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Panoramic adventures — explore Germany’s Bergisches Land

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Panoramic adventures — explore Germany’s Bergisches Land

Hiking Collection by Das Bergische

17

Tours

71:39 h

366 mi

24,375 ft

In this Collection, we’ve put together a series of adventures to make your holiday in the Bergisches Land unforgettable. How about a stunning bike ride on one of the countless cycle paths or disused railway lines in the region? Does watching a romantic sunset from an exhilarating hiking viewpoint sound good? No matter whether you’re training or out for a leisurely stroll, whether you only have a few hours, a day or a whole week, the Bergisches Land is perfect for a short break.

This region east of Cologne is a varied low mountain range that offers both hikers and cyclists a variety of opportunities to actively discover and experience nature. The landscape is characterised by numerous dams, small streams and lakes, as well as sweeping panoramas. There’s plenty of variety for hiking and cycling all year round too, with each season bringing its own atmosphere. Find numerous small towns with historic half-timbered and slate houses, each place marking the beginning of a new route.

The Bergisches Land is ideal for cycling, whether you're on a touring bike, mountain bike, gravel bike or racing bike. There are not only hilly routes here for sporty, ambitious cyclists, but also numerous leisurely rides with only slight inclines, well suited for leisure cyclists and families.

If you prefer to walk, you’ll find numerous high-quality hiking trails. The two certified long-distance hiking trails, ‘Bergischer Weg’ and ‘Bergischer Panoramasteig’, have a combined length of more than 240 kilometres (149 mi) and invite you to hike the Bergisches Land Nature Park in different day stages. On the way, you can expect impressive views over the mountains and enjoy the combination of meadows in bloom in summer, mixed forests, reservoirs and river valleys. In addition, the 24 Bergische Streifzüge are a group of themed trails that allow you to discover the most amazing spots in the region.

Whether on a bike or on foot, after a beautiful day outdoors, another highlight awaits you: the Bergisch hotels and eateries will spoil you with their warm hospitality and regional delicacies. At a cosy restaurant or beer garden, you can fortify yourself for the next stage with a Bergisch Kaffeetafel, a regional specialty consisting of sweet and savoury foods. Expect fresh waffles and coffee poured from a Dröppelmina pot or a hearty Pillekuchen (potato pancake). You won’t struggle for places to stay overnight either, as the region has numerous hotels and holiday flats.

Some hosts have special offers for cycling and hiking guests, such as packed lunches for the road or luggage transfer when changing accommodation. These hotels are wonderful starting points for extended hikes and cycling tours, and are already looking forward to welcoming you:

Hotel-Restaurant Derichsweiler Hof - komoot.de/highlight/3362020
Hotel-Restaurant Lüdenbach - komoot.de/highlight/858561
Hotel-Restaurant Stremme - komoot.de/highlight/3362017
Hotel-Restaurant Wißkirchen - komoot.de/highlight/729907
Hotel-Restaurant "Zum Schwanen" - komoot.de/highlight/3362014
Country Inn Reinhold - komoot.de/highlight/1848242
Country Hotel Napoleon - komoot.de/highlight/3362010

So what are you waiting for? Let's get out into the mountains!

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Tours & Highlights

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    Bergischer Weg von Altenberg nach Bensberg – Die besten Wander- und Radtouren im Bergischen

    Difficult
    05:09
    11.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Bergische Weg leads around 260 kilometers in 14 stages from the Ruhr area through the Bergisches Land and Siebengebirge nature parks to Königswinter am Rhein. On the way you can expect idyllic landscapes, historic villages and a lot of culture. The hiking trail is so beautiful that the German Hiking

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    12.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Bergische Weg is always worth a hike! And because the "Quality Trail Wanderable Germany" is so beautiful, you can look forward to the eighth stage, which leads from Rösrath-Forsbach to the lively town of Overath. On the way, the path leads you through Hoffnungsthal along the banks of the Sülz up

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  • Difficult
    07:04
    15.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Bergisches Panoramasteig leads in a large loop over a length of 244 kilometers in twelve stages through the Bergisches Land Nature Park. On the way, the name says it all: great views are standard on this hike. You hike through the valleys of the Wupper and the Agger, over lush meadows and along all

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    13.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This beautiful hike describes the last stage of the Bergisches Panoramasteig, which again has all kinds of sights to offer. You start in the climatic health resort of Nümbrecht - the destination of the hike is reached after 22 kilometers in Ründeroth.

    

    On the way you will pass Homburg Castle and the historic

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    9.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this route you will explore the wild and romantic Eifgenbachtal. And there is a lot to discover: the sights along the way range from old mills and former health resorts in the deep sleep to an early castle complex. And all of this is embedded in the largely unspoilt nature.

    

    The hike begins at the Eifgenanlage

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    7.51 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this foray, the name says it all: you embark on a journey through time through energy production in the Bergisches Land and learn how people here have been meeting their energy needs with wind, water and the forest for thousands of years.

    

    The “Energieweg” leads from the hikers' car park at the Aggertalsperre

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    5.46 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This short circular hike is very contemplative: the Overather pilgrimage route is less than nine kilometers long and invites you to pause for a while on the way. And that is by no means a tourist invention of the modern age: For centuries there have been all sorts of paths in the Bergisches Land on which

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  • Easy
    01:45
    3.89 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The chirping of birds, traffic noise, music - the world is full of noises and that is exactly what this short “foray” through the Bergisches Land is all about. If you prick up your ears on the way, you can hear the sounds of nature and discover how healing the effects of music can be.

    

    At six stations

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    9.65 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Already in the Middle Ages the people of the area used the water of the Dhünn to drive their mills. Today the clear water is used as drinking water for many people in the Bergisches Land. Various boards along the way tell interesting stories about the different uses of water over the past centuries.

    

    The

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  • Intermediate
    03:00
    7.00 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The water protection zone of the Dhünntalsperre is actually mostly closed to the public. On this hike you can still discover this natural area that is worth protecting: Part of the route leads directly along the water's edge, which is why the inspection also requires special consideration for the flora

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  • Difficult
    08:58
    82.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    5,575 ft
    4,925 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    14 tunnels, viaducts up to 40 meters high and numerous bridges with wonderful views of the vast landscape or views of the neighboring sea of houses in the cities - the Bergisch Panorama Cycle Path is really something special! It leads from Hattingen in the Ruhr area to Olpe in the Sauerland and lets

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    36.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From 1868 to the 1980s, trains still rolled between Leverkusen-Opladen and Remscheid-Lennep - this line was popularly known at the time as the “Balkan Express”. In 2013, work began on converting the old railway line into a cycle path, the "Balkan Route". The result is impressive: from the hilly landscape

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  • Difficult
    04:59
    47.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this 75-kilometer route, the name says it all: five of the Bergische Talsperren provide the great backdrop for this tour, which you can ride in one piece or in stages.

    

    The starting point is the train station in Marienheide. From here you cycle first to the Brucher Dam. Along the water you drive in

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    24.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost 40-kilometer round tour combines the charm of the impressive industrial culture along the Dhünn to the Rhine with the wonderful nature on the green Bergische Heights as well as in the floodplain areas of the Dhünn. The route starts in the middle of Leverkusen, takes you briefly along the

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  • Difficult
    03:06
    27.1 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Leichlingen, the "blossom city", is a true idyll in the Bergisches Land. The city is located on the northwestern tip of the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis and can be reached very quickly from Cologne, Düsseldorf and the Ruhr area. From here you have great opportunities for numerous hikes and bike tours in

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    27.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This beautiful tour follows the two rivers Agger and Sülz and is - because you hardly have to climb a few meters - particularly family-friendly. In addition, the Agger-Sülz cycle path leads on many natural paths through a varied cultural landscape. Practical: Both Rösrath and Overath can be easily reached

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  • Difficult
    02:43
    24.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour through Nümbrecht and the surrounding area you can get to know the typical image of the Bergisches Land: The half-timbered route leads you through many half-timbered villages and through beautiful nature. Since the route is characterized by a lot of ups and downs, a tour with the e-bike

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    Hotel-Restaurant Wißkirchen

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Hotel Wißkirchen in Altenberg has foundations from the 18th century. Before the building was used for gastronomy, it housed a brick factory and a sawmill. The post office was still located here in the 1950s. The traditional house is located in the immediate vicinity of Altenberg Cathedral and the Dhünntalsperre, in the middle of the Bergisches Land.

    If you only come to eat, you can look forward to modern, Bergisch country house cuisine. The restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. to at least 11 p.m., and hot meals are available from 12 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

    In particular, on the following tours in the Bergisches Land, a stop or overnight stay is recommended:
    komoot.de/tour/393697946
    komoot.de/tour/393702699
    komoot.de/tour/393706922
    komoot.de/tour/393708387
    komoot.de/tour/393749970

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    Landhotel Napoleon

    Hiking Highlight

    The Landhotel Napoleon is idyllically embedded in the green meadows, forests and dams of the Bergisches Land. The house has always been owned by the family and is now in the 4th and 5th generation. Here you will experience typical Bergisch hospitality and that includes one thing above all: the Bergisch coffee table!

    Opening times restaurant:
    Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 p.m.
    Thursday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Open all day Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays from 11:30 a.m.

    In particular, on the following tours in the Bergisches Land, a stop or overnight stay is recommended:
    komoot.de/tour/393708387
    komoot.de/tour/393714833
    komoot.de/tour/393747786

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    Hotel Restaurant Lüdenbach

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Here you can strengthen yourself, take a break in the beer garden and even find accommodation. The third generation of the Hotel-Restaurant Lüdenbach offers you typical Bergisch hospitality and of course you also get a Bergisch coffee table here! In addition, the hotel is certified by the ADFC as a bike-friendly host with the “Bett + Bike Sport” seal and therefore offers you a very special quality of safety, service and care for your equipment.

    The restaurant kitchen is open from 5:30 p.m. Coffee, cake, Bergisch waffles and Vespers are available on Sundays and public holidays from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    In particular, on the following tours in the Bergisches Land, a stop or overnight stay is recommended:
    komoot.de/tour/393699446
    komoot.de/tour/393704559
    komoot.de/tour/393757240

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    17
  • Highlights
    7
  • Distance
    366 mi
  • Duration
    71:39 h
  • Elevation
    24,375 ft

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