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From ancient rocks and volcanos — a journey through time in Germany's geological past

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From ancient rocks and volcanos — a journey through time in Germany's geological past

Hiking Collection by ZEIT WISSEN

6

Tours

28:55 h

61.3 mi

8,125 ft

How was the country actually formed? Anyone who travels through Germany steps on rocks as old as time itself. The ground on which we hike was partly formed by primeval seas, glaciers and volcanoes—and unfolded by colliding continental plates. This Collection is the second part of the hiking series ‘Paths of Knowledge’ by the magazine, ZEIT Wissen.

Hiking from volcano to volcano, we pass through the Eifel, walk up to the watery mouth of North Friesland and conquering a peak in the Chiemgau Alps. The hikes, which were designed with the help of scientists, lead you through Germany’s history. Find out more about these hikes in the ZEIT Wissen editions between June and October 2017. Just visit zeit.de/zw-probeabo or zeit.de/zw-einzel

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  • Difficult
    04:59
    10.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The first leg of this hike leads around Gerolstein. In a few places in Germany, as here, a span of hundreds of millions of years can be bridged within a few kilometers. Here an area from Belgium to the Siegerland formed a geological community of fate: the Rhenish Slate Mountains. During the Devonian

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  • Difficult
    06:51
    15.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the second stage, it's 22 kilometers from Daun to Manderscheid, but even further into the past: how did the stuff we're running around come from? Astrophysicists are familiar with this, so Norbert Junkes is taking part of the stage. He works at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, which operates

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    10.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third stage leads again in a circle, this time around Manderscheid. Achim Brauer is a member, Professor at the Geo Research Center Potsdam. Brauer is familiar with maaren. He drills their sediments, and from the annual deposits he calculates the climate of the past.

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  • Difficult
    03:56
    5.57 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,450 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The abrupt transition from the lowlands to the Alps makes the tremendous happenings visible, to which the entire Alps owe their existence: Immediately behind the "Bergstüberl" tavern, the first alpine slope shoots up from the ground and, looking at the plate tectonics, hits Africa on Europe. An epic

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    8.17 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After Maasbüll, the North Frisian Railway Company leaves Niebüll (neg-niebuell.de). The land we are going through leads us along a long wall between meadows and moats. We are going to meet the strong west wind. To the east lies the Maasbüller Herrenkoog, in the west the Kleiseerkoog. The houses are at

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    10.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The island of Amrum belongs to the North Frisian Islands in the North Sea. In summer, the island with its beach of superlatives sun worshipers and water rats much joy. But above all nature lovers will find their luck on the "Pearl Nordfrieslands". Scenic here from the sandbank "Kniepsand" on dunes, forest

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    61.3 mi
  • Duration
    28:55 h
  • Elevation
    8,125 ft

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