Quality hiking trails

The quality trails “Wanderbares Deutschland” are hiking trail s awarded by the German Hiking Association, for which there are Germany-wide standards. These standards are the foundation stone for an impressive hiking experience. Hikers want varied and panoramic hiking trails in natural surroundings, reliable markings, and a good view of the surrounding countryside.

as well as a good infrastructure at the hiking trail. The German Hiking Association has developed quality criteria for hiking trails in order to meet the wishes of hikers. These criteria make the attractiveness of a hiking trail measurable. You can find further information on the “Quality Trail” label here.

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The Hermannshöhen are two seamlessly merging hiking trails (Hermannsweg and Eggeweg), which offer a network of a total of 226 km of pure hiking pleasure.

The two ridge trails, the Eggeweg and the Hermannsweg, are routes rich in tradition on which the ancient Germanic tribes walked. Connected by the Hermannshöhen are three popular holiday regions: the Sauerland in the south, the Münsterland in the north and the Teutoburger Wald in the middle.

Discover how beautiful the world can be between stress-free nature parks and urban jewels. Enjoy wonderful views of a vast landscape, explore impressive rock formations and experience places steeped in history.

Hermannsweg – cultural trail for explorers

The 156 km long Hermannsweg is considered one of the most beautiful high-altitude trails in Germany. It runs over the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest through the two nature parks “TERRA.vita” and “Teutoburger Wald | Eggegebirge”. Its name derives from Hermann the Cheruscan, who defeated the Roman commander Varus in 9 AD and defeated three Roman legions.

Eggeweg – hiking trail for nature lovers

From north to south the Eggeweg crosses the Eggegebirge and always leads over the ridge of the mountains. Over a length of 70 km, this trail, the first “quality trail Wanderbares Deutschland”, connects the Teutoburger Forest in the north with the Sauerland in the south.

High above the Hermannshöhen
In addition to the beauties of the nature park, the ridge hiking trails of the Teutoburger Wald and Eggegebirge are characterised by important sights and diverse traces of history and culture.

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High above the Hermannshöhen
In addition to the beauties of the nature park, the ridge hiking trails of the Teutoburger Wald and Eggegebirge are characterised by important sights and diverse traces of history and culture.

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3 days – short and good
Hike a section of the Hermannshöhen and enjoy nature in abundance, idyllic valleys and lively streams.

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The Hansaweg, which was created as early as 1930, is a 75 km long hiking trail through the northern Lippe mountains landscape, which is maintained by the Teutoburger-Wald-Verein. It connects the Hanseatic cities of Herford, Lemgo and Hameln – already member cities of the Hanseatic League in the Middle Ages and still today active cities in the Westphalian and international Hanseatic network.

The Hansaweg begins at Herford railway station and leads first along the Werre River, before it climbs to the Bismarck Tower with its panoramic views. Passing the Bad Salzufler Kurpark the viewpoint Hühnerwiem is reached. The Hansaweg is a high-altitude trail that constantly offers new views. In Lemgo, a detour to the old town is recommended.

In Dörentrup the highest point of the hike is reached at 395m on the Steinberg. A 360° panoramic view of the region opens up here on a clear day. Friends of culture will later make a small detour to Sternberg Castle. Another highlight awaits the hiker above Bösingfeld.

The Hohe Asch lookout tower is located directly on the Hansaweg, on whose platform three panorama boards provide information about the destinations on the horizon. Varied, sometimes through the open Feldmark, sometimes through wooded areas, the Hansa Trail continues in the direction of the Weser.

After more than 75 kilometres of hiking, the end of the Hansa Trail is reached at the Klütturm. Well-marked trails lead from here to the pied piper town of Hameln.

Hiking on the Hansaweg
The hike on the Hansaweg is varied and takes you through open Feldmark, forest areas and over hills further and further towards the Weser.

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On the 17 km long ClimateExperienceRoute Velmerstot you will learn a lot about the effects of weather, climate and air quality on your body. In addition, we give you a few suggestions for physical self-awareness. Another focus is climate change with its consequences for nature, land use and people. We will show you developments in the landscape that will show you how we are already reacting to climate change.

Along the ClimateExperienceRoutes the fascinating interactions of climate, nature and human health are made visible and experienced. Here you will learn, among other things, how the climate conditions of historical times are still reflected in the landscape today and how today’s climate conditions influence not only the flora and fauna but also mankind. In addition, you can expect an outlook on how the landscape of the nature park will probably change with the current climate change.

Lying limestones or oak trunks, which are provided with a sequential numbering, point to climate phenomena at the wayside. In the accompanying hiking guide there are then detailed descriptions and explanations to these experience points. A total of 18 of these marked points are along the route around Velmerstot. The core theme is climate change and its influence on the landscape and people.

Certified as a quality trail “Wanderbares Deutschland”, the Velmerstot route leads up to the highest elevation in the Eggegebirge, the Velmerstot. Descent through the Silberbachtal valley

The Velmerstot route, which has been certified as a quality route since September 2017, begins in the village of Leopoldstal. From there it goes up to the highest elevation in the Eggegebirge, the Velmerstot. A twin summit with a sandstone obelisk and the Eggeturm. From this 17 metre high wooden construction you can enjoy a panoramic view over the Hermann’s land to the Brocken and the Soester Börde.

The Lippische Velmerstot (approx. 441 m) lies, as the name already says, in the Lipperland and the Prussian Velmerstot (approx. 464 m) in the former country Prussia.

Velmerstot means by the way the steep slope of Feldrom (Stot = steep slope).

Today the borders of the districts Lippe, Paderborn and Höxter meet here. The way down leads to the Silberbach. Its Kerbtal valley, impressively shaped by nature, is one of the most popular hiking areas in the nature park.

Let yourself be enchanted and guided by the quietly rippling Silberbach.

The Leistrup Wald is one of the most species-rich forests in Lippe. Deciduous trees such as beech, alder and oak belong to the dense tree population. The substrate consists of sandstone and clay.

Due to the water-storing properties of the clay layer, there are countless ponds, springs and streams here. History can also be felt here. For example, the Leistrup Wald Route passes a 3,500-year-old stone hill grave with a diameter of about eight metres.

The so-called sacrificial stones, assigned to a ritual background, can also be found along the way. However, the real highlight of the circular trail is the forest adventure trail, which was built in 2015.

Eleven stations on a wide variety of themes invite young and old to try out and discover. Here there is a lot of news about the forest and its inhabitants.

but also sensory and perception tasks have to be mastered. At some stations you have to test your skills or compete with forest dwellers – fun for the whole family.

Deceleration and at the same time action in the wonderful nature are not mutually exclusive on this hike!

Oerlinghausen is richly blessed with archaeological sites. Equipped with an archaeological backpack, you will embark on a tour that is easy for any family to master and on which children will be kept in good spirits through stimulating hands-on activities. Together with your horde, you can borrow a rucksack for a deposit at the Archaeological Open Air Museum, which contains little surprises for in between. Materials for building a stone time knife, a game of dice made from sheep’s foot bones or utensils for grinding grain. Recommended minimum age: 6 years.

If you want to look into the distance, you have to hike the Tönsbergrundweg in Oerlinghausen. The circular trail is one of the oldest hiking trails on the Tönsberg in Oerlinghausen.

The circular trail is easy to walk on and offers wonderful views in all directions. With a refreshing break at the water treading pool you can be back at the starting point after about 2 1/2 hours. The trail leads past the old vicarage. Here are two wonderful natural monuments, the parish bark and an old ash tree. An old village fountain with sandstone border reminds of the time without central water supply in Oerlinghausen. In the course of the hike there is always a wonderful view in south direction to the Paderborn and Sauerland regions. You hike through the beautiful mixed forest past the water treading pool, where the Sachsenquelle springs on the southern slope of the Tönsberg. The spring is part of the ground monument “Wallburg Tönsberg”. In the further course you reach below the Hünenkapelle a vantage point with spectacular panoramic views. Also the further course to the north offers again and again wonderful views and insights!

The Wilddiebsroute follows in the footsteps of the Silix poachers and wood thieves, who 100 years ago did not meet their meat and wood requirements quite legally with poaching and wood theft in the surrounding forests. Silixen was considered the stronghold of these activities. On more than 20 information boards the interested hiker learns a lot about the local history: Where, for example, the names of the fields come from or where the Silixers scooped their drinking water. The trail also leads past the “King Pine”, the most magnificent specimen of its kind in Lippe forests, trenches from the Second World War and centuries-old boundary stones. So there is much to discover. Wonderful views complete the route. A detour (300 m) to the family square, which offers very special views of the Kalletal, is highly recommended.
The Wilddiebsroute offers two routes. The small tour is eight kilometres long, the big one twelve kilometres long. The start is at the farm in the centre of the village at the crossroads. From there the Wilddiebsroute leads over the Nüllerholzstraße and the Bülter Weg through the village up into the Silixer Hagen and over the ridge trail into the Möllenbecker forest and at the end through fields and meadows back to the starting point. Rest stops are available at Potsdamer Platz or at the hiker’s shelter in the two-country corner.

Please be sure to walk in the direction of the arrow and pay close attention to the small signposts, as the path is only marked in one direction and sparingly. It is essential that you carry the map with you.

An impressive natural and cultural monument are the Externsteine, a group of rocks made of Osningsandstein. This was formed in the Lower Cretaceous as a sedimentary layer of a sea. About 80 million years ago, the layer was vertically unfolded due to shifts in the earth’s crust. The softer rocks were washed out by water and wind and only the hard sandstone remained, which today rises with its distinctive curves.

In the area of the Bärenstein, the trail leads over its heights with the impressive light mixed forests paired with blueberry and broom heath areas, various benches invite you to take breaks to enjoy the beauty and special features of flora and fauna. Gnarled oaks of the Hudewald are still contemporary witnesses, even in the 20th century the domestic cattle of the population of Holzhausen were still kept here. Along a source river of the Wimbecke you can dive into a complete silence and can only listen to the singing of the birds.

The Kickenhagen is a twin brother of Bärenstein, the Kinickenhagen is characterized by a mountain heath landscape, also here the cattle of the neighbouring communities was guarded. Today the sheep and goats of the Biologische Station Lippe keep the heathland free. In the protection of the forest there are even more rocks of the Externsteine.

The path descends to the Externsteine and looks at them from a different but beautiful angle. The nature reserve of the Schiepstein borders on the Upper Pond on the Externsteine and the Untern Teich near the car park. These are connected by the biotobic course of the Wiembecke, at both ponds various water birds find their home, also the grey heron visits the ponds.

The “Pivitker Wasserweg” was awarded on 16 August 2018, in the context of the 118th German Hiking Day, by the German Hiking Association as a quality hiking trail “nature pleasure” and promises variety and pure nature!

The Pivitker Wasserweg has the shape of an 8 and a length of approx. 5.2 km. The circular route runs along the Hasselbach for long stretches and connects the three reservoirs Donoper Teich, Hasselbachstausee and Krebsteich and also passes the Blauer See.

Before you follow the Panoramaweg it is worth making a detour to the Hiddeser Bent! Just follow the destination sign “Hiddeser Bent”.

The “Hiddeser Bent” raised bog is the last surviving hillside bog in the Teutoburg Wald. The formation of the raised bog began as early as 7000 BC and still provides a habitat for many highly specialised and highly endangered plants and animals. Due to ascending rain and cold air, the climate is cool and humid, which enables the settlement of peat mosses.

The “Pivitker Wasserweg” was awarded on 16 August 2018, in the context of the 118th German Hiking Day, by the German Hiking Association as a quality hiking trail “nature pleasure” and promises variety and pure nature!

The Pivitker Wasserweg has the shape of an 8 and a length of approx. 5.2 km. The circular route runs along the Hasselbach for long stretches and connects the three reservoirs Donoper Teich, Hasselbachstausee and Krebsteich and also passes the Blauer See.

Before you follow the Panoramaweg it is worth making a detour to the Hiddeser Bent! Just follow the destination sign “Hiddeser Bent”.

The “Hiddeser Bent” raised bog is the last surviving hillside bog in the Teutoburg Wald. The formation of the raised bog began as early as 7000 BC and still provides a habitat for many highly specialised and highly endangered plants and animals. Due to ascending rain and cold air, the climate is cool and humid, which enables the settlement of peat mosses.
From pond to pond
Forester ponds-Staffpark

On a clockwise hike along the trail marked with a tree and an F on a yellow background, we soon reach an idyllic floodplain forest, some of which we cross on wooden footbridges:

the wooden footbridges can be very smooth in wet weather.

After the wild boar enclosure we reach the forest ponds, from whose banks we can observe water birds. The rest of the way offers us plenty of shady forest and we soon reach another game reserve, where we can see roe deer with a little luck.

In the further course we pass the restaurant on the Landwehrweg and can enjoy several beautiful views of Lemgo. The trail follows the medieval country defence, which was built around Lemgo until the Thirty Years’ War and protected the Lemgo Mark from predatory gangs. We soon turn right and head downhill through the forest towards the town.

Now we reach then to the end of the round our parking lot at the Heitkämpen again.