When coloured leaves cover the ground and fresh dew blankets the meadows, it's time to put on your waterproof hiking boots. It is not only lively cities that make the Ruhr Area so fascinating but also the varied landscape that lies between them. On the shimmering blue Ruhr lie dreamlike castles and palaces, at the Bottrop gates, trickling streams wind through dense forests, and the Rhine wetlands are a natural paradise for migratory birds. We have selected three exciting multi-day hikes which guide you through the most beautiful corners of the Ruhr Area.
Whether you prefer to explore medieval towns and castles on the Ruhr, hike along unspoilt streams through nature reserves or experience the Rhine wetlands near Xanten is up to you. These walks are an absolute dream, especially in late summer and autumn, when the leaves of the trees gradually change colour. And, the best thing is you can easily reach the starting and finishing points of all hikes by train (bahn.de).
In this Collection, you will find three hikes that will show you the nature of the Ruhr Area from its most beautiful side. The " Castle Tour on the Ruhr " takes you to enchanted castles and dreamlike ruins as you hike along the Ruhr from Hattingen to Herdecke. Pure nature is the motto of the "2-day tour along idyllic streams". The hike at the Bottrop gates is characterised by quiet valleys, colourful forests and ecologically valuable biotopes. The Haniel slagheap offers a fantastic view over the landscape. On the "2-day tour through the Rhine wetlands" you will journey back in time and explore vast stretches of water: the natural pools and huge lakes are a paradise for people and animals. At Xanten you also have the opportunity to visit a Roman open-air museum.
Thanks to the easy accessibility of all start and endpoints by train, nothing stands in the way of your hiking weekend. And, if you can't get enough of our tours, just combine them. There are no limits to your wanderlust.
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This multi-day hike is not only characterized by stately castles and medieval towns, but also by the meandering Ruhr and its tributaries. A perfect combination of history and nature. The Ruhr area shows itself between Hattingen and Herdecke from its romantic side.In three days you will walk to majestic castles and dreamy castle ruins. From the station Hattingen you follow the route over Herbede and weather to the station Herdecke. The historic cities along the rolling Ruhr are each a highlight in their own right.You start at the station Hattingen and walk along a wide gravel road along the Heinrichsteich. In the north of the water you have the opportunity to visit the interesting industrial museum Heinrichshütte. Through the streets of Welper you walk to the green banks of the Ruhr.After about five kilometers, you will reach the first historical castle ruin on your hike. The castle Blankenstein was built in the 13th century and sits on a rocky plateau above the Ruhr. Particularly impressive are the well-preserved gate tower and the overgrown castle walls. From the ruins you have a fantastic view of the nature reserve Alte Ruhr - Katzenstein.After visiting the castle Blankenstein, it goes on an idyllic path through dense forest. Again and again you come to glades and beautiful vantage points. Our tour will take you along the wooded slope of Katzenstein.At Steinenhaus you cross the Alte Ruhrbett and then you have the imposing house Kemnade in front of you. The moated castle can be reached via two bridges and today houses an exciting museum and a restaurant. The very well preserved house Kemnade is property of the city Bochum and worth a visit.On wide hiking trails you reach the Kemnader lake. Here, the Ruhr expands to a large body of water, which is a popular recreational area. On the reservoir you can watch windsurfers and on the northern shore is even a small lighthouse.Your first destination on this hike is Herbede, a district of Witten. Here you will find numerous accommodation and refreshments.
On the second day you leave Herbede and cross the Ruhr on Lake Bridge, where an old customs house stands. On the other side of the river is the famous distillery Sonnenschein, where self-made delicacies are offered in the shop.At the Herbeder lock you take the ferry over the Ruhr. The crossing by boat is a real experience and offers an impressive view of the castle ruins Hardenstein. The ferry ride is free, but a voluntary donation is welcome.From the Ruhr bank you climb up to the castle ruins. The plant in the forest was built in the 13th century and from the remains of the wall you have a magnificent panoramic view over the green Ruhr Valley. In the courtyard is a well-preserved tower with detailed paintings.The further way leads you through colorful mixed forest into the Muttental, a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers. Accompanied by the splashing of the Muttenbach, you can follow the history of mining. Explore old tunnels and abandoned mines that once served to mine coal.Before you cross the Ruhr again at Bommern, you can visit the Steinhausen Castle. In the green courtyard are a variety of sculptures that are worth a look.Directly on the water and through quiet forests, we lead you to Wetter, your destination today. Before you get to the center, you can enjoy the view from the Harkortberg. The imposing Harkortturm stands since 1884 on the hill above the Ruhr.
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Rested leave on the third day, the romantically located weather on the Ruhr in the west. Over gently rolling hills you climb up to the castle Volmarstein. From the medieval ruins, you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the floodplain landscape and the place Volmarstein. In 1754, the castle was destroyed by fire and then no longer built.On the trail through the Ruhrauen you can enjoy nature to the fullest. Our route takes you right along the water where duck families circle. Flowers grow on the roadside and colorful foliage covers the earth.After eight kilometers, you will reach another impressive highlight on this castle tour, the water castle Werdringen. It seems as if the massive stone walls with the beautiful details and attached turrets would rise directly out of the water. In the castle garden, a café invites you to take a break.Not far from the castle you walk up to the 185 meter high Kaisberg. At the highest point of the hill is the beautiful Freiherr vom Stein tower. The stone structure has stood here since 1869 and is a worthwhile destination.At Herdecke you cross the Ruhr one last time and can take a look at the calm water and the quayside. Through the beautiful center of Herdecke with its half-timbered houses you will reach the train station, from where you can start your journey home.
This exciting tour is characterized by natural forests, clear streams and small lakes. You wander through protected areas like the Kirchheller Heide and the Hiesfelder Wald. On the first day we will take you from the station Oberhausen-Holten through the beautiful Rotbach valley and along the Schwarzbach to Kirchhellen, before continuing on the second stage over the Halde Haniel to Bottrop.You leave the station Oberhausen-Holten in the direction of the northeast and soon enter the tranquil Sterkrader Wald. Wooden bridges lead over the hand stream and the leaves rustle under your feet. Following the trail, you will see the elevation of the Halde Haniel, which you will climb on the second day.A dreamlike section awaits you in the nature reserve Hiesfelder Wald. You walk along the meandering Rotbach along which up to 200-year-old trees stand. The path meanders through a mixture of beech and oak forest and with some luck you can watch salamanders and woodpeckers.Where the Rotbach meets the Schwarzbach, the Kirchheller Heide begins. The course of the creek was neither straightened nor expanded, the water may seek its own way here. The path meanders through dense green, a paradise for insects and birds.At the Pfingstsee, one of the many biotopes in this area, you can take a break. The nature reserve is repeatedly affected by subsidence. Underground seams collapse and at the surface the pits fill up with water. At such ponds and pools created complex ecosystems, which are worth a closer look.
Then you will reach the idyllic Heidhof, not far from the lake of the same name. Here you can come and inform yourself in an exhibition about the surrounding nature. Swimming is not allowed in Heidhofsee, but you can cool your feet on the shore.The last part of this stage you walk through wide meadows and fields to Kirchhellen, where you spend the night. At the Johann-Breuker-Platz you can round off the day.
The second stage starts in Kirchhellen and leads you from there to the south. You wander through fields and small settlements, in the distance you can already see the elevations of the Halden Schöttelheide and Haniel.You cross the branched Schöttelbach in the forest and meet in the nature reserve Grafenmühle on a small trout pond. Following the forest path, you walk along the course of the Ebersbach. Along the way grow big ferns and juicy moss cushions.Afterwards, you will come out of the forest and climb the Halde Haniel. There is something exciting to discover on the 184 meter high summit: you can enjoy the incredible view of the Ruhr area, visit the circular mountain arena or see the art installations.Over the Stations of the Cross you descend from the Halde Haniel and then wander on green paths through the nature reserve Köllnischer Wald. The natural area is criss-crossed by narrow paths and streams. An incredible range of greens and fresh forest air surround you.Before you come to the center of Bottrop, we lead you to the shimmering city ponds and through the ornate city garden. On the way to the station, your stage destination, you have the opportunity to visit sights such as the town hall.
A real paradise for rare plant and bird species is the Rhine meadows. In the large and small water areas, which are regularly flooded by the Rhine, the surrounding nature is reflected. On this tour, you are never far from the cooling water, where you can refresh your feet.The first stage takes you from Wesel through the beautiful landscape of different nature reserves to Mehrhoog. You will spend the night in the tranquil village before taking the ferry to Xanten on the other side of the Rhine on the second day.Your tour starts at the train station in Wesel. The first two kilometers you walk through the beautiful streets of the city, before you reach the banks of the Rhine. The promenade leads you past the marina to the blue-shimmering Auesee. The shore of the lake is covered with tall reeds and colorful lilies.Then you cross the town Flüren and wander on a forest path to the castle Diersfordt. The plant is a moated castle, which lies in the area of a dried up Rhine loop. The buildings are located on an island in the middle of a magnificent landscape garden. In the castle you can visit the interesting local history museum.North of the village Diersfordt begins the nature reserve Diersfordter forest, one of the oldest in Germany. The natural landscape is characterized by old trees, beautiful hiking trails and free-roaming game. On the stag beetle path you wander through the beautiful forest. You should make sure that you do not step on one of the rare stag beetles.A special highlight awaits you after about 13 kilometers: on a wooden boardwalk you will arrive in a fascinating moor landscape. Here you can observe frogs, dragonflies and even wild boar. In autumn, the trees and shrubs shine in the most beautiful colors.You follow the path through fields and meadows to Mehrhoog, your stage destination. In the small town you spend the night before it goes on to Xanten the next day. In Mehrhoog there is a small selection of apartments and not far from the center there are two campsites on the Langen Rinne.
Also on the second stage the element water accompanies you. We take you from Mehrhoog to the Bislicher Meer and Wat Ley nature reserves. The natural waters and lakes are an ecologically very valuable habitat for many species of birds. With a bit of luck, you will be able to observe the rare black-headed gull or even beaver at work.Continue to the idyllic Diersfordter Waldsee. The 200-acre water surface is the perfect place to unwind and relax. You walk right along the lake and watch the sailboats glide slowly across the water.
You follow the path south through the village of Bislich and reach the banks of the Rhine. Before you translate on the other side with the ferry Keer-Tröch, you can take a break in the beautiful ferry house. Enjoy the view of the river and the passing ships.
After the ferry ride you follow our route to the Xantener Südsee. At the harbor is the Plaza del Mar, a cozy place with a Mediterranean flair. Cafes and restaurants offer waterfront views for a stopover.In Xanten you can visit the Archaeological Park, which takes you back to the time of the Romans. In the ancient city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana you can visit impressive reconstructions of Roman buildings such as the city gate, the port temple or the amphitheater.Also, the old town center of Xanten with the historic market and the impressive church is worth a visit. From the city center, it is not far to the Xanten train station, from where you can start your journey home.