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Hike Germany’s Bergische Panorama Trail – spectacular views and mountains

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Hike Germany’s Bergische Panorama Trail – spectacular views and mountains

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

12

Tours

69:32 h

154 mi

16,425 ft

Variety in the smallest of spaces – that's what the Bergisches Land Nature Park promises. Panoramic mountains, babbling rivers, dense forests and picturesque lakes – what more do you need for a varied hike? So that you can fully enjoy the low mountain range landscape, I recommend the Bergisches Panorama Trail.

Just shy of 250 kilometres (155 mi), the long-distance Bergische Panoramasteig (Bergische Panoramic Trail) combines everything that makes the Bergisches Land region in Germany so special. You hike through mixed forests and cross the valleys of the Agger and Wupper rivers. Since the Bergisches Land has more dams than any other region in Europe, relaxing breaks by water are part of the daily itinerary. The real highlights of the Tour, however, are the mountain ranges with their fantastic views, as you would expect on a panoramic trail.

I’ve divided the circular route into 12 stages ranging in length between 16 and 25 kilometres (9.9 and 15.5 mi). They leave you enough time to discover the region in North Rhine-Westphalia extensively. You can easily reach the starting point in Engelskirchen-Ründeroth by train. The journey takes one hour from Cologne, for example.

If the entire route is too long for you, you can pick out individual sections. Most of the start and end points are accessible with public transport. However, if you’re planning to complete the whole route, it’s best to arrange your accommodation in advance. In some places, the choice is limited. You can find an overview of hosts along the route, here: bergisches-wanderland.de/en/bergisch-panorama-trail/hospitality-establishments

As the hike is a circular route through the nature park, you can decide which direction you want to start. In this Collection, you go clockwise along the trail. However, the route is marked in both directions with a yellow sign.

Well then: pack your rucksack, lace up your hiking boots and off you go. Experience the diversity of the Bergisches Land for yourself and discover the magnificent nature on the Panorama Trail. Sounds perfect for a hiking adventure, right?

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Bergischer Panoramasteig

152 mi

16,400 ft

16,375 ft

Last updated: December 16, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:46
    10.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your hiking adventure through the Oberbergisches Land begins in Ründeroth, a district of the Engelskirchen community. The first stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig takes you almost 17 kilometers through the winding Agger valley to Lindlar. Look forward to a wonderful start to your multi-day hiking

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  • Intermediate
    05:00
    10.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig awaits you with a relaxed up and down through the Oberbergisches Land. You travel a lot on lonely paths and can immerse yourself in nature in the best possible way and enjoy the almost 18-kilometer stage stress-free. Today's hiking day starts in Lindlar

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    11.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig takes you almost 19 kilometers from Biesfeld to Wermelskirchen. On the way you can expect wonderful views and a dreamlike flora and fauna. Sounds like a varied day of hiking, doesn't it?

    

    You leave Biesfeld and set course for the donkey village Bechen. On

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  • Difficult
    06:52
    15.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig takes you from Dhünn to Radevormwald, also called the "city on the heights" by the locals. Water and forest shape the 25-kilometer stage through the Wupper valley. It is best to start early in Dhünn, then you will have enough time on the way to take relaxed

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  • Difficult
    05:45
    13.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A touch of Norway: the landscape around the Neyetalsperre is reminiscent of the rugged coastline of the Scandinavian country with a little imagination. The numerous arms of the drinking water reservoir furrow into the wooded landscape and offer a wonderful area for hikers. The fifth stage begins on the

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  • Difficult
    05:20
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig takes you almost 20 kilometers from Wipperfürth to Marienheide. Look forward to a varied day of hiking with fantastic views over the Bergisches Land and into the Sauerland. You travel a lot on wonderful hiking trails and enjoy the fragrant forest air. And

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  • Difficult
    07:01
    15.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The seventh stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig leads you from Marienheide for almost 25 kilometers to Bergneustadt. You walk past wind turbines down to the Genkeltalsperre and on to the Aggertalsperre. It's best to pack some provisions in your backpack, then you can have a picnic on the way. You will

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  • Difficult
    06:32
    14.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eighth stage of the Bergisches Panoramasteig you wander through one of the last juniper heaths in the Oberbergisches Land. The landscape is particularly beautiful when the heather is in bloom in the summer months. But it is also fun to hike through the heathland at any other time of the year.

    

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  • Intermediate
    04:38
    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the ninth stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig is at the Wiehltalsperre, known for the beer commercial with the slogan "A pearl of nature". After your detour to the water, you take a course south to Morsbach, just under 17 kilometers away.

    

    You walk past Christmas tree plantations

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  • Difficult
    05:38
    12.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the tenth stage of the Bergisches Panoramasteig you come up high right at the beginning. After a few minutes - and a few meters in altitude - you will reach the observation tower near Morsbach. It goes without saying that you climb the tower and enjoy the magnificent view of the Siebengebirge.

    

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  • Difficult
    06:20
    14.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the beginning of the eleventh stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig you hike in a beautiful up and down over extensive meadows and fields along the upper Waldbrölbachtal. At the end of the 22-kilometer tour, it will be again promising. Everything included for a varied day of hiking.

    

    You leave Waldbr

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    13.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    All good things come in twelve: Today is the last stage on the Bergisches Panoramasteig on the plan. So enjoy the 22 kilometers to the full. The route from Nümbrecht to Ründeroth trumps again with a lot of variety. And as it should be for a panorama dough, there are also plenty of views to enjoy.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    154 mi
  • Duration
    69:32 h
  • Elevation
    16,425 ft

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