Immersing yourself in nature helps clear your head. In this Collection, we take you on a hike from the Hessian Mountains and from the Eifel Mountains to the Swabian Jura. You follow gentle paths through quiet forests, around beautiful lakeshores and through rocky gorges. We present 13 hikes that have nature and relaxation as their focal point.
You discover the most beautiful nature spots in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland in southern and western Germany. With light feet, you stroll through vineyards in the Neckar Valley, to rugged rock formations in the Palatinate Forest and to fairytale castles such as Hohenzollern Castle. The Daun Maars show you geological history up close. In the Eifel National Park, a beautiful low mountain range, you can even meet the Eifel tiger. If you revel in wide-reaching views, then head to the summit of the Spießhörner in the Black Forest.
If you enjoy water then check our the circular hikes around Losheim Reservoir or the dark blue waters of Niddastausee lake. You walk deep through the forest and along rushing streams on the Mühlenbach-Schluchten Tour and the Taubental path. Explore the strangely-shaped Helfensteine rocks around the municipality of Dörnberg where you can expect fantastic views. If you like bird watching, we recommend the 3-pond circular walk in Ober-Moos. Here, you walk in the footsteps of a countess along historic paths in the romantic Nahe Valley.
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As you can see, southern and western Germany offer a wide variety of hikes for everyone. Each of these Tours is characterised by unique landscapes that is wonderful to explore on foot – whether you are taking a relaxing weekend break or out and about with the kids.
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At 579 meters, the Hohe Dörnberg is a striking elevation in the Habichtswälder Bergland. This area was already settled during the Neolithic Age and the inhabitants have left traces that can still be seen today. Particularly impressive on this hike are the craggy basalt domes of volcanic origin that protrude from the green slopes.This round tour starts at the Bergcafé Friedrichstein. From here it goes over open meadows up to the well-known Helfensteinen. The forms in which the basalt layers are stacked on top of each other are really impressive - those who like to scramble can climb all the way up and enjoy the impressive view.Then it goes past the glider airfield and on a wide loop over the alpine path. Here you can admire typical alpine flora and a great view. The alpine path finally brings you back to the Bergcafé, your starting point.
Surrounded by meadows and forest areas, the 65 hectare Niddastausee is one of the largest lakes in Hesse. Since its completion in 1970, the dam has been a popular recreational area for hikers, cyclists and water sports enthusiasts. From the surrounding peaks and hills you can enjoy changing views of the dark blue lake.From the Niddastausee bus stop at the campsite you walk over the impressive dam wall to the southern bank. With a view of the passing sailboats, you turn a little later into the forest to get to the sequoia trees. The huge trees that have grown here for more than a hundred years are really impressive.Return to the lake the same way. Following our route you circle the lake, where shortly before your starting point a restaurant, a café and a snack invite you to stop.
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The vast forests of the Eifel National Park are the ideal habitat for the Eifel tiger: The small, striped wildcat looks like a house cat and is a shy contemporary. It is rare to see a specimen, but even without a sighting, this tour enchants with its naturalness.You start at the Wahlerscheid bus stop and immediately dive into the shady forest. Following the course of the babbling desert creek, you will reach a particularly natural part of the Eifel National Park, in which humans no longer intervene. Fallen trees, rare plants, buzzing dragonflies and chirping birds surround you.After a good five kilometers you leave the picturesque valley and hike up to the elevation of the Müsauelsberg. From the wide meadows of the Dreiborn plateau you have wonderful views in all directions. Then it goes from the plateau down into the valley to Erkensruhr, where you can stop at the Alte Scheune restaurant.
The Wolfsrath recreation area is a popular destination for families and those seeking relaxation in all seasons. Wild streams, shady forest paths and a game reserve make the landscape protection area near Saarwellingen so varied.
The starting point of this circular hike is in the north of Saarwellingen. You leave civilization behind you and hike on shady forest paths to the Wolfsrath game reserve, which is not only an experience for little hikers. At the shelter of the Saarwald-Verein you walk through the entrance portal of the Mühlenbach-Schluchten-Tour.It goes through dense greenery along the Heßbach before the route leads you into the wild and romantic Mühlenbach Gorge. On the rocky slopes, the elemental force with which the Mühlenbach has dug into the sandstone over the millennia is visible. Accompanied by the rush of the brook, you walk over wooden stairs and small bridges along the shore.