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Relaxing day walks – Hike Happy from the Eifel Mountains to the Black Forest

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Relaxing day walks – Hike Happy from the Eifel Mountains to the Black Forest

Hiking Collection by KEEN Footwear

13

Tours

48:39 h

104 mi

12,825 ft

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.

On our Tours, we send you directly into nature. We take you along forest paths and wonderful 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.

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.

Are you taking to the trails wearing our new KEEN.Bellows Flex shoes? Then share your experiences with us on social media with #KEENFlexChallenge and tag us @keeneurope - or tag us on your Tours right here on komoot with @KEEN Footwear.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    02:00
    4.29 mi
    2.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Easy
    01:47
    4.09 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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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  • Easy
    01:16
    2.69 mi
    2.1 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hard to believe, but thousands of years ago countless volcanoes in the Eifel spat fire and ashes. After they went out, they left craters that eventually filled with water. In …

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  • Intermediate
    04:00
    7.53 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this round you always have the mighty Hohenzollern Castle in view, in front of it the beautiful hilly landscape of the Alb spreads out. This hike is the perfect …

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    10.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The name says it all: the Weinsicht round tour impresses with its wonderful views of the partly steep vineyards and the Neckar valley. You will come by the “Most Beautiful …

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    9.80 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Palatinate Forest there are bizarre rock formations made of red sandstone, which with their red color stand out clearly against the green background. Equipped with surefootedness, you can …

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    9.44 mi
    2.1 mph
    850 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    9.44 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The southern Black Forest is synonymous with relaxation, deep forests and wonderful hikes. The two peaks Spießhorn and Kleines Spießhorn are located near Bernau in the Black Forest and promise …

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    10.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the middle of the Saar-Hunsrück nature park is the Losheim reservoir, which is particularly scenic. The clear water invites you to cool off after a hike and is freely …

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    9.99 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    9.62 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Taubental nature reserve, nature is left to itself: wonderful hiking trails lead through wild mixed deciduous forest to imposing rock formations around the Hirschberg. The Taubental is a …

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  • Intermediate
    04:05
    9.38 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Ober-Mooser and the Rothenbach pond are located in a picturesque landscape and are under nature protection. On the banks of the pond you can not only relax wonderfully, but …

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    7.64 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Nahe valley near Frauenberg is a region steeped in history that was already settled by the Celts and Romans. High above the Nahekopf valley are the remains of the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    104 mi
  • Duration
    48:39 h
  • Elevation
    12,825 ft

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