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Baby carrier or pushchair – hiking with toddlers in Germany’s NRW

Baby carrier or pushchair – hiking with toddlers in Germany’s NRW

Hiking Collection by Milupa

20

Tours

28:08 h

66.0 mi

3,300 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 2 and 10 kilometres (1.2 – 6.2 mi) long and are spread across Nordrhein-Westfalen. 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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    Fruit trail in Leichlingen (suitable for pushchairs) – hiking with toddlers in NRW

    Intermediate
    01:34
    3.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the north of Leichlingen you can enjoy the beautiful blooming of the fruit trees with the whole family, especially in spring and summer. On mostly level asphalt and gravel paths you hike on the Obstweg via the towns of Bergerhof, Bennert and Hülstrung through the landscape characterized by fruit trees

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  • Easy
    00:37
    1.36 mi
    2.2 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between the Oleftalsperre and Hellenthal, an exciting excursion into the animal kingdom awaits you. This circular hiking trail, which is almost two kilometers long, takes you across the Hellenthal wildlife enclosure. Along the way you can visit birds of prey, lynx, donkeys, fallow deer and other native

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

    With a gradient of only 30 meters, a relaxed hike on level paths awaits you at the Haltern reservoir. We have also planned the hike so that there is everything for adults and smaller children to experience and you can make great stops along the way. The path connects the picturesque Halterner reservoir

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

    Along a section of the well-known Rothaarsteig there is this wonderful variant for younger hikers: the little Rothaar. On the child-friendly hiking route through the forest there are several fairy tale stations, wooden figures and the Ilsetich, a wonderful natural water playground. At just over three

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  • Easy
    01:23
    3.21 mi
    2.3 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hiking area "Donoper Teich - Hiddeser Bent" with its moor landscape, a branching stream system, the Donoper Teich and the Hasselbachstausee offers many opportunities to experience nature up close with small children in the eastern Teutoburg Forest. You can also visit the Hotel-Restaurant Forstfrieden

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    5.03 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It doesn't matter whether you're carrying a baby on your stomach or a rucksack: the paths through the Venner Moor are perfect for a trip into the countryside with your little ones. It is practical that you can also shorten the hike via various paths and do not necessarily have to cover the entire eight

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    5.05 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Out of the city, into the countryside - and in this case also into the blue. This almost eight-kilometer circular hike not only takes you to the Forst Eller nature reserve on the outskirts of Düsseldorf, but also to the Unterbacher See. If you like, you can not only walk around the lake there, but also

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  • Easy
    01:36
    3.95 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Roman camp and bathing lake instead of forest and meadows: This exciting hiking trail through the historic Roman camp of Xanten offers this programme. And even if there is a museum on the way, little hikers will get their money's worth. The bathing lake Xantener Südsee, playgrounds and hands-on stations

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  • Intermediate
    01:17
    3.15 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Great Torfmoor is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes north of the Wiehengebirge. The high moor with its fairytale atmosphere extends over a large area in the Lübbecke and Hiller area. On this five-kilometer, completely flat hike, a wonderful flora and fauna awaits you - plus a few stations

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  • Intermediate
    01:45
    3.66 mi
    2.1 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This somewhat more demanding hiking trail, which we have planned for you in the wooded heights around Herchen in the Bergisches Land, is promising. Although it is not suitable for prams, it is good to go with a front carrier or Kraxe. From the parking lot in Herchen near the Sieg, take the Siegtalstra

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  • Easy
    01:38
    3.73 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between the Aabach reservoir and Bad Wünnenberg, in addition to the quiet barefoot park, there is also the enchanted Waldbach and Aatal. With its wide and flat paths, this wonderful piece of nature is particularly good for a trip with the little ones. As the icing on the cake, halfway there is even a

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    5.45 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A visit to the goats in Wichteltal: That is the goal of this seven-kilometer hike through the Ruhr meadows on the outskirts of Essen. The starting point of the hike, which mostly runs on paved paths, is a car park in the Ruhrau. From there you first follow the course of the Rhein-Ruhr-Emscher Weg to

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  • Intermediate
    01:19
    2.84 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Where the most snow falls in Sauerland in winter, a mountain idyll awakens in spring and summer. In Altastenberg near Winterberg you can also experience them with small children on the varied yet easy mountain meadow path. With 110 meters up and down, there are some inclines on the route, but there are

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  • Easy
    01:41
    4.13 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Watching birds, climbing onto a viewing platform together and plenty of space to explore: The Emsdetter Venn offers families with small children a good opportunity to go on a trip into the countryside. This tour, which is a good seven kilometers long, takes you from the Emsdetter Venn hiking car park

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  • Intermediate
    00:44
    1.74 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The large forest area in the south of Aachen has been a popular destination for local recreation for many years. The great thing about the Aachen Forest is that it belongs to the city, with the exception of small plots. For years, it has relied on leaving large parts of the forest to develop naturally

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  • Easy
    00:48
    1.98 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    What do a small, red lighthouse, huge expanses of bracken and the wobbly ears of cows have in common? You can experience all of this on the Wachtendonk adventure trail, which is a good three kilometers long, just before the Dutch border. Information boards along the way inform you about the various cultural

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  • Intermediate
    01:25
    3.47 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    One of the greenest and dreamiest natural areas in NRW lies on the outskirts of Hamm. From a parking lot near the former ¾ pit of the Maximilian colliery - where there is also a great playground - you walk straight to the Datteln-Hamm Canal. On the right you cross a bridge and walk into the Oberwerrieser

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  • Easy
    00:56
    2.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Close to nature, quiet and yet not far from the center of Witten, Hammerteich, Hohenstein and even a game reserve are hidden in the forest on the outskirts of the city. If you don't want to travel by car, you can also use the bus and train for the tour. The starting point is the car park near the Hammerteich

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  • Easy
    01:35
    3.61 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the south of Kierspe we have planned a hiking trail through the Bergisches Land nature park over parts of the Raukweg. It takes you a good five kilometers with a slight incline over wonderful country lanes and forest paths. The focus is simply to spend some time away from the city in nature. Along

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  • Easy
    00:44
    1.76 mi
    2.4 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Only a few minutes outside of Neuss city center is a small natural pearl - the Selikumer Park. This small tour through the green park, including opportunities to visit the deer park and children's farm, is particularly ideal for parents whose children are becoming more mobile. The route is almost three

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Distance
    66.0 mi
  • Duration
    28:08 h
  • Elevation
    3,300 ft

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