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Discover the nature along the “Greenbelt” together with the BUND

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Discover the nature along the “Greenbelt” together with the BUND

Hiking Collection by BUND e.V.

21

Tours

61:16 h

152 mi

11,375 ft

Where barbed wire fences, spotlights, and watchtowers once made crossing the former inner-German border almost impossible, today you can find wonderful hiking regions. The “German Greenbelt” winds its way across pastures, meadows, hills and through impenetrable forests, sometimes barely 50 meters wide, sometimes proudly 200 meters wide. The most impressive is the border in the Harz Mountains and along the mountainous border from Thuringia to Hesse and Bavaria. For decades, the GDR border troops removed all bushes and trees along the border strip and so a unique flora and fauna settled here.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, BUND für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND) — or Friends of the Earth Germany — set itself the task of protecting these habitats, which are important for rare animals and plants. They also preserved former border relics — the perfect combination of nature conservation and remembrance culture. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and the founding of the Greenbelt, we have selected 14 hikes for you to explore the different landscapes between the Baltic Sea and the Thuringian Forest.

Our routes will take you to the Werra mountain region, through the Thuringian Forest, into the picturesque Saale Valley, the enchanted Harz Mountains and into the beautiful Altmark. A special highlight is the hike to the Brocken — after all, under the leadership of the SED regime, the mountain was a military restricted area and thus absolutely inaccessible for citizens of the GDR as well as the FRG. Today, on the highest mountain in Northern Germany, people from the West and East can enjoy the unique nature and the spectacular view, together.

“30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall — 30th Anniversary of the Green Belt”: bund.net/30jahre-gb

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    An der innerdeutschen Grenze im Werraland – Wandern am Grünen Band

    Intermediate
    04:03
    8.58 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The wide wooded hills of Werrabergland are a wonderful region for extended day hikes. Exactly over these hills also the green band pulls. On this hike, the Hofcafé Sickenberg will take you on a long tour on the Hessian-Thuringian border along the old column route of the GDR border troops. On the way

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    5.30 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular walk takes you from the Bavarian village of Bächlein through the quaint Mitwitzer forest. Along the way, which takes you along the picturesque forest pond Reginasee and along the renatured Föritz, you can experience the whole natural diversity of the Green Belt. Attentive hikers can discover

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    8.57 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around the small village of Spahl in the west of Thuringia rises a meadow-covered hill range - the "Spahler Heights". Here, the Thuringian Rhön goes into the Hessian and on our round hike you can enjoy beautiful views into both federal states. Part of the circular route runs along the column path of

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    6.68 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around Hirschberg meanders the Saale as a narrow river through the hills between Bavaria and Thuringia - until 1989, they formed the border between East and West Germany. Hirschberg and especially the district Sparnberg were right on the border and were surrounded by walls and fences. Today, only the

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    8.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Rennsteig - Germany's most famous and oldest long-distance hiking trail - was interrupted by the inner-German separation for many decades in six places. North of the Bavarian town of Tettau was one of these interruptions. On our tour we take you from Tettau to the reopened Rennsteig, which you follow

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  • Intermediate
    02:03
    4.91 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Along the GDR border, the SED regime had many villages and yards evicted and demolished if they were too close to the border. The little village of Liebau on the Thuringian-Bavarian border also fell victim to this hustle and bustle. On our route we will take you from Fürth am Berg on the path of the

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    4.65 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Meadow Panorama Trail - the name of this circular route does not promise too much. The short tour takes you from the edge of Nordhalbens over almost endless Bärwurzwiesen. Views over the vast landscape between Bavaria and Thuringia are of course also included. Another highlight is the section where you

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.52 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Northwest of Salzwedel, near the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, lies an old clay mining area. After the turn of the BUND took over the clay pits and renatured it as a wide wetland meadow and pond biotope. Today, the pits bear the name Brietzer Teiche - named after the nearby Brietzer

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  • Easy
    01:20
    3.24 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the tip of the Wirler, the border between Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony bends sharply west from the north - a real frontier point. As on the entire former inner German border, today's Green Belt, here is a wide strip in the forest, which was cleared by the GDR border troops and kept free. So you

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  • Intermediate
    04:53
    10.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This ascent route to the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany, is by far the most famous - after all, in 1777, Goethe and a forester climbed up to the summit in winter cold weather. The Brocken summit was during the inner German division military restricted area, secured with a concrete

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    9.20 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The inner German border between the FRG and the GDR also ran through the middle of the Harz Mountains - including the length of the Eckertalsperre. Thus, the dam border area and the north-eastern shore was closely guarded. Today, only a boundary post on the dam reminds of the division and you can once

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  • Intermediate
    01:31
    3.45 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The small village concern, a district of the city of Upper Harz, is located in the middle of the resin, surrounded by dense coniferous forests and not far from the border with Lower Saxony. But while along the inner-German border, the border installations, fences and watchtowers have been mostly completely

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.41 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Where once the inner German border cut the Harz in two parts, today you can walk wonderfully. On this route we lead you through the romantic Eckertal. On the way you can expect natural paths, a monument to the German reunification in Stapelburg, an original border post and the former Naturheilanstalt

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    6.07 mi
    2.1 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This round trip connects three great highlights: First, it goes to the dam wall of the dam Eckertalsperre, then you continue through the romantic Eckertal and from there you climb up to the view at the Winterbergklippe - so you can expect a varied day hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:10
    4.85 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This leisurely tour captivates with its sensational views into the distance, but also with its glimpses into a gloomy past. In addition to hills that reveal the foothills of the Alps when the weather is good, the hike goes past looped villages that no longer exist. You will encounter the diverse nature

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    17.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular route takes you through the Elbe-Aland lowlands in the UNESCO Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve. We recommend that you do this tour together with the Auentour app. With it you get exciting insights into the different habitats of the floodplain landscape by means of audio recordings

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  • Intermediate
    04:58
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike you will discover very different habitats: forests, mountains, (wet) meadows, alluvial forests and artificial water barriers. The tour offers you an impressive insight into the flora and fauna in the border area. But you will also encounter the impressive history of the former Iron Curtain

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  • Intermediate
    03:44
    8.85 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Starting at the moated Mitwitz castle, this round tour takes you into a beautiful heather and meadow landscape. You cross the Föritzau landscape protection area, a floodplain with bordering wetlands, silted ponds and former gravel pits. Here you can keep an eye out for dragonflies. Then we continue to

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    11.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can start this beautiful round tour from the moated Mitwitz castle. The tour gives you wonderful insights into regional history. You walk past the ponds and settlements around Mitwitz, directly over the Green Belt. Then there is a small circular route over the Rotheuler desert structure. Wustungen

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    6.60 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you to the Cheiner peat bog, which has been well preserved in the shadow of the former inner-German border. This allows you to observe rare species such as the peat meadow butterfly, a very special butterfly. We recommend a visit in spring when the concert of moor, tree and grass frogs

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    21
  • Distance
    152 mi
  • Duration
    61:16 h
  • Elevation
    11,375 ft

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