Exquisite nature – beloved routes in the cultural region of Höxter
© F. Grawe, Kulturland Kreis Höxter
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.
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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".
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.
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.
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-Ossendorf