• The Fichtelberg mountain
    The Fichtelberg mountain ©TMGS/Katja Fouad Vollmer
  • View of the Saar Bow
    View of the Saar Bow ©Tourismus Zentrale Saarland GmbH (Eike Dubois)
  • Sigmaringen Castle
    Sigmaringen Castle ©DZT (Deutschland abgelichtet, Moritz Kertzscher)
  • View from Oybin Castle
    View from Oybin Castle ©TMGS (René Gaens)
  • View with Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in the background
    View with Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in the background ©Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH (Dominik Ketz)
  • The Moselsteig Trail near Piesport
    The Moselsteig Trail near Piesport ©Mosellandtouristik GmbH (Dominik Ketz)
  • View of the Fils Valley from Gingen
    View of the Fils Valley from Gingen ©Schwäbische Alb Tourismus (Joachim Mende)
  • Edersee Forest Walk
    Edersee Forest Walk ©DZT (Christof Herdt)
  • Clemensberg mountain
    Clemensberg mountain ©Winterberg Touristik und Wirtschaft GmbH
  • Zweitälersteig Trail
    Zweitälersteig Trail ©ZweiTälerLand Tourismus (Clemens Emmler)
  • Allgäu Hiking Trilogy, the Alpspitz mountain near Nesselwang
    Allgäu Hiking Trilogy, the Alpspitz mountain near Nesselwang ©Allgäu GmbH (Klaus-Peter Kappest)
  • View of Titisee-Waldau on the Westweg Trail
    View of Titisee-Waldau on the Westweg Trail ©Schwarzwald Tourismus (Erich Spiegelhalter)

Hiking for sports enthusiasts

Some hikers like their hiking trail to include certain athletic elements, such as long stages and, most importantly, a good climb or steep slopes on a long hiking route. "No pain, no gain", as they say. After all, only those who climb the mountain will be able to enjoy the views – and a well-deserved glass of beer or wine after the day's exertions.

The trilogy of hiking trails includes a route to suit every taste and level, from the Wiesengänger (meadow walker) Route for leisurely hikers to the Himmelsstürmer (heaven hotspur) Route through the Allgäu Alps for sporty hikers. We opt for the Wasserläufer (water runner) Route – a happy medium between the three.

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The quality-tested SaaleHorizontale Trail in Thuringia is a 72 kilometre tour which loops around both sides of the Middle Saale Valley. The university city of Jena is the central point of our hiking trail.

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We hike exactly 244 kilometres on this circular route through the Bergisches Land low mountain range to the east of Cologne. Our trusty guide on this hike is the signpost consisting of a black cross on a yellow background.

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The Zweitälersteig Trail near Freiburg combines the Elz and Simonswald Valleys, hence its name (two valleys trail). We also get to climb one of the most beautiful mountains in the Black Forest on this route.

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The Winterberger Hochtour Trail is an 82 kilometre circular route through every district of the town of Winterberg. The holiday paradise in the Hochsauerland area flaunts its best side to hikers.

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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 Vogtland Panorama Weg is a 228 kilometre circular route through the federal states of Thuringia and Saxony which wends its way through the Ore Mountains/Vogtland Nature Park.

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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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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 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 Upper Lusatia Mountain Trail takes us through picturesque landscapes at the tripoint between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. We get a closer look at the border region on exciting routes.

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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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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 ridge trail starts in Altenberg close to the border with the Czech Republic. We head west and, 289 kilometres later, reach our destination of Blankenstein. This is also the end of the Rennsteig Trail.

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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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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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The Danube Zollernalb Trail is the big brother of the Danube Peaks Trail. If you put the two hiking trails together, you get a major hiking tour through south-west Germany.

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The Albtrauf escarpment in the Swabian Jura is unparalleled in Europe. We hike on the Albsteig Trail, which mostly follows the Albtrauf escarpment with a drop of up to 300 metres

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