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Countless trails, nature & history – hiking in Saarland

Hiking Collection by Saarland

Saarland may be one of the smallest states in Germany, but it has a lot to offer hikers. The region has hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails to explore its varied landscapes. In this Collection, we’ve put together 67 premium hiking trails in Saarland to inspire you to lace up your hiking shoes and get exploring.

Saarland offers wonderful nature: beautiful, lush green forests, blooming orchards, fantastic views, and romantic valleys. The quiet and idyllic landscapes will transport you far away from the stresses of everyday life.

You can choose from a huge number of hiking trails that reveal a different aspect of the region. The trails take you over the heights of the upper Black Forest, around the impressive Saar Loop, and through history along the French border. All of the hikes are circular and many are also great for children. Thanks to Saarland’s small size, it also doesn’t take long to get to the starting points of each hike and travel onto the next. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of Saarland for you to discover!

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:12
    7.20 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This almost twelve kilometer circular hike takes you on varied paths through forest areas and open field landscapes. The highlight of the tour are of course the five ponds along which you walk along. The waters are idyllically embedded in the picturesque landscape and invite you to take several relaxing breaks. In summer you can inspect the waterfoot and irises around the pond, and wonderful water lilies on the water surface.The starting point of the hike is at the Winterbach sports field in St. Wendel. No big climbs await you on the tour, look forward to enjoyable hiking through the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park. On your way along the old Roman road you always have a wonderful view with a view of the Schaumberg, the local mountain of the St. Wendeler Land.Pack a small picnic for the hike, because there are many nice resting places on the banks of the five ponds.

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    Difficult
    03:59
    8.48 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.The highlight of the tour is the section through the Oppig-Grät. The gorge is almost reminiscent of a tropical rainforest, rare horsetail trees and intricate European lianas grow everywhere. On narrow hiking trails you walk through this unique landscape before you climb out of the gorge and hike back to the starting point.

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  • Difficult
    03:45
    8.52 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Five streams and an idyllic hilly landscape determine the landscape of this 13-kilometer hike. You hike a lot through the forest, but when the trees open every now and then you can enjoy great views of the Saar Valley, Lorraine, the Black Forest high forest and the Schaumberger Land. The starting point of the circular hike is at the hiking car park Galgenberg in Schmelz-Hüttersdorf.In a relaxed up and down you hike through the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, cross small streams, breathe fresh forest air and learn interesting facts about the gigantic west wall, which was supposed to protect the western border of the German Empire from invasions during the Second World War. The path also leads you under mighty beeches and oaks, which were planted as border trees around 200 years ago and still form the spell boundary between Hüttersdorf and Piesbach.Along the way you will always come across beautiful rest areas where you can take a break.

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    Intermediate
    03:08
    6.63 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around the town of Rissenthal there are ten gorges, which are also called bones. On this ten kilometer long dream loop you will get to know these wild deepening intensively. You hike through fairytale-like liana forests, over narrow paths and uneven grass and dirt paths. The starting point of the hike is at the village square in Rissenthal.At the beginning you walk past some lush orchards before you dive into the dense forest. The path leads you through a veritable gorge labyrinth full of moss-covered rocks and fallen trees that lie criss-cross in the gorges. And once you have crossed a gorge, the next ridge is waiting for you. So you discover the wild nature around Rissenthal and experience a unique hiking pleasure.The view of the "Great Bone" is particularly impressive. In the sunlight the sandstone rock shimmers in different colors and offers a great natural spectacle.

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    Intermediate
    04:02
    8.99 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Look forward to lots of great views and a varied route on this almost 15 km long dream loop. The starting point of the hike is at the train station in Beckingen. After a first crisp climb you will be rewarded with a wonderful panorama and look over the Saar Valley, the Lorraine Stepped Land, the Litermont and up to the Black Forest High Forest.You continue to hike through the nature reserve on Wolferskopf, which is known for its diverse flora. You can discover different types of orchids or the blue fringed gentian along the way. The path also leads you past a former bunker system and then ends in the Saargarten directly on the bank of the river. There you can take an extensive break before completing your hiking tour at the train station.

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    Difficult
    03:44
    8.03 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This 13 km long dream loop is particularly characterized by streams, rocks and wildly romantic natural landscapes. Between Prims and Sollbach you hike past old border marks and enjoy fantastic views. In a varied up and down you experience the Saar-Hunsrück nature park around Büschfeld, where this hike starts at the parking lot of the Schlossberghalle.Right at the start, a steep climb is waiting for you. But as a reward you can look through the "forest window" on the calf rock over the valley of the Prims to the ridges of the Black Forest high forest. You continue to walk through the Sollbach valley, which formed the border between the German Empire and the Saar region at that time between 1920 and 1935. Enjoy the beautiful, secluded hiking trail, which leads you to the nature reserve "Young Deer Head", where you can discover some bizarre rock formations.

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    Difficult
    03:20
    7.13 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this twelve kilometer long dream loop around the Dollberg you travel back in time to the Celts, charcoal burners and hut workers. Along the way you will discover all kinds of historical relics, such as one of the largest Celtic fortifications in Europe. It starts at the Köhlerhütte in Neuhütten.At the beginning it goes downhill to the banks of the Nonnweiler reservoir. The dam is the largest drinking water reservoir in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate - and a nice place for a first break. We continue to the celtic village of Otzenhausen. In the open-air museum you can find out how the Celts once lived and lived. The next highlight is not long in coming: soon you will recognize the foothills of the Fliehburg. The ring wall of the former defense system measures an average width of 40 meters and is one of the most impressive early-fortifications in Europe.The path leads you further and further up the Dollberg and offers you wonderful views of the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate.

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    Intermediate
    02:48
    6.22 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The landscape around the town of Kirkel is one of the most varied in Saarland. In the extensive beech and oak forest, you will find countless colorful sandstone rocks, which you can explore on the dinner tour.From the trail parking lot at the Naturfreundehaus Kirkel the signposted table tour leads you into the dense forest. Soon you can admire the first stones and rock formations on the rock path through the Pigeon Valley.Afterwards the geological nature trail awaits you. Along the way there are countless different types of rocks from all over Saarland - of course with a precise name and the location.At the rest area at the enchanted Frauenbrunnen you can take a little break before the table tour leads around the Hutschucker Kupp back to Kirkel.In any case, a detour to the Kirkel castle with attached castle tavern or to the restaurant Ressmann in Kaiserstraße is worthwhile.

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    Intermediate
    02:21
    5.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.You run through the green heart of the Saar coal forest, a primeval forest at the gates of the state capital. Here, nature has been able to develop freely for 20 years without people getting involved. The landscape is dominated by uprooted trees, swampy swamps, idiosyncratic streams and small forest lakes. So it may well be that you have to climb over a fallen tree every now and then. But something like that is part of a hike through the jungle and makes the tour all the more exciting.

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    Intermediate
    04:15
    9.38 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Blies marks the border between Germany and France at Bliesgersweiler before it flows into the Saar a little later. On this 15-kilometer hike you will accompany the Blies along the border for a while. You hike on the shady edge of the forest and through the green floodplain.Then you leave the river bank and dive into the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve. The landscape becomes even greener and more blooming on your way past pastures and meadows. In a varied up and down it continues on sun-drenched heights and on wild hiking trails. You always have wonderful views of the Vosges.How about completing your hike with a little detour to the French side of the border? If you ever have the opportunity for a coffee break in France ...

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    Difficult
    03:31
    7.67 mi
    2.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban was known as the fortress builder of the Sun King Louis XIV and is rightly considered the most important military architect of the Baroque period. Vauban also left its mark in Saarland: the boulders for the fortress city in Saarlouis were removed on the slopes between Teufelsburg and Humburg. Reason enough to take a closer look at this region along the twelve kilometer long Vauban-Steig dream loop.The hike starts at the airfield in Düren. You walk past the former quarries, which have now become small, overgrown natural jewels. The path continues along narrow forest paths, through shady acacia forests and over the heights of the Gaus between the Saarland and Lorraine. The highlight of the hike is a visit to the imposing Teufelsburg, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Saar Valley.

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    Intermediate
    03:42
    8.34 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Saarland has a closely intertwined history with the neighboring France - so it is obvious that a panel tour also leads across to Lorraine. From the contemplative Berus this round leads you over open hills to the French neighbor Berviller-en-Moselle.The starting point of the Beruser Tafeltour is the striking Europadenkmal on the edge of the village. Before you start, it is worthwhile to visit the viewing platform, because the view over the wide hills is fantastic.Then it goes on through the nature reserve Beruser Kalksteinbruch and then along the German-French border. At the edge of Merten you finally enter French soil.First you walk here through sparse forest until you open a wide meadow and pasture landscape in front of you. Only a little later you can see the log cabin Chalet du Chemin, where you can take a little rest.After you have crossed the village Berviller -en-Moselle, it goes back to the Saarland. A few meters beyond the border you will find the sanctuary of St. Orana with its small chapel.From here it is only a short distance to the table-top restaurant Margarethenhof. After a well deserved rest, the table tour takes you back to the starting point in Berus.

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    Difficult
    02:38
    5.55 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Lots of variety and hiking fun await you on the Litermont summit tour, which is almost nine kilometers long. Look forward to wildly romantic stream landscapes, rugged gorges, great distant views, a frog and the devil. The circular hike starts at the forest car park Etzelbachstrasse in Nalbach.You start on a flat route and hike through the forest. You will soon be standing in front of a giant frog, which marks the frog paradise, a former sand pit. Today the pit is a home for many animals and plants. You hike on and then meet the Piesbach, which winds through the lush green of the forest.A little later, the trees clear up and you continue walking in an open area, past flowering orchards. The path gradually climbs up to the Litermont summit. Then you have reached the highest point of the mountain range and enjoy a wonderful view over the Saar valley and to France. Time for an extensive break at the summit cross.With new energy you tackle the last part of the hike - now it's getting mystical. The path takes you past a Celtic cult site and on to the Teufelsschlucht. The physical person awaits you personally in his refuge - but only as a wooden statue. From here it goes a short distance downhill until you reach your starting point again.At the end of your tour, a trip to the Litermont Museum and the historical park is worthwhile. There you will learn more about the history of the region and about the legendary world around the Litermont. In the restaurant you can enjoy Saarland cuisine and then play a round of adventure golf.

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    Intermediate
    02:41
    6.37 mi
    2.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the ten kilometer long Dolinenweg you hike through the beautiful hilly landscape near Nennig. On the way you can enjoy great views of the Moselle valley, roam through rustic forests and hike past orchards and romantic vineyards. Look forward to an enjoyable hike with hardly any noteworthy climbs. The dream loop starts at Schloss Berg in Nennig, a large boundary stone marks the beginning.You walk along the vineyards to the Roman villa in Nennig. You shouldn't miss a look into the house with its impressive mosaic floor. Then it continues in a beautiful arch through the forest and across the fields until you can see Castle Berg again through the vineyards. How about ending with an exquisite meal in the restaurant?By the way, sinkholes, the namesake for this hike, are called funnel-shaped hollow forms in karst rock with an underground water drain.

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    Intermediate
    03:13
    7.25 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Between 1743 and 1786, stonemasons from Britten created numerous crossroads, ten of which you can discover on your hike along the Steinhauerweg dream loop. In addition, a wonderful nature awaits you on the almost twelve kilometers long tour in the Saarhölzbach valley. The hike starts at the Waldfestplatz in Britten.The path leads you partly over wooden walkways over the damp forest floor - so the hike is even more fun. The marshy ground is lined with thick moss and extensive ferns. You walk past the Fonkenbruch quarry, from which the stone masons once received their material. A few signs along the way tell you more about the story.

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    Intermediate
    04:11
    9.18 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 15-kilometer hike takes you around St. Wendel's local mountain Bosenberg. On the Tiefenbach path, wonderful views, wildly romantic paths and lots of silence and idyll await you. The perfect hike to forget about everyday stress. The hike starts at the forest car park on Missionshausstrasse in St. Wendel.At the beginning of the tour you hike around the 485 meter high Bosenberg. The mountain is densely forested, but every now and then you come across great viewpoints. So you can take a promising break after just one and a half kilometers and make yourself comfortable on a wooden bench. Several wooden loungers along the way invite you to take a break.The path winds further around the Bosenberg and past an old quarry, in which numerous animals and plants feel comfortable today. You leave the forest and continue walking across an open area. How about a break at the Leitersweiler Buchen? The giant trees are up to 300 years old and provide shade for a rest.The path leads you back into the dense forest and along the banks of the Tiefenbach, which flows through an idyllic valley. Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature and breathe in the fresh forest air. Soon you will cross a street and head for the next beautiful viewpoint on the bat head.Continue through the forest before you hike the last part of the tour along the edge of the forest back to the viewpoint and let your gaze wander over St. Wendel. Do you see the church tower of the late Gothic basilica? At the end of your tour, a visit to the impressive church is worthwhile. Then you can make yourself comfortable in one of the cafés in St. Wendel.

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    Intermediate
    02:52
    6.31 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Out of the city, into the forest. The ten-kilometer Frohn-Wald-Weg leads you on narrow paths and shady forest paths through the northwestern Saar coal forest. The mixed forest extends from Saarbrücken to Neunkirchen on an area of more than 60 square kilometers and runs through the Saarland as a green axis. The tour starts at the Lampenester hut in Riegelsberg, a bit north of the state capital.You walk through under gnarled, old trees, pass numerous streams and fountains as well as the small gorge of the Rödelbach. You can take a relaxing break on the banks of the Fröhner Pond. This tour is ideal for simply clearing your head, enjoying the fresh forest air and still keeping moving.

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    Intermediate
    03:42
    8.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The dream loop Georgi-Panoramaweg offers you wonderful hiking fun: On the almost 14 km long route you hike along lush meadows, through romantic forests, past bubbling brooks and densely overgrown swamp areas. Since hardly any vertical meters await you along the route, the round is also super suitable for families with children. The starting point of the round is the Rittscheidhütte in Mitlosheim.Let yourself be enchanted by the beautiful views along the way and enjoy pure nature with a diverse flora and fauna. Incidentally, the dream loop is named after Dr. Hanspeter Georgi. From 1999 to 2004 he was Minister of Economy of the Saarland and, as an enthusiastic hiker, decisively promoted nature-loving tourism in the state. A good example of this is this hike.

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    Intermediate
    02:12
    4.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.You walk right past the wash fountain into the Steinbach valley. On your way you will explore the forest, discover babbling brooks, small forest lakes, uprooted trees and marshy swamps. Foresters have not intervened in the forest's ecosystem since 2002 and have given nature their freedom. So it may well be that you have to climb over a fallen tree - primeval forest. Wooden bridges help you cross the swampy sections of dry feet.The highlight - in the truest sense of the word - is the little Fuji. A wooden staircase makes it easier for you to climb up, from above you have a beautiful view of the Steinbach valley. In the nearby Naturfreundehaus Kirschheck you can take a break and strengthen yourself. The path leads you past a Friedwald before you cross the Steinbach again. Enjoy the last kilometers through this beautiful forest until you reach your starting point again.How about a special extra for your jungle tour? There are several so-called dangling stations along the route. They are designed to unpack the hammock and simply hang out in a relaxed manner. So the jungle can be enjoyed even more intensely. Here you can find out where you can borrow the hammocks: urlaub.saarland/Reisefuehrer/Hier-koennen-Haengematten-ausgeliehen-werden.

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    Easy
    01:34
    3.55 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost six kilometer circular hike is suitable for a relaxed walk or a small hike with children. You can hardly expect any vertical meters, but there are several nice break spots along the way. Ideal to extend this hike at will. It's best to pack some food for a picnic.The starting point is the Nahequelle car park near Sellbach. You are not far from the starting point, where the Nahe bubbles from the source and sets off for the Rhine. You can also watch busy bees at work or choose a book to read from the reading tree.

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    Difficult
    03:51
    8.09 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This 13 km long dream loop leads you through the Black Forest high forest. You walk past rugged rock formations, such as the Teufelsfels and the Eulenfels. The hike starts at the Wildlife and Hiking Park car park in Weiskirchen.Treat your legs to some wellness after just a few kilometers in a Kneipp facility. Then you hike gently uphill before you go back down to the Holzbach valley. You walk a bit along the banks of the idyllic stream and then reach your starting point again. At the end of the tour you can visit the red deer park and watch deer, deer and coatis.

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    Intermediate
    03:35
    8.00 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The historical border between the Duchy of Pfalz-Zweibrücken and the powerful archbishopric and spa state of Trier divided the population into Protestants and Catholics until the middle of the 18th century. A time when many smugglers were active in the forests and transported goods across the border on narrow paths. On this 13-kilometer hike you are on these once hidden paths and roam the dense forests. Magnificent views are still not neglected - and fortunately you can enjoy them carefree these days.The smuggler path starts at the Schützenhaus a little north of Hofeld-Mauschbach. Along your hike you will pass several boundary stones that mark the former course of the border between "S" (Saar area) and "D" (German Empire). Look forward to an adventurous hiking trail and beautiful views over pretty villages and rolling hills.

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    Difficult
    02:22
    5.32 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This eight kilometer long dream loop is a wonderful tour for a long walk or a short hike with the whole family. You only have a few meters to climb and hike through a beautiful, green landscape. The round starts at the Dellborner mill in Losheim am See.To get started, the path leads you through the picturesque Losheim brook valley. You follow the watercourse a bit and then reach a pasture. Here the paths of the "big" and "little" Lückner share. You keep to the right and soon you will reach the golf course, from which you have a great view. Through the forest you walk back to the starting point and can then stop at the mill.

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    Intermediate
    03:44
    8.18 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 13 km long dream loop around Greimerath leads you in a beautiful up and down through beautiful forest areas, past an idyllic stream and gives you beautiful views. A varied mix with lots of hiking fun. The round starts at the village square in Greimerath.Right at the beginning you will pass a Lourdes grotto and can pause briefly at the contemplative place before the hike really begins. Then the path leads you into the forest and through the quiet Panzbach valley. You hike up and down through the cool forest to the mountains. Shortly before the place the path bends and leads you back over another hill to Greimerath.

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  • Tours
    67
  • Distance
    503 mi
  • Duration
    229:29 h
  • Elevation
    56,450 ft

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