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Gentle hills and green forests – hiking on Germany’s Bückeberg Trail


Gentle hills and green forests – hiking on Germany’s Bückeberg Trail

Hiking Collection by Angelina Kuhlmann



4-5 h

/ day

34.1 mi

2,975 ft

3,000 ft

The Schaumburger Land is wooded, hilly, green and diverse. Relaxed forest paths invite you to hike in Germany’s Weser Mountains and on the Bückeberg. In summer, corn sways in the wind in wild fields. Locals welcome you warmly to their historic towns and unique buildings. The Bückeberg Trail is the best way to get to know this beautiful area in southern Lower Saxony – the Schaumburg region.

The long-distance hiking trail is a good 55 kilometres (34 mi) long and takes you from Porta Westfalica on the northern edge of North Rhine-Westphalia, through the Weser Mountains and then over the Bückeberg mountain range to Bad Nenndorf in Lower Saxony. In this Collection, I've divided the Bückeberg Trail into three stages for you, each between 17 and 20 kilometres (9.3 and 12.4 mi) long so the route is also suitable for beginners. If you’re an experienced hiker, you can walk the trail in two days. Along the way, however, there are some places that are worth taking the time to visit.

In addition to fabulous views from the Porta-Kanzel and Idaturm viewpoints on the first, somewhat mountainous stage, you’ll come across surprises in the middle of nature such as the unique dinosaur tracks in Obernkirchen and Schaumburg forest beekeeping. In addition, you visit two well-known cities in Lower Saxony: Bückeburg and Bad Nenndorf. The Bückeberg Trail gives you the chance to explore the green sides of the Schaumburger Land and its cities.

You can travel to this hike by train. Conveniently, Porta Westfalica and Bad Nenndorf are well connected to the rail network and there are also train stations at the stage destinations. This means you can choose to only hike individual stages of the Bückeberg Trail rather than completing it in one go. Plan your overnight stays in the region, here: schaumburgerland-tourismus.de.

Leading through beech, maple and spruce forests, over the gentle slopes of the Bückeberg, across lush green meadows and to historical places, the Bückeberg Trail is the perfect getaway from stressful everyday life and ideal for a long weekend. This little discovery Tour through the charming Schaumburg countryside will do you a world of good.

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Bückeberg Trail

32.2 mi

2,975 ft

2,775 ft

Last updated: May 2, 2023

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    Stage 1: Porta Westfalica to Bad Eilsen – Bückeberg Trail

    12.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the Porta Westfalica, the Weser breaks through the Wiehen and Weser Mountains and creates a natural gateway between the Ravensberg hill country and the North German lowlands. The first stage of the Bückebergweg begins here, right at the train station in the city of Porta Westfalica. With a view of

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  • 05:08
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Bad Eilsen you have a whole day ahead of you on the Bückeberg. The densely wooded ridge is part of the Weser Uplands and has a special feature: in earlier times, sandstone was grown there, which was used, among other things, for the construction of Cologne Cathedral. The dismantling is also the

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  • 04:32
    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    600 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a good 17 kilometers, the third stage of the Bückebergweg is the shortest. Since the lovely Bad Nenndorf is at the end of the stage, it fits perfectly. So at the end of the day you still have enough time to stroll through the city. To get there, you first start the hike in Reinsdorf. In a northerly

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    34.1 mi
  • Duration
    15:07 h
  • Elevation
    2,975 ft3,000 ft

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