The Sieg Nature Trail (Natursteig Sieg), in the west of Germany, boasts natural beauty and stunning wildlife over 200 kilometres (124 mi). You hike on mostly narrow paths and historic routes through enchanting river landscapes to magnificent viewpoints. Monasteries, castle ruins and idyllic half-timbered villages nestle in the fertile valleys and on the green slopes. You follow the shimmering ribbon of the River Sieg from Siegburg in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia to Mudersbach in Rhineland-Palatinate, exploring a glorious hinterland and meeting warm-hearted and helpful locals.
The trail can be quite strenuous, as it goes up and down through the Sieg’s hilly, wooded countryside. Wear sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing and bring plenty of food. Places to stock up are rare and they’re not always open. Sometimes a path may be churned up or closed due to forestry work, which is just part of the game in this densely wooded area. In this instance, you’ll have to find an alternative route.
If it’s your goal to hike the entire route, there are places to eat and drink, as well as accommodation at or near to the end of each stage. I recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment. You can also tackle the route in separate day hikes thanks to the excellent public transport along the route. The stages are planned so that they start and end at railway stations. This extends the total distance by a few kilometres because you reach them via specially designated access routes.
The original Sieg Nature Trail was proposed as a longer 14-day adventure. I‘ve deviated from this with a 12-stage itinerary, which means you can still plan for relaxed arrival and departure days for your two-week hiking trip. If you’ve less time available, you can consider skipping stages 5 and/or 9. Both are circular tours that start and end in the same place.
Now you're ready to go. Pack your rucksack and lace up your shoes. And don't forget your camera, because there are plenty of beautiful moments that are worth capturing. Have fun on the Sieg Nature Trail.
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Last updated: January 26, 2023
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