Escape the noise – weekend escapes around Hamburg

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adidas TERREX

When coloured leaves cover the ground and fresh dew blankets the meadows, it's time to put on your waterproof hiking boots. Around Hamburg, there are countless possibilities to immerse yourself in nature and experience stunning landscapes. In this Collection, we have put together three multi-day hikes for your long weekend that will take you to the most beautiful regions in the far north.

You can choose whether you prefer to hike through the vast Lüneburger Heide, along the shores of beautiful lakes or on dams in Nordfriesland. Hamburg offers a huge range of diverse landscapes just around the corner. You can pack your hiking boots and set off into the exhilarating countryside, meet the fluffy sheep in the hilly heath or breathe the fresh salty air at the North Sea. The hilly landscape of Schleswig-Holstein, with its clear lakes and quiet forests, also has its charms. The good news is that you can easily reach all the hikes' starting and finishing points by train from Hamburg.

In this Collection, you will find three multi-day hikes which will guide you through the most beautiful corners of these fantastic landscapes. On the "2-Day Tour Lakes Hike" we will lead you from Owschlag to five fantastic lakes, big and small. On the "3-Day Lüneburger Heide Hike", you will experience the impressive vastness and unique heath landscapes between Holm-Seppensen and Schneverdingen. On the "2-day tour of the North Frisian Wadden Sea", water will never be far away as you hike from Bredstedt through the Beltringharder Koog nature reserve to Husum.

If you can't get enough of our exciting routes, you can combine the "2-Daytour at the North Frisian Wadden Sea" and "2-Daytour Lakes Hike". Husum, a harbour town on the North Sea, is only a forty-minute train ride away from Owschlag. You can use these hikes as building blocks to put together the perfect adventure for you. After all, there are no limits to your wanderlust.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:21
    10.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    No less than five lakes make this circular walk a real experience. In the eastern Schleswig-Holstein hill landscape lies the versatile nature park Hüttener Berge. This region, with its large and small lakes, was formed during the Ice Age. So on this tour, you are never far from the cooling water, where you can refresh your feet.The first stage takes you from Owschlag through wide meadows and fields to Groß Wittensee. After a night in the tranquil village, the second day continues on the scenic Aschenberg, then to the Bistensee and back to Owschlag.The station Owschlag can be reached by train from Hamburg in one and a half hours (bahn.de). As soon as you leave the station, the first body of water awaits you: the heath pond. Following the railway line, you will soon pass the Owschlager See, a popular destination for young and old.Our route takes you to a very special landscape, the Owschlager Moor. In recent years, attempts have been made to rewet this ecologically very valuable habitat, as it was threatened with dehydration. It is important that you do not leave the paths to protect the ecosystem and that the ground can be muddy. In the south, the moor passes into the Sorgwohlder inland dunes, which represent an extremely interesting cultural landscape.After ten kilometers you arrive at the idyllic lake, where the nice ceramic café invites you to take a break. In the garden you can relax with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.Then it goes up a moderate hill, from which you have a great view of the Bistingsee. You wander through quiet forests and the so-called Knicks, for this region typical hedgerows. These were created by the farmers as a demarcation of their own plots and today represent an important habitat for birds and animals.You follow the path downhill and cross the small village of Holzbunge. Then the beautiful Wittensee lies before you, which is gladly used by sailors because of its considerable extent of ten square kilometers.The last part of this stage follows the path along the lake to Groß Wittensee. In the quiet place you spend the night and you can visit the nostalgic windmill Auguste.

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  • Intermediate
    05:00
    12.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second stage we take you from Wittensee past colorful fields and grazing horses to the Fresensee. This hidden idyll is surrounded by dense forest in the enclosure Fresenboje. In some places narrow paths lead to the water, from where you can observe water lilies and ducks.Through small settlements and romantic places it goes up to the hill of the Aschberg. You have a first-class panoramic view of the Hüttener Berge Nature Park and the lakes from the 20-meter-high observation tower. In clear weather, the view extends to the Baltic Sea. The tower is part of a hotel, but can be climbed by anyone.
     
    You follow the path through the enclosure Silberberge down to the Bistensee, to which you already threw a look during the first stage. From the village Bistensee you walk directly along the water along the circular path. The landscape is reflected in the surface of the clear lake.
    On the way back to Owschlag you will pass through quiet forests on the last part of your hike and you will pass species-rich swamps and wetlands. At the station in Owschlag you can finally get on the train back to Hamburg. On the way back, the wide landscape outside the window, which you have been hiking in the last two days, is outside.

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  • Intermediate
    04:41
    11.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This multi-day hike is characterized by unique panoramas on the far reaches of the Lüneburg Heath reaching to the horizon. Especially in late summer and autumn, the first nature reserve in Germany is worth a visit, because then the heathens are in full bloom and the leaves of the trees gradually change color.On this three-day tour from Holm-Seppensen to Schneverdingen you will find mystical bogs, fragrant heathens and traditional heath villages. Partly we lead you on the well-known Heidschnuckenweg through the idyllic landscape, partly to less known corners of the nature park.This multi-faceted tour starts at the train station in Holm-Seppensen. The journey by train from Hamburg takes three quarters of an hour. More information about the train connections can be found at: bahn.deYou leave the city in the south and follow the trail to the horse's head, a survey from which you can enjoy the view of nature. On your hike, you can occasionally meet the popular Heidschnucken. The sheep are used to cultivate the cultural landscape of the heathland. Because without the ten herds, which run around freely in the nature park, the heath would fumble.Then you hike through the beautiful Büsenbachtal, where rustic seating groups invite you to take a break. Following the Lohbergeweg, continue to Handeloh. The romantic town is a popular destination for hikers and cyclists because of the traditional half-timbered houses. In Handeloh you will find different food options and nice cafes.
      
    After a good two kilometers you cross the rails of the Heidebahn. Through wide fields and meadows you reach the course of the Seeve. The path leads you on quiet paths through pristine floodplain forest along the stream. The splashing of the water and the whistling of the birds accompany you. In several places shelters and benches are available for a break.
    The last kilometers of this stage you wander through wonderfully fragrant forest to winter moor on the road. In the quiet place you have a good selection of different accommodation options available (wintermoor.de/gastgeber.html).

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  • Difficult
    05:07
    12.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage starts in Wintermoor and leads you out into the colorful hilly landscape of the Lüneburg Heath. After crossing the clear brook Este, you wander deeper into nature. On quiet hiking trails, away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities and main roads, you head east.Following our route, you climb the 169 meter high Wilseder mountain. A fantastic view of the wide landscape awaits you. In clear weather, the view extends from the highest elevation of the Lüneburg Heath to Hamburg.After descending from Wilseder Berg, you will come to the dreamy Haverbeek valley. In the small village Oberhaverbeck is the quaint farm Bockelmann. The beautiful guest garden, framed by traditional half-timbered buildings, is the perfect place for a break.Through well signposted paths we lead you through the purple heath, which is interrupted only by the lush green of junipers and pines. You pass the species-rich Twieselmoor and continue on to the Behringer Heide.Your destination today is Behringen. In the nice place there is a good selection of hotels and guesthouses in different price ranges.

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    10.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third day you leave Behringen and follow the Benninghöfener Weg, which is used by hikers and cyclists alike. A few kilometers west of Behringen is the dreamy farm Tütsberg. The beautiful thatched main house surrounded by tall trees is an attraction in itself. The flower-filled guest garden of the restaurant invites you to take a break.The hiking trail leads you through wonderfully fragrant forest and wide fields. Again and again you step out of the trees and have dreamlike surfaces, like the Osterheide, in front of you. The rustling of the leaves of the numerous birches accompanies you.A special highlight on this hike is the Pietzmoor. Here you can walk on wooden boardwalks through the swampy landscape and experience the biodiversity up close. In the 8,000-year-old high moor landscape, you have the opportunity to see rare plants such as cotton grass and fascinating animals such as the short-eared owl.After exploring the Pietzmoor, you can strengthen yourself in the Schäferhof. The restaurant is known for delicious, regional food and has a beautiful garden.On the last two kilometers of the third stage, you will hike through the town of Schneverdingen to the train station. On the one-hour return to Hamburg, you can let your beautiful hike reminisce.

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  • Difficult
    05:38
    13.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Nordfriesland, you will find an endless expanse and the unique landscape of the Wadden Sea. The sea always in view, you wander past dream beaches, green dykes and saltwater lagoons. This two-day tour takes you from Bredstedt through the nature reserve Beltringharder Koog to Husum.The journey by train from Hamburg to Bredstedt takes two hours (bahn.de). In the health resort you walk past beautiful brick buildings and green front gardens. You leave the city heading north and climb the only elevation of this tour. On Stollberg is a TV tower that you can climb. From the viewing platform, 25 meters high, a spectacular panorama opens up.On side roads you head towards the sea and cross the town West-Bordelum. You wander through wide fields and past lush pastures where sheep graze. Then it finally lies before you, the North Frisian Wadden Sea. The nature around you is constantly changing because of the tides it always looks different on the North Frisian coast.Our route takes you on the dam through the Beltringharder Koog, a nature reserve, which was established in 1987 by Eindeichung. In the saltwater lagoons in the dike foreland a true natural paradise has developed. Here you can observe many different species of birds while enjoying the fresh salt air.You can strengthen yourself in one of the small cafes along the dam. From Lüttmoorsiel also Watt walks are offered to Nordstrandischmoor. A very special experience, but you should only undertake in the company of a Watt guide.Your destination today is the campsite Elisabeth-Sophien-Koog (nordstrand-camping.de), located directly on the coast. If you do not want to bring your own tent, you can spend the night in a so-called camping barrel. In the cozy, wooden barrels you can really relax.

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    13.4 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second day you start with fresh sea air in the nose on the northern beach. The first few kilometers you walk along the southern edge of the National Park Beltringharder Koog, before you leave the peninsula on the Nordstrander dam. From here you can again take a look at the diverse landscape of the dike foreland.Continue to Schobüll, a district of Husum, which offers a unique variety of landscapes. Because here the Schobüller forest meets the Watt. A highlight is the wooden pier, which leads far into the sea. From the pier you have an impressive view of the North Frisian Wadden Sea.On car-free paths, the route continues along the water. After a short time you will reach the coastal lowlands Dockkog, which is below sea level. Especially the intense green of the marsh landscape is impressive. The Dockkogspitze is a popular meeting place for young and old. Here you can relax in beach chairs or fortify yourself with coffee and cake in the beach café. The headland is considered one of the most beautiful places for sunsets.The last part of this stage you wander along the Husumer Au to the outer harbor. Accompanied by impressive ships and small sailing boats, you will head to the beautiful center of Husum. The inland port is characterized by colorful facades, nice restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere.From the inland port it is only a short distance to the station Husum. Here you can get on the train and in less than two hours in Hamburg. On the relaxed ride back you can take another look at the wide landscape.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    83.3 mi
  • Duration
    34:24 h
  • Elevation
    1,925 ft
Escape the noise – weekend escapes around Hamburg
Hiking Collection by
adidas TERREX