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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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Titisee-Neustadt Kompass 893
  • Titisee-Neustadt (No. 893), 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 Germany and the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Müritz National Park - Waren - Plauer See - Neusterlitz K+F Outdoor Map 16
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oberstdorf - Kleinwalsertal Kompass 03
  • Oberstdorf - Kleinwalsertal area in 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
Stanfords
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
  • Rheinhessen – Nahe – Nordpfalzer Bergland Kompass 831
  • Rheinhessen – Nahe – Nordpfälzer Bergland (No. 831), 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ausseerland - Ennstal - Tauplitz Kompass 68
  • Map No. 68, Ausseerland, from Kompass, printed on waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper in a series of walking maps of selected areas of Germany at 1:50,000, with hiking routes on a topographic base, various types of accommodation, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc. Kompass are Europe’s largest publishers of walking maps,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 68 Ausseerland - Ennstal - Tauplitz | Kompass
  • Die 4in1 Wanderkarte ist jetzt noch übersichtlicher und besser lesbar. Die Wanderkarten aus den Top-Wanderregionen sind mit einer zusätzlichen Karte im Detailmaßstab ausgestattet. Der Aktiv Guide informiert Sie rund um das Thema Outdoor und die kostenlose App für unterwegs gibt es auch noch dazu. Das bildet die perfekte Grundlage für die... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids Natur erleben Baden-Württemberg | Klartext
  • Reisgids van een bepaalde streek van Duitsland waarbij de nadruk ligt op het beleven van de bijzondere natuur. Streken en kenmerken worden op toeristisch nivo besproken, wandelingen met kaartjes kun je er ook in terug vinden. Veel illustraties. Der Erlebnisführer zu den Nationalen Naturlandschaften in Baden-Württemberg Die Natur zu erfahren und... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wandel Auf Dem Buchmarkt. Selfpublishing Im Kontext Verlegerischer Bemuhungen
  • Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Journalismus, Publizistik, Note: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz (Buchwissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Seminar Verlagstypen, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Der Buchmarkt verandert sich. Die grossen Umsatze werden nicht mehr ausschliesslich in der Buchhandlung nebenan... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wandel Auf Dem Buchmarkt. Selfpublishing Im Kontext Verlegerischer Bemuhungen
  • Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Journalismus, Publizistik, Note: 1,0, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz (Buchwissenschaft), Veranstaltung: Seminar Verlagstypen, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Der Buchmarkt verandert sich. Die grossen Umsatze werden nicht mehr ausschliesslich in der Buchhandlung nebenan... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Journalismus nach der Krise
  • Die deutsche Medienlandschaft befindet sich aufgrund wirtschaftlicher Veränderungen im Umbruch: Redaktionen werden umstrukturiert, zusammengelegt oder outgesourct; Verlage verkaufen nicht mehr nur Journalismus, sondern auch Computer, CDs und Reisen; Heuschrecken kommen und ziehen wieder weiter; die Grenzen zwischen Werbung und Journalismus... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Journalismus nach der Krise
  • Die deutsche Medienlandschaft befindet sich aufgrund wirtschaftlicher Veränderungen im Umbruch: Redaktionen werden umstrukturiert, zusammengelegt oder outgesourct; Verlage verkaufen nicht mehr nur Journalismus, sondern auch Computer, CDs und Reisen; Heuschrecken kommen und ziehen wieder weiter; die Grenzen zwischen Werbung und Journalismus... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Danube Bike Trail
  • From its headwaters in the Black Forest of south-western Germay, the Danube flows through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Pristine flood-plains, picturesque villages and small towns, and a wealth of cultural landmarks line the river as it begins its long march to the distant Black Sea. Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Danube Bike Trail
  • From its headwaters in the Black Forest of south-western Germay, the Danube flows through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Pristine flood-plains, picturesque villages and small towns, and a wealth of cultural landmarks line the river as it begins its long march to the distant Black Sea. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007
  • The Best Travel Writing 2007 is the fourth volume in the annual series Travelers' Tales launched in 2004 to celebrate the world's best travel writing from Nobel Prize winners to emerging writers. These 29 stories cover the globe, from probing the depths of a culture in Jerusalem to riding the rails in India and trying to save a life in Costa... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Vogels kijken in - Vogels kijken in Noordoost Duitsland
  • Voor natuurliefhebbers heeft buurland Duitsland heel wat te bieden. Vooral het noordoosten is rijk aan uitgestrekte natuurgebieden: grote en kleinere meren, gevarieerde loofbossen, rijke uiterwaarden en zompige moerassen. Je kunt hier eindeloos wandelen, fietsen of kano n en genieten van een rijke flora en fauna in een dunbevolkte streek.Deze... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Vogels kijken in - Vogels kijken in Noordoost Duitsland
  • Voor natuurliefhebbers heeft buurland Duitsland heel wat te bieden. Vooral het noordoosten is rijk aan uitgestrekte natuurgebieden: grote en kleinere meren, gevarieerde loofbossen, rijke uiterwaarden en zompige moerassen. Je kunt hier eindeloos wandelen, fietsen of kano n en genieten van een rijke flora en fauna in een dunbevolkte streek.Deze... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ulm and Environs
  • Ulm and Environs (No. 789), 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nuremberg - Ansbach - Bamberg - Bayreuth - Erlangen - Fürth ADAC Street Atlas
  • Nürnberg 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 buildings. All... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Enns Cycle Route: from the Source to the Danube (264km)
  • Enns Cycle Route, a 264-km long cycle trail along the river from its source to the Danube, 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, repair workshops, recreational facilities,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Chemnitz and Environs
  • Chemnitz and Environs (No. 817), 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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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 817 Chemnitz und Umgebung | Kompass
  • Chemnitz and Environs (No. 817), 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Südliches Märkisches Oderland
  • Südliches Märkisches Oderland (No. 746), 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oder-Neisse Cycle Route Bikeline Map-Guide
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Flanders Cycling Route Bikeline Map-Guide
  • Flanders Cycling Route, an 826km long circuit around Flanders taking in Ypres, Bruges and Ghent, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Danube Cycle Route Part 1: Donaueschingen to Passau ENGLISH Ed.
  • The Danube Cycle Route Part 1– its first 580-km long section across Germany from Donaueschingen to Passau on the Austrian border – in an English language edition of Verlag Esterbauers’ Bikeline series, with detailed mapping at 1:50,000 highlighting the route and its variants, street plans for main cities, and extensive information conveyed by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hochspessart - Aschaffenburg - Lohr - Wertheim K+F Outdoor Map 50
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Frosch Cycle Tour: North-Eastern Saxony (274km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Frosch Cycle Tour, a cycling circuit of 274 kilometres across the landscape of heath and 1000 ponds in the north-eastern Saxony to the chorus of frogs, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Werra Valley Cycle Route - Source to Hann. Münden Bikeline Map-Guide
  • Werra Cycle Route, a 329km trail along the Werra from its source to Eisenach – the historic town on Martin Luther and J.S. Bach and onto Hann. Münden where joined by the Fulde it becomes the Weser. The route is presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bohemian Forest - Mühlviertel - Moldau/Vltava Reservoir Freytag & Berndt Map
  • Bohemian Forest - Mühlviertel - Moldau/Vltava Reservoir area straddling the border of Austria, Czech Republic and Germany presented at 1:50,000 in a series of contoured and GPS compatible outdoor leisure map from Freytag & Berndt with hiking and cycling routes, mountain huts, campsites and youth hostels, local bus stops, plus other tourist... Read more
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