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Fabulously scenic – hiking Germany’s Weserbergland Trail

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Fabulously scenic – hiking Germany’s Weserbergland Trail

Hiking Collection by Weserbergland

10-21

days

3-6 h

/ day

142 mi

17,500 ft

18,025 ft

On the Weserbergland-Weg in northern Germany, you can explore a unique natural landscape. Here, the Weser River has created a beautiful low mountain range on its way through Hesse, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia: the Weserbergland.

Along the Weser lie many cosy half-timbered villages and towns with historic centres. Towering over these settlements are well-preserved castles with fascinating histories. This is where the Brothers Grimm collected many of their famous fairy tales. The region is the setting for the legends of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and Baron Münchhausen, among others.

The Weserbergland Trail, which has been designated a quality trail by the German Hiking Association, leads you through this unique natural and cultural landscape. It runs through dense forests, moors and meadows, and along riverbanks. Large parts of the Weserbergland are sparsely populated and afford a sumptuous sense of solitude.

The Weserbergland Trail takes you from the source of the Weser in Hann. Münden through northern Hesse and over the Solling. Your 143-mile (230-km) hike destination is Porta Westfalica on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia. You'll get there over 13 stages, seeing you conquer over 18,000 feet (5,400 m) of elevation gain. Here, the Weser leaves the low mountain range and flows into the North German lowlands.

The long-distance hiking trail is excellently signposted and divided into comfortable stages. Since many of the start and end points are connected to the railway network, you can easily choose individual stages to create your hike. However, if you can take your time, you have the opportunity to dive more intimately into this picturesque low mountain range with its unique forests.

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Weserbergland-Weg

140 mi

17,225 ft

17,400 ft

Last updated: December 19, 2022

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    Stage 1: Hann. Münden to Reinhardshagen – Weserbergland Trail

    Intermediate
    04:04
    8.76 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your hike along the Weser begins at its source, in the three-river city of Hann. mouths. The starting point is at the famous Weserstein, where the Werra and Fulda unite to form the Weser.

    

    After enjoying the view of the half-timbered houses from the Tilly-Schanze observation tower, your hike will take

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    8.16 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second day, your hike begins in the sleepy town of Veckerhagen. Today it takes you to the border of the Reinhardswald across extensive meadows and fields. The hiking trail runs a little above the Weser, so there are always beautiful views.

    

    After half the distance you leave the Weser Valley and

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  • Difficult
    05:55
    12.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the third day you leave the Sababurg behind and hike across wide fields to Gottsbüren. You always have the hill and mountain ranges of the Weserbergland in view.

    

    After your visit to the small town and its pilgrimage church, you will go through the St. Georgengrund in the direction of the Weser Valley

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    7.53 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,250 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start this day with a climb from the banks of the Weser to the Sohnreyhöhe. From there you have a great view of the Weser Valley and Bad Karlshafen.

    

    The hiking trail then runs above the Weser with many beautiful views. From the Lug insland vantage point, the route separates from the Weser Valley and

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    8.99 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On today's stage, the Schönhagen adventure forest with the tree house hotel, the Ahlewiesen nature reserve and the beautiful Neuhaus animal park await you. The naturally designed animal park is particularly worth a visit. European forest dwellers live here in extensive enclosures on meadows and under

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  • Difficult
    06:16
    14.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Exciting landscapes and great views await you on the sixth day. Shortly after you start in Silberborn, the hiking trail leads you through the Mecklenbruch high moor. The high moor is a unique phenomenon for the Solling, a part of the Weserbergland. A lot of peat used to be cut in the moor, but it has

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    11.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your seventh stage, you can visit the Cistercian monastery in Amelungsborn before heading over the crest of a long chain of hills to the stage destination. The highest point on today's stage is the Ebersnacken. At the top of the mountain you can climb a lookout tower, from the top of which you can

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    13.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,125 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In Bodenwerder you cross the Weser and hike up a hill to the Bismarck Tower. The impressive stone tower has a viewing platform that guarantees you a spectacular view of the Weser Valley.

    

    You follow the Weserbergland-Weg over a wooded ridge before it goes down to the shore just before Hehlen. Already from

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    8.57 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On rural dirt roads you hike along the edge of the forest to today's stage highlight, the moated castle Hämelschenburg. The excellently preserved and well-kept palace complex is an outstanding example of the Weser Renaissance. The main building in particular impresses with its fine decorations and exciting

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    12.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tenth stage awaits you with a leisurely but long hike over extensive hills. The path runs mainly over meadows and fields, so great views are guaranteed.

    

    Your stage destination today is in Rohrsen, a district of Hamelin. From there you can take a bus to the beautiful old town and admire the well-preserved

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  • Difficult
    08:00
    17.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eleventh stage you overcome the most vertical meters of the entire route and also hike the furthest. It is best to plan enough breaks, then the stage will not be a problem for you.

    

    The highest point of today's hike is the Hohe Egge. You can even extend the tough ascent at the top if you climb the

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    9.75 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the penultimate hike, you follow a promising ridge path to the Paschenburg. In the former, large-scale forester's lodge there is now an inn. From the terrace you have a great view of the landscape and the foam castle below.

    

    Shortly before your destination, the Weserbergland-Weg leads up to the Luhden

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  • Intermediate
    04:41
    9.91 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The last stage clearly takes you back to civilization. The hiking trail runs almost the entire route through the Wesergebirge crest nature reserve. Below the ridge you can already make out larger cities and after a distance of almost three kilometers you cross the A2 motorway on a narrow bridge.

    

    However

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    142 mi
  • Duration
    65:51 h
  • Elevation
    17,500 ft18,025 ft

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