Hidden paths through ancient forests – hiking with Krombacher

Hiking Collection by Krombacher

Countless lonely forests in the countryside around the Ruhr, Cologne, and Düsseldorf are the perfect place for a day hike. In this Collection, we take you to the most beautiful forests in the west of Germany from the Eifel to Sauerland and the Rhine Valley to Münsterland. Between the big cities of Dortmund, Essen, Düsseldorf, and Cologne there are many large forests to explore. Go adventuring on your doorstep and discover the luscious forests in the west with us.

Relaxation, energy, and inspiration – forests give us so much and there are many reasons why we should protect them. Home to diverse animal, plant, and insect species, you will constantly be amazed by life beneath the canopy of leaves. In this Collection, we show you our favourite forests in the west of Germany, where you can unwind and lose yourself in nature.

Surrounded by lush green landscapes, you will hike through romantic valleys to breathtaking vantage points. The eight Tours take you along shaded forest paths, streams, and lakes, to high hills and peaks with views over the treetops. As well as natural treasures, you will also visit various cultural highlights such as medieval castles and impressive dams. There are also plenty of idyllic resting places en route where you can relax and enjoy a cold beer.

Most of the starting points can be reached by public transport so you don't need a car to experience the forests in the west. We recommend that you wear suitable shoes and bring sufficient snacks and water. You follow well-maintained hiking trails and alpine experience is not necessary for any of the routes. So escape from the stresses of everyday life, pack a cool beer, and get out into nature!

Krombacher, one of the largest breweries in Germany, has been committed to the environment and conservation since 2002. Because we care so much about nature and forests, we want to encourage you to visit our favourite woodlands. After all, fresh forest air works wonders for your body and mind. We’ve selected beautiful walks through romantic, wild, and mystical forests in nine German federal states. For more inspiration, take a look here: komoot.de/user/krombacher.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:37
    5.95 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This varied tour takes you into the woods near Hugenpoet and Landsberg. Not only scenic highlights await you, but also two mighty castles. The starting point of the hike is at the Kettwig Stausee train station, so you can easily arrive by public transport. From there it goes to the shore of Lake Kettwig, the smallest of the five Ruhr reservoirs.You reach the Hugenpoet Castle on flat paths, which is surrounded by a moat. After you have explored the complex including the restaurant, you dive into the forest. On rustic paths and over forest stairs you hike to castle number two: The castle Landsberg is surrounded by a dreamlike park with water features, fountains and sculptures. The perfect place for a break.The route then runs through shady forest and leads you to the Jewish Cemetery, a place to pause and enjoy the silence. A particularly beautiful section awaits you in the idyllic Klusenbach valley: ancient trees line the path and you are accompanied by the babbling of the stream. Passing the St. Joseph Church, we return to the Kettwig reservoir station.

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    Intermediate
    02:35
    5.93 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    600 hectares of forest, right in the city: The Duisburg city forest is a popular local recreation area and the green lung of the region. This relaxed circular hike shows you the different faces of the forest. Since the Duisburg city forest is traversed by a network of wide paths and narrow paths, you can easily shorten the hike. You start at the Monning bus stop, where the zoo parking lot is also located. So you can easily round off or start this hike with a visit to the zoo.From there it goes into nature: You follow the Lower Burgweg and pass the impressive Hartenfels house, which the steel industrialist Peter Klöckner had built. We continue south on shady forest trails. The dominant tree species in the Duisburg city forest is beech, by the way, but you can also discover oak trees and alder and birch trees on the streams. After you have crossed Uhlenhorststraße, you come to the forest house, in the garden of which you can watch falcons.The tour then pans and you now hike north at Bummelbach. Following the badger path, you hike to the pond in the old quarry, which is a protected ground monument. After a good seven kilometers through the forest you will reach the wild boar enclosure at Forsthaus Aktienberg. The local forester once had to catch the wild boar because they followed visitors. Since then, "Blümchen" and "Schnitzel" have been living in the enclosure with their offspring. You return to the starting point on flat paths.

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    9.68 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Splashing brooks that meander through beautiful forest and romantic paths run along the banks - the Eifgenbach valley is known for its naturalness. On this circular hike you will also explore the picturesque Dhünn and Linnefetäler. From the hiking car park Schöllerhof, which can also be reached by bus, you hike to the Eifgenbach. Following the rushing water, you keep coming back to small rest areas. The route takes you through countless winds and over wooden bridges through the wonderful valley.You will find remnants of the past at the former drinking water barrier, which the city of Burscheid once supplied with fresh water. After seven kilometers you hike a short climb and then you reach Dabringhausen. You can satisfy your hunger in the garden of the rustic Coenenmühle. Strengthened, the journey continues into the Linnefetal, which is in no way inferior to the Eifgenbach valley in terms of romance. The Linnefe flows into the Dhünn, in whose clear water you can discover many fish. Along the water you get back to the starting point at the Schöllerhof.

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    Difficult
    05:58
    12.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Experience deep forests, shimmering lakes and wide panoramic views in the Eifel National Park. On this day tour you hike along the second stage of the wilderness trail from Einruhr to Gemünd. You can experience the diversity and beauty of the national park over almost 21 kilometers. You start at the Simmerath-Einruhr bus stop and walk through the picturesque town. The path initially leads along the east bank of the Obersee and the trees keep lifting up to reveal fantastic views.An impressive sight is the mighty Urft dam, which was the highest dam in Europe when it was built in 1905. A steep climb follows up to the Dreiborn plateau. There you will meet the desert of wool soaps, the village abandoned in 1946 by an order to evacuate the British troops. Another desert is nearby, that of the village Vogelsang. Through the vast grasslands of the Dreiborn plateau, the path leads you to the former NS Ordensburg Vogelsang. It is worth planning enough time to visit this memorial.Then it goes on forest paths from the Ordensburg to two impressive viewpoints: From the Kickley you look at the valley of the Urft and from the Modenhübel to the Kermeter. From the Modenhübel you descend into the valley and hike along the Urft to Gemünd. There you can end the day in the brewery. In Gemünd you will also find connections to the public rail and bus network.

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    Easy
    01:41
    3.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed circular hike through the forest area of the Haard near Flaesheim is suitable for the whole family. As part of the Hohe Mark Nature Park, the Haard is a popular destination and you can enjoy a wide view of the landscape from the Rennberg lookout tower. From the parking lot at the forest playground you march through partially dense forest to the quarry lake Flaesheim, which is often used for swimming.On narrow paths it goes gently uphill to the fire watchtower on the Rennberg. This is open to the public and you can climb it over a few steps. From the top you have an impressive panoramic view of the entire Haard. We continue to the rest area at the Köhler Hütte, where charcoal burners are lit every year on May 1st. After a short rest you hike on forest paths back to the starting point at the forest playground.

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    Difficult
    06:33
    13.1 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,250 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The entire Briloner Kammweg runs in a loop from Brilon to Willingen and back again. This tour is a shortened version, on which you hike to Willingen and return by train from there. Through the mountainous hilly landscape we lead you to bizarre rock formations that protrude from the forest - the absolute highlight is the Bruchhauser Steine nature reserve. You start at the market place in Brilon with its beautiful half-timbered houses in Westphalian style. Passing the Propsteikirche it goes out of town and you reach the source of the Möhne via the Kurpark.Just a few steps further you can look forward to the first impressive view of this hike: there is also a forest sofa at Gudenhagener Poppenberg. If you need a refreshment for the upcoming kilometers, you can stop at the Hiebammenhütte on weekends. Then you will experience deep spruce and beech forests and again and again impressive views of the vastness of the Sauerland, such as from the gorse head.We continue south on the Briloner Kammweg. After a good twelve kilometers through shady forest, you come to the Bruchhauser Steine nature reserve. The rock faces rise steeply and ruggedly and rise from the thick green of the forests. If you are sure-footed, you can climb to the very top on the Feldstein and enjoy a fantastic panorama. You hike up and down to Willingen, where you can end the day or get on the train.

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    Intermediate
    03:08
    6.77 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A mosaic of forest and vineyards awaits you on this circular hike through the gentle hills near Oberdollendorf. You start at the train station in Niederdollendorf and initially walk to the southern outskirts. From there, the climb starts up to the mouse tower hidden in the forest, which previously served as a lookout tower.Shady paths bring you to the cultural highlight of this circular hike: the extensive Heisterbach monastery complex impresses with buildings from different eras, old giant trees and the quaint monastery parlor, which invites you to take a break. Strengthened you follow the path past the new pond and cross the colorful mixed forest. On the flank of the Dollendorfer Hardt it goes to the shell, an impressive vantage point above the vineyard.Surrounded by vines, you hike down to Gut Sülz, the perfect place for a wine tasting. The route then leads through the picturesque mill valley, in which there were previously 18 mills. You march along the rippling Mühlbach through the forest. After you have crossed the street, you come to wide orchards, from which you have a great view of the Oberkasseler wall. Passing the forest cemetery it goes through Oberdollendorf back to the starting point at the train station.

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    Intermediate
    04:11
    8.33 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The circular hike mostly leads over the route of the Rheinsteig in an arc around the wooded Rhöndorfer valley. Wide forests, peppered with viewpoints and castles make this tour so dreamy. From the starting point at the train station in Rhöndorf it goes through the village into the forest. The first demanding climb up to the Breiberge begins, for which you will be rewarded with a great view. You look over to the Drachenfels, which you will climb in the further course.You hike along narrow paths to the Löwenburg: from the castle ruins your gaze wanders over the Siebengebirge, which is becoming ever wider towards the south. You can quench your hunger and thirst in the nearby Löwenburger Hof. With new strength we head to the slightly lower summit of the Geisberg, another fantastic vantage point. Then the trees clear up and you reach the famous dragon castle, which seems to have sprung from a fairy tale. Countless turrets, oriel windows and details make this castle so special.In a zigzag you climb from the Drachenburg to the Drachenfels, one of the most famous viewpoints in the region. After you have had enough of the view of the Rhine Valley, you hike back to Rhöndorf on curved forest paths. The conclusion can then be a dinner in one of the Rhöndorf restaurants.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    66.4 mi
  • Duration
    31:04 h
  • Elevation
    8,650 ft
Hidden paths through ancient forests – hiking with Krombacher
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