Take the cable car up to the top of the mountain, stroll across alpine meadows, and tuck into a slice of cake and coffee at a mountain hut. Such a gentle hike is a lovely way to whittle away an afternoon, but it won’t help you to collect steps for TK-Fit, the fitness rewards program by TK health insurance. We’ve put together a few Tours for you to send your step counting rocketing.
The long-distance Tours in this Collection are spread across Germany from the North Sea in the north to the edge of the Alps in the south and from Saxon Switzerland in the east to the Rhineland in the east. If you are short of your 60,000 weekly step goal having walked barely 1,000 steps working from home and with the weekend fast-approaching, we have a solution – hike through the Fichtel Mountains. If you want to catch up on steps on Sunday and also get your next week off to a good start, why not take Monday off and go hiking. Follow old railway lines across the Ruhr Valley and you’ll earn 80,000 steps.
To make sure you rack up a lot of steps, you'll cover big distances with our Tours so the hikes are especially difficult. But don't worry! All of the Tours pass bus stops, train stations, cable car stations, or boat jetties so you can easily shorten your hike. If you’ve already covered enough steps, fancy a short weekend trip, or don’t feel quite fit enough for more than 12 miles (20 km), you can adjust your hike to medium or easy. In all Tour descriptions, you can find detailed information on how and where to shorten the route.
If you work hard to collect steps with the TK-Fit app, you will earn rewards such as discounts on the latest sports equipment or fitness courses, or through the TK bonus programme. Counting steps is a lot of fun: it encourages you to get out into nature and stay fit, and earns you a reward on top! If you come down with a winter cold after hiking 20,000 steps around Starnberger Lake, you don’t even have to see a doctor in person. The TK-Online consultation hour provides sick notes and e-prescription directly from your mobile phone.
So, it’s time to put on your hiking shoes and collect bonus points step by step.
On Hercules ‘tracks you collect a lot of steps and also a few meters in altitude for tight, healthy calves. On beautiful forest paths you meander through the Dönche nature reserve, graze the Teufelseck and the old Ziegenkopf colliery. From there you hike directly to Kassel's landmark: the Hercules with a fantastic view. For a big point account, it goes in a loop over the Kastanienallee to the Silbersee and back.The start and end point are Kassel Wilhelmshöhe train station. If you want to take a short cut, you can simply skip the loop to the Silbersee or alternatively take bus 23 from Herkules back to Kassel Wilhelmshöhe station.
In the south of Stuttgart you not only hike through fragrant forest and along shimmering lakes - you also fill your step account with up to 40,000 steps! It goes over narrow paths in a loop to the picturesque Bear Lake and through the deer park. At the end of the loop, the Heslach waterfalls ripple leisurely. If you still have strength, you can take the second loop with you and climb the Birkenkopf with a great view over Stuttgart.The start and end point is the Südheimer Platz underground station. You will also pass this before the second loop starts, so that you can easily end your hike after around 23,000 steps.
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Pure nature and several steps for your points account await you on this varied hike from Lehrte to Hanover. In the north of Lehrtes you can walk through the idyllic Altwarmbüchener Moor with its lush Kalmia field. From there it goes on to Hanover. In the Alter Bahnhof beer garden you can strengthen yourself or get on the S-Bahn here and end your tour with a good 30,000 steps in your luggage.If you want to go all out, you can continue through the zoo and past the beautiful Anna pond. Here you can find another shortcut with the S-Bahn. At the end point, the main train station in Hanover, you are finally 50,000 steps richer.
Steep limestone slopes and spectacular views sweeten the hunt for steps for your point account on a piece of the famous Saale-Horizontale. You start at Jena-Göschwitz train station, which you can reach with the Stadt-Express or the Erfurter Bahn. From here it goes straight to the slopes and to the ruins of the Lobdeburg. Along the narrow path you can always enjoy great views of Jena and the Middle Saale Valley.After you have passed the Rabensberge, you climb back down to the Saale. The path now always leads you very close to or even over the railway lines, so that you can end your tour whenever you like. You have the 30,000 steps in your account when you finally arrive at Jena Saalbahnhof.
Breathe in the sea air and fill your point account to the brim with steps - you can do that with this promising tour along the beautiful Baltic Sea coast. The regional train from Rostock takes you to the starting point in Bad Doberan in just twenty minutes. Once there, you first walk across open fields until you plunge into the enchanted ghost forest at the Ostseebad Nienhagen. The salty sea air along the coastal strip is now your constant companion.In Warnemünde you can climb the InterCity to Rostock with a good 30,000 steps on the account or take twice as many steps by simply covering the distance on foot. The end point is Rostock main station.
A well-filled account is extremely reassuring - of course, this also applies to your step account. On this tour around Simmelsdorf you can collect your feet and take a look at how the nobles reside. It starts at Simmelsdorf-Hüttenbach station, which you can reach in around 35 minutes with the Schnaittachtalbahn from Nuremberg. From here you start on a circular hike over the Tucherschloss and mausoleum, into the forest and meadow landscape in the north of Simmelsdorf.After around 35,000 steps you will arrive back at the train station. Now you can decide whether your step goal is enough for you or whether you still want to do the round in the south. This leads you to Schnaittach, which is also connected to the train network and allows another shortcut.
Like a roller coaster, this round takes you steeply up the mountain, then back down into the valley. Your step count, however, always goes up. In just half an hour you land in Hersbruck (left of the Pegnitz) with the S1 from Nuremberg. From there you climb the Deckersberg, walk around the picturesque Happurg reservoir and up to the Houbirg viewpoint.After around 19,000 steps, you can get on the train at the Weidenmühle near Pommelsbrunn or fill up your step account on the way to Happurg. If you leave the train on the left, the account on the last section back to Hersbruck will ring again properly.
Through shady forest areas and again and again along the shimmering Isar - there is hardly a more beautiful way to top up your step account. Your hunt for 40,000 steps begins south of Munich at the Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn train station. The S1 S-Bahn line takes you here very easily. It is only a few steps to the imposing Schäftlarn Monastery, then you will cross the beautiful Isar. You follow their course past the Ickinger weir to Wolfratshausen.You have already made about half of the steps to this point. If that's enough for you, you get on the S-Bahn and drive back to Munich. If not, you change the banks of the Isar and leisurely stroll back to the starting point of the tour and take full steps.
Hike once from the Elbe Sandstone Mountains to Dresden and collect 60,000 steps for your points account - sounds like a great plan! And it starts very practically at the Stadt Wehlen train station, which you take the S1 from Dresden to. Once you have left the historic market square of the small town behind you, you follow the banks of the Elbe and enjoy wonderful views of the Elbe Valley and the Bastei.After around 18,000 steps you have reached Pirna. Here you have a connection to the S-Bahn to Dresden. Of course, you will collect more steps if you cover the distance on foot. At Birkwitz, after 30,000 steps and the third of a total of four ferry trips, you have the option to get on the S-Bahn again. There are 60,000 steps if you make it to Dresden Central Station.
In the north of Berlin lies the idyllic Briesetal with quiet pine forests and picturesque lakes - a perfect setting to really make your step account buzz. With the S-Bahn line S25 you arrive in Hennigsdorf and walk sometimes closer to the beautiful Havel, sometimes a little further away from it. The wonderful Briesetal begins at Birkenwerder. You already have 20,000 steps in your account up to this point and if that's enough for you, you just get on the S-Bahn home.Otherwise there are another 40,000 steps ahead of you in the forest landscape of Brandenburg and in the Tegeler Fließal. The end of the tour is the Mühlenbeck-Mönchmühle S-Bahn station, from which you can easily get back to Berlin.
Royal hiking pleasure awaits you on this tour around Weinheim, during which you can collect a total of 30,000 steps. The regional trains take you from Mannheim or Heidelberg to your starting point in Weinheim in around half an hour. You stroll through the castle park and pretty soon climb the first hill through the exotic forest. From there it goes down into the valley and on the other side up again.At the foot of the Wachenberg you can consider whether you should take the loop to Birkenau with you or hike back here and come home with around 18,000 steps. If you choose the loop, you can still get on the train in Birkenau and end the day of hiking. If you have run the whole round, you will end up with a total of 30,000 steps.
Why not take a nice Sunday excursion to collect your steps? Why on Sundays of all places? The small bicycle and passenger ferry, which brings you comfortably across the Rhine during the tour, only operates on Sundays and public holidays.At the Mainz-Mombach train station you start in the direction of the Rhine, cross it and walk from here to the art ruins of the Mosburg. We continue across the Rhine meadows, always along the banks of the magical river, to the impressive electoral castle of Eltville. If you are satisfied with your step goal of around 30,000 steps, you can get on the train home here. Otherwise you walk back on the shore, take the ferry and hike through the shady Lenneberg forest back to the starting point of the tour.
White sand dunes, gentle waves and 40,000 steps to collect - a perfect combination between relaxation and a sense of achievement. It starts at the Ruhleben underground station, which you can reach with the U2. You walk through the enchanted Murellenschlucht towards Grunewald and look down at an imposing sand dune. At the Grunewald S-Bahn station you can take a breather in the beer garden or end your tour here.Otherwise you continue to hike to the high-rise Grunewald Tower. The Havel accompanies you on your left while you enjoy a great view from the Drachenberg. The tour ends at Heerstraße S-Bahn station, which is regularly served by several lines.
Picturesque castle ruins, romantic half-timbered houses and an impressive viaduct from ancient times - on the "Tour de Ruhr" you will collect around 40,000 steps and medieval impressions around Hagen. You start at the Klöckner bus station, which is served by line 514. Once you have crossed the Ruhr, you hike up to the ruins of the Hohensyburg and enjoy a fantastic view of the river on the way down.You can take a well-deserved break in medieval Herdecke. If you want, you can get on the regional train or bus here after just 18,000 steps. The entire route takes you on to Wetter an der Ruhr and over the ancient viaduct back to Hagen.
In the hunt for game and in search of wild berries, primeval people covered several thousand steps a day. This tour through the Neandertal brings you on their tracks and provides your points account with a whopping 30,000 steps. You can reach the starting point Hochdahl-Millrath from Cologne in less than an hour. Past the picturesque mill pond, you hike deep into the idyllic Neandertal, where the bones of an extinct human species were found.At the Neandertal train station, you can get on the train after a good 21,000 steps, or you can do the entire loop over the Neandertal wildlife park back to the starting point.
The region south of Leipzig is known for its extensive lake landscape. On this beautiful tour you go around one of them and collect 30,000 steps for your points account. It starts at Regis-Breitingen station, which you can reach from Leipzig in around 40 minutes by S-Bahn. The path leads you around the beautiful shore of Haselbacher See and then north towards Deutzen.With a good 21,000 steps in your luggage, you can get on the S-Bahn home here or collect another 9,000. The rest of the tour touches the lakeshore of the Borna reservoir and finally ends again in Regis-Breitingen.
Enjoy a first-class view from the highest mountain in the Harz Mountains and top up your points account properly - the low mountain range awaits you with wonderful nature and exciting history. The steaming Brocken train is your constant companion.In Wernigerode you get on the famous train that takes you all the way up to the Brocken summit. Once you've had enough of the view, you slowly descend through the surrounding forests. You cross the tracks of the Brockenbahn again and again and can decide whether you want to end up with 40,000 steps in Wernigerode or jump into the Brockenbahn a little earlier.
With this hike on the old railway lines of the Ruhr area, you'll sack an incredible 80,000 steps. They are not by chance, because you have 49 kilometers of hiking ahead of you. If that is too steep for you, you will come across rail connections on the way and can take short cuts. You start at Viehofer Platz in the heart of Essen and meander through the Altendorf district out to Mühlheim an der Ruhr.The meanders of the river accompany you along the Ruhr meadows to Kettwig and Heiligenhaus, then over the former quarry and today's Schlupkothen Lake. The long journey ends at the Wülfrath-Aprath train station with a full point account.
Admittedly, you will certainly count a lot more steps than sheep on this tour, but you can still expect many wonderful hours of hiking to look out for your woolly companions. The hunt for 60,000 steps begins at Spaichingen train station. A challenging ascent takes you to the promising Dreifaltigkeitsberg.After you have left the heights again, you follow the Lippach to Mühlheim an der Donau, where you can get on the train after 35,000 steps. If you want to go all out, you can continue walking to Fridingen and take an extra lap through the surrounding forests.
On this day you shouldn't do anything else, because this tour has it all - almost 43 kilometers with around a thousand meters of altitude are waiting for you. The reward: 70,000 steps for your points account. If that is too much for you in one walk, you can also divide the route into stages. You will find a bus connection on the way after almost 40,000 steps in Wurmloh. There is an overnight stay in the kitchen house.The starting point is at Neusorg train station in the Fichtel Mountains. Through shady sections of the forest it goes up to the Kßeinehaus with refreshment stops. The vast forest and rocky landscape is peppered with smaller and larger ascents and descents right up to the finish at Bischofsgrün at the Birnstengel bus station.
The famous Hamburg district of Blankenese is not only adorned with a wonderful beach promenade and magnificent villas, it is also a great destination for collecting steps. 40,000 steps beckon you when you rock the entire route to and from the Bahrenfeld S-Bahn station.You first walk directly to the banks of the Elbe and follow the beautiful beach path with a view of the noble Blankenese. At the lower fire you turn around and explore the stairs quarter. One or the other café invites you to take a break here. At the Blankenese train station you can leave it alone after 21,000 steps or hike back to your starting point through the Hirschpark, Westerpark and Jenischpark.
Once around the lake - that doesn't sound like a lot if it weren't for the picturesque but also lush Starnberg Lake. For a circumnavigation you hike an impressive 53 kilometers and unbelievable 90,000 steps through small villages and past magical chapels. Challenge accepted? If the soles of your shoes start to “burn” in between, you can shorten the lap in several places by getting on the train or in a boat.The start and end point is at Possenhofen train station. Since this is a circular hike, you can also get on at any other point on the tour.
One, two, three ... many steps! With this extensive round tour through the Bremer Blockland you can take 60,000 steps. If you are also satisfied with just under half, there is a shortcut on the way. It starts in the very center of Bremen's main train station. Little pigs and proud peacocks await you in the zoo of the Bürgerpark, then you walk out to the blockland at the Stadtwaldsee. From the Wümme you go to the Hamme and near Ritterhude, where you will find a rail connection for short cuts.For the big jackpot, you can smoke your socks again and hike through the nature reserves Untere Wümme and Westliches Hollerland back to the main station.
Old ships, technically fascinating bridge constructions, science and floodplain forest - the hunt for 35,000 steps around Magdeburg offers a lot of variety. It starts in the very center of Magdeburg Central Station. Along the Stromelbe you get to the science harbor with the old chain steamer Gustav Zeuner and the impressive lift bridge. You cross the Elbe over the Herrenkrugsteg and hike to the Auenwald Biederitzer Busch.At Biederitz you have the opportunity to get on the train after around 21,000 steps. Otherwise you will reach the playful millennium tower via the Elbauenpark and continue through the university district to the end point at Magdeburg Neustadt train station.