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Explore Cologne's surprising sides — Germany’s Cologne Trail

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Explore Cologne's surprising sides — Germany’s Cologne Trail

Hiking Collection by Anette

11

Tours

41:11 h

99.5 mi

2,475 ft

Cologne is a particularly multifaceted city, even when it comes to nature. The 160-kilometre (100 mi) long-distance hiking trail ‘Kölnpfad’ (Cologne Trail) leads you over 11 stages around this beautiful city, roaming its green outskirts.

On the well-marked trail, you walk through idyllic parks, dense forests, across wide meadows and vibrant fields. The lakeland in the north, the Königsforst including the Wahner Heide reserve in the east and the Rhine meadows in the south are just some of the many highlights on this route. You can reach each stage by public transport, so you can also walk the trail in sections if you like. It's like a short holiday in the middle of the city!

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Kölnpfad

98.8 mi

2,475 ft

2,475 ft

Last updated: February 4, 2022

Tours & Highlights

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    Stage 1: Rodenkirchen to Klettenberg — Cologne Trail

    Difficult
    05:26
    13.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage on the Cologne path is also the longest at a good 21 kilometers. You are often on asphalt paths and sometimes on sections with little shade. Wide views of the Rhine and an enchanting garden are just two of the many highlights of this stage.

    

    You can reach the starting point of this stage

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    9.96 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage takes you mainly through the Cologne green belt. Small park landscapes, a rock garden and the home ground of 1. FC Köln are on the way. A very exciting mix!

    

    Line 18 of the Cologne public transport company will take you to Klettenbergpark. From here you start the beautiful, 16-kilometer stage

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  • Intermediate
    03:42
    9.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Kölnweg is also very varied and interesting. On the north-western edge of Cologne, it leads through a water-rich and sometimes quite rural area. But the urban side is also present, as two motorways and several rail tracks meet in this beautiful area.

    

    You can reach the Bocklemünd

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    6.52 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this approximately eleven-kilometer stage you hike through charming nature reserves and the wonderful Rheinauen. And if you feel like it, you can take the Rhine ferry to Hitdorf for little money and visit the town with the small harbor.

    

    With the S-Bahn line 11 you reach the Worringen train station

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    8.24 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage is very contrasting compared to the others. Nevertheless, it is no less attractive, because it impressively shows the many facets of the city: nature reserves, industry and the impressive port area.

    

    The Cologne transport company will take you with line 12 to the Merkenich stop, the starting

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    8.33 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage takes you along the Rhine towards Leverkusen. Here you can also enjoy the wide views over the river, hike along the Rhine again, discover small lakes and nature reserves and let yourself be enchanted by a very special castle park.

    

    The Wiener Platz with lines 4, 13 and 18 of the Cologne public

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    6.82 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the seventh stage of the Cologne path, you hike almost exclusively through the forest and on beautiful forest paths. Unbelievable that Cologne can be so green.

    

    After starting at the Schlebusch stop - the Cologne public transport company serves you with line 4 - you dive straight into the Dünnwalder

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  • Intermediate
    04:23
    10.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It's hard to believe, but on this stage it even gets a little hilly. Today you hike one of the most beautiful stages of the Cologne path, because it is very varied and green and at the end there is even a castle. Here we go.

    

    Lines 3 and 18 of the Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe drop you off at the Thielenbruch

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    10.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this stage you hike through large parts of the Bergische Heideterrasse. And since Cologne/Bonn Airport is also in the middle of the heath, you can watch the planes taking off while hiking. Without getting wanderlust, of course, because if you can hike on the Cologne path, you wouldn't want to be anywhere

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    11.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The arch of the Rhine from Langel and Lülsdorf is characterized by cultivated land with open fields and wide views. The hike is broken up by small towns, an enchanting nature reserve on the Rhine and the Zündorfer Groov.

    

    The starting point is the Porz-Wahn stop with the S-Bahn lines 12 and 13. The S-Bahn

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    4.90 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the Kölnpfad is also the shortest at eight kilometers. You follow the Rhine along the Porzer Rheinknies, with a beautiful view of the river, the opposite Weißer Ufer and - in the distance - the Cologne Cathedral.

    

    Line 7 of the Cologne transport company takes you to the Zündor stop, the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    99.5 mi
  • Duration
    41:11 h
  • Elevation
    2,475 ft

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