• Edersee Forest Walk
    Edersee Forest Walk ©DZT (Christof Herdt)
  • The Moselsteig Trail near Piesport
    The Moselsteig Trail near Piesport ©Mosellandtouristik GmbH (Dominik Ketz)
  • Weltenburg Abbey near Kelheim
    Weltenburg Abbey near Kelheim ©Frank Blümler
  • View with Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in the background
    View with Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in the background ©Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH (Dominik Ketz)
  • A rewarding wooden path: all routes lead to water on the Darß peninsula
    Dunes on the Darßer Ort headland ©TMV (Lars Schneider (outdoor-visions.com))

Hiking with the family

Hiking with your children is always a special adventure. We have a few tips to help you wow junior hikers:

  • 1. Don't make the stages too long.
  • 2. Make the route exciting and challenging for them: incorporate lots of streams, rocks and narrow paths.
  • 3. Plan plenty of breaks, for example by a lake, at a woodland playground, in a restaurant or at a deer park. This category brings together routes offering guaranteed fun for the WHOLE family.

The Baltic Sea Coast Hiking Trail (E9) is Germany's most beautiful coastal route. The 400 kilometres from Lübeck to Ahlbeck are a mixture of shoreside lifestyle and glorious hiking routes.

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The Wilderness Trail takes hikers on an 85 kilometre journey through Eifel National Park, situated to the south of Cologne. We hike through secluded, unspoiled forests near the Belgian border.

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From its source located on the Rothaarsteig Trail, we follow the Lahn river for 288 kilometres until we reach its mouth on the Rheinsteig Trail. Our journey along this path is guaranteed to be full of amazing outdoor adventures.

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The Westerwald is a low mountain range known for its gently rolling hills. It lies between the Rhine, Sieg and Lahn rivers and between the cities of Cologne and Frankfurt . Since there are no steep hills, we take the Westerwald Trail at a leisurely pace.

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We see German myths and fairy tales come to life on the uplands and in the forests and localities surrounding the Weser river and meet Sleeping Beauty, Baron von Münchhausen and the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Baron von Münchhausen and Sleeping Beauty along the way.

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The Edersee Dam in Hesse lies in central Germany and is the country's second-largest reservoir. We take a 68 kilometre hike along the Forest Walk by the lake in three to six stages.

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The Schluchtensteig Trail in the Black Forest runs through the south of the Black Forest , near the border with Switzerland. We see the untamed beauty of the region up close on the 119 kilometre route.

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The Rothaarsteig Trail really is a hike for all the senses: your ears hear the whispers of nature. Your eyes delight in the forests' green splendour. Your nose sniffs the scent of wood and your mouth tastes the regional delicacies.

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The Rhine has been personified as a mythical god, Rhenus Pater (lovingly nicknamed "Father Rhine" by the Germans), for centuries. The river, castle ruins and rock formations have inspired generations of painters and poets to create romantic works.

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On the Rhine Castles Trail, we we follow the entire World Heritage Valley and hike from Bingen to Remagen on the left bank of the Rhine. This path takes us on a journey back in time in our hiking boots, uncovering legends and myths along the way.

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The Nibelungen saga is all about dragons, love, betrayal, gold and Siegfried, the hero of the tale. We find dragons and several Siegfried fountains on the Nibelung Trail and come to love the Odenwald low mountain range.

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The Natursteig Sieg is the hiking trail for the Cologne/Bonn Metropolitan Region. This is a delightful walk in idyllic natural surroundings along the tranquil Sieg river.

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The Moselsteig Trail is 365 kilometres long, so you could walk one kilometre along it every day for a year. The hiking trail consists of 24 stages and follows the Moselle river from the Franco-German-Luxembourg tripoint to the Deutsches Eck headland in Koblenz, where the Moselle meets the Rhine.

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When we hike on the Märkischer Landweg Trail, we head through the most pristine floodplains in Europe. This trail boasts 190 kilometres of pure nature in Brandenburg, from Berlin to the Polish border.

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Set in the fairytale-like landscape of Saxon Switzerland, the Painters' Way is one of Germany's most beautiful hiking trails.

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We explore the geological diversity of southern Harz on the Karst Trail. The gypsum has eroded to form spectacular and unique landscapes.

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Dinosaurs lived back in the Jurassic period. They have long since died out, but the stones from this era still remain. The 230 kilometre Jurasteig Trail brings us closer to this extraordinary Jurassic landscape.

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The north of Germany is known for its plains, but at just under 500 metres high, the Ith and Hils in Germany's Central Uplands are the exception to this rule. Hikers can immerse themselves in nature on this 81 kilometre circular route.

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The 180 kilometre Hochrhöner premium trail takes us through three federal states in central Germany: Hesse, Thuringia and Bavaria.

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We hike like witches: through the Mines of Rammelsberg, the Old Town of Goslar and the Upper Harz Water Regale. The Harz Witches' Trail is an insanely varied 97 kilometre route through Harz National Park. Off we go on our broomsticks to the Brocken mountain…

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The Eifelsteig Trail is probably one of the most diverse hiking routes in Germany. It offers a remarkable variety of landscapes and impressions – a real premium hiking sensation.

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The Fläming Heath is a beautiful, gently rolling landscape which pleases the eye of the hiker. The pine forests, luminous yellow rape fields, lush green meadows and a smattering of castles delight those who hike in the region.

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