In the far east of the Teutoburg Forest, a unique cultural hiking region, Höxter, is ready to welcome you. The „Exquisite Nature“ project leads you on newly created hiking trails through important habitats, combining nature conservation and relaxation. Discover idyllic beech forests, blooming grasslands and sun-drenched heaths with a Mediterranean flair. In this Collection, we have put together 11 hikes to the most beautiful places in the Höxter district.
On these beloved routes, you can experience the variety of the flora and fauna of the region in North Rhine-Westphalia in all its glory. As you roam the unique nature, you will discover an abundance of wildlife between Egge and Weser. Colorful butterflies dart amongst the sunny heaths around Willebadessen, whilst nimble swallowtails fly on the Desenberg, and patterned crested newts known as “water dragons” swim at Godelheim. The land’s calcareous soil is the perfect basis for diverse life to bloom.
The circular hikes in this Collection vary in length from a relaxed walk to a demanding day hike. It’s up to you to decide what you feel like. Many of the routes include stops at the view points from which you can enjoy nature’s splendor. On the Weser Skywalk, you can enjoy an exhilarating walk with a view of the river from up high.
Large sections of the hiking trails lead through parts of the Europe-wide nature reserve network "Natura 2000". On a total of 8,400 hectares, plants, animals and nature lovers have plenty of space away from any cities, industry and traffic. One thing is certain, there’s plenty of "exquisite nature" for you to discover here.
One of the most beautiful hiking trails in the cultivated land leads over the heights around Dalhausen and Jakobsberg. The almost 13 kilometers long route goes around the valley basin, over colorful mountain meadows, through shady deciduous forests and cool brook valleys. You always have wonderful views of Dalhausen and the Bevertal.The starting point of the circular hike is the Bleicheplatz in Dalhausen. The path leads you through the idyllic landscape in a varied up and down. The slopes around Dalhausen were used as pasture for numerous goats until the middle of the last century. The animals were cheaper and less demanding than cows, produced good milk yields and provided meat. Even today goats graze in the meadows, the path leads over two pastures, where you can get to know the grazing residents up close.On the way you will always come across comfortable landscape loungers and idyllic rest areas. So pack some provisions for a break. At the end you will find opportunities to stop off in Dalhausen.
The crevices and scree fields of the steep slopes of Ziegenberg and Brunsberg offer an ideal hiding place for numerous animal species. The crested newt, the largest domestic tail amphibian, also feels at home in the region. On this eleven-kilometer circular hike, you will get to know the biodiverse region better and you may even see one of the amphibians. The tour starts at the hiking car park near Godelheim.You will explore the cliffs and rock formations of the Weser slopes near Höxter, enjoy magnificent views of the Weser valley from the Rodeneck tower and can guess the ruins of the once mighty Brunsburg with its now crumbling walls and moat.The hike also takes you right into the spawning area of the water kite, as the crested newt is also called due to its size and impressive ridge. With a variety of over 50,000 animals, you walk through what is probably the largest amphibian occurrence in the northern low mountains, the Grundlose des Wesertal. The area between Godelheim and Höxter belongs to the European natural heritage.
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This 25-kilometer circular hike shows you the upper Niesetal on varied hiking trails. The name for this hiking trail is the Niesebach, which rises on the Köterberg and flows into the Emmer at Schieder. In a large group you hike through forested brook valleys and over open meadows. The hike starts at the Forum of the Marienmünster Abbey.The first half of the way to Schwalenberg you walk across meadows and dirt roads. Arrived in the tranquil place, a small round through the old town with its half-timbered charm is worthwhile. In one of the local restaurants, you can take a break and fortify yourself before continuing.The second half of the hike shows you part of the idyllic Schwalenberger Forest. You will soon notice what makes this hike so special: the hiking trail alternates between forest, field and meadows. It is not for nothing that the tour bears the "Quality Trail for Wanderable Germany".
This ten kilometer hike combines art and nature. Along the way you can discover a total of eight works of art - from the tree house to the "boat in the house". The hike starts at the parking lot at Eichenallee Holzhausen.The path leads you through the forest near Nieheim in a relaxed up and down. Keep your eyes peeled for the artwork along the way. These are as different as their artists. However, they have one thing in common: all works were created in harmony with nature. Artists from all over the world participated in the project. Here and there it is worth leaving the forest path to discover the art object even better.After so much art do you fancy culinary delights? Then a trip to Nieheim is worthwhile. There are four culinary museums waiting for you there. Bread, cheese, ham, beer and schnapps - in the "Culinarium" you can discover the diversity of Westphalia and get to know its origins.
This almost five-kilometer hike will get you on the “wooden path”. The promising and exciting tour along the banks of the Weser starts at the car park at the Herstelle-Würgassen passenger ferry.From there you hike a bit up the forest road before turning right onto a path into the forest after 800 meters. Shortly afterwards, the "Holzweg" begins, a forest adventure trail that explains all kinds of interesting things about the forest and wood. It ends right at the entrance to the Weser Skywalk, a viewing platform that leads you four meters out at a height of 80 meters. From here you have a fantastic view of the Upper Weser Valley - upstream to Bad Karlshafen and down to the Weser Bridge at the former Würgassen nuclear power plant.It continues on the "Klippensteig", which leads you along the impressive natural backdrop of the Hannoversche Klippen. The partly steep path from sandstone steps adapts perfectly to the terrain. You walk down to the Weser and along the bank back to the starting point. At the end you will find refreshments in Würgassen or in the opposite manufacture.
This twelve kilometer hike takes you to the realm of butterflies. Between May and August in particular, you can observe over 50 species of butterflies along the butterfly path. The circular hike starts at the parking lot at Schleusenberg near Willebadessen.Right at the beginning, the path climbs in short hairpin bends to the ridge of the Schleusenberg, then on over the hilly open country of the Kalktrifte. Extensive sheep pastures cover the limestone cliffs, which with their sunny areas and blooming meadows offer a paradise for native butterflies.The domestic crucian gentian also grows on the Kalktrifte. The plant, rare in Central Europe, serves as a forage plant for the caterpillars of the black gentian ant. Nowhere in Central Europe are both species, plants and moths, more common than in the Höxter district. So keep your eyes open!Along your hike through the Kalktrifte you will learn new and interesting things about the life of the fascinating animals. On the way in the almost Mediterranean landscape, you can also enjoy fantastic views and put your legs up on the landscape loungers and stretch your nose out into the sun.
On this almost six kilometer long hike you make the world colorful. A total of eight giant kaleidoscopes are waiting to be discovered by you along the way. Let yourself be fascinated by the interplay between colored glass and light. The hike starts at the Bad Driburg leisure pool.Bad Driburg is an old glass blowing town, where glassworks and glass trading companies have existed since the 12th century. The place is still one of the most important transshipment points in Europe for glass trading. The trail leads you in two loops over the Rosenberg (northern loop, suitable for pushchairs) and the Steinberg (southern loop). Colorful magic tubes are always waiting for you on the way - fun for the whole family.At the end of the round, you can let off steam in the leisure pool, find a cozy café in town or learn more about the history of glass blowing in the museum.
This almost twelve-kilometer hike takes you through Mediterranean-looking juniper heaths, lush beech forest and blooming lime-green lawns. It starts on the hiking parking lot south of Körbecke. If you are traveling by public transport, you can start the circular hike directly in Lamerden.The path winds through limestone beech forests with colorful spring bloomers to the so-called "nose" of the Schwiemelkopf. In the valley you see the Diemel flowing on its way to the Weser. Along the way you can see traces of the former inland sea that used to be here. The remains in the form of calcareous deposits are the basis for new life and great biodiversity.You cross the valley and hike up on the opposite side. At Stenderberg, ceramic shards and remnants of the wall tell you more from the past. The path continues through Ostheim and across a beautiful, species-rich juniper meadow. Keep your eyes open for colorful butterflies in summer, but purple gentians bloom here in autumn.We continue past the former weir system on the sacrificial mountain before you cross the Diemel in Lamerden and walk back to the starting point. At the end of your journey through 240 million years of earth's history in Lamerden, you can treat your feet to a little refreshment in the Diemel.
Desenberg rises a good 150 meters from the level of the Warburger Börde. Logical that you want to climb the striking Kegelberg. The mountain has always fascinated people. And animals also like to frolic on the former volcano. You start the way up to the castle from the parking lot at Desenberg.Desenberg is a basalt chimney, i.e. an ascent channel in a volcano. The earth's surface has never been broken, the magma has solidified beforehand. The rock melts form a layer that is harder than the rest of the soil. This has created a very special habitat for flora and fauna, which due to its uniqueness and rarity is part of the “Natura 2000” conservation area and thus belongs to the European natural heritage.The hiking path takes you around the mountain to the castle ruins. From above you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding low mountain ridges of the Teutoburg Forest and the Solling.
How about some variety? Then this 13 kilometer hike is just right for you. The "Paths of Diversity" in the Ottbergen adventure area take you through a varied cultural landscape up to the slopes to the right and left of the Nethe. If the entire route is too long for you, then you can divide the tour into two sections, almost eight kilometers long - north and south - using a marked path on site. In both cases it starts at Ottbergen station.The path leads you uphill and you will soon dive into one of the enchanted historical hollow paths. A life-size bullock cart made of wood is reminiscent of the way these typical, deeply cut transport routes of yesteryear were created. This part of the route is part of the so-called “Natti Route”, which, at three kilometers, is specially tailored for families with children.If you want to hike the big round, then it goes uphill, soon you step out of the forest. You can expect a varied landscape with fields, pastures and gnarled trees. This diversity accompanies you on your way to the left and right of the Nethe. On the way you always pass beautiful rest areas and you can relax on one of the landscape loungers.
The Warburger Börde between Warburg and Ossendorf looks back on a long history: People settled in this place 7,000 years ago and used the fertile soil for agriculture. Along this almost seven-kilometer circular hike you will learn a lot about one of the oldest cultural landscapes in Central Europe. Start your journey through the past in Germete.Along your hike you will come across numerous certificates of old farming practices. For example, you can discover semi-dry lime lawns, colorful meadows and limestone fields - especially nice to experience in summer when everything is blooming here. On the edge of the path you will find twelve adventure stations where you can find out interesting information about the region and its history. Here you will also find twelve short audio stories as mp3 downloads, which you can listen to at the individual stations: kulturland.org/Aktivitaeten/Erlesene-Natur/Erlebnisgebiet/GPS-Erlebnispfad-OssendorfYou will soon reach the glider airfield on Heinberg, through which the state border between Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia runs diagonally. You cross the Diemel and walk gently uphill to the Heinturm, a watchtower from the 15th century. Then it goes along the course of the Diemel, which you finally cross on a narrow weir. Back in Germete you will find a small selection of restaurants, there are more restaurants in neighboring Warburg.