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

Jürgen rockeropa

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

Hiking Collection by Top Trails of Germany

18

Tours

78:54 h

177 mi

16,200 ft

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 D

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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

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Collection Stats

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

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