Nature experiences

Hiking and Cycling in Romantic Germany

Experiencing nature in Rhineland-Palatinate is unique and diversifying: gorgeous stream landscapes, mysterious volcanoes and endless vineyards. Furthermore, nature conservation is considered vital in Rhineland-Palatinate. Large areas of two national and eight regional parks are under special protection and offer ideal living conditions for rare and special animal and plant species, which therefore have the possibility to develop firmly in a safe environment. Almost half of Rhineland-Palatinate is covered by wood. Especially valuable and worthy of protection is the native European beech.


Whether it's a pleasant, leisurely tour on climb-free trails or physically demanding scrambles up narrow, winding paths: Romantic Germany, the region around Rhine and Moselle, has all the right ingredients for a great walking holiday. On twelve outstanding long-distance trails and numerous short tours you can see castles, fortresses and palaces, sample famous wines and enjoy mouth-watering cuisine. Cycling is true joy in Romantic Germany: Long-distance bike tours lead along the rivers Rhine, Moselle, Ahr, Kyll, Lahn and Nahe through stunning landscapes to the most amazing cultural attractions, to castles and pretty wine villages.

Update on the situation in the Ahr valley

Although the Ahr valley is still affected by the consequences of the flood disaster in July 2021, many tourist offers are now available again. Here you can find out what is currently available in the region.

Top 20 premium circular walks to castles

 Hiking in Rhineland‑Palatinate

Hike through the cultural history of Rhineland-Palatinate and discover magical, mysterious and mighty castles on certified and circular hiking trails. It concerns seleceted and eventful day excursions, which meet the quality standards top graded hiking trails. Enjoy the landscape with all of its castles and cultural sights and be enchanted!

Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, Moselle

View of Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, Moselle

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New Year hikes & walks

Start the year with a short hike and recharge your batteries in the fresh air after the holidays - from walking trails to hiking tours, there is something for everyone here.

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Long-distance cycling trails through beautiful river valleys

Leisurely bike paths stretch out for miles along the riverbanks. The bike paths following the courses of rivers such as the Rhine or Moselle offer beautiful panoramas.

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7 swimming lakes & water adventures in Rhineland-Palatinate

Here you'll find natural swimming lakes in picturesque surroundings - perfect for a time out with the family. Escape from everyday life, experience nature adventures and pure relaxation by and in the…

Walks around the Eifel maars

Let us tell you about the wonderful walks around the ‘eyes of the Eifel’, the volcanic upland maars with their glistening blue waters.

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The loveliest long-distance hiking trail stages

Along with the unspoilt nature, our fantastic castles form an impressive backdrop to our 13 premium long-distance hiking trails, offering excellent quality walks along selected routes.

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Fantastic panoramas in Rhineland‑Palatinate

Enjoy spectacular views in our holiday regions: the rolling countryside of the low mountain ranges (Mittelgebirge), idyllic river valleys, thriving vineyards and more...

Idyllic picnic spots in Rhineland‑Palatinate

We reveal 20 idyllic picnic spots with breathtaking views that you can easily reach on foot or on your bike.

10 walking tours with convenient train connections

We reveal 10 walking tours that can be reached by train — in an eco-friendly and convenient manner, without having to use your car.

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Long-distance hiking trails

Discover selected long-distance hiking trails and three Top Trails of Germany: Eifelsteig, Saar-Hunsrück-Steig and Westerwald-Steig.

Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park

Old, extensive beech woods, steep rocky outcrops and rare slope bogs make the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park unique.

Eifel National Park

Discover nature, vast beech woods and wilderness in the Eifel National Park.