One cannot restrict Germany as just a land of history enthusiasts and art connoisseurs. It is also a hub of true adventure in the form of trekking, hiking and cycling. The country has so much to offer for adventure travellers. Starting from the Moselle trail that will make you fall in love with sightseeing combined with cycling, the Rheinsteig trail being one of the most exciting and challenging hiking trails you will ever experience, the walking tours through the beauty that Angermunde and Thuringia hold- there’s mystery, exploration and peace blended together. Here are four hiking trails that you should head for while in the country:
Moselle Cycle Trail
If cycling is one of your favourite activities, the Moselle Cycle Trail is a long-distance cycling trail which sprawls over 248 idyllic kilometres, starting from Perl and concluding at Koblenz. This trail passes through various wineries and popular vineyards. While on this cycling trail, you will also witness striking rock formations and Bernkastel-Kues, the magnificent and charming twin town split by River Mosel. Bernkastel-Kues is a metaphor of slow and simple living. Wine-making lies at the heart of this charming town. If you would like to fascinate your eyes to the view of castles and ancient sites, the city of Trier falls enroute the Moselle trail. Trier has Roman roots and is home to well-preserved structures like Roman baths, a stone bridge, Porta Nigra gate and many more. Moselle city’s rich and scenic landscape forms the perfect backdrop for ‘Le Chemin de la Moselle’ or the Moselle cycle trail.
Rheinsteig Hiking Trail
Running along the right bank of the Rhine, the Rheinsteig Hiking trail is a 320 km stretch of challenging terrain. An absolute thrill for adventure enthusiasts, the Rheinsteig trail passes through Bonn, Koblenz and Wiesbaden. With the silence of Siebengebirge forest, the rocky terrain of Middle Rhine Valley, scenic vineyards of Rheingau, you are in for a natural retreat. The hilltops sit over, overviewing the valley below, dotted with castles and palaces, with low mountain ranges of Eifel, Taunus, and Hunsruck in the background. Rheinsteig is also known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Romanticism’ owing to this varied and exciting terrain. This premium trail is packed with narrow cliff oaths, ropeways and a river bank, a well-rounded package to get your hiking adrenaline high.
Angermunde Walking Tour
A historic old town, Angermunde lies in the Uckermark district of Brandenburg, Germany. This old town has an intriguing charm to itself. You can enjoy strolling through Angermunde, witnessing the Franciscan monastery church, timbered houses and the famous town hall enroute. There are a lot of interesting pit stops in this town, like the Grumsin forest, which is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. There’s the St. Mary’s Church, where you can find some calm in the sound of the Wagner organ. You can also see the swamp turtles at NABU Nature Experience Centre. The town of Angermunde is a popular tourist spot, with several attractions. The historic marketplace in the old town hall is something not worth missing, if you are visiting Angermunde.
Walking Tour of Thuringia
Thuringia is abundant in beautiful places, be it small alleys, special corners of the state or the Wartburg castle. This small German state is also known as the ‘Free State of Thuringia’. Nestled in central Germany, it is a blend of mountainous regions and forested patches. A European sausage made up of lean cut beef and pork, seasoned and smoked tradition style- gets its name ‘Thuringer’ from this Free State. Bordered by Bavaria, Hesse and Lower Saxon Region, Thuringia offers a splendid walking tour. It is popular for hiking and is a hub of winter sports within Germany. A walk through the Free State is both calming and intriguing.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office, India.