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The Bergische Wanderland (Bergisch Hiking Country)

Gently, rolling hills, meadows, forests and remote valleys with gushing streams, valley reservoirs and small villages with idyllic alleyways and timber-framed houses are typical of the Bergisches Land. A huge number of local and industrial history museums, castles, fortresses and churches bring the history and culture of the region to life. What could be more lovely than to explore this landscape on foot?

You can enjoy fantastic views, experience nature and discover so much while doing so. You are welcome to enjoy some refreshments at one of the cosy restaurants with typical Bergisch dishes, and gather your strength before tackling the next stage of the hike. 

Large sections of the hiking tours run through the Bergisches Land and Siebengebirge nature parks. The species-rich and diverse natural and cultural landscape characterise the picture.

Explore the Bergische Wanderland (Bergisch Hiking Country)! Further up-to-date information on trails and hosts can be found here. We would be happy to send you our brochures, give you individual advice or book accommodation for you.

The Two Long-Distance Hiking Trails

In the "Bergische Wanderland” (Bergisch Hiking Country), the "Bergische Weg" (Bergisch Trail) and the "Bergische Panoramasteig" (Bergisch Panorama Trail) offer two quality long-distance hiking trails through the region’s varied and open cultural landscape. As a loop trail, the Bergische Panoramasteig (Bergisch Panorama Trail) offers numerous impressive views of the "Bergische Wanderland” (Bergisch Hiking Country) along approx. 244 kilometres. The Bergische Weg (Bergisch Trail) runs for approx. 260 kilometres from Essen through the Bergisches Land to Königswinter. Connecting routes create an entire network of quality long-distance trails throughout North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Bergische Streifzüge (Bergisch Scout Trails)

There are a great many new themed trails - the "Bergische Streifzüge” (Bergisch Scout Trails) - that bring historical or natural science as well as technical or literary themes to life on day tours of varying lengths. For example, the Tuchmacherweg (Clothmaker’s Trail), the Overath Pilgerweg (Overath Pilgrim’s Trail) or the Bierweg (Beer Trail) offer very different hiking experiences. The Streifzüge (Scout Trails) were opened between May 2012 and September 2013.

way-marker Bergbauweg
way-marker Baumweg

Map Bergisches Wanderland (

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