You hear plenty of ‘moin’, the local dialect for good morning, as you hike through northern Germany. The north of Germany may not be as well known for hiking as the Black Forest, the Thuringian Forest or the foothills of the Alps, but its flat landscapes are surprisingly varied and great for exploring on foot. In this Collection, we present 11 particularly beautiful routes from Friesland to the Uckermark and from the Wadden Sea to the Harz Mountains.
On these hikes, you breathe the salty air of the North Sea as you stroll along the coast; immerse yourself in the colourful landscapes of the Lüneburg Heath or escape to the countryside for a few hours from the big cities of Berlin and Hamburg. Let your eyes wander over the gentle Baltic Sea and take a refreshing dip in the clear lakes of the Mecklenburg Lake District. Mountaineers will also be happy here climbing the Brocken in the Harz Mountains which has a few metres of altitude to conquer as well as a magnificent view.
The Tours in this Collection are great fun for the whole family. Aside from the ascent of the Brocken, you hike over flat landscapes that are typical of North Germany. Along the way, you can stop at cosy restaurants serving regional delicacies. After all, no trip to the north would be complete without a fish sandwich and cream cake. Many hikes include additional stops at interesting sites and museums where you can learn more about the unique region.
The 11 hikes are either designed as a circular route or planned so that you can quickly return to the starting point by public transport. Most of the hiking regions are also easily accessible by train, so you can travel in a relaxed and sustainable way.
On our Tours, we send you directly into nature. We take you along forest paths, sandy tracks and narrow hiking trails which are, of course, even more fun when you're wearing comfortable hiking boots! This is where our new KEEN.Bellows Flex technology comes into play. We’ve added a flexible TPU insert between the forefoot and the instep – where deep creases usually form on classic leather hiking boots when they are broken in which eventually break or tear. The insert folds up flexibility, just like an accordion, reducing your effort considerably. True to the motto ‘Hike Happy’, you can float along the hiking trail with light feet, without needing to spend a long time breaking in your shoes.
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The 373 meter high Bückeberg belongs to the Weser Uplands and offers you a wonderful landscape for hiking. On this almost 7 kilometer long tour you will learn interesting facts about the history of mining, see traces of prehistoric beings that are thousands of years old and are surrounded by a wonderful mixed forest of beech and spruce.Your hike starts at the hiking car park on Schaumburger Weg in Stadthagen. You walk into the diverse forest with its Douglas firs, birches, maples and hornbeams. After about two kilometers you will pass a refuge. From here it is not far to brake shaft 7, which gives the circular hike its name. The brake shaft is the last evidence from the time when hard coal was mined here between 1939 and 1960. Once the buddies climbed twelve meters into the depth. Today information boards tell you more about the history and importance of mining in the region.
The Lüneburg Heath is a very special piece of earth, especially from the beginning of August to the end of September, when the heather blooms so wonderfully purple. On this almost 13-kilometer circular hike, you will discover the heathland near Undeloh - and you may be accompanied by some leisurely chewing heather sheep along the way.The tour begins at the hiking car park in Undeloh. You immerse yourself directly in the typical landscape of the Lüneburg Heath. The green of the juniper and the pine mixes with the purple of the heather blossoms. Nature presents itself to you in a wonderful play of colors that you can hardly get enough of.You stroll through nature on a flat path and watch the grazing cattle and heather sheep chewing. They are, so to speak, the landscape managers of this region and ensure that the landscape is not overgrown and that it can bloom so beautifully every year.
Shrouded in legend, a landmark and the highest mountain in all of Northern Germany - the Brocken is simply special. And with its 1,141 meters height, it also offers ideal conditions for hikers. On this almost 15-kilometer tour, you climb the summit from the Ehrenfriedhof bus stop.You walk through the dense forest gradually up the mountain. Soon you can hear the puffing of the Brocken Railway, which is working its way up to the summit little by little. You follow the rails of the narrow-gauge railway for a while and can thoroughly enjoy nature.In the past, witches are said to have danced on the Brocken; Goethe already describes the gathering of witches on Walpurgis Night in his work “Faust”. During the day, however, you are safe from all legendary beings and after a good seven kilometers you reach the summit.
Sankt Peter-Ording is a popular holiday destination on the North Sea. No wonder there is a postcard-perfect coastal landscape and a lot to experience. This twelve-kilometer hike shows you the most beautiful corners of the North Sea spa and sulfur bath in North Friesland.Your tour starts at the train station in Sankt Peter-Süd. At the beginning you stroll across the idyllic market square and head for the West Coast Park with its Robbarium. The facility is particularly worthwhile for animal fans: howling seals, complaining goats and proud peacocks greet you on your round through the spacious facility.Then it goes on into the dune landscape, a sandy path meanders through the picturesque nature. You walk along the salt marshes, which form a natural boundary between land and sea. With the changing tides, the water level on the marshy meadows also changes.