Our local river landscapes offer nature-orientated and nature-friendly breaks from the stresses of modern living. Discover the beauty of our river landscapes and relax from everyday life as you walk alongside flowing water. Due to the landscapes carved out by our rivers, hikers can always expect to experience variety, whether it be through walking directly along river banks, through the surrounding woods, or trekking through meadows and vineyards that form on the valley above. This variety is exactly what the paths in this Collection reflect.
"Living rivers" with natural banks and meadows create a habitat for thousands of animals and plants. They are a hotspot of biodiversity and offer natural flood protection.
KYOCERA Document Solutions has maintained a close partnership with Deutsche Umwelthilfe for over 30 years. The joint commitment to the "Living Rivers" network plays a special role here. The network is an initiative for river protection and the renaturation of river landscapes in Germany. In recent years, the "Living Rivers" project has created fascinating natural landscapes and improved biodiversity and flood protection.
Pure enjoyment awaits you in the midst of this beautiful, varied landscape, as well as wonderful hiking trails and the freedom and relaxation that the surroundings of these rolling river landscapes offer you.
The 14.5 square kilometer nature reserve is Germany's largest bog area and part of the nature park Flusslandschaft Peenetal. It is located south of the Peene estuary directly on the west coast of the Szczecin Lagoon. Where peat extraction at that time destroyed large parts of the raised bog, one can experience a unique moor landscape up close after years of rewetting. Here there is something to discover at any time of the year, the Kranichrast is spectacular in spring and autumn.In the 19th century, the Anklamer population recognized the suitability of the raised bog in today's city break for agricultural and forestry uses and for peat extraction. The marshes were heavily drained by ditches, which led to a sacking of the bog body. The peat extraction took place until 1945 and led to the halving of the original 500 hectares of raised bog area. Many of the trenches are now closed in the course of restoration measures and the flood of 1995 from the direction of the Szczecin Lagoon ensured a natural rewetting. The predominant part of the protected area is stocked with broken forests, in the withered areas moorland forests with peat mosses, beaked sedge and birch trees grow. On the way you can admire king fern, gagel bush and Gilbweiderich. There are 100 breeding species in the area, including white-tailed eagle, hawk, honey buzzard, crane and wryneck. Otters and beavers are native to the area.Sturdy footwear is generally recommended in the moor. In rainy season, parts of the track (last third) are only accessible with rubber boots.
The Lower Oder Valley National Park is Germany's only wetland national park. As part of the European protected area network Natura 2000 there are small and large natural resources to discover here. This has already convinced hiking expert Manuel Andrack personally.On the water, on foot or by bike: The floodplain path makes the unique landscape of the polder meadows in the floodplain of the Lower Oder Valley National Park south of Schwedt come alive. Visitors to the Lower Oder Valley National Park can experience the protected area at close range via a branched network of paths. In addition to the various circular routes through the protected area, several adventure trails lead into the floodplain and polder landscape. These offer a variety of flora and fauna: The water and nutrient richness of the Lower Oder Valley offers ideal living conditions. Close to the shore, there are strikingly large and flowering plants, including the marsh iris or the common loosestrife.
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The Ilmenau is dominated by grassland interspersed with solitary trees and rows of trees as well as interspersed swamps and small alder and riparian forests. During the hike various tributaries like Dieksbach, Hasenburger Mühlenbach and Göxer Bach are crossed.The route is also fully accessible by bike (Ilmenau cycle path from Bad Bodenteich to Winsen), canoe trips are also possible. There are train stations in Bienenbüttel and Lüneburg - on the way you have access to the bus. At the wayside and at huts are 31 nature information boards (developed by the SCHUBZ Lüneburg in cooperation with the action alliance Lebendige Ilmenau). All information panels were set to music, supplemented by additional radio plays and made available on the Internet for download. So you can already gain an impression of the beauties along the Ilmenau Cycle Path at home or you can use the audio podcasts together with the GPS data of the way as an electronic travel guide.
The Landgraben-Dumme lowland is a very varied hike through two nature reserves - the nature reserve Obere Dummeniederung with its extensive wet grassland and the nature reserve Gain with species-rich forests and lowlands. Still waters, streams, small-scale extensive meadow landscape and small-scale fields with Schilfflächen alternate with a damp forest, the historical Jiggel (Rundling with watermill and ford) and a observation tower with amphibious station on shallow waters.Sturdy shoes are recommended. In rainy times, parts of the route are accessible only with rubber boots. Nearest train station is in Schnega (6.4 kilometers away).
In particular, by the overbuilding of the hare in the 1960s and 1970s not only the habitat of many animals and plants was destroyed, but also living and experience space for the Osnabrück population. That changed with the project "Lebendige Hase", which was already explored by hiking expert Manuel Andrack with this tour.The hare, the Osnabrück city river, is a valuable natural resource for the Lower Saxony center. The water that flows through Osnabrück over a length of 17 kilometers is the only natural habitat that runs through the entire city. As a cross-linking element, the river thus has a particularly great importance for the urban ecosystem - the river is the interface that connects all watercourses and thus the habitats of all living in and around the living organisms in Osnabrück.Not only for animals and plants, but also for the people of Osnabrück, the hare is a valuable natural area.
On the middle Elbe in Saxony-Anhalt, a landscape rich in species and species has survived the times and the largest contiguous hardwood forests of Central Europe have been preserved.On the Roßlauer Oberluch, the state of Saxony-Anhalt realized the first extensive floodplain restoration project with dike relocation in 2005: a new 930 meter long dike was connected to the Altdeich, the dyke line shortened by two thirds and the Altdeich slotted at three points over a length of 300 meters. As a result, the Elbe has recovered 140 hectares of flood plains. About 3.6 million cubic meters of so-called retention space have been created.
Several temporary water-bearing flood channels and year-round aquatic biotopes run through the area, where today, in addition to many other animal and plant species, also Elbe beaver, black storks, cranes and red-bellied to find a habitat again.The route is also accessible by bike. Attention: At high tide parts of the outer path of the dike are not accessible! Rest areas are not available, but you will find other seating. More than 30 text and image panels provide interesting background information on nature, trail markers and overview maps facilitate orientation.
Since 2003, numerous restoration measures have been implemented and implemented on the Lippe in Lippstadt. The result: In the immediate vicinity of housing estates, industrial parks and cultural monuments, there is an impressive river landscape to marvel at.Where storks and cattle say goodnight: This hike can be extended at will to the west along the lip. Various vantage points invite you to linger and give the opportunity to convince yourself of the developments of the renaturation measures and the diverse habitat of the Lippeaue. Here it is worthwhile to have binoculars. At the lookout point "Pastorat" one can see one of the many white stork horsts in the region - and with a little luck also the corresponding breeding pair. In 2007, the White Storks returned after being seen for the last time in 1994. There are currently twelve breeding pairs in the district of Soest - a complete success. Konikpferde and Taurus cattle can be observed at the viewpoint "Anglerweg". The beaver has also returned to the area.The renatured floodplain along the Lippe invites you to go hiking or cycling. Larger distances can be wonderfully explored by bike over the "Auenland" cycle path. Since this is paved, the entire way can also be traveled with a wheelchair.
Since 2003, numerous restoration measures have been implemented and implemented in Arnsberg. The result: In the immediate vicinity of housing estates, industrial parks and cultural monuments, there is an impressive river landscape to marvel at.Between the half-timbered and the river landscape: despite the inner-city situation, it was possible to implement very far-reaching restoration measures in Arnsberg. This not only improved the flood protection. In the midst of the city, a wild river landscape was created, through which the attractiveness of the Ruhr could also be increased for the citizens. To this end, the project managers rely on close cooperation with the Arnsbergers, some of whom have implemented individual measures themselves. Thus, the Ruhr, which until then had called itself primarily at high tide in the memory of the citizens, has developed into an attractive recreational area close to the city, which is worth a visit.The route of this hike is for the most part handicapped accessible, but the trail partly leads over loose river pebbles. But it is easily possible to avoid the adjacent Ruhrradweg.
The Urdenbacher Kämpe in the south of Dusseldorf offers hikers a natural landscape that you would not suspect near one of the largest cities in North-Rhine Westphalia. So the hike along the Dusseldorf Altrhein through a breathtaking meadow landscape, in which not only bird lovers get their money.In the 1950s, a summer dike and two drainage ditches were created in the area of the Altrhein. The aim was to protect the adjacent meadows from summer floods. The Old Rhine, however, thereby lost its ecological value. In 2014, the summer dike was opened in two places, so that the old Rhine could look for a natural course again. In this way, an alluvial landscape with a particularly rich in flora and fauna, which can be experienced along the hike. Alone the biodiversity in the water has increased tenfold within a very short time. It is therefore worth taking a pair of binoculars or a camera to enjoy the flora and fauna of the Urdenbacher Kämpe.At high tide parts of the route could not be walked on. Because of the regular flooding caused by flooding, roads can be muddy, so sturdy shoes are recommended.
The Werra is one of the most important rivers in the Free State of Thuringia. In many places, it was severely impaired by salty waste water from the potash industry, by dams and shore fortifications and straightening. A lot has happened here within the project "Living Rivers". Of this you can - like hiking expert Manuel Andrack - make a picture: on land, but also on water.With a length of 298 kilometers, the Werra is one of the main rivers in Thuringia. For a long time he was a lifeline in the truest sense of the word, providing drinking water and fish for his diet. In the river was bathed and washed. Later he drove the numerous mills and wooden rafts from the Thuringian Forest were transported to the sea. Even until the 18th century, even salmon from the sea moved up the clear streams at the headwaters of the river to spawn. Due to the increasing industrialization, however, the river was heavily influenced, so that the water quality decreased. As part of the "Living Rivers" project, since 2000 BUND, NABU and DUH have been working to protect the intact habitats, to develop understanding among people and to push for further improvements.If you want, you can experience a part of the distance by canoe on the Werra: There is a canoe rental in Meiningen, the entrance is on the street "Am Bielstein". The route is not a circular route. But it is possible to get back to the starting point from Wasungen by train. The journey takes about ten minutes.
In Thuringia, the green heart of Germany, lies the Saale valley. It is guarded by castles and lined with extensive forests. Here, the citizens of Uhlstädt-Kirchhasel breathed new life into a nature trail. It leads through the hillside forest past old cave trees to the church ruins Töpfersdorf. The branching wilderness trail brings sure-footed hikers on guided tours to the wild banks of the Saale.Sometimes, in the Saalleiten, a bit of a slope starts to slip. The Saale builds from the fallen trees and the loose material islands, new biotopes emerge. The current is diverted and creates the demolition edges on the opposite bank, which the kingfisher requires for breeding. These processes can be well observed from the trail. Wild banks provide a space for life and retreat amidst the cultural landscape. The otter also benefits from it.The "Discoverer Path Saalleiten" is easy to walk, mostly with prams. For the visit of the floodplain and the natural Saaleufers applies "Enter at your own risk", a leader of nature and environment Saalleiten e.V. is recommended. Also Schlauchboottouren are possible.
In the lower Nahe valley in the district of Bad Kreuznach is the most important reptile hotspot in our country. In addition to four types of lizards and the slow-worm, all (!) Non-poisonous snake species of Germany occur here.The route is especially interesting for reptile friends. But those who do not find any adders on the hike can see them very well in the nearby Naturstation Lebendige Nahe in Bad Münster (naturstation.org). The region offers not only snake fans a variety of attractive destinations along the "Living Nahe" way. Hiking is possible on various routes, for example on the Nahe wine trail, the new Hildegard trail and in the network of paths of the Soonwald-Nahe nature park. Several times on the trails, there are nature trails, a consistently good signage and an optimal map offer.Beware of bicycle tours in the morning, so that on the way warming up crawlies (for example, reptiles) are not run over.
The renaturation project on the Neckar started in 1998 and was one of the first in the network "Lebendige Flüsse". To explore the Neckar, even hiking expert Manuel Andrack went not only to dizzy heights, but also to the conditional power limit.The Neckar is the only large river in Baden-Wuerttemberg, which flows from the source to the mouth almost only through this state. With the "Living Neckar" campaign, the German Environmental Aid, the Federal Government for the Environment and Nature Conservation and the Nature Conservation Alliance want to move the Neckar from its source to its mouth in a more natural state. For years, the idea of a landscape park has been pursued in the Stuttgart region. Biotope network or soft tourism offers, such as new hiking or biking trails, will be given a new lease of life.This walk leads over the Königstuhl, so that a corresponding condition is needed.
At Deggendorf, on the edge of the Bavarian Forest, the Isar flows into the Danube. In the estuary, a unique floodplain landscape has been preserved. Follow in the footsteps of hiking expert Manuel Andrack, who has also been touring here.A unique meadow landscape designed the Isar on the last eight kilometers to its mouth in the Danube at Deggendorf. With its diverse structures and locations, the Aue is home to some 100 endangered and endangered plants, around 30 wetland bird species, numerous insects, and fish and amphibian species.At the mouth of the Isar, the Alps, the Lower Bavarian Danubian lowlands, and, curiously, in a sense, the last foothills of the Hungarian lowlands, meet up in terms of flora and fauna. Yodelling mingles with Viennese humor and the Puszta. A fascinating mix!
The Murgtalpfad is 20 kilometers long from the source to the mouth. Although it pays to hike the entire route, this tour can be divided into several stages.Lively rivers and small hydroelectric power can be experienced here in a unique way. Historical and technical, cultural history and aquatic ecology. A canal system called Wuhr, with which the peasants had already freed their meadows from the snow in the 13th century and enabled Webern to use hydropower early. Early iron hammers, oil mills and sawmills were thus driven. To this day, the kilometer-long system is intact. At the end of the 19th century, the plans for the hydropower plant, built in 1908, began a few meters upstream from the Energy Museum in the forest. Here, the Murg is also water taken, which is derived in the modern cavern power plants of Schluchseewerke. Seven centuries of hydropower use on a few meters of length of the Murg.The approximately eleven kilometers long route from Hottingen to Murg is well developed and can be done by bike or wheelchair.