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Close to the Hermann Heights Trail – 18 circulars in the Teutoburg Forest

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Close to the Hermann Heights Trail – 18 circulars in the Teutoburg Forest

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One of the most beautiful high-altitude trails in Germany runs 226 kilometres (140 miles) along the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest and the Egge Mountains – the Hermann Heights Trail. If you don’t have time to walk it in one go but are drawn to landscapes of fragrant juniper heaths, sandy alpine meadows, bizarre rock formations and rusty-red springs, then this Collection is ideal for you. These 18 varied circular routes stretch the length of the entire Teutoburg Forest, bringing you close to the Hermann Heights. The day hikes reveal unique places that are hidden when following the long-distance trail and are a worthy extension of the original route.

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The northernmost Tour guides you to historic buildings and squares in the town of Rheine. You also visit the artistically-designed Bentlage Landscape Park and the impressive salt works. On the southernmost Tour, you enjoy untouched nature, the picturesque Felsenmeer (rocky sea) and fuzzy bison. In between, you’ll find many unexpected gems on the 16 remaining Tours that explore the areas around Osnabrück, Bielefeld and Paderborn. Discover the habitats of the rare cross gentian ants on the Schmetterlingweg (butterfly way), marvel at the mighty railway viaduct near Altenbeken and enjoy the view from the historical Schwedenschanze ramparts or from a hammock near the town of Werther.

If you fancy a relaxed walk with a flair of adventure, then the short climb to the legendary Dörenther Cliffs, the Freedenblüte TERRA.track or the Pivitker Wasserweg (Pivitker Waterway) with its numerous streams and springs are perfect for you. If you want to really push yourself, tackle the 30-kilometre (18.6 mile) eastern loop of the Weg für Genießer (path for gourmets) to the Hengeberg peak.

All of the Tours offer parking at the starting point and since they are all circular, you don't have to worry about returning to your car at the end. Many routes are also easy to reach by bus or train.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    04:20
    10.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Wonderful nature and fluffy bison - the approximately 16-kilometer-long Hardehausen Climate Experience Route tells you a lot about the various spatial and temporal dimensions of the local climate. You will find out how the landscape was shaped by the climate and you will get into the smallest microclimate. Pure excitement!It starts at the Hammerhof forest information center with an attached café. Shortly after the playground, you dive into the beautiful forest and follow the course of the rustling Hammerbach. The path winds past Hardehausen to the Alpenbach. The Obere Hangweg leads you directly to the cliffs and into the picturesque sea of rocks, where rare animal and plant species are native.The fascinating interactions between nature, climate and health can be experienced again and again along the way. Climatic conditions from bygone eras are reflected in the landscape. Numbered limestones and tree trunks show you climatic phenomena along the way. But you will also be given a glimpse into the possible future of climate change.On the way you can enjoy your sandwiches at the small Roters Eiche refuge, then continue to the idyllic forest lake. You follow its inlet, the Schwarzbach, to the actual highlight of the tour: the observation tower on the bison enclosure. If you've had enough of the magnificent cattle, you can stop off at the cozy café at the end of the tour.

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    Difficult
    05:07
    11.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 19-kilometer circular hiking trail was created in memory of two regional foresters. Even if the poaching trail has a dark origin, you can look forward to fascinating cliffs, a castle-like observation tower and lots of nature.You start in the center of Lichtenau-Kleinenberg and walk to the pretty pilgrimage church. You follow the path to the Sandfeld district to Schönthal, then the route runs along the old railway. Shortly before you reach the impressive Teutonia cliffs, you stand in front of two forester's crosses. It was 125 years ago that the two foresters, Gies and Steinsträter, were killed by poachers and left in the forest. The circular route with these crosses is intended to remind of the drama.A little more lively it goes on to the impressive rock face of the Teutonia cliffs, which tower up a whole 15 meters. Just a stone's throw away you can climb the Bierbaums Nagel tower and enjoy the wonderful view.Past the sea of rocks you now hike on narrow paths along the south side of the Egges through fragrant forest. Then the contemplative tour ends again in the center of Lichtenau-Kleinenberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    8.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fragrant meadows and unique shell limestone slopes. Immerse yourself in the world of butterflies and glowing gentians with this varied circular hike. Over a distance of around 15 kilometers you will learn exciting things about the life of the colorful butterflies.Willebadessen train station is a perfect introduction to the tour. The bus and train will take you here, and you will also find parking spaces. Since this is a circular hike, you can of course also start at any other point. You follow the railway tracks for a while and then hike on the southern edge of Willebadessen through beautiful parks and the adjacent forest.Soon, however, you will leave civilization behind you and walk through extensive sheep pastures with thousands and thousands of flowers and aromatic herbs. A paradise for butterflies! With a bit of luck you will spot the absolutely rare blue gentian who will find plenty of delicious food here.Happy grunting wild boars and happily jumping deer, roe deer and mouflons greet you at the Willebadessen game reserve. You can take a lot of time here, because the train station is now not far away.

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    Difficult
    08:19
    18.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Quality that can be proud of awaits you on the rambling Viaduct hiking trail. For 30 kilometers you will explore the mighty railway viaduct, Altenbeken's landmark, visible from afar, from above and below. Collectors obtain the stamped card created especially for the route in advance, which can be canceled at five stations. At the end of the day you will receive a neat certificate and a hiking pin.It is best to plan a whole day for the long round tour. With a snack and drinks in your backpack you are well equipped, but there are also inviting places to stop for refreshments along the way. Again and again you have beautiful views of the trains that drive over the viaduct - sometimes comfortably chugging regional trains, sometimes speeding express trains. And since the tour is well signposted, you can concentrate fully on this unique experience.But not only the omnipresent viaduct will amaze you. By the way, you will also pass the Max-und-Moritz-Quelle. The figures are set in a stone and are sure to put a smile on your face.On the last few kilometers it will be particularly picturesque, because you will stroll through the spacious Dunetal and Egge Idyll. Enjoy the idyll to the full. If you like, you can take a close look at the historic steam locomotive after the tour, which is waiting for you at the end.

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    Intermediate
    04:49
    10.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Around the beautiful Velmerstot you can expect pure nature on the 17 kilometers of the KlimaErlebnisRoute. Fragrant pine trees, soft forest paths, rustling brooks and fantastic views are certain to be. And by the way, you will learn a lot more exciting things about the climate and its effects from then, now and tomorrow at 18 adventure points.Right at the edge of the forest, north of Veldrom and Feldrom, your journey of discovery begins with a proper ascent over the beautiful forest path and a romantic wooden bridge that spans the babbling Silberbach. It goes up to the Lippische Velmerstot, a beautiful vantage point where you can take a breather on a bench and have a snack.Once you have regained your strength, you can continue walking for the next few kilometers through the Egge-Nord nature reserve without any significant inclines. What you have climbed, it now goes back down to Kempen and on the other side back up into the forest.You have managed the steepest inclines with it and can fully enjoy the enchanting fairytale forest that surrounds you. At the Ebersberg refuge you will find one last spot for a break, then it goes down to the starting point of the tour.

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    Easy
    01:27
    3.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Babbling brooks, rust-red springs and idyllic ponds - the relaxed, five-and-a-half kilometer circular hike is all about water. The Pivitker Wasserweg shows you unique moor and lake landscapes and takes you past three reservoirs.The boozy tour begins at the Donoper Teich car park and thus right at the first reservoir. During the Thirty Years' War it was dammed up for fish farming and is now a popular hiking destination. Via Hermannsweg you continue to the crayfish pond, which - as you will already suspect - was used for breeding crabs.Just a little further, rust-red water splashes from the iron spring, which forms a great contrast to the surrounding green of nature. The ornate stone vase from which the water gushes dates from the 17th century. From here you follow the Hasselbach to the reservoir of the same name. And this was also used for breeding, but not for aquatic animals, but for horses.After you have crossed a bridge, you arrive at the third reservoir: the blue lake with crystal clear water. If you follow the Blue Brook, you will soon be back at the parking lot.

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    5.93 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fancy a little stroll through town? This relaxed, around nine-kilometer round tour takes you to historic buildings and squares, the unique cultural landscape of the Bentlage recreation area, the monastery of the same name and the fascinating complex around the Saline Canal.You start very centrally at the Rheine train station. Your first destination is the imposing parish church of St. Dionysius. The church dates from the 15th or 16th century and decorates the city center. From here it is only a stone's throw to the Ems.Now you go a bit along the water, then you cross the train tracks and stand in front of the historic salt works. Information boards tell you more about the background of the former saltworks, for which the canal for brine extraction was created in the mid-18th century.Just a few steps further you dive into the artistically designed Bentlage Landscape Park, walk past the monastery and back to the Ems. On the other side of the bank, you hike back towards the center of the village and can stop off at one of the numerous cafés and restaurants.

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    Difficult
    05:41
    13.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The landscape around the Hermannsweg is absolutely diverse. This tour takes you into the mystical alpine dairy landscape with sandy paths, delicate purple heathland and fascinating moorland. By the way, you will also visit the landmark of Oerlinghausen.Your hike starts centrally near the Alexander Church, where you will find numerous parking spaces. The Brachtshof bus stop is your starting point if you want to travel by public transport. From here it goes straight up to Tönsberg, on which the Kumsttonne windmill stump is located: the city's landmark. In the middle of the 18th century the mill lost its wings and remained in this condition up here.It remains mountainous, because now you are walking along the foot of some mountains. Also included: the Ravensberg, the Hermannsberg and the Hörster Berg - to name just a few. The Dörenschlucht will enchant you with its fragrant pine trees, then the landscape changes into extensive heather areas with lots of sand and low trees.You always walk along the edge of the Senne and at the end of the tour you can take a look at the Archaeological Open-Air Museum, which presents finds from the area.

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    Intermediate
    02:08
    4.71 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Take a leisurely stroll between the castle and the mountain while enjoying the culture and nature - this beautiful circular hike takes you over easily accessible paths and is an ideal tour for the whole family.Before you really get started, we recommend a visit to the magnificent Sparrenburg. The fortress dates back to the 13th century and with its almost 40 meter high tower offers a perfect view of Bielefeld. It is not for nothing that the castle is the symbol of the city.Once you've explored the walls, you continue along the botanical garden and to the Olderdissen home zoo. Admission is free and you also have enough time for a flying visit. After all, more than a hundred domestic animal species live here in spacious enclosures.Along the Ochsenheide you are now surrounded by beautiful nature and in front of you you can already see the Johannisberg, which you have to climb. And it's worth it, because the historic park up here is one of the oldest in the city. A successful highlight at the end of this beautiful tour.

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    Difficult
    08:17
    18.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Magnificent views are guaranteed on this dissolute, approximately 30-kilometer tour. Since there are also some vertical meters to master, we recommend that you plan a whole day. So you can enjoy the views at the numerous rest areas to the fullest and slowly tackle the climbs.The route for connoisseurs starts in Halle and demands everything from your calves. It goes up to the Hengeberg, where, in addition to a great panorama, a few wooden benches and even a hammock await you. Time to take a breather and eat your first snack.Through the juniper heather on the Kammweg you get directly to the Schwedenschanze, also known as the Kaiser-Friedrich-Gedächtnishütte. With a little luck, it can even be managed. In any case, you have a perfect view of the landscape at around 307 meters.On your way from Steinhagen you walk through untouched nature and past impressive monuments such as the coffee mill. In the last section, the path leads you into a magnificent beech forest, where you can still discover traces of East Westphalian mining.

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    Difficult
    05:48
    13.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This promising circular hike would have deserved the title “The Three Towers”. They open up fascinating panoramas over the border area between Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. And all of this was under water millions of years ago. You are practically walking on the sea floor.It starts in Borgholzhausen, directly with a sweaty ascent to the Luisenturm. Where trees sprout today and small settlements peek out from among the fields, there was still a tropical sea in the Cretaceous period. The Luisenturm is one of three "lighthouses" that give you a fabulous view. You have already reached the highest point of the tour.At a leisurely pace, you continue to the “Auf der Steinegge” observation tower near Dissen at ridge height. If you have climbed up to the wide viewing platform, the Teutoburg Forest lies below you in all its splendor. From here it is now downhill to the Black Spring, where you can treat your tired feet to cool off in the splashing water.The path climbs gently again and brings you to the third tower, where an inn beckons you to stop. Once you have regained your strength, you can still digest a little on the descent. Then the next and last ascent follows up to the Neuenkirchener Berg. You have almost reached the end of the tour.

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    Intermediate
    02:17
    5.13 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Humming beetles and humming bees appreciate the lilac and white flowers that adorn the slopes of the ridge near Bad Iburg every April. Time to lace up your hiking boots and explore the Freeden blossom extensively.On the outskirts of Bad Iburg you immediately disappear into a wonderful mixed forest. If you are here at the right time of year, you can experience the phenomenon “The Freeden is in bloom”. Then the hollow lark spur dips the forest floor in an incomparable and unique color splendor for this region. But the TERRA.track is also simply a pleasure at other times of the year.Narrow paths alternate with forest paths and one or the other refuge invites you to take a break. Soak in the fresh forest air and leave everyday life behind you. Over the Hermannsweg it is woody slowly back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    03:46
    8.29 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This Teuto loop leads you through the rustic Holperdolper Valley, across colorful meadows, wide forests and up to the panoramic ridge with what is probably the northernmost snack station, which welcomes you with the best alpine flair.The high-contrast tour begins at the Lienen indoor swimming pool, where you can also park. The path meanders along the edge of the forest, past idyllic ponds and rustling brooks. From now on it goes up. From a viewing platform you can overlook the Lienen limestone quarry, which is still in operation today.You slowly climb through the forest until it opens and offers a magnificent view over the so-called Tuscany of the Teutoburg Forest with its numerous cherry trees. Only a short section takes you across the open country, then you dive back into the forest.The Teuto loop zigzags through the landscape and over the Lienener Berg, where you can end the day in the well-known Malepartus Waldschänke with its alpine ambience.

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    Intermediate
    03:02
    6.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You won't only find picturesque canyons in America. Very close to Hermannsweg, turquoise water, surrounded by white limestone walls, glitters in the region's most impressive quarry, the "Lengericher Canyon". This ten-kilometer loop takes you over narrow paths through fragrant forests and directly to a fantastic canyon view.The starting point is the outskirts of Lengerich Stadt. The central train station is only a few hundred meters away if you want to travel by train. Past the ALVA sculpture park, the path leads a little uphill and straight away to the unique view over the canyon. The quarry was shut down in the 1970s. Today it is a refuge for rare animal and plant species such as the eagle owl, lizards and colorful orchids.The Teuto loop now meanders between field and forest up to the Leedener Berg and ends with soft, narrow paths where you started the tour.

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    Difficult
    05:25
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fantastic panoramas and expansive views around Bad Driburg - that is what this almost 20-kilometer tour that leads around the mineral and mud spa promises. During the hike you always follow the white signpost. It couldn't be more convenient. And there is also a little wellness for your feet.From the parking lot at the outdoor pool, the tour first takes you to the mausoleum of the Graf von Oyenhausen-Sierstorpff family. The well-tended grave complex is worth a look! On the other hand, it becomes promising at Reelser Kreuz, where you can completely overlook the bathing city. A special highlight is the Iburg castle ruins, where you can find out a lot about their history on information boards.In the Sachsenklause right next door, there are delicious cream puffs and a great view for free. Once you've had your fill and seen, it's going downhill for now. You literally leave the highlight of the tour behind you. Along the edge of the forest you border Bad Driburg's south and master the last ascent with the Steinberg, then you have reached the end of the round.

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    Intermediate
    02:55
    6.56 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Rustic sunken paths, untouched nature and breathtaking rock formations make the Tecklenburger Bergpfad one of the most beautiful hikes in the region. Even if the name of this Teuto loop might suggest otherwise, only a few meters in altitude await you. Nevertheless, you will be rewarded with wonderful views and impressions.The starting point of the tour is the Münsterlandblick car park. You can also set the starting point near the Tecklenburg train station if you are traveling by train. First you walk a few meters on the Hermannsweg, but soon you leave it in favor of the lovingly designed forest nature trail.On a narrow path it goes through the picturesque Teutoburg Forest with a detour to the Blücher Felsen. The rock formation was named after the Prussian general who fought against Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Waterloo. The stones also offer a nice resting point.After you have crossed the train tracks, you walk along the edge of a former limestone quarry, in which the water shimmers magically in turquoise tones. Once you have crossed the train tracks one more time, you slowly wind your way back to the starting point via the witch's path.

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    Intermediate
    02:41
    5.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Untouched nature, fascinating rock formations and views framed by wooded paths give this Teuto loop its unique charm. A few meters in altitude await you on a short route, but you will hardly notice them against the backdrop of the wild and romantic hike.It starts at the parking lot of the Gasthaus Dörenther Klippen, which you can remember for the end of the round. Without further ado, the path leads you directly to its namesake, the impressive Dörenther cliffs. With a little luck you can watch a few climbers practicing their sport here.As soon as the path meets the Hermannsweg, a detour to another rock formation is worthwhile: the crouching woman. If you are already hungry, you will find delicious snacks and cold drinks in the Waldimbiss Almhütte. The route meanders along the Kammweg, leaves it here and there and later meets the Hermannsweg again. Another worthwhile detour is the summit of the Dreikaiserstuhl.As soon as you have circled the mountain Schweinskopf, it goes back in the other direction and past an iron spring, from which rust-red water colors the ground in rich contrast. Finally, you hike back to the parking lot and the inn on the other side of the slope with a view

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    Difficult
    06:28
    14.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A mysterious cave, historical half-timbered houses, scenic landscapes and rocks that invite you to climb - there is a lot to discover on the Hörsteler Teuto Loop. During the approximately 24 kilometers you will explore busy shipping lanes and stroll through the charming center of Bevergern. An ideal day tour!If you travel by train, the starting point at Hörstel train station is perfect for you. Parking spaces are also available here. You walk along an access path to the Aa and the Mittelland Canal. The hustle and bustle of the 100-year-old lock system tempts you to pause for a few minutes and listen to the chugging of the cargo ships.It continues in the direction of Bevergern. If you like, take a look into the mystical witch's cave, which is almost 30 meters long. When you arrive at the Bevergern local history museum, the old windmill towers proudly next to pretty half-timbered houses from the 18th century. A great photo opportunity!On a bridge you cross the Dortmund-Ems Canal and dive into the Teutoburg Forest on the other side. In addition to some promising mountain peaks, there is also a lounger to take a break, while you can test your rock climbing skills three kilometers further. On the same paths, but always with new impressions, the tour finally takes you back to the train station.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    18
  • Distance
    177 mi
  • Duration
    78:54 h
  • Elevation
    16,200 ft

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