1.1 Hiking trail network (networking to the inside)
All important starting points and destinations within the region are connected to the network of hiking trails. The hiking trail network is connected and contains all marked hiking trails.
1.2 Hiking trail network (outward networking)
All important destinations outside the region – up to a distance of 5 kilometres – are connected to the network of hiking trails.
1.3 Hiking trail network: coverage of the region
The hiking trail network covers at least 75% of the entire hiking region.
1.4 Hiking trail network: Hiking-friendly trail format
The net route network fulfils the following limit values for the route format:
– Composite pavement: max. 30 % of the road network
– On a busy road: max. 5 % of the road network
– max. 300 metres in one piece (only outside built-up areas)
– Next to a busy road: max. 10 % of the road network
– max. 3,000 meters in one piece
1.5 Uniform route and signage concept
The entire network of hiking trails is signposted according to a uniform and consistent system of paths, markings and signposts.
1.6 Networking with signposts
The hiking trail network is signposted at the most important junctions of marked hiking trails by signposts with at least one clear indication of direction (destinations + distance) per hiking direction. Which nodes are signposted with signposts is set out in a well-formulated concept. In total, at least 50% of the nodes are signposted.
1.7 Hiking-friendly marking
All routes of the hiking trail network are marked according to the rules for quality hiking trails.
1.8 Starting points Quality region: coverage Region
From the Quality Region starting points, all destinations in the region can be reached within a maximum distance of 6 kilometres.
1.9 Starting points Quality region: Equipment
All starting points quality region for hiking trails are equipped with sufficient information for hikers.
The Quality Region starting points are indicated by a clear sign on the through roads or at railway stations/bus stops.
1.10. Starting Points Quality Region: Connection to Gastronomy
For at least 80% of the starting points in the quality region, an inn can be reached within a hike on the network of paths of 6 kilometres or at intervals of one kilometre (with a sign).
1.11. Starting points hiking trails: equipment
Further starting points for hikers are connected to the network of hiking trails and equipped with signposts.
1.12. Quality tours
There are sufficient quality tours in the region (half-day round tours with a minimum length of 5 kilometres) that meet the region’s own quality criteria:
– Natural subsoil: at least 35 %.
– poorly accessible substrate: max. 5 %
– Composite pavement (asphalt, tar pavement, composite stones): max. 20%.
– on a busy road max. 300 meters in one piece
– on average at least 1 landscape change per 2 km (or attractive natural landscape of at least 2 km)
replaces 1 bill of exchange)
– on average at least 1 natural or cultural attraction per 2km
– on average at least 1 cross-linking node per 2 km
– Quality tours begin at a starting point quality region.
1.13. Predicate hiking trail
In the hiking region there is at least 1 Prädikatswanderweg, which is longer than 20 kilometres.