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Escape the city – Ford weekend adventures from the Harz Mountains to the Baltic Sea

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Escape the city – Ford weekend adventures from the Harz Mountains to the Baltic Sea

Hiking Collection by Ford Weekend Adventures

10

Tours

38:11 h

87.0 mi

5,725 ft

Get out of the city and into nature with these five weekend adventures that are sure to make you forget the stress of everyday life. Swap urban canyons for rocky gorges, slow-moving traffic for rushing water, and leather shoes for hiking boots. After all, idyllic autumnal landscapes are the perfect backdrop to switch off during a hike. In this Collection, we have picked out five adventures in the north-east of Germany that are perfectly planned for your weekend. For each region, we give you accommodation tips and recommend two wonderful hikes. All destinations can be reached in only two to four hours by car from Hamburg or Berlin. Get behind the wheel and start your journey into nature – the most beautiful adventures are often only a short road trip away!

Do you enjoy the salty air along the coast? Then head off to the island! In the northeast of Rügen, you can walk along the beach for miles, eat fish sandwiches, and admire the blue water of the sea. The Baltic Sea fjord Schlei is also a spectacular area to explore. Here, rugged moorland landscapes alternate with idyllic fishing villages. If you don’t like the vast ocean, then you can explore the Mecklenburg Lake District on two hikes which combine water and forest together. Or maybe you want to dive into the forest? In that case, visit the Harz Mountains for the weekend. Or, you can explore Saxon Switzerland and marvel at the unique rock formations in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

It’s up to you how to use your Friday evening – the whole weekend lies ahead of you, ready to be action-packed. And after a good dose of nature spiced with adventure, Monday mornings become much easier. So, enjoy your freedom and head into the weekend at full speed.

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    Abenteuer 1 – Tag 1: vom Bodden zur Steilküste auf Rügen

    Intermediate
    04:03
    9.95 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The island of Rügen is perfect for a weekend excursion - especially now after the main season is over. In the north of the largest island in Germany you can experience the wild side of the Baltic Sea: rugged cliffs, long sandy beaches and blue seas as far as the eye can see. Add some sun and wind and

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    5.59 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's tour in the north of the island of Rügen shows you the famous Cape Arkona. Look forward to three towers, an imposing cliff and a picturesque fishing village. But at the beginning you start this nine-kilometer hike with a good pinch of Baltic Sea air on the north beach.

    

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    9.89 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Selketal-Stieg winds its way through the picturesque valley in the Harz for a total of 67 kilometers. On this 16-kilometer hike, you can sniff a little long-distance hiking trail air and gain a wonderful insight into the unique landscape. The hike through the north German low mountain range starts

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  • Difficult
    05:28
    11.3 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On day two of your short vacation in the Harz, it will be mystical: on this 18-kilometer hike, you will discover the wild and romantic Hexenstieg in the Bodetal. The path meanders through a magical landscape and will definitely cast its spell on you.

    

    The circular hike starts at the Hexentanzplatz on the

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    5.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Do you fancy a varied walk on the beach to get in the mood for your weekend? Then this eight-kilometer loop is just right for you. It starts at the Nordstern campsite, where you can also set up your base for the weekend.

    

    Right at the beginning, the path leads you along the picturesque Norgaardholz beach

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  • Intermediate
    04:42
    11.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Germany's longest Baltic Sea fjord stretches a good 40 kilometers from the coast into the inland. The Schlei offers you a wonderful landscape for your hikes - including idyllic fishing villages, lots of water and pleasant tranquility. This tour starts at the parking lot on the northern edge of Kappeln

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    5.02 mi
    1.9 mph
    950 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bizarre rock shapes shape the unique landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, also known as Saxon Switzerland. The region is no longer an insider tip, but a visit is always worthwhile. On this eight-kilometer hike you climb over the striking Lilienstein, the symbol of the Saxon Switzerland National

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    4.71 mi
    2.0 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Robber barons once raged here, today the bastion is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Saxon Switzerland. On this seven-kilometer hike, you will get to know the unique rock formation better and also enjoy wonderful views of the Elbe and the surrounding, striking mountains of the Sandstone

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  • Intermediate
    04:55
    11.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Müritz is the largest lake in Germany - and always worth a trip. This hike takes you in a 19 kilometer loop through the beautiful forest of the national park, to beautiful bathing areas and to a lot of relaxation. The tour starts at the “Bolter Ufer” campsite, where you can rent a room for the weekend

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  • Difficult
    05:07
    12.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this almost 20-kilometer hike, you will come up high right from the start - in the lowlands of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The bus takes you from Waren to the starting point of the tour, the Käflingsberg. From the observation tower you have a magnificent all-round view of the dense forest and the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    87.0 mi
  • Duration
    38:11 h
  • Elevation
    5,725 ft

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