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

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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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
Stanfords
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Stanfords
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  • Pfälzerwald (Palatinate Forest) 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 24
  • Pfälzerwald, the Palatinate Forest south of Kaiserslautern, 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
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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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  • 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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  • Kiel - Großer Plöner See 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 10
  • Kiel and Lake Plöner, the largest lake in Schleswig-Holstein, 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids CityTrip Magdeburg - Maagdenburg | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Dieser kompakte Stadtführer ist der ideale Begleiter, um die Elbmetropole Magdeburg individuell zu entdecken: Alle bedeutenden und weniger bekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten ausführlich vorgestellt und bewertet + erlebnisreicher Stadtspaziergang mit genauer Beschreibung + ausgewählte Unterkünfte von nobel bis preiswert + die besten Adressen für den... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2021
  • Wandelgids Rund um Regensburg | Rother Bergverlag
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. Rund um das mittelalterliche Regensburg, das zum UNESCO-Welterbe zählt, laden abwechslungsreiche Naturlandschaften zu genussvollen Wanderungen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2021
  • Wandelgids Uckermark | Rother Bergverlag
  • De Rother wandelgidsen beschrijven zeer goed de wandelingen in specifieke gebieden. In de gids vindt men kaarten, routebeschrijvingen en de nodige praktische informatie om van de wandelingen/trekkings een geslaagde onderneming te maken. Verwunschene Landschaften, stille Seen, tiefdunkle Wälder; kleine Dörfchen – nur gut eine Autostunde vom... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2021
  • Wandelgids Neckarweg | Rother Bergverlag
  • De Rother wandelgidsen beschrijven zeer goed de wandelingen in specifieke gebieden. In de gids vindt men kaarten, routebeschrijvingen en de nodige praktische informatie om van de wandelingen/trekkings een geslaagde onderneming te maken. Auf schönen Pfaden und Wegen führt der Neckarweg quer durch Baden-Württemberg, von der Quelle des Neckars im... Read more
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Maps

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  • 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
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  • Hannover 57
  • Hanover - Steinhuder Meer - Deister 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... Read more
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  • Hanover - Steinhuder Meer - Deister K+F Outdoor Map 57
  • Hanover - Steinhuder Meer - Deister 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... Read more
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  • Upper Danube 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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  • Obere Donau - Baar - Donaueschingen K+F Outdoor Map 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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  • Bohemian Forest - Mühlviertel - Lipno Dam F&B WK262
  • 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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  • 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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  • Evolène Swisstopo 1327
  • Map No. 1327, Evolène, in the topographic survey of Switzerland at 1:25,000 from Swisstopo, with coverage extending from Zinal southwards to Dent Blanche and including in its western half the upper part of Val d’Hérens with La Forclaz and Les Haudères, plus part of the Arolla Valley.Swiss topographic survey at 1:25,000 covers the whole country... Read more
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  • Emsland Cycle Tour (297km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Emsland Cycle Tour, a 297km cycle route between Papenburg and Rheine 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, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc. A... Read more
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  • Wismar - Klützer Winkel
  • Wismar - Klützer Winkel area of northern Germany 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 Austria,... Read more
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  • Münsterland Ost - Beckumer Berge 50K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 59
  • Münsterland Ost - Beckumer Berge 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... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • Lower Rhine - Kleve - Wesel - Xanten K+F Outdoor Map 61
  • Lower Rhine - Kleve - Wesel area in western 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... Read more
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  • Lahn Valley Cycle Route - from Source to Rhine Bikeline Map-Guide
  • Lahn Valley Cycle Route, a 247km long cycle route from the source to the Rhine 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, places of... Read more
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  • St. Blasien - Todtmoos - Hotzenwald - NP South Black Forest Kompass 898
  • St. Blasien - Todtmoos - Hotzenwald in the southern Black Forest 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... Read more
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