Finding a Hiking Trail at Your Doorstep

"Wolbeck hike in Muensterland"

Day Hiking in Germany

 

Find a hiking trail at your doorstep – Wolbeck near Muenster

For years now, we have spent most of our summers in Germany, mainly in the northwestern city of Münster.

Germany is where we discovered hiking, and we used Münster as the base for many hiking trips around the country, but for some strange reason it had never occurred to us to explore the countryside right

Finding a Hiking Trail at Your Doorstep

A Tale of Two Piles on a Day Hike to a Moated Castle

"Haus Rueschhaus in Muensterland hiking trail"

Day hiking in Germany

 

Hiking between Two Moated Castles Is there a prettier sight than a moated castle, a stately home entirely surrounded by a body of water?

Probably not – but there are nevertheless good reasons why our forefathers did not build more of them. Moated castles were only ever constructed in areas that met three conditions.:

First, the land had to be flat. If you are a

A Tale of Two Piles on a Day Hike to a Moated Castle

Muenster Is My Kind Of Town

"Muenster Germany Prinzipalmarkt"

Muenster The world record holder of backwards running is from Muenster NRW. But that is not what makes it worth a detour if you are already visiting Duesseldorf, Cologne, Bonn or Aachen. (Perhaps you’re also on an easy hike in the nearby Hermannshoehen trail?) Muenster is a charming town that is not short on historical significance.

From the Prinzipalmarkt, while having a hearty German lunch, you can look up

Muenster Is My Kind Of Town

Moated Castles and Hiking Trails

"Moated castle Burg vischering in Muensterland Germany"

Moated Castles on a Hiking Trail We’ve “explored” some of the day hiking trails in and around Muenster. Here we showcase some of the highlights Muensterland has to offer on your next hiking holiday in Germany.

More than any other German towns, Muensterland, situated in North Rhine Westphalia, boasts quite a number of moated castles (Wasserburgen). It is a region that is rather flat geographically.

 

 

 

Moated Castles and Hiking Trails

Prettiest German Hiking Trail – The Saar Hunsrueck Steig

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Hiking in Germany

 

The Prettiest German Hiking Trail The Saar Hunsrueck Steig

Trail

The Saar-Hunsruecksteig in southwest Germany features 12 stages with a total length of 180 km. consists of two older and somewhat less high-profile trails (the “Saar-Steig” in the west and the “Hunsrück-Steig” in the east). Because of its Y-shape, however, you cannot hike the entire trail in a single stretch.

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Prettiest German Hiking Trail – The Saar Hunsrueck Steig

German Landscapes Seen Through A Train Window

German Landscapes Seen from a Train Window

Whenever practical, we choose to take the train to our holiday destinations. It’s the most relaxing way to travel and we get to sight-see the countryside of our destination.

In Germany, where train travel is reliable, you can be amazed at the changes in German landscapes from one German Land to another. Here are some examples of the German landscapes we’ve seen while speedily rolling by

German Landscapes Seen Through A Train Window

Historic Saarbruecken

Where to Go in Germany Saarbrücken is a little more than one hour by train to the south, provides a contrast to Trier in almost every way. Mainly in as much as it is largely new, fairly busy (as a centre of industry and administration) and, well, not particularly pretty.

There are some historic buildings, but the city was destroyed several times in her history, first by the Swedes in the Thirty-Year War

Historic Saarbruecken

Hiking Hub Trier

"Karl Marx house in Trier"

Hiking Hub Trier is not only one of the oldest German cities; it is also one of the historically most important. Today, it is an important hub for a number of longer hiking trails in the area: the Rheinsteig, the Eifelsteig, the Saarsteig are all less than an hour away by train. It is also a feeder trail of the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela aka the Way of St James or the Jakobsweg.

Hiking Hub Trier

The Saar Loop In Germany

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Hiking in Germany The Saar Loop Who says that everything in Germany is efficient?

 

The river Saar definitely is not, ambling slowly through the idyllic valleys of the “Rhenish massif” and managing to make a 10 km detour out of the short 2 km as the crow flies trip from Besseringen (seen on the left of the picture, behind the bend) to Mettlach, seen on the right.

 

The Saar Loop In Germany

The Malerweg Hiking Trail For Painters

Hiking in Germany Malerweg – The Hiking Trail for Painters Trail

The Malerweg, 8 stages of altogether 112 km in east Germany. This hiking trail for painters follows the Elbe eastwards (upstream) from Pirna to Schmilka (at the German-Czech border) where it crosses the river and leads you all the way back to Pirna on the left bank.

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Malerweg means Painters’ Route, and the trail, unsurprisingly, is strong on picturesque

The Malerweg Hiking Trail For Painters