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      Hiking in Hessen

      Hiking in Hessen

      With over 5,200km of well-marked and maintained hiking trails for all levels and ages, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to explore Hessen on foot.

      Over 3000km of Hessen's trails have been certified as premium hiking routes by the German Hiking Association.

      Amongst the well-maintained network of short, multi-day and circular routes, you'll find themed trails such as art, nature and science routes. Whether you're following winding rivers or disused railway lines, making your way through dense forests, steep vineyards or lush meadows, or traversing low mountain ranges, hiking in Hessen you'll be frequently rewarded with stunning panoramic views, fascinating history and culture, and sightings of unique flora and fauna. In our nature parks and conservation areas, you can also arrange to hike in the company of a qualified ranger.

      There are plenty of welcoming restaurants, wineries and beer gardens to take a break at along the way, and with a huge array of accommodation options including over 235 campsites, you'll never be short of somewhere to stop for the night!

      Trail types in Germany broadly fall into three categories:

      Wege: wide, natural paths that connects two places and may also accommodate vehicles
      Pfade: paths specifically for hikers and cyclists (inaccessible to cars)
      Steige: narrow, unpaved trails that run through rough, hilly or mountainous terrain. No cars allowed.

      Hiking in Nordhessen

      A popular destination for hikers of all levels. With panoramic views of the region’s mountains and forests providing a …

      Hiking in the Lahn Valley

      Diverse and charming landscapes offering a variety of trails. From the forested paths of the Rothaar Mountains and rough …

      Hiking in the Rheingau

      Hike through the vineyards of the stunning Rheingau wine region. At 320m long, the Rhine Hiking Trail (Rheinsteig) is one of Germany’s best-known long-distance hiking trails. Beginning in Hessen’s …

      Hiking in the Westerwald

      A beautiful low mountainous region easily explored with well-marked hiking trails. A volcanic, wooded region full of unspoiled landscapes and interesting geological sights, the Westerwald is easily …

      Hiking in the Taunus

      Get out into the gorgeous green Taunus mountains - just half an hour from Frankfurt by train. With trails surrounded by forests, meadows and fields, the steep slopes and sunny valleys of the Taunus …

      Hiking in the Spessart

      Relaxing hiking routes with stop offs for culture, nature and spa towns along the way. The Spessart mountains are home to one of Germany’s largest contiguous areas of mixed forest as well as one of …