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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Map

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Trails

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • Trekking Munich to Venice
  • Guidebook to Der Traumpfad, 'Dream Way', through Germany and Italy, 570km from Munich to Venice across some of the best scenery in the Alps. Split into 30 stages, the guide also describes 5 alternate stages and a day's via ferrata in the Dolomites. Includes full information and accommodation lists needed for the trek. Read more
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United Kingdom
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Munich to Venice, The Traumpfad | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids die in etappes de route nauwkeurig beschijft. This guidebook describes the 570km (354 mile) Traumpfad or 'Dream Way'; an Alpine trek from Munich's Mariënplatz to the Piazza San Marco in Venice. The route is broken into 30 stages of between 5hrs 30mins and 9hrs, graded according to difficulty, with 5 alternative stages and... Read more
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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
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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
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United Kingdom
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • Müritz Lake - Neusterlitz 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 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
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United Kingdom
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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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Porta Westfalica - Minden 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 58
  • Porta Westfalica – Minden area in 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. Contour interval... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rhone Cycle Route: Andermatt - Geneva (320km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • The Rhone Cycle Route, a 320-km long cycle trail along the river from Andermatt to Lake Geneva and Geneva, 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, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops,... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Rhine - Neckar Cycling Atlas
  • Cycling atlas of the Rhine - Neckar region of Germany at 1:75,000 in a series of handy size spiral bound atlases from Verlag Esterbauer, Europe’s leading publishers of cycling maps. The guide includes over 1000km of cycling trails in the region between Worms and Karlsruhe, including around Heidelberg and in the Odenwald Natural Park.Cycling... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Werse - Ems Cycle Tour (202km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Werse - Ems Cycle Tour, a 202-km long circuit in the area east of Münster and Hamm, between the Werse and the Ems, 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,... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 845 Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee | Kompass
  • Edersee, Naturpark Habichtswald, Wanderregion Medebach im Maßstab 1:50 000 Karte auf Vorder- und Rückseite • Im Kellerwald, neben dem Eder-Stausee, wurde ein 57,40 km2 großer Nationalpark eingerichtet. Attraktionen wie der Wildpark Edersee mit der Greifvogelstation „Greifenwarte Wildpark Edersee“ und dem Buchenwald-Informationszentrum „Fagutop“... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Augsburg and its Western Environs
  • Augsburg and its Western Environs in northern Bavaria 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 162 Augsburg Westliche Wälder | 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. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit Markierungen,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Münsterland 50K Kompass 3-Map Set No. 849
  • The Münsterland region of North Rhine-Westphalia on a set of three detailed, GPS compatible maps at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc. Coverage extends north to Osnabrück and Enschede in the Netherlands, and south to Hamm and Reckinghausen.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 849 Münsterland | Kompass
  • Groot gebied, met 3 verschillende kaarten in deze set. Noordoosten: Osnabruck Noordwesten: Hengelo (Overijssel) Zuidoosten: Lippstadt - Hamm Zuidwesten: Wesel - Bocholt Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk... Read more
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  • Cologne
  • Indexed street map of Cologne at 1:20,000 from Freytag & Berndt with an enlargement of central Cologne at 1:10,000. Mapping is bright, colourful and clear, with one-way streets shown, as well as the U-bahn, bus and tram networks with stops clearly indicated.Points of interest such as Cologne cathedral, the Romano-Germanic museum, theatres and... Read more
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  • 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’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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  • Naturpark Mass - Schwalm - Nette 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 62
  • Naturpark Mass - Schwalm – Nette in 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. Contour interval... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart Naturpark Maas - Schwalm - Nette | Kümmerley & Frey
  • Heinsberg - Venlo - Düsseldorf Wandelkaart met ingetekende routes. The Kümmerly+Frey outdoor maps help your with your planning. And once your have arrived at your holiday destination they double up as silent tour guides: attractive map image, comprehensive regional coverage (a map for each holiday region), contents featuring interesting tourist... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Austria/Germany/Italy: Alpenverein Hiking & Ski Maps
  • Popular Alpine regions of Austria and Germany in a series of detailed, GPS compatible maps mainly at 1:25,000 from DAV - Deutscher Alpenverein, produced by the two countries’ Alpine Clubs using cartography from their respective survey organizations. Maps in this series have topography vividly presented by contours at 20 metres intervals,... Read more
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  • Munich Region Street Atlas
  • Munich 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
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Walking holidays

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
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
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig noord 8 dagen
  • Hohes Venn, Monschau en Rurstausee 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 het prachtige... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig noord 8 dagen
  • Hohes Venn, Monschau en Rurstausee 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 het prachtige... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Eifel, Islek
  • U wandelt door een prachtig kleinschalig landschap met kleine, verstilde dorpjes en witte boerenhoeves en elke dag wordt u gastvrij onthaald in een mooi gelegen en comfortabel onderkomen. Het bijzondere aan deze reis is het culinaire menu dat u 's avonds wordt voorgeschoteld. De jonge eigenaren van de pensions waar u overnacht hebben zich... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig Totaal 17 dagen
  • Van Aken 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! De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute met een lengte van 313 km door het prachtige... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Eifelsteig Totaal 17 dagen
  • Van Aken 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! De Eifelsteig is een zorgvuldig samengestelde wandelroute met een lengte van 313 km door het prachtige... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Zwarte Woud
  • Bekijk de mooie gevels in het Kinzigtal en strijk neer op een terrasje. Overnacht in zeer verschillende, maar altijd mooi gelegen en comfortabele hotels. Wandel over goed gemarkeerde, afwisselende wandelpaden en geniet onderweg van Kaffee mit Kuchen.  Klim en draai met de rode Schwarzwaldbahn door oneindige tunnels en over hoge viadukten. Loop... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Aachener Land Nouveau
  • Van Limburg naar de Eifel In de meest zuidoostelijke punt van Nederland wandelt u door glooiend landschap zó Duitsland binnen. De tuin van het abdijhotel Rolduc ligt letterlijk op de grens. Dichtbij is dan de historische stad Aachen (Aken) en direct daarachter liggen de heuvelachtige uitlopers van de Eifel. Deze korte wandelreis doet de eerste... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Beieren
  • Treed in de voetsporen van sprookjeskoning Ludwig en ontdek zijn kastelen in de uitlopers van de Alpen. Bezoek zijn paleis, een kopie van Versailles, op een eiland in de spiegelende Chiemsee. Wandel tussen de boomtoppen van het Bayerischer Wald en kijk uit over Tsjechische wouden en besneeuwde Alpentoppen. Volg de Glasstrasse langs Beiers glas... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Beieren
  • Vanuit de Beierse hoofdstad München fiets je op een heerlijk ontspannen wijze langs de vele meren en meertjes, gelegen in het licht glooiende landschap aan de voet van de Alpen. Gezellige dorpjes en “Seen” met mooie zwemstrandjes, gastvrije terrasjes en uiteraard genieten van de Beierse keuken. Ook mogelijk met e-bike. 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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