Hiking from A-Z
The term hiking is used today in an extraordinarily diverse way. From a tourism point of view, the term is often described as a leisure activity and sometimes combined with others: Water hiking, horseback walking, cycling are just a few examples, but they all have one thing in common: covering a greater distance at an appropriate speed. Since 2002, the distinction between hiking and walking has been defined by the German Tourism Association and the German Hiking association, according to which hiking is understood to be the locomotion on foot. The difference between hiking and walking lies in the different distances and time scales. Sports physicians associate hiking with a certain – sporting – minimum speed: Hiking then begins with a walk at a minimum speed of 5 – 6 km per hour.