HIKING TRAILS GERMANY, Hermannsweg (Teutoburgerwald)

Five sections of the Hermanns-way, Teutoburgerwald, Germany, a ridge walk

Getting there: with the (international) train Amsterdam-Schiphol airport - Berlin Hbf to Rheine (Germany). About 3 hrs. from Amsterdam Schiphol. See for the timetable: reisplanner NS. Or from Berlin Hbf: about 4 hrs. See for the timetable: Reiseauskunft DB.

The trail starts at the train station Rheine and leads you through the old town of Rheine. The trail is named after Arminius, a Germanic warrior - Hermann the German - who  defeated some Roman legions in 09 AD. The trail is known as one of the most beautiful hill walks in Germany.
Map: Hermannsweg, pub.: Leporello, scale 1:25.000.
Accommodation: “Zimmer frei”( B&B), hotels, private pensions, whatever you want. A lot of choice on trail.

Height: this ridge walk is never higher than 300 m. (the sections we walked). The trail is well marked: a white “H “ in black .

October 2013: five sections of the Hermanns-way, Teutoburgerwald, Germany, a ridge walk, with a total length of 156 km.

Day 1: Rheine - Hörstel……………………………………………….….....28 km
            A rather flat stage, nice walk, on the way to the hills.
Day 2: Hörstel - Tecklenburg……………………………………………......20 km
            The ridge walk starts here
Day 3: Tecklenburg - Bad Iburg (centre of the city).....……………………..23 km
Day 4: Bad Iburg - Borgholzhausen………………………………….….......23 km
Day 5: Borgholzhausen - Bielefeld...……………………………………......26 km
            From Bielefeld you can take the train(s) to Rheine (Amsterdam) or Berlin.

dorenther klippen   tecklenburg   day 4 hermannsweg

Dorenther Klippen                                               Near Tecklenburg                                               Day 4

On trail: a very nice walk along - most of the time - the ridges of the Teutoburg forest. The trail is dotted with dramatic natural, cultural and historical features. The Dörenthe cliffs – a sandstone formation stretching for four kilometers (day 2), Bevergern on day 1, or the medieval town of Tecklenburg (day 2-3). The castle of Bad Iburg (day 3) ; disused quarries, nowadays given back to nature, and beautyful forests.
The protected area of Freeden (day 4) or the Ravensburger Castle day5. The dense forests you walk through sometimes hinder the views…….but there are still plenty to enjoy.
An easy walk, with some steep climbs. Sometimes asphalt.

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