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Between Eggegebirge and The Weser – the Emmerweg trail

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Between Eggegebirge and The Weser – the Emmerweg trail

Hiking Collection by Anette



3-6 h

/ day

45.9 mi

3,250 ft

3,900 ft

Picturesque river meadows, historical landscapes, idyllic half-timbered villages and impressive castles in the Weser Renaissance and Baroque styles – these are the highlights of the Emmerweg trail. You hike 43 miles (70 km) from Altenbeken at the foot of the Eggegebirge, in the east of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, through the beautiful Weserbergland to Emmerthal near Hameln, where the River Emmer flows into The Weser.

I have divided the route into three stages and made sure that they always start and end at railway stations. That way you can also complete them as day hikes. The towns are conveniently located on the Hanover - Paderborn railway line and are served hourly by the S5. This means that the total distance is only about 2.5 miles(4 km) longer and you can start your day's hike with a relaxed train ride.

Finding accommodation is no problem because, in the lovely towns and villages along the Emmer, you will find a wide range of accommodation and places to stop for a bite to eat. The friendly innkeepers will be happy to take good care of you.

Curious? Then lace up your boots and get going. The trail along the Emmer is perfect if you need a break for a long weekend, want to clear your head and return home with beautiful impressions.

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42.9 mi

3,200 ft

3,825 ft

Last updated: November 22, 2022

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    Stage 1: Altenbeken to Steinheim – the Emmerweg trail

    16.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage on the Emmerweg is a good 27 kilometers long. And since you will also overcome a few meters in altitude, it is also a real sporting challenge. If you prefer it a little more comfortable and want more time to relax and enjoy, you can simply split the route up and choose Nieheim as a stopover

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  • Difficult
    14.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A hike through historic cultivated land with meadows, pastures, small groves and avenues of fruit trees lies ahead of you today. It is traversed by the Emmer, whose floodplains consist of grassland again after successful renaturation and whose shore areas are consistently left to develop naturally. It

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  • Difficult
    14.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Attractive floodplain landscapes, a forest trail, the impressive Hämelschenburg and the confluence of the Emmer and the Weser are the highlights of this 23-kilometer tour. You start in Lügde and hike on the slope of the Schildberg in the direction of Bad Pyrmont. If you like, you can make a detour to

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Collection Stats

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  • Distance
    45.9 mi
  • Duration
    20:05 h
  • Elevation
    3,250 ft3,900 ft

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