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Leisurely hiking trails

What is a hiker's greatest joy? Sampling regional specialities in a restaurant after a hike. A refreshing beer, a freshly squeezed apple juice, a wine from one of the winemakers along the trail accompanied by a regional dish. As the saying goes: "The way to the heart is through the stomach". And if you like German hiking trails, you will love the culinary offerings. All routes in this category are known for their excellent hospitality.

The Franconian Mountain Path combines three of the region's uplands – the Franconian Forest, Fichtel Mountains and Franconian Switzerland – to create one magnificent hiking trail. read more »

On the western edge of the Odenwald mountain range, we hike 120 kilometres from Darmstadt to Heidelberg . We see forests, walk through vineyards and take a look around the many castles. read more »

The Neckarsteig starts in Heidelberg, and its enchanting Old Town and world-famous castle create a spectacular backdrop. Our path takes us upstream along both banks of the Neckar. read more »

Travel back in time on the Werra Castle Trail in Hesse. Experience the Middle Ages in the castles and palaces and hike along the inner German border of the Cold War era between Thuringia and Hesse. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

South-west Germany is where the country flaunts its most serene, sunny side. The scenery is radiant – it alone puts a smile on hikers' faces. read more »

The Tauber Valley Panorama Trail guides hikers through an enchanting landscape in northern Bavaria. It is the natural surroundings and the many cultural attractions in the places along the Tauber river which make this trail unique. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

The Altmühl Valley is a paradise for hikers, who can get up close with and appreciate the typically Bavarian countryside on this trail. No doubt about it, there are steep ascents on this route, but there are also plenty of opportunities to relax. read more »

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 read more »