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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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.
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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.
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.
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.