• View of the Saar Bow
    View of the Saar Bow ©Tourismus Zentrale Saarland GmbH (Eike Dubois)
  • Rennsteig, Wartburg Castle
    Rennsteig, Wartburg Castle ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • 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))
  • Goldsteig, by the Großer Arbersee lake
    By the Großer Arbersee lake ©Tourismusverband Ostbayern (Andreas Hub)
  • Saxon Switzerland, the Wehlnadel and Bastei rock
    Saxon Switzerland, the Wehlnadel and Bastei rock ©Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz e.V. (Philipp Ziegler)

Extra-special hiking trails

Germany is a hiking wonderland. To make sure you don't lose track of the many regions, you need beacons to show you the way. Hiking in Germany is so much fun. (Although less so in heavy rain.) This category comprises 13 extra-special trails dotted across Germany.

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 285 kilometre long-distance hiking path from Pforzheim to Basel is one of Germany's top hiking routes. We have the chance to appreciate the region's landscape and cuisine from the peaks of the Black Forest.

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The Uckermärker Landrunde Trail is a 167 kilometre circular route in the north of Brandenburg. The Uckermark region is one of Germany's scenic gems, with forests, lakes and unspoiled natural surroundings.

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No other hiking path in Europe connects so many nature trails. The Saar-Hunsrück is the European champion of the single trail. The paths are often so narrow that hikers need to walk in single file – as if they were in the jungle. It is the perfect 410 kilometre hike.

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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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The almost 700-year-old Rennsteig is Germany's oldest hiking trail. Every year, the ridgeway through the Thuringian Forest wows 100,000 or so hikers from all over the world.

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

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In 2014, the Heidschnuckenweg trail through Lüneburg Heath was voted the most beautiful hiking trail in Germany by readers of Wandermagazin – a great honour for this route through northern Germany's thrilling landscape.

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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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At 660 kilometres, the Goldsteig Trail is the longest certified hiking trail in Germany. The trail to the north through the Bavarian Forest National Park is an athletic challenge, the trail to the south is more relaxed.

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Explore the vicinity of Berlin on the 66 Lakes Trail, a large circular hiking route. A hike around the metropolis in the midst of Brandenburg's scenic beauty.

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