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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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.