vegetatie, zonder al te veel hoogteverschillen. De rijke historie van dit gebied wordt weerspiegeld in de vriendelijke boerendorpjes,... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Sauerland 5 dagen
  • Duitslands mooiste natuur ten voeten uit Sauerland is een van de gebieden in Duitsland die gezien de afstand ideaal is voor een korte reis. Verder zijn er alle ingrediënten voor een mooie wandelvijfdaagse aanwezig: een prachtige natuur, een vriendelijke bevolking en perfect gemarkeerde en gedocumenteerde wandelroutes. Direct na de heenrit dwars... Read more
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  • Sauerland 5 dagen
  • Duitslands mooiste natuur ten voeten uit 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 wandelvijfdaagse aanwezig: een prachtige natuur, een vriendelijke bevolking en perfect gemarkeerde en gedocumenteerde wandelroutes. Direct na de heenrit... 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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