The Ahornweg (Maple Way) is a 100-kilometre (62 mi) circular hiking trail through the beautiful landscapes of Germany’s southern Osnabrück region. The route forms a figure of eight, divided into a shorter northern loop and a longer southern loop. Green ridges and spectacular lookout towers give you a view of the many facets of the Osnabrück region.
The entire long-distance trail takes you through part of the Teutoburg Forest, which is located in the TERRA.vita Nature and Geopark. In addition to slowing down in the forest and enjoying wide flower meadows, three health spa resorts – Bad Iburg, Bad Rothenfelde and Bad Laer – ensure you can fully relax. Dip your feet in the Kneipp pools and take a deep breath.
Historical and architectural highlights, such as the new tree top walk and the castle in Bad Iburg, make the Ahornweg even more varied. There is something for amateur geologists too: you can learn about the Noller Gorge and Hase Spring south of Wellingholzhausen on information boards. In spring, the lush colours of blooming flowers at Freeden near Bad Iburg, the magnificent cherry blossoms in Hagen and the splendour of the Blomberg blossoms near Bad Laer await.
The Ahornweg is one of the oldest and most popular hiking trails in the Osnabrück region and has been guiding nature lovers to five towers and countless views for 50 years. In this Collection we’ve divided the 100-kilometre (62 mi) trail into five stages. Since the short and long loop meet in Bad Iburg, you can also hike them independently of each other. The Collection starts in Bad Iburg, but you can of course also start at other places en route.
The easily accessible hiking trails, signposted by a maple leaf, lead you through hilly landscapes with overnight stops in Hagen, Bad Iburg, Wellingholzhausen and Bad Rothenfelde. You don't need any long-distance hiking experience, just a bit of stamina, as some of the stages are more than 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) long. This means anyone with a decent amount of fitness can relax and enjoy the Ahornweg.
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Last updated: December 3, 2021
The Ahornweg starts in Bad Iburg, the junction of the figure eight. For more than a thousand years, the cityscape has been dominated by the mighty Iburg, which you can visit directly.
You then head out of town through the Charlottenseepark, where the next highlight is waiting for you at the edge of the…
The second stage of the Ahornweg is characterized by a constant up and down through the Teutoburg Forest. From Hagen it goes initially to the babbling Poggenbach, which accompanies you for a while. Via the hamlet of Völler you climb to the first peak of the day, the Baumannsknollen.
You then have an even…
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The third stage or the big loop of the Ahornweg begins in Bad Iburg. From the center, it initially heads east to the Freeden nature reserve. On the Linzitterweg you hike through the picturesque forest and at the Freedenhütte you can take a first break.
After almost five kilometers you can enjoy a beautiful…
The starting point of the fourth stage of the Ahornweg is the Beutling, at the foot of which you visited the Beutling spring yesterday. At the top of the 220-meter-high elevation, an observation tower awaits you, which gives you a fabulous view of the TERRA.vita nature park.
From the Beutling you hike…
The last stage on the magnificent Ahornweg is already beginning, which will bring you back to Bad Iburg. After one night in Bad Rothenfelde, head west and dive into the TERRA.vita geo and nature park once more. It goes past the cozy Bismarckhütte to the lookout tower on Lüdenstein.
From the platform you…
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