Explore some of Germany's best walking regions, with each boasting its own unique characteristics and customs. From sacred lakes, enchanting forests to the otherworldly peaks reaching for the sky, you are spoilt for choice. Walk in Bavaria, the gateway to the Alps in the south with its panoramic views of the mountains, uncover the mystical Black Forest, discover the Moselle and the Rhine river valleys, which offer relaxed walking (and plenty of hidden vineyards calling out to be discovered) or head off the beaten track to explore the lesser-known areas, such as Saxon Switzerland. In Germany, you will find something for everyone.
The Black Forest
Germany’s iconic Black Forest has been the inspiration for the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales and other German myths and legends. Located in the southwest, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, it is one of the most popular hiking locations. The area is packed with mountainous terrain, miles of breathtaking forest and dotted in between are 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. For the more adventurous, cross the Tyrolean Alps into Austria and Italy on our challenging Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Sterzing.
Mosel and Rhine Valley
Quieter and stunning regions are the Mosel and Rhine Valley. The walking is less challenging than some of our other German trips as on either; you wander between quaint villages and 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. Choose an in Style experience and embark on our Rhine in Style trip, or discover our Mosel Valley tour, which will take you through forested hillsides, along craggy cliffs and through 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 newbies and experienced trekkers. Hikes in this region ensure a day well spent in the mountains. 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.
The Harz Mountains is an off the beaten track way to discover Germany as you come across the beautiful wilderness of unspoilt forests, deep valleys, wild rivers and blossoming mountain meadows. Encounter local history and 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.
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 about our Saxon and Bohemian Switzerland trip.