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Sport, fun and Romanticism – nature walks in the Teutoburg Forest

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Sport, fun and Romanticism – nature walks in the Teutoburg Forest

Hiking Collection by Teutoburger Wald Tourismus

7

Tours

27:47 h

61.4 mi

6,575 ft

The sun warms your skin, your lungs fill with fresh air and your ears listen to birdsong and the rustling wind. The fact that hiking in nature is good for your body and mind has been known for at least 200 years. In the first half of the 19th century, the Romantics made hiking a literary motif of longing, wanderlust, freedom, and independence.

In the Teutoburg Forest in Lower Saxony, you can roam through forests and meadows accompanied by rich history. The Brothers Grimm, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and other members of Romanticism once visited Bökendorf near the town of Brakel. Here, they were inspired by the lovely nature and history and searched the land for legends and folk songs.

In addition to those interested in Romanticism, families with children and ambitious hikers will also find the right route for them in the Teutoburg Forest. Tours through the Brackel hills, the Paderborner Höhenweg (Paderborn High Trail) and the Limberg-Nonnenstein-Weg (Limberg-Nonnenstein Trail) offer hikers a fair amount of altitude and distance. You can lose yourself in nature for a whole day on these Tours and easily divide them into shorter hikes too.

Active families will especially enjoy the Lizard Trail near Oerlinghausen, the Forest Friends' Trail near Bavenhausen and the Leistrup Forest Route. There is a lot to discover on these circular walks and plenty to keep your little ones motivated along the way. These three trails are also just as suitable as leisurely Tours for adults and the informative adventure trails also bring you a little closer to nature.

On the Osterberg near Lügde, you can enjoy a fantastic view over the valley and learn about folk tales. During Easter, there is an old tradition whereby burning fire wheels are rolled down the slope – it’s a very special spectacle.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    08:02
    17.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you to historical sights and magnificent views near Preußisch Oldendorf. The route leads you through picturesque mixed forests and over open spaces with meadows and fields to …

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  • Intermediate
    01:49
    4.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike is well suited for the whole family: it is varied and can be ideally combined with a visit to the archaeological open-air museum of Oerlinghausen, because this is …

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  • Intermediate
    01:34
    3.31 mi
    2.1 mph
    400 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this leisurely tour near Bavenhausen, hikers get to know nature better and enjoy beautiful views over the landscape. You start in the south of Bavenhausen and walk past the …

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  • Easy
    01:17
    2.84 mi
    2.2 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short hike through the Leistrup forest south of Diestelbruch packs a lot of variety in a little stretch. You will explore one of the most biodiverse forests in Lippe, …

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  • Intermediate
    02:16
    5.05 mi
    2.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Osterberg is Lügde's local mountain. It is a special destination because an old Easter tradition is still cultivated here. On the first Sunday after the first spring moon, the …

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    13.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Paderborner Höhenweg leads east of the city on many wonderfully natural paths through deep beech forests. You can expect picturesque valleys, the highest point in Paderborn and of course …

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  • Difficult
    06:45
    15.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you on truly romantic and fairytale paths, because the Brothers Grimm and other representatives of romanticism once walked here in the Brakeler Bergland. To find their traces, you leave Brakel to the north, where you immediately climb the first hill. Then it becomes flatter again and you hike down to Bökendorf.You cross the village and on the other side write another loop on the slopes of the Wüllenberg. From there you can enjoy the wonderful view over the valley, which is the scene of the novel "Die Judenbuche". The story is based on a true story and comes from the pen of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. On the northern edge of Bökendorf you will pass Bökerhof Castle, where Droste-Hülshoff visited several times in the 19th century. A special highlight of the hike is the historic arcade made of hornbeam, which grow together over a path.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    61.4 mi
  • Duration
    27:47 h
  • Elevation
    6,575 ft

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Sport, fun and Romanticism – nature walks in the Teutoburg Forest