You want to take your hiking boots out into nature, but a simple day hike is not enough for you? Then we have the right Collection of hiking routes for you here. We went on a hunt for some of the best hikes in the Ruhr area and have put together three short multi-day hikes for you. And, we can promise you one thing – you'll be amazed at how little you'll experience the hustle and bustle of the big cities in the Ruhr metropolitan region on our routes. We’ve found the hidden natural gems between Duisburg, Essen, Bochum, and Dortmund for outdoor lovers to enjoy.
You can easily reach all three hiking routes quickly by bus and train meaning they make for ideal weekend adventures. On the tour "3 days from Bochum to Hattingen," you will explore the hilly landscape of the Bergishches Land mountain range and hike through meadows and along small streams. The hike "2 days nature trails in the middle of the Ruhr area" leads you from Duisburg through the Duisburg forest and the Ruhrauen to Mülheim on the Ruhr. If you prefer to travel with your own tent, on the other hand, then you should definitely take a look at the third hike. Here, our route winds its way through the hilly forest landscape of the Haard.
Whichever tour you choose, you will get to know the Ruhr area from a whole new angle. Away from the industrial romanticism and hustle and bustle of big cities, you will walk along beautiful hiking trails through picturesque nature that you would not have expected here.
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In the south of the Ruhrgebiet, the broad hilly landscape of the Bergisches Land joins in - and here at the transition from Metropolregion Ruhr to the gentle nature attracts the landscape to extensive hikes. Narrow streams, wide valleys, dense forests and beautiful views over open pastures make you forget quickly that you are only a few kilometers from Germany's largest urban area.We have prepared a nice three-day tour, where you can explore the peaceful region between the Ruhr area and Wuppertal. The best part: The journey could not be easier, because our tour starts directly at the train station Bochum Dahlhausen. From here you hike on the first stage along the Ruhr and through quiet forests to Velbert. On the second day you hike across fields and pastures to the Windrather valley. The third stage will finally take you back to civilization: First you will pass through Elfringhauser Schweiz and at the end of the day you will reach the cozy town center of Hattingen. Except for a daypack and plenty of provisions, you do not need any special equipment - except, of course, your mobile phone for navigation. On the way you will find farms and cafés at several farms, where you can stock up on your supplies or take a break.If you only have two days, no problem. You just start your hike with the second stage in Velbert. To get there, take the bus from Essen to the stop Velbert ZOB and hike from here. Timetables can be found at vrr.de/de/index.html.Starting point of the first stage is the Bochum Dahlhausen station, which is served by Oberhausen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Essen and Hattingen by the S3 line. From the train station, walk along the tracks and cross the Ruhr. The path now runs across open meadows right along the river in the south - you've already left the city behind you. At Hattigen Niederwenigern you leave the Ruhr and follow our route in gentle up and down over meadows covered with meadows. The path meanders at some distance along small suburbs of Bochum, Hattingen and Essen until you dive at Essen Dilldorf in the densely wooded Asbachtal. On comfortable forest roads we head south. Shortly before Velbert, the trail leads you on the banks of the Eselsieper Bach through a beautiful forest and finally you stand on the market square of today's stage destination. In Velbert you have a wide choice of accommodation.
On the second stage of our tour on the edge of the Bergisches Land, it is particularly idyllic - if you look here from the trail over the vast hills, you can leave your everyday life completely behind you.Starting point of the stage is Velbert. From the center there is a short stretch of roads to the outskirts, where you will receive a beautiful forest and meadow landscape. Along a sprawling golf course, we first go to the castle Hardenberg. The baroque castle is currently closed for renovation, but the courtyard and fortifications can still be visited.Afterwards it becomes now really green: On broad dirt roads you walk along small wooded areas and enjoy the wonderful view. In front of you, colorful meadows and wide fields stretch out, to which individual farms and small villages join - a real picture book landscape. After a short section through a small wooded area, you will reach the Landgasthof Windrather Hof in the Windrather Tal - which is known for its numerous organic farms. Here you can spend the night and let the evening fade away.
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On the third day you can expect another 18 kilometers of wonderful hiking pleasure - and with almost 400 meters ascent and 600 meters descent a real mountain stage.The starting point is the Landgasthof Windrather Hof. From here you follow the road for a short distance until a hiking trail branches off to the right. Through the forest and across meadows, it goes downhill to the valley of the Deilbach. Immediately afterwards a small climb towards Felderbach awaits you.After you have crossed the stream, it goes up to lofty heights, because the Juttermannsberg is at 273 meters altitude, after all, one of the highest "peaks" of Elfringhauser Switzerland. Between the trees of the wooded ridge you have always beautiful views of the surroundings. After your summit storm, the rest of the stage mostly runs downhill. Walk along meadows, fields and pastures and head north comfortably. The stage destination Hattingen with its cozy old town is the perfect end to your three-day hike on the edge of the Ruhr area.
For this micro-adventure, we have come up with something special: In two days, it goes from Duisburg on food Kettwig to Mülheim an der Ruhr - and the whole thing only in nature. Here, on the one hand, there is the large Duisburg city forest and, on the other hand, the Mülheim Ruhrauen. Without leaving the Ruhr area you can wander through nature for two days to your heart's content. Overnight stay in Essen Kettwig. The southernmost district of Essen blends in perfectly with its cozy, historic old town in the hike.The first leg of your hike begins at the Zoo Duisburg tram stop, which is served by the main train stations Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg by tram line 901. From the bus stop, walk along the Mülheimer Straße, over the railway tracks and the A3, and right into the Duisburger Stadtwald. After just a few steps, the buzzing drifts down the street and you dive right into the forest with its tall trees. On wide forest roads and narrow forest paths, our tour takes you further and further to the southeast.After a while you will cross the invisible border to Mülheim an der Ruhr and wander through Uhlenhorst and Oembergmoor to the edge of the Ruhr valley. Here you can enjoy the view of the Ruhrauen and the impressive Ruhr Valley Bridge, before it goes along meadows and through forests down to Essen Kettwig. Here you can end the evening in one of the cozy restaurants and then visit your hotel.
After your night in the peaceful little town atmosphere of Essen Kettwig, you will make your way back to the big city bustle of the Ruhr area. But luckily, it will take quite some time until the end. Only a few steps separate you from the banks of the Ruhr at the beginning. On a wide bike and footpath you now stroll along the river towards Mülheim. A wonderful view of the open valley and the towering Ruhr valley bridge will accompany you on the first kilometers. Soon you will reach the nature reserve Mendener Ruhrauen, which enchants you with its natural woodland and meadows.In Menden you cross the Ruhr and then wander through the Saarner Ruhrauen. Here you can observe all sorts of migratory birds, water birds and muskrats all year round. The Kahlenbergwehr is on the Ruhr Island. You follow the beautiful waterfront promenade to the harbor of the White Fleet and then stroll through the city center of Mülheim to the tram stop Berliner Platz, where your hike ends.
The Haard is a largely untouched and hilly forest area on the northern edge of the Ruhr area. With an area of over 55 square kilometers, nature lovers from the pot will find a true natural paradise right on their doorstep. Here you can not just plan a leisurely Sunday walk, but also be on the road for two days without any problems - and we have prepared just such a tour for you. Since there are several campsites around the Haard, we will send you on a hike with your trekking tent and your sleeping bag.From Marl Sinsen station we will take you across Haard to Haard-Camping campsite. Here you can pitch your trekking tent on the tent meadow. If you are traveling without a tent, you can rent a small wooden hut - the CampingPod - for a reasonable price. The next day our route takes you through the northern part of Haard to Haltern am See, where you can start the return journey from your micro-adventure at the station.The first stage starts at Marl Sinsen station, which is served by regional trains from Münster, Düsseldorf, Essen and Gelsenkirchen. Only a few steps and you are already standing in the Haard. On wide forest roads and narrow forest paths our route snakes through the rustic forests, past the Brinksknapp and up to the Farnberg. Up here is a fire tower that you can climb. From the viewing platform you have a magnificent view over the Haard, the Münsterland and also the Ruhr area.Immediately thereafter it goes on the adjacent Stimberg. From its wooded "summit" you have no clear view, but on several information boards you will learn a lot about the history of the Haard. From Stimberg you hike downhill and on a wide path to the destination Haard-Camping. If you do not have any large provisions with you, you can also stop at the restaurant Haard-Oase at the campsite.
After a restful night in your trekking tent you can enjoy your breakfast on the tent lawn and then make yourself comfortable again on the way. From the campsite it goes straight back into the Haard. On beautiful forest trails you wander through the vast mixed forests and make yourself up to a small summit storm. A total of 30 vertical meters await you on the ascent to the Rennberg. There you will find the 35 meter high fire tower.143 steps separate you from the observation deck, which offers a magnificent view over the Haard. Afterwards, it goes gently downhill and along open fields in the direction of Haltern. You still cross the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal and can reward yourself after your hike in the old town of Haltern with a stop in one of the cozy restaurants or cafés. From Haltern am See station, take the regional train back home.