Roaming through a magical jungle with diverse plant life; exploring a prehistoric fortification surrounded by untouched nature; discovering lonely places that are slowly being reclaimed by Mother Earth. If you like exploring wild and abandoned places on foot, then consider planning your next hiking trip in Saarland. This small state in the west of Germany has countless special places – you just have to find them.
To guide you to these hidden corners, we’ve put together this Collection for you. These hikes take you through overgrown landscapes, beautiful forests and natural wonders. Here, mass tourism is a distant reality – it will just be you, your hiking equipment and the wilderness. Every now and again, you find an idyllic place for a pitstop on the banks of a lake or with a view over the landscape, where you can tuck in the picnic you brought with you.
Although the hikes are different lengths and difficulty levels, they are all designed as day trips. Some of them are also suitable for families. They are also easy to reach without spending a whole day in the car. The best bit? Each and every hike takes you out of everyday life and immerses you in Saarland’s fantastic nature. Enjoy!
Off to the jungle! This eight kilometer circular hike shows you why the forest in the Steinbach and Netzbach valleys is so wonderfully original and wild. You can explore the protected area on beautiful hiking trails and observe how nature develops when humans can make it easy. The starting point of the jungle tour is at the Forsthaus Neuhaus, north of Saarbrücken.
Off to the (primeval) forest! Wild nature and a romantic pond await you on the wild Netzbach path. The almost nine-kilometer hike is varied fun for the whole family. You hike through the marshy landscape in the Netzbach valley and experience a wonderful forest that presents itself in very different colors depending on the season. The adventurous circular hike starts at the Forsthaus Neuhaus.
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The Itzenplitzer Pingen path is a relaxed circular hike, where you can learn something about the history of mining in the region. The starting point of the eight-kilometer circuit is at the Itzenplitzer Weiher hiking car park. Right at the beginning you hike into the dense forest and follow the path in a gentle up and down under the shady trees.
Look forward to this 14 km long dream loop on orchards, wonderful views, limitless silence and narrow trails through the Oppig-Grät gorge. The circular walk starts at the village square in Rimlingen near Losheim am See. You leave the village, hike along the Bormigbach and climb the ascent to the Donatus chapel. From here you have a wonderful view of Losheim am See and the surrounding area.
Feel like the king (or queen) of the world - you can do that on the Berghalde Duhamel near Ensdorf. With a footprint of almost 50 hectares and a height of 150 meters, it is one of the largest of its kind, is a popular starting point for paragliders and has a very special surprise for its visitors on its “top”.