Saxony: Saxon Switzerland
Enchanting mountain scenery, rugged valleys and bizarre rock formations – how the Elbe sandstone mountains presents itself. Located southeast of Dresden, close to the border with the Czech Republic, the Saxon Switzerland National Park protects a large part of the primeval landscape since 1990. The obligatory destination bastion ever offers an unparalleled view of the Elbe landscape. Who would like to know more, can join as guided tours of the National Park, leading to the Wolf’s Glen or about the schrammsteine. The network of footpaths is branchy and runs cross-border to Bohemia. Art enthusiasts can follow in the footsteps of famous painters such as Caspar David Friedrich and Ludwig Richter on the “Malerweg” from Dresden and visit the places where the artist once designed her landscape paintings. More information at our site and our site. There are hiking trails in the National Park of Saxon Switzerland under our site. Special offer: hiking week Saxon Switzerland from 698 euro per person for example on: our site.
Thuringia: The Rennsteig
In GDR times the Rennsteig in the Federal Republic was hardly known, today, the trail of the Thuringian forest is the most famous trail of in Germany again. On 168 km of ridge from Hörschel runs Salzungen or Schmalkalden up to BLANKENSTEIN in the Northern Franconian forest, past Eisenach with the Wartburg, the saltwater pool bath with Schloss Wilhelmsburg. Package: 12-days hike from the river Werra on the Saale in 8 stages from 499 euro offers active tourism rose, Längwitzerstr. 32 D-99130 Arnstadt, www.rennsteig.net. Or Tourism Association Thuringian forest, P.o. box 124, 98501 Suhl, Tel.: 0 36 81/39 45 0, our site.de and our site.
Lower Saxony: Hermann way
The Hermann way is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain trails of in Germany. Named after Hermann the Cheruscan, in whose footsteps over the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest of Rheine route up behind Detmold. On the way, there are many historic towns and villages worth visiting sights such as the Hermann monument, the Dörenther cliffs, or the ruins of Ravensberg. Length: 156 exciting kilometres of hiking trails. Info at our site.
On the witches dough across the Harz mountains
Two years ago the “Harzer Hexenstieg” was inaugurated. 110 kilometres of long distance footpath crosses the northernmost mountains once from West to East, by the timber-framed town of Osterode to Thale Sankt Andreasberg, Schierke and Hasselfelde. And of course the route over the brocken, 1142 meters, the highest mountain in the Harz, where the witches each year celebrate their Walpurgis night. A varied tour with gentle climbs awaits the hiker. Also the brocken can climb up slowly and without climbing gear. Information and offers: for example circuit of the bodetal Valley Thale, Hasselfelde and Wendefurth with three bed/breakfast, luggage transfer, hiking map (Harz Transport Association, market road 45, 38640 Goslar, Tel. 053 21/340 40, fax 34 04 66, www.harzinfo.de). Accommodation: “Villa Kale”, wine red wooden house with garden, old rose bushes, spacious rooms. (To the Trift 19, 38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld/Buntenbock, Tel. 053 23 / 17 74, fax 45 29, our site )).–>
North Rhine-Westphalia: Murderous Eifel
The name should be well known crime fiction fans, now walkers among them “in the footsteps of Jacques Berndorf” can move-hiking offer in honor of the famous author is indeed. Armed with the Eifel crime guide visit crime scenes and locations of known Eifel crime stories. The Eifel crime trail in the region opens up Hillesheim twelve locations of thrillers by Jacques Berndorf, Ralf Kramp and other authors. The trail has a length of 55 km and is divided into three stages. The accompanying brochure with description of locations, quotes from the respective novels, directions, map and bibliography is available at the tourist information Hillesheim, count Mirbach str. 2, 54576 Hillesheim, Tel. 06593/809200. Special offer: 2 nights, accompanying brochure, signed Eifel crime, transfer, 3-gang-crime menu there from 125 euro per person in the double room! For more information see our site.
Wilderness in the Spessart
Off into the wilderness. 2440 km2 with dense oak and beech forests, interrupted only by small nutrient and streams: true wilderness in the middle of Germany. The robbers have previously housed in the few taverns in the Spessart (range). Tour guides accompany travelers in this adventure landscape: trekking and mountain biking or canoeing on the Franconian Saale, single-or multi-day, overnight in a tavern or Indian tipi campfire. Who prefer traveling is without Guide, will be sent with maps and program; and at the picnic area, the ready-built tent waiting for evening. Outdoor company NatUrlaub, Bozerei 5, 63875 Mespelbrunn, phone/fax 060 92/54 79, our site. For example, 3 days hiking incl. BB from 185 euro per person.
Walking across the Alps
In a week from North to South: On the remote hiking classics E 5 it goes from Germany via Austria to Italy. Colourful flower meadows in the Allgäu Alps, faszinierene panoramas on the Rocky points, glaciers and peaks in the Ötz Valley, and finally the southern climate of Meran make especially attractive this hike. The seven-day trip with return there from 595 euro per person. The hiking level is considered to be moderate, partly the backpack itself must be worn. There are dates to the end of September. Info at our site.
More than a quarter of a million will make the pilgrimage people this year perpetrators after on the Spanish Camino. Far less will be on the road on the Ecumenical pilgrimage route which leads through Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The 440-kilometre section inaugurated in autumn 2003 among the old European Pilgrim trails from Kiev to Santiago de Compostella and follows an old trade route from Görlitz in Saxony, Weimar and Erfurt in the Thuringian Vacha. Hot is an initiative of the religion teacher Esther’s, that this forgotten route not only rediscovered and revived, but also continuously marked with the symbol of the scallop (yellow on a blue background) been. Who is going on a pilgrimage, gets a credential with the on the way the budget accommodation in Manses and private quarters can be used (sleeping bags must be brought). The Pilgrim’s Guide: “The Ecumenical pilgrimage” is there for 12 euros at Ecumenical pilgrimage trail e. V., Bayerstrasse square 9 b, 99423 Weimar Tel. 03643/5028 97. More about the pilgrimage see oekumenischer-pilgerweg.de
Barefoot in the Niederrrhein
Walk barefoot through sand, gravel, peat and mulch – that sounds like childhood memories. After all, who runs today still barefoot? After all, you can try now officially again that the first barefoot hiking trail in Neuss on the Rhine. And since the kilometer play less a role-the course is only 400 meters long-as rather the sensory experience: on the path the feet performed namely about different “experience”fields of sand, stone, gravel, clay or pieces of bark. And by the way that benefit barefoot of also health: it strengthens the foot muscles and circulation for example. Then again, shoes and socks are recommended for hiking further along the river. Info: barefoot path in Neuss on the Erft our site or Niederrhein tourism, Willy-Brandt-ring 13, 41747 Viersen, Tel. (02162) 817903.
UTA Bangert photos: E.Bautzer, B.Neumann, Bayer tourism. Status: April 2006
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