Explore some of the best walking regions in Germany, from sacred lakes, enchanted black forests to the otherworldly peaks reaching for the sky and revel in a little slice of nature’s paradise in Germany. Walk in Bavaria, and it’s Alps with their classic alpine scenery and sweeping panoramas of the Allgäu Alps, discover the mystical Black Forest, fairy-tale castles of the romantic Rhine Valley, the Mosel Valley with its curiously steep vineyards or Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland with its rocky outcrops – to name but a few examples. Walkers really are spoiled for choice, with every region boasting its own unique characteristics and customs.
The Harz Mountains is an off the beaten track way to discover Germany as you come across the beautiful wilderness in unspoilt forests, deep valleys, wild rivers and blossoming mountain meadows. Encounter local history and the local regions culture as you follow in the footsteps of witches on our Harz Witches Trail, think picturesque, historic half-timbered towns, countless relics from the mining era, mysterious caves, old castles, spiritual places and nostalgic steam trains.
The Black Forest
Germany’s iconic Black Forest has been the inspiration for the famous Brothers Grimm fairytales and other German myths and legends. Located in the southwest in the state of Baden-Württemberg, it’s one of the most popular hiking and trekking locations. The area is packed with mountainous terrain, miles of breathtaking forest dotted in between charming little villages. Our Black Forest Gorge trip takes in the highlights of the region.
This little town located in the Bavarian Alps is a hiker’s dream. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. It is the perfect starting point for an alpine walking tour in the Bavarian Alps and the adventurous cross the Tyrolean Alps into Austria and Italy on our challenging Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Sterzing.
Mosel and Rhine Valley
Quieter, stunning regions to visit are the Mosel and Rhine Valley. The walking is less challenging as on either you wander from between the quaint villages and through local vineyards. You can follow the Rhine as it cuts deeply through the Rhenish slate mountains, meandering between hillside castles and steep fields of wine-producing grapes. You can choose an in Style experience on our Rhine in Style Walking trip. Our Mosel Valley tour will take you through forested hillsides alternate with craggy cliffs and near-vertical terraced vineyards.
Berchtesgaden National Park
This mountainous landscape in Bavaria is referred to as the Eagles Nest. It has a network of trails for both newbie and experienced trekkers. Hikes in this region ensure a day well spent in the mountain. The national park is known for its impressive wildlife—especially wonderful sightings include the golden eagle and red deer. A hike to the magnificent Königssee is also recommended, all of which you can explore on our Bavarian Alps: Hiking the Salt Trail.
Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland
Situated close to Dresden, the beauty of Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) is of mythical proportions. Ancient, fingerlike rock formations make it the perfect location for climbing and hiking. The huge national park is known for its sandstone formations and splendid valleys and waterfalls. Discover more on our Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland