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Into nature – hiking with toddlers in Lower Saxony and Hamburg

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Into nature – hiking with toddlers in Lower Saxony and Hamburg

Hiking Collection by Milupa

20

Tours

29:39 h

61.5 mi

3,325 ft

With your baby in their carrier, you head to the countryside to experience their first steps through a forest together. There are so many good reasons to go hiking with young toddlers and babies. When your baby reaches for a blade of grass during a pitstop, when your toddler runs after a grasshopper and when they learn up close what snails and earthworms are – everyday life stays at home when you spend time together in nature. Hand on heart: Is there anything better than instilling a love of nature in children from their very first weeks?

TRAILS FOR LITTLE ONES

In this Collection, we’ve picked out hiking trails that are perfect for young families and suitable for a few–week–old baby or your energetic toddler. The hiking trails are between 1.5 and 10 kilometres (0.9 – 6.2 mi) long and are spread across Lower Saxony and Hamburg. Whether your baby is only a few weeks old or already on its own wobbly legs, you’re guaranteed to find the right trip for you here.

We’ve made sure that the hikes are on paths that are suitable for walking with a baby carrier or rucksack. You can also use a pushchair along some trails. You’ll see this information in the Tour title. We’ve also included plenty of places to rest and change diapers and stops at playgrounds, lakes, huts and game reserves. Many of the trails are themed, helping your kids learn about nature, fairytales and animals at fun stations en route.

You can easily reach all of the hikes by car or travel by train or bus to some routes on the outskirts of larger cities. The hikes are either loops or end at a gondola so you can conveniently return home. You can shorten some of the hikes if your legs get tired or the weather turns. Extending the hikes is possible too.

OUR TIPS FOR HIKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

Hiking with babies and toddlers can be challenging, but roaming through nature together with your offspring and spending hours in the fresh air is priceless. To get off on the right foot, check out our six tips for your outdoor adventure with your kids:

1. Don't plan Tours that are too ambitious, but instead venture out slowly as a family and see which trail lengths and types suit you well.

2. If you’re out and about in the summer, start your Tour in the morning so that you’re not hiking in the midday heat.

3. You don’t need to think about any special equipment to feed your baby en route. Breastfeeding is ideal since you don’t need to think about anything else. If you prefer to feed with a bottle, this is easy too when hiking. Take enough clean bottles with you, fill small portion jars with the correct amount of powdered milk and fill two thermos flasks with water, one boiling and the other cold.

Along the way, use a small thermometer (a new, clean medical thermometer is perfect) to find the right mix of cold and hot water. You could practice at home before you set off so that you know it’ll work smoothly on the road. If your little one prefers to eat milk porridge, fill up tins with a portion of porridge powder for each meal and add water during your rest stops. You can bring fruit and plenty of water for snacks too.

4. Depending on the weather and season, make sure the route has suitable picnic huts, mountain pastures or inns. Otherwise, the Tours have everything you need, especially in summer. If you’re travelling with your baby and can’t find a bathroom, you can use any meadow as a changing table, just bring a cosy blanket with you.

5. If you’re deciding between a pram and sling, we recommend slings for most hiking trails. As long as you don’t plan to hike on concrete roads, a sling is more comfortable and can withstand unpaved surfaces. If your baby is six months or older, you can carry them in a back carrier. You can find out whether a trail is suitable for pushchairs directly in the Tour title.

6. For toddlers who can already walk, the Tours shouldn’t be longer than 3 to 5 kilometres (1.8 to 3.1 mi). Little ones take longer and need more stops.

Well prepared, you can fully engage with nature and spend a wonderful time in the countryside with your little ones. We wish you lots of fun and your first unforgettable memories with your children in nature.

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    Lynx enclosure and tree top walk near Bad Harzburg – hiking with toddlers in Lower Saxony and Hamburg

    Intermediate
    02:25
    4.99 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This varied tour takes you along the exciting treetop path and easy forest paths to Rabenklippe. In addition to the mountain restaurant and a fantastic view of the deep Eckertal and up to the Brocken, you will also find the lynx enclosure here. From the small viewing platform you can watch the impressive

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  • Easy
    01:32
    3.13 mi
    2.0 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately five-kilometer circular trail through the picturesque Pietzmoor is an experience for young and old. A boardwalk leads over marshy meadows and through a sparse mixed forest of pine and birch. You can discover this special habitat up close.

    

    Afterwards, a stop at the Schäferhof is recommended

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  • Intermediate
    02:18
    4.08 mi
    1.8 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    We realize that the forest is anything but boring when we look at it through the eyes of children. A dried leaf here, a snail there, a snapped tree - all this becomes an adventure and awakens the desire for discovery in your child.

    This quiet round takes you on circular hiking trail 3 through the idyllic

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  • Intermediate
    01:12
    2.15 mi
    1.8 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You cross a small gorge on a shaky suspension bridge and shortly afterwards climb the wooden lookout tower. Can you spot all the animals hiding here in the forest? On your way you will pass different tree species with strange names like "cucumber magnolia" or "deer butt sumac".

    

    285 different tree species

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  • Intermediate
    01:55
    3.96 mi
    2.1 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The seagulls are screeching above you and the fresh sea air is blowing in your face – that gives you that holiday feeling. The special Wadden Sea habitat can be experienced very impressively on the almost five and a half kilometer long circular hiking trail. Tideways, mudflats and salt marshes await

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    3.60 mi
    1.9 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Can you imagine that the boulders lying around in Wedermark originally come from Scandinavia? Glaciers pushed them here in the distant past. The extraordinary history of the "moving stones" is explored on this geo-adventure trail.

    

    Together with your child, you hike to the various stations designed by

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  • Easy
    00:54
    1.84 mi
    2.0 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this hike through the Duhner Heide you will get to know the Wadden Sea on the North Sea coast up close. Around 10,000 animal and plant species find a home in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You hike with your child through this unique landscape on sandy paths and enjoy the salty sea air.

    

    The starting

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  • Intermediate
    02:08
    5.16 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Not far from Neuchâtel in Friesland is the Neuchâtel primeval forest, which has been a nature reserve for more than 100 years and in which flora and fauna have been allowed to develop without human influence ever since. On narrow, natural paths you hike through the dense, magical forest - past mighty

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  • Easy
    00:56
    1.74 mi
    1.9 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Admittedly, the terraces made of crumbly lime sinter are not particularly spectacular. In summer not much of the mossy, stair-like river bed can be seen due to the dense vegetation of the alluvial forest. Nevertheless, we are dealing with a unique natural spectacle here. Numerous specialized animal and

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  • Easy
    01:50
    3.67 mi
    2.0 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Not far from Oldenburg you will find this beautiful circular tour that follows the leisurely flowing Hunte. The blooming meadows along the banks and the stately megaliths of the Glaner Braut make the child's heart beat faster, so that you can give yourself plenty of time to explore this varied hiking

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  • Intermediate
    01:03
    2.48 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the middle of the triangle between Bremen, Hanover and Osnabrück lies one of the largest contiguous heath areas in Lower Saxony: the Kirchdorfer Heide. This cultural landscape is not only worth a visit when the heather blossoms in August, and with a bit of luck you may even come across a herd of Schnuckers

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  • Intermediate
    01:48
    3.71 mi
    2.1 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Hardly any other type of landscape is as mystical and mysterious as the moor. When wafts of mist hang over the meadows in the morning hours and the call of the cranes echoes over the water, the existence of fairies and goblins does not seem so unbelievable. In the rewetted Hohes Moor near Himmelpforten

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  • Easy
    00:34
    1.31 mi
    2.3 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A short but intensive adventure tour awaits you and your offspring on the Teufelsfelsen on the Isterberg. A good two kilometers lead you from the hiking car park at the Isterberg tower near Schüttdorf as a circular route through the forest area on the Isterberg.

    

    The length of the hiking trail is also

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  • Easy
    01:46
    4.31 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This wonderful tour full of sand, water and shady trees can be found near Bremen in the Wümmeniederung nature reserve. It is practical that you can also reach the starting point as a family by bus and do not necessarily have to drive by car.

    

    It starts in the center of Everinghausen. From there you walk

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  • Easy
    00:56
    1.77 mi
    1.9 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It gets really magical deep in the picturesque Klecker Forest near Jesteburg. The fairy tale of “The Trickster” is told at 15 interactive stations on the circular hiking trail, which is a little over three kilometers long. Here you will meet squirrels, water nymphs and even a unicorn. At some stations

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  • Easy
    00:52
    1.79 mi
    2.1 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the middle of the Wesermarsch, a good 25 kilometers from Oldenburg, lies the small Bollenhagener Moorwald, which we would like to recommend for a short tour with the little ones in the countryside. Because even if the area is small, you can hike through the largest contiguous forest area of the Wesermarsch

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    6.36 mi
    2.0 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Even if the Thülsfeld dam is an artificial reservoir, it is not noticeable on site. At the edge of the large lake you can see the water glistening beautifully in the sun on one side and the wide forest and meadow landscapes with lots of sheep pastures on the other - pure natural idyll. For a nice family

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  • Easy
    00:27
    0.89 mi
    2.0 mph
    50 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Otters, storks, kingfishers, white-tailed eagles and lots of other rare plants are at home in the Südheide Nature Park. In addition, the wonderful heather blooms there in late summer. This short hike around the idyllic Angelbecksteich in the west of the park invites you into this dreamlike landscape

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  • Intermediate
    00:51
    1.69 mi
    2.0 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Get out into nature for a moment, without the hustle and bustle on overcrowded hiking trails and far away from tourist destinations: this relaxed, three-kilometer tour through the small forest on the edge of Hessel offers you all of this. As a small family, you can complete the path wonderfully with

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  • Easy
    01:12
    2.85 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Only a few kilometers behind the northern foothills of the Wiehengebirge you will find a wonderful wooded range of hills near Damme - the Damme Mountains. And this ridge has something that not every elevation has, namely a mountain lake. This tour, which is almost flat despite the hilly surroundings

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Highlights
    6
  • Distance
    61.5 mi
  • Duration
    29:39 h
  • Elevation
    3,325 ft

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