Are you out and about with the whole family and want to make everyone happy, from the smallest to the tallest? Then the Sieg Adventure Trails in Germany are just the thing for you with entertaining hikes on themed trails. The 10 varied routes offer you action and adventure, particularly brilliant for the little ones. But the adventure trails also offer pure hiking pleasure for ambitious hikers.
On your way through the Westerwald, a beautiful low mountain range in the Rhenish Slate Mountains, you’ll not only experience breathtakingly beautiful nature, some of which is really wild, but you can also walk in the footsteps of history. Look forward to medieval and Celtic sites, imposing churches and other places steeped in history or visit the heroes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But the zoologist in you is also catered for: on the bee nature trail, in the animal park or on the squirrel trail, you can get to know and understand the forest’s delightful residents.
All the trails are easy to follow and you never have to cover more than 10 kilometres (6 mi), while the difference in altitude stays within moderate limits. A holiday in the Sieg Nature Region is perfect for the whole family as you can take children hiking with you on all the trails; some of them are even suitable for prams. You can reach this region by car or comfortably by train – for example via Siegen, Bonn or Cologne. Look forward to great hikes in the midst of the most beautiful landscapes!
On this hike you can discover nature and history equally well: On this 6.3 kilometer hike, medieval ramparts, a moth and an old church testify to the region's long history of settlement around the village of Kircheib. The easy hike without major inclines takes you over meadow paths around and on asphalt paths through the village of Kircheib.
Adventurers big and small can find out on the robber trail whether you have what it takes to become a real robber. On the way, various tasks have to be solved in the forest before the robber's diploma is awarded at the campsite for the oak forest. The 4.6 km long path is a bit more demanding in some places, it leads over hill and dale and there are a few moderate ascents and descents to master.
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This 2.9-kilometer path runs through the spa forest of the Cologne Archdiocese and through the monastery village of Marienthal. Signs along the way provide information about the origins of the veneration of Mary in Marienthal. The Marienthal Monastery is still a well-known place of pilgrimage today. The idyllic location in a forest-lined valley attracts many day-trippers to the region, especially on weekends.
There are many carved wooden figures on the 3-kilometer circular route, reminiscent of the fantastic mythical creatures from the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien remember, discover. The mystical forests, narrow paths above the Sieg and wide meadow landscapes seem like from another world - and give the mythical creatures the perfect backdrop.
You will discover mining, beer and giant trees on the challenging 12 kilometer long Erzquellweg in Mudersbach. Through the gable forest it goes to the ore spring tunnel. The Erzquell brewery located in the village has been brewing beer with this water since 1885. The path leads again and again to relics from the mining past of the region. The varied landscape makes this hike a pleasure.
Barbary apes, wild boars or raccoons, you can experience these and many other animal species in the Niederfischbach zoo. The zoo operates an ark program to preserve original breeds of domestic animals and has its own falconry. At the bird of prey flight show, visitors of all ages can watch the falconer at work.
The monastery Marienthal was a Franciscan monastery. The history of the monastery dates back to the first half of the 15th century. According to the founding legend, a shepherd is said to have carved a portrait of Our Lady and erected it at the place where the first chapel was built around 1460. Since 2016 there is a restaurant in the monastery building.
The Erzquell-Stollen supplies the Erzquell Brewery Siegtal with great-tasting water, which flows through a four-kilometer pipe down into the valley. The spring water is free of minerals, germ-free and very soft and is therefore ideal for brewing beer. In 1902 the brewery took over the "Young Eichhorn" gallery, which was built in the 18th century, and renamed it.