Your new hiking shoes are waiting for their first use? You want to get out and spend a whole day in nature — immediately and without having to travel too far? Then we've got the perfect Collection for you: not only the Ruhr, but also narrow brooks, wide reservoirs and renaturalized lakes lure you out into nature in the Ruhr area. That's why we have selected seven first-class tours on which you can explore the most beautiful flowing and standing waters in Germany's largest conurbation – and you'll be amazed at the picturesque landscapes hidden around Dortmund, Bochum, Essen and Duisburg.
Relaxed walkers stroll through the Saarner Ruhrauen, families enjoy the playground offer on a hike at the Duisburg Sechs-Seen-Platte and enduring hikers circle the Hengsteysee and climb up to Hohensyburg. If you prefer to explore unspoilt landscapes, then you should take a look around the edge of the Ruhr area: The Felderbach valley in Elfringhausen Switzerland, the Hullern reservoir or the quaint Rotbachtal valley are far away from the region's industrial heritage and allow you to immerse yourself in nature.
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Formerly industrial gravel pits and dredging holes, today renatured green lung in the south of Duisburg - this is the Six-Lakes slab. With a large outdoor pool, a camping meadow, a lookout tower on the Abraumberg, numerous playgrounds and rest areas and above all protected biotope areas, the lake landscape today has a lot to offer for nature lovers.The starting point of your hike is the large car park between Wambachsee and Masurensee. From here you first stroll along the banks of the Wambachse, which is the only one of the six lakes that is not connected to the others. Over a short forest section you reach the much smaller Böllertsee and then the Wildförstersee.This forms together with the Wolfssee the largest water surface and offers you a great view. The lake is surrounded by trees all around and you can forget quickly, still being in the middle of the Ruhr area. From the southern point of the Wildförstersee, our route leads you on forest trails around the quiet Haubachsee. The attracts with its green shore not only hikers: On the lake and especially on the small island live and breed all sorts of water birds.After you have surrounded the Haubachsee, it goes up to the Wolfsberg - but mountain is perhaps a bit exaggerated. Just 63 meters high is the former rubble and Abraumberg, but the lookout tower on his "summit" awaits you despite everything with a magnificent view. From the Wolfsberg our tour takes you along the Wolfssee and over the "Yellow Bridge" back to the starting point of the hike.
Logically, that in this list walks along the Ruhr with it belong. And among the most beautiful landscapes along the Ruhr are still the gentle meadows near Mülheim Saarn. From the Mülheim lock island and from the water station we lead you on the bank of the Ruhr through the floodplain landscape of Saarn and afterwards over the Kahlenbergwehr back to the starting point. On the way you can observe numerous waterfowl and at the end of the tour in the Museum Haus Ruhrnatur you will learn about the flora and fauna.From the parking lot at the Mülheim lock, our route takes you first along the Kahlenberg hydroelectric power plant. The power plant has been in operation since 1927 and is a real eye-catcher due to its construction from Ruhr sandstone.From the power station, you cross the Ruhr and then wander up the other bank on the promenade upstream. Soon, the Saarner Auenweg branches off the promenade and leads you through a green landscape of meadows, spreading trees and dense shrubs. On the shore you can see muskrats, nutrias, gray herons, cormorants, geese and ducks.The path leads you further over the meadows and on the edge of the tranquil Mülheim district Saarn over - if you like, you can also make a detour to the center with its cozy cafes and restaurants. About the Holunderweg it goes back to the Ruhr. On a wide bike and hiking trail you stroll along the water and cross the Ruhr on the wide Kahlenberg weir. From the bridge over the weir you have a magnificent view over the Ruhrauen. From here it goes over the waterfront of the Ruhr island back to the starting point of the hike.
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The Rotbach is a tributary of the Rhine on the northern edge of the Ruhr. The narrow stream, meandering through primeval beech mixed forests, is repeatedly the victim of the mining past of the Ruhr area. Below the creek there are subsidence, creating large pits on the surface of the earth. If these are too close to the stream, the water flows into the pit and a small lake is created. Along its 21-kilometer journey from its source in Königshardt to its confluence with the Rhine, there are countless smaller and larger ponds and lakes created by such subsidence. For hikers, however, they are barely recognizable without previous knowledge, because nature conquers these areas quickly and there are species-rich biotopes.Starting point of the hike is the trail Rotbach am Alten Postweg. From here you hike through the quiet Arenberger forest to Heidesee. Although this is not due to a mountain damage, but still due to industrial use: the now carefully renatured lake was formerly a dredging hole. Meanwhile live here many fish, amphibians and waterfowl.From Heidesee, our route takes you past the small lakes Pfingstsee and Weihnachtssee, which were actually created just a few years ago during subsidence. Through sparse forest and small heathland you hike to the Rotbach.After crossing the narrow stream, you will hike upstream along the lively babbling brook. The rustic trail runs through a forest of magnificent beech trees, which provide pleasant shade in summer.You follow the path to a crossroads, where you turn left and reach the starting point of the tour a little later.
At Haltern and Seevanderung one thinks of course first to the Halterner reservoir. If you like it a bit calmer and more secluded, then you should read on. Because the Hullerner reservoir is located a little further upstream on the Stever and forms the backwater precursor for the Halterner See - and at the same time a picturesque hiking area. On our route you walk on quiet forest paths around the Hullern reservoir.The starting point for your tour is the trail parking lot at Stockwieser Damm. After just a few steps, you will reach the Stever, which meanders peacefully through a dense forest. Upstream, it goes along the shore. After passing several weekend houses, you can take a first look at the elongated Hullerner Reservoir.On the wooded south bank, you can stroll along the lake with a beautiful view and relax in peace and quiet. At the eastern end of the lake you cross the Stever on a bridge to reach the other shore of the lake. Take a moment to relax, as the view of the lake, the wooded banks and the river is picturesque.On the northern shore of the reservoir, our route leads you to the weir that marks the westernmost point of the lake. Here you will cross the Stever for the last time. Afterwards, you will be guided back to the starting point in a familiar way.
On the edge of the Ruhr area you can still find beautiful, natural landscapes. A special jewel is the nature reserve Felderbachtal in the Elfringhauser Switzerland, which lies directly on the border of the Ruhr area to the Bergisches Land. Gentle hills, wide meadows and light-flooded forests make the area the perfect place for a long hike - in every season. On our tour we lead you to the most beautiful views and the most rustic paths.The starting point of your hike is the S-Bahn station Velbert-Nierenhof, which is regularly served by the S9 from Essen. From here, our route snakes through the small town and then on narrow paths through a quaint forest. After a short time, a first magnificent panorama awaits you. A dirt road leads you above the Wodantals and opens up great views over the gently undulating hills.After you have crossed the Wodantal, you wander across meadows and through sparse forests to the south and thus towards Felderbachtal. En route, you will continue to enjoy the great view of the peaceful landscape of Elfringhauser Switzerland. Soon you will come across the Felderbach. Here it is worthwhile to cross the stream and take a leisurely rest at the Landgasthaus Huxel on the other bank.Afterwards you follow the Feldbach through a narrow valley, which is characterized by gentle meadows and quaint forests. You follow the stream to the confluence with the larger Deilbach and a little later you reach the starting point of your hike.
With the wooded slopes of the Ardey Mountains, the Hengsteysee is one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire Ruhr area. Here, between Dortmund, Hagen and Herdecke, dammed up the Ruhr to a long lake. The lake was opened in 1929 and since then has been used for power generation and water purification. On our twelve-kilometer hike, you can completely circle the picturesque reservoir and also enjoy the magnificent view from Syberg on the northern shore.The starting point of your tour is the large parking lot on the southern shore of the Hengsteysee. You begin your orbit to the east. On forest roads it goes to the easternmost point of the lake and then on a narrow, elongated river island. This winds in a loop in the west and separates here the Ruhr from Hengsteysee. The trail follows the course of the island and continues to the Ruhr bridge, which connects the island with the two shores. You change to the north bank and then make your way to the summit of the Syberg.On the 244 meter high mountain awaits you next to the ruins of Hohensyburg and the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument a spectacular view over the reservoir and the Ruhr Valley. If you are satisfied with the panorama, the route will take you along the so-called mountain trail with a magnificent view.Soon it goes gently downhill and directly to the shore of the lake. The path leads to the run-of-river power plant that forms the end of the reservoir. On a nostalgic iron truss bridge you cross the lake and then wander along the southern shore to the starting point of the hike.
The Lippe flows from Ostwestfalen coming exactly at the junction of the northern Ruhr area to southern Münsterland along. Although the river has been used for shipping since antiquity, its course of the river is still natural - so it is no wonder that the picturesque floodplains along the Lippe were chosen as the "River Landscape of the Year 2018". Our short tour takes you in a round from the tranquil Lünen through the Lippeauen.Starting point of the tour is the central station Lünen. From here you stroll through the Tobias Park and reach the green river bank a little later. Downstream, you walk out of the city. Soon the wide meadow landscape of the Lippe opens up before you: gentle meadows, small groups of trees and the meandering course of the river.Here, the trail runs above the wet meadows on the Lippedamm and thanks to the elevated position you have a particularly beautiful view. While hikers and cyclists frolic on the dam, Scottish highland cattle graze in the vast meadows. The shaggy cows take care of the natural preservation of the meadow landscape day in, day out.You follow the trail to the remains of Buddenburg Castle. The mansion was demolished after years of neglect in the 1970s, but the once magnificent garden is still recognizable in its basic form. After the detour to the castle garden, it goes over the lip and on the other shore back to Lünen.