The Bergisch Trail: Stage 1

The first stage of the Bergische Weg (Bergisch Trail) connects Baldeneysee in the south of the Ruhr district city of Essen with Velbert in the foothills of the Bergisches Land. The long-distance hiking trail allows you to explore the Ruhr metropolitan area’s green arteries and fascinating natural experiences like the Heisinger Bogen bird sanctuary by the large reservoir in the Ruhr district. 


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  • Length:  11,4km
  • Duration: approx. 3 hours 
  • Start point of the stage:Essen-Baldeney, Hiking car park Baldeney; access route: approx. 1,6 km from Essen-Stadtwald train station 
  • End point of the stage: Velbert-Langenhorst; access route: approx. 4,4 km to Velbert centre 
  • Arrival by car: A52 to exit Essen-Haarzopf, then L132 to Bredeney, L441 to Stadtwald; Car park: Hiking car park Baldeney ("Wirtshaus zur heimlichen Liebe")  
  • Arrival by public transport: DB Bahn: with S6 to Essen-Stadtwald; Bus: with bus 145 to bus stop "Drosselanger"  


Further information

  • Options for returning to the starting point: from bus stop "Christuskirche" with bus 770 to S Ratingen Hösel, then with S6 to Stadtwald; or from bus stop "Parkstraße" with bus 169 to S Essen Werden, then with S6 to Stadtwald (
  • Other access options: Essen-Kupferdreh train station (S9, Bus 141, 155, 177, 180), access route: 0,1 km 
  • Connection to other long-distance hiking trails: In Velbert, the Bergischer Weg joins the Neanderland STEIG. 
  • Tourist Information Office
    EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH Tourist Info
    Kettwiger Str. 2-10
    45127 Essen
    Telefon: +49 201 8872333
    E-Mail: touristinfo[a]
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