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Your bond with nature — Germany’s Hohe Mark Steig

Naturpark Hohe Mark

Your bond with nature — Germany’s Hohe Mark Steig

Hiking Collection by Naturpark Hohe Mark

7

Tours

42:06 h

98.2 mi

2,975 ft

Varied, exhilarating, surprising – that’s the Hohe Mark Steig, a quality long-distance hiking trail according to the criteria of the German Hiking Association. Across six stages as well as the water route, you experience a wide variety of landscapes and create your own bond with nature. With its magnificent views and panoramas, the many start points and its flat terrain, this long-distance trail invites you to get to know this beautiful area.

The trail leads you almost 160 kilometres (100 mi) from Wesel to Haltern am See – dense forests, dreamy moors and picturesque lakescapes await. Each stage of the Hohe Mark Steig is different and shows you the diversity of the Münsterland, the Lower Rhine and the northern Ruhr region.

On the first day, you walk from the shimmering Auesee lake through the exciting Diersfordter Wald and Schwarzes Wasser nature reserves to the Bärenschleuse lock. The Issel River accompanies you at the beginning of the second stage; then you cross the shady Dämmerwald forest to finally reach Schermbeck. After a relaxing night, you can meet deer in the Üfter Mark and discover rare plants at the Deuten Moor.

The fourth stage starts in Dorsten Lembeck and takes you near the Galgenberg fire watch tower, the Granat animal park and the Holtwicker juniper heath to Haltern am See. On the fifth stage, you can look forward to wide lake views, the Westrup Heath and the Haard before reaching Oer-Erkenschwick. The species-rich meadow landscapes along the Lippe and the Stever characterise the sixth stage and the water route takes you back to Haltern am See.

The individual stages are flat and well signposted. No special knowledge is required for the walk, just sufficient fitness for the daily distances of up to 26 kilometres (16 mi). You can reach the starting point at the Auesee either by car or from the nearby Wesel railway station. The departure from the destination in Haltern am See is also simple thanks to the connection to the railway network.

So that you can start planning your hike right away, we’ve marked the certified Hohe Mark Steig hosts on the map.

The ‘access routes’ from town centres, railway stations and well-known highlights easily guide you onto the Hohe Mark Steig. This way, you can adapt your route and perhaps even start right on your doorstep: komoot.com/collection/1116954.

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    Hohe Mark Steig — Stage 1: Jewels around the Hanseatic town of Wesel on the Rhine

    Difficult
    07:10
    14.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the Hohe Mark Steig is on the southern shore of the beautiful Auesee - a long-distance hiking trail can hardly begin more fantastically. At the lake you will find a large parking lot, alternatively you can travel to Wesel by train. From the Auesee it goes through the Rhine meadows

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  • Difficult
    06:42
    16.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The official starting point of the second stage is the historic Bärenschleuse in Wesel. An interesting place that has nothing to do with bears - the name has its origins in the old term "Bär" which means "lock". At the beginning of the longest stage of the Hohe Mark Steig, you hike relaxed along the

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  • Intermediate
    04:49
    11.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage of the Hohe Mark Steig is wooded: after a night in Altschermbeck you leave the village in a northeasterly direction and soon you are surrounded by dense forest. You hike through the area of the Üfter Mark, where many deer cavort. A rustle in the bushes and with a bit of luck the king

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  • Difficult
    06:10
    14.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    700 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Lembeck you go at the beginning of the fourth stage to the Midlicher Mühlenbach, where an old mill and a small café await you. After a portion of caffeine, the Hohe Mark Steig takes you to the Biological Station Kreis Recklinghausen, a unique idyll with a fragrant cottage garden. Discover rare fruits

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  • Difficult
    05:42
    13.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    575 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The fifth stage of the Hohe Mark Steig starts in Haltern am See and immediately comes up with a highlight: the water landscapes of the Haltern reservoir. From the center you walk to the banks of the Stever, which takes you to the striking bridge at the roller weir. Then you hike under trees, sometimes

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  • Difficult
    06:59
    16.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Right at the beginning of the sixth stage, the Haard forest area surrounds you. From the outdoor pool on the northern outskirts of the city, it goes to the Stimberg, where the Teufelsstein awaits you. The huge block of quartzite in the typical nodule shape is a real highlight. There is also a rest area

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    11.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike sees itself as an extra tour to the Hohe Mark Steig and is all about water. From the starting point at the natural outdoor pool in Olfen, the first five kilometers are parallel to the Stever on the Alter Postweg. Then you reach the forebay of the Hullern reservoir. Benches on the shore invite

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    Otto Pankok Museum

    Hiking Highlight

    Otto Pankok was a special artist of modern painting who found his motifs in nature. After the First World War he became a pacifist, which was also reflected in his work. Today's museum, the former Esselt estate, was his old age and at the same time a quiet place to work.

    You can find all information at pankok-museum-esselt.de/home.

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    Tip by Tamara

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    Here is a wonderful resting place in the sun. At this point you have access to a small sandy beach on the Lippe. You can also sit down on the meadow for a siesta. There is enough space and the view everywhere is very nice. There's also a table and two benches - oh, and the platform: it's over. :-)

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    Tip by Wanderin

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    Welcome to Grav Island!
    The campsite warmly welcomes you and your loved ones to the Grav-Island recreation center, camping fun for the whole family. Down the Rhine from Wesel on the beautiful Lower Rhine, surrounded by water and a beautiful landscape of meadows and meadows. The ideal place for your vacation.

    Here your holiday becomes an experience, whether swimming, hiking, fishing, boating or cycling or just lying in the sun. The Grav Island is the perfect starting point to explore the Lower Rhine.

    Vast landscapes are criss-crossed by many small rivers, with meadows, moors and heathland. But there are also medieval towns, traces of the Roman past that have been recovered, wind and water mills, moated castles and palaces to be discovered here on the Lower Rhine.

    Address:
    grave island 1
    46487 Wesel-Flüren

    0281/97283-0

    More information: grav-insel.com

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    If you take a break here, you can expect a mixture of alpine cuisine and hearty classics. In cold weather you sit inside, in the sun in the large beer garden.

    Address:
    Schulstrasse 11
    46286 Dorsten Lembeck

    02369/98085

    More info:
    boehmers-lembeck.de

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    Stylish restaurant and excursion bar with a large terrace and located directly in the hiking area. From the breakfast buffet to potato pancakes (always on Thursdays), a variety of main dishes to coffee and cake, there is a lot on offer here.

    Address:
    Haardstrasse 196
    45739 Oer-Erkenschwick

    02368/9626510

    More info:
    mutter-wehner.de

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    Address:
    At the fir house 7
    46487 Wesel

    0281/9669-0

    More information: tannenhaeuschen.de

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    Address:
    Weberstr. 29
    46499 Hamminkeln

    02852/6567

    More information: zuhause-bei-hoffmann.de

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    First-class hotel - romantic brick building with ultra-modern design extension. There are 75 rooms in total and excellent cuisine.

    Address:
    At the Voshoevel 1
    46514 Schermbeck

    02856/91400

    More info:
    landhotel.de

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    Café, bistro, bar and accommodation - and therefore perfectly suited for all hikers and cyclists in the region. With a small detour, it can also be recommended as a stopover in idyllic Raesfeld on the Hohe Mark Steig.

    Address:
    freedom 24
    46348 Raesfeld

    02865/6094631

    More info:
    freiheit-24.de

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    The hotel will reopen in May!

    Address:
    Weselerstrasse 71
    46348 Raesfeld

    02865/589330

    More info:
    liebundwert.de

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    The nice café with the great selection of cakes is part of the Evangelisches Stift Lühlerheim.

    Opening hours:
    12pm-6pm
    Monday & Tuesday rest day

    Marienthaler Strasse 10
    46514 Schermbeck

    02856/291600

    More info:
    luehlerheim.de

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    Perfectly located inn for a rest after a hike through the Duskwood.

    If you are on the Hohe Mark Steig, you can also spend the night comfortably here.


    Address: Malberger Str. 49
    46514 Schermbeck

    0285/ 2343

    More information: gasthof-pannebaecker.de

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    Address:
    Üfter Weg 22
    46514 Schermbeck

    02853/4135

    More info:
    zum-fuchsbau.de

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  • Tours
    7
  • Highlights
    37
  • Distance
    98.2 mi
  • Duration
    42:06 h
  • Elevation
    2,975 ft

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