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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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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Central Moselle Valley - Trier to Zell K+F Outdoor Map 22
  • The central Moselle Valley between Trier and Zell 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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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
Stanfords
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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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’s largest motoring organization. The plans name all the individual streets and indicate all the main landmarks and public... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Central Rhine: Bonn to Koblenz 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 32
  • The central section of the Rhine between Bonn and Koblenz 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.... Read more
Stanfords
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Havelland
  • Havelland (No. 745), 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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 745 Havelland | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Teutoburg Forest K+F Outdoor Map 45
  • Teutoburg Forest in northern 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 varies... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
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
  • Baltic Coast Cycle Route: Riga - Tallinn (783km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • A 783-km long section of the Baltic Coast Cycle Route from Jürmala and Riga Latvia to Tallinn in Estonia, including a circuit of Saaremaa Island and a section on Hiiumaa Island, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a German language guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park (2-map set)
  • Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park on a set of two GPS compatible, topographic recreational maps at 1:50,000 from the survey organizations of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland with cartography identical to the standard topographic survey of Germany but with additional extensive overprint highlighting local and long-distance hiking trails, cycle routes,... Read more
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  • Saar Cycle Route: Sarrebourg - Trier (191km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • The Saar Cycle Route: a 191-km long cycle route from Sarrebourg in France along the Sarre/Saar river to the old Roman town of Trier on the Moselle, 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rhein-Westerwald Nature Park
  • Rhein-Westerwald Nature Park north of Koblenz on a GPS compatible, topographic recreational map at 1:50,000 from the survey organization 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,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ems Cycle Route: From the Sorce to Emden (380km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Ems Cycle Route, a 380-km long route from the source of the Ems to the North Sea, presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a German language guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants including an alternative starting point in Dortmund reaching the Ems along the Dortmund – Ems Canal. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols,... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Deer Trails of the Black Forest
  • Self guided walking tour in Germany's Northern Black Forest. Deer Trails of the Black Forest 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... 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
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
  • 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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Harz
  • Voor de individuele sneeuwliefhebber is hotel Kräuterhof in de Harz ideaal voor een korte wintervakantie. Op korte reisafstand van Nederland ligt de sfeervolle Kräuterhof in een winters web van loipen en goed gemarkeerde winterwandelroutes. Met het stomende smalspoortreintje van de Harzer Schmalspurbahn voor de deur, heb je vele mogelijkheden... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Harz
  • Waar het westelijk deel van de Harz veel van zijn oorspronkelijkheid verloor, heeft het oostelijke gedeelte zijn charme behouden. U maakt hier prachtige wandelingen langs beken, door kloven, loofbossen en naaldwouden, waar niet alleen zwijnen en herten gedijen, maar ook de lynx. Afgewisseld met enerverende trajecten per stoomtrein zoals naar de... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Rothaargebirge
  • Een paar dagen langlaufen en sneeuwwandelen in het vlakbij gelegen Rothaargebirge, bij velen beter bekend als het Sauerland. Tussen Brilon en Dillenburg strekt zich een langgerekt middengebergte uit met toppen als de Kahler Asten (841 m) en de Langenberg (843 m). Je verblijft in het gezellige Heide Hotel in Hildfeld. Er zijn in ieder geval zeer... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Rothaargebirge
  • Even lekker een paar dagen bijtanken dicht bij huis. Vanuit uw zeer rustig gelegen en vriendelijke hotel verkent u het Sauerland. Het hotel ligt aan de Rothaarsteig, een goed gemarkeerde lange afstandsroute door het Rothaargebirge. U maakt mooie wandelingen naar de Bruchhauser Steine, de Hochheide en de Langenberg, met 843m de hoogste top. Bij... Read more
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Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Bayerischer Wald 8 dagen
  • Wandelparadijs in het zuidoosten van Duitsland Eerst een kort stukje geografie: het Bayerischer Wald ligt in het zuidoosten van Duitsland, in het grensgebied met Tsjechië en Oostenrijk. Het is een middelgebergte, met afgevlakte toppen die reiken tot een hoogte van ruim 1000 meter. Het landschap is gevarieerd: afwisselend bosrijk met loof en den... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Bad Hindelang
  • Een winterweek in de lieflijke Beierse Allgäu. Dagelijks doe je een winterse activiteit naar keuze: langlaufen naar de Vilsalpsee, sneeuwwandelen naar het Tiefenbacher Eck, rodelen vanaf de Imbergerhorn, winterwandelen naar de Hirsch Alpe en voor de liefhebbers skiën in Oberjoch op de hellingen van de Iseler. Alle bussen zijn gratis! Je auto... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Bad Hindelang
  • Terwijl de koeien ontspannen door de bergen lopen met hun mooie klokkenorkest, pauzeer je even op een weiland vol bloemen. Je ademt de heerlijk frisse lucht in en geniet van het verrassende uitzicht van glooiende loofbossen en grillige bergtoppen. Je houdt je ogen goed open, want misschien spot je tijdens de wandeling een gems, steenarend of... Read more
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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
  • 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
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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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