The neanderland has beautiful hiking trails to suit every taste. Walk along interesting theme trails in the diversified landscape between the Niederbergisches Land and the Rhine: immerse yourself in the region’s rich history, stroll along art trails designed by international artists or simply explore the natural forests, fields and valleys between the big cities on Rhine and Ruhr! The neanderland STEIG allows hikers to discover the neanderland in individual legs. Look forward to interesting views and unexpected sights, get inspired by art on the way and the charms of nature in the middle of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Hiking on the neanderland STEIG, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Hiking on the neanderland STEIG, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Unterwegs auf dem neanderland STEIG, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Hiking on the neanderland STEIG, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin

neanderland STEIG & Entdeckerschleifen

The neanderland STEIG (in total about 240 kilometers) combines the natural beauty and attractions of the neanderlandand ranges amongst Germany’s important cultural tourism trails. The neanderland STEIG affords spectacular views and insights into the idyllic landscape of the Niederbergisches Land, a green lung in the midst of the Rhine-Ruhr agglomerations.

A total of 17 individual legs lead along bathing lakes, through moors, heather landscapes, extensive woods and local recreation areas and provide a close to nature opportunity to rediscover the district of Mettmann as a region for hiking and holidaying. Last but not least, the neanderland STEIG is also worth a visit for its cultural attractions. Along its way are museums, churches, historic and modern buildings, picturesque market places and much more.

Along the neanderland STEIG, the neanderland STEIG Entdeckerschleifen (discovery loops) are currently being established. The circular routes enrich the hiking offer in the region. The majority of the total of 26 discovery loops has already been opened. Detailed information can be found here (German only) as well as in the neanderland STEIG app.

The multi-lingual hiking app available providing useful information and features free of charge.

The official hiking guide of the neanderland STEIG (Publishing company: Droste, German only) provides details about the individual legs. Moreover, informational brochures available free of charge and the below mentioned website offer an insight into the hiking trail.

Please note: Please check www.neanderlandsteig.de for up-to-date information regarding track closures and deviations on the neanderland STEIG.


neanderland / Kreis Mettmann
Düsseldorfer Str. 26| 40822 Mettmann
Tel. 02104-991199 | Fax 02104-995049

Marketing info(at)neanderlandsteig.de 
Hiking Trail Management wegezustand(at)neanderlandsteig.de

Am Bergischen Weg, © Das Bergische gGmbH
Der Bergische Weg © Das Bergische gGmbH

Bergischer Weg

Bergischer Weg WegemarkierungThe Bergische Weg takes the hiker on the trails of a more than 100 year old track, consisting of 260 km length in 13 stages. The track leads from the Ruhr district through the neanderland and the Rheinisch-Bergisch district to the Siebengebirge hills in the south. 

Along the road one can encounter an abundance of attractive scenery and cultural-historic sights: idyllic landscapes, historical villages, local museums, castles and churches.

The first three stages of the hike lead through the neanderland, largely parallel to the neanderland STEIG. Climb your first hills around Velbert, and visit Baroque style Castle Hardenberg and the Mariendom, Europes most modern sacral building. In Wülfrath you can explore the Time tunnel, an exhibition at a quite unusual place. The hike continues along chalk-pits and rolling hills next to the river Düssel before it leaves the neanderland towards Solingen.


Das Bergische gGmbH
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 75 | 51429 Bergisch Gladbach
Telefon: 02204-843000 | www.bergisches-wanderland.de

Ernenkotten © Stadt Haan

Wanderroute entlang der Haaner Mühlen und Kotten


An der Itter war vor einigen Jahrhunderten ein großer Industriezweig angesiedelt, der die Wasserkraft des Flusses als Energiequelle nutzte. Einige Jahrhunderte wurden Klingen u.a. für Schwerter, Messer und Scheren mit der Wasserkraft produziert und Getreide gemahlen. Die Itter trieb dabei die Wasserräder der Schleiferkotten oder die Mühlräder der Mühlen an. Diese Betriebe waren nicht nur auf Haaner Gebiet entlang der Itter angesiedelt, sondern auch an anderen Flüssen im Bergischen Land. Auf Haaner Stadtgebiet gab es insgesamt vier Kotten und drei Mühlen, die entlang der Itter lagen. Zudem gab es weitere Mühlen und Kotten, die ihren Standort an anderen Bachläufen auf Haaner Stadtgebiet gewählt hatten. Als die Elektrizität später die Wasserkraft ersetzte, waren die Betriebe nicht mehr auf einen Standort direkt an einem Flusslauf angewiesen und verlagerten sich. Heute gibt es in Haan an der Itter und den anderen Bächen keine Kotten und Mühlen mehr, die in ihrer eigentlichen Funktion genutzt werden. Auch die Gebäude sind nicht mehr alle erhalten. Die ehemaligen Betriebsstätten die noch erhalten geblieben sind, stehen teilweise unter Denkmalschutz und befinden sich in privatem Besitz. Sie werden u.a. als Wohnhaus genutzt oder werden als Restaurants betrieben. Diese Wanderroute führt Sie an den noch bestehenden Gebäuden der ehemaligen Mühlen und Kotten entlang. Die heutige herrliche Umgebung lässt dabei kaum noch erahnen, dass die Flussläufe zu früheren Zeiten industriell genutzt wurden.

Weitere Informationen zu der industriellen Nutzung der Itter, den Haaner Mühlen und Kotten erhalten Sie hier auf der Website der Stadt Haan: Haan entdecken/Gartenstadt Haan



Parkmöglichkeiten auf dem Wanderparkplatz an der Ittertalerstraße | 42719 Solingen | Stadt Haan | Tel. 02129 – 911241

Historische Wasserburg Haus zum Haus
Historische Wasserburg Haus zum Haus, © Stadt Ratingen/Fedder

Circular Hiking Trails in Ratingen

Surrounded by forests and meadowlands, Ratingen is an ideal place for hiking. Ten different circular hiking trails make for a memorable excursion into nature. Whether you are interested in a one day hike or a rather short tour – you will certainly find a hiking trail that suits your taste.

Ratingen is located in the transitional part of the Niederbergische Hill Land and the Lower Rhine Flats. The landscape is subdivided by the streams Schwarzbach, Anger and Dickelsbach. The valley territory serves as a refugium for endangered species, be they animals or plants. The area is characterized by arable land, grassland and ample deciduous woodland and coniferous forests.

For more information view the ten circular hiking trails in Ratingen.


Stadt Ratingen | Lintorfer Str. 38 | 40878 Ratingen | Tel. 02102-550-6731

Spaziergang mit der Familie im Herbst, © Stadt Velbert
© Stadt Velbert

Circular Hiking Trails in Velbert

With its location at the northern foothills of the Bergisches Land, Velbert is an attractive destination for lovers of nature, who are invited to explore the environment on several circular hiking trails. 1700 hectares of forests and 240 km of hiking trails, small streams, meadows and green rolling hills make Velbert a dorado for hikers. Whether you would like to walk from the Rhineland to Westphalia, follow the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims, or visit the organic farms in the Windrath valley – surely, there is a trail for you in and around Velbert!

Here you can find further hinking trails in and around Velbert.

In the shop of Velbert Marketing GmbH you can buy the hiking guide of the Scala publishing house with various delightful circular walks through Velbert's greenbelt for only 5 €.


Velbert Marketing GmbH - Tourist-Info | Oststraße 20 | 42551 Velbert  | Tel. 02051-60550 stadtmarketing.velbert.de



Guided hiking tours in neanderland

Experience your hike on the neanderland STEIG and the surrounding area even more intensively. Local guides will take you on a tour through the Neandertal or the romantic Rhine meadows. Bookable offers can be found on our website (German only).

neanderland STEIG bei Velbert in der Bergischen Schweiz
© Kreis Mettmann/Friedhelm Reusch

Hiking in the Bergische and Elfringhauser Schweiz Velbert-Langenberg and Velbert-Neviges

To the northeast of Velbert begins the local recreation area of the Bergische and Elfringhauser Schweiz that extends all the way to the Bergisches Land. Numerous well-marked hiking trails make it easy to explore the landscape. The Bismarck tower on the Hordtberg in Velbert provides a splendid panorama view of the region.  


Parking spaces at Hordtstraße and others | 42555 Velbert
VMG-Velbert Marketing GmbH | Friedrichstr. 177 | 42551 Velbert
Tel. 02051-60550 | www.velbert-tourismus.de

Über dem Düsseltal, © Kreis Mettmann/F. Reusch
Above the Düssel valley, © Kreis Mettmann/F. Reusch

Hiking through the Neandertal along the Düssel

Along the Düssel between Erkrath and Wülfrath-Düssel, past the Neanderthal Museum, through the protected landscape of the Neandertal, you will encounter impressive traces of evolutionary history and modern age. The leisure map published by the district of Mettmann in cooperation with the Neanderthal Museum and Scala publishing company, ‘Freizeitkarte Neandertal’, can be bought for € 2,95 at the museum shop, from Mettmann district authority and book shops.



Schlupkothen in Wülfrath
© Dominik Ketz/Kreis Mettmann

Circular hiking trail around Schlupkothen Quarry, Wülfrath

The Schlupkothen quarry is a 31 hectare wide preserved area surrounded by a 45-60 minutes long loop trail. After the closedown of the limestone quarry about 50 years ago nature has recaptured the fallow area. With its turquoise waters and planted cliffs the former stone pit offers an impressive setting and a unique natural habitat for endangered species.

A nature trail on the loop track provides insight into the nature and industrial history of the quarry. The path is barrier-free up to the lookout point ‘Steinstieg’, however the loop can only be completed by overcoming some stairs at the turning point.


Stadt Wülfrath | Amt für Kultur | Hammerstein 5 | 42489 Wülfrath
Tel. 02058-894644 | www.wuelfrath.net

Hildener Heide, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Hildener Heide, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin

Hildener Heide

The natural woods and heath lands to the east of Hilden are an attractive destination for those looking for recreation and sporting activities. Enjoy nature on numerous marked hiking and jogging trails.

The heath lands in Hilden evolved 300 years ago when thick woodland has been cleared and shepherds let their sheep graze in this area. Nowadays heath lands with its flora and fauna are quite scarce and therefore the heath lands in Hilden are a relic from former times. These days the area is used by shepherds with around 300 ewes and their lambs plus some goats. Moreover, birds, reptiles and dragon flies can be spotted.


Parking spaces on Elberfelder Straße and others (near Kesselsweier)
40724 Hilden

Rad- und Wanderführer Bergische Heideterrasse zum Download 

Hiking in neanderland © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Hiking in neanderland © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin

Stinderbach valley, Mettmann und Erkrath

Running through the scenic woods between Mettmann and Erkrath, the Stinderbach and the valley named after it offer idyllic hiking and walking trails for the young and the old. Along the creek there is a lot to explore for nature lovers as well as small adventurerers: historic timber-framed houses, meadow orchards, grazing Galloway cattle and deer. The valley is also an attractive destination for geocachers.


Hiking parking lot at Stindermühle | Stindertalweg 50 | 40699 Erkrath

Dückeburg in Langenfeld, © Stadt Langenfeld
Dückeburg near Langenfeld, © Stadt Langenfeld

Post horn hiking trail, Langenfeld

The Posthornwanderweg (hiking trail) was started in the 1960s and leads hikers, cyclists and people interested in local history along the tracks of past times around Langenfeld.



Mixed orchards in the Urdenbacher Kämpe, © Kreis Mettmann/Y. Hutchins
Mixed orchards in the Urdenbacher Kämpe, © Kreis Mettmann/Y. Hutchins

Wetlands of the Urdenbacher Kämpe at the Rhine

In the Urdenbacher Kämpe, you can experience the Rhine without artificial embankment that tames the river along most parts of its course. The wide and unspoilt meadow landscape around the former Roman fort of Haus Bürgel offers a habitat for a number of rare animals and plants that are fascinating to explore. Seven nature trails and an "inspired by nature"-trail lead visitors through the wetlands along traditional mixed meadow orchards and willows, atmospheric woods, and idyllic backwaters of the Rhine. Numerous benches invite visitors to relax and enjoy the view for a moment. In addition, certified guides offer guided walks that allow participants to explore nature and learn about the history and ecology of this nature reserve.

Please note that all trails are flooded regularly and are likely to be muddy, so sturdy shoes are strongly recommended.


Biologische Station Haus Bürgel | Urdenbacher Weg | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 0211- 9961212 | www.auenblicke.de  

Glasstele am Stadtgeschichtshaus zum Stadtrundgang „Sprechende Stadt“ Mettmann, © Ingo Grenzstein
Glasstele am Stadtgeschichtshaus zum Stadtrundgang „Sprechende Stadt“ Mettmann, © Ingo Grenzstein

Stadtrundgang „Sprechende Stadt“ Mettmann

Der Stadtrundgang „Sprechende Stadt“ Mettmann erzählt auf unterhaltsame Weise Geschichten aus Mettmann, die sich so oder so ähnlich an den sechs Stationen zugetragen haben könnten. Der Rundgang beginnt und endet am Königshof-Platz. Die gut sichtbar platzierten Glasstelen erzählen Geschichten der über 1100-jährigen Stadt Mettmann vor dem Hintergrund der Kontur des Neandertalers, des berühmtesten „Vorfahren“ der Stadt und der Region.


www.sprechende-stadt.info | 40822 Mettmann 



Kunstwerk am Skulpturenweg an der Düssel, © Ralf Buchholz-NEANDERARTgroup
Kunstwerk am Skulpturenweg an der Düssel, © Ralf Buchholz-NEANDERARTgroup

Art trails in neanderland

In neanderland you will encounter numerous works of art in public space. Walk on the ‘human traces’ trail in Mettmann in the conflicting area between man and nature or move closer to art in Velbert-Langenberg, the book town! Find art in Heiligenhaus around the Museum Abtsküche, ‘sculptural manifestations’ on a trail through Ratingen, and walk on the sculpture trail in Hilden. In and around Erkrath you will find art and hiking trails. The `city Gallery Erkrath´ connects art in the public space and private gardens with display windows of partnering shops where works by various artists are regularly showcased. Around the 2 km long `Sculpture Trail at the Düssel´ artists present their sculptures to the public along the banks of the Düssel in Erkrath.

Auswahl einiger SCALA-Wanderbroschüren
Auswahl einiger SCALA-Wanderbroschüren

Hiking trails in neanderland

The district of Mettmann together with its cities and the Scala publishing company has published guidebooks for hiking different trails in neanderland. The guides exist for the cities of Erkrath, Heiligenhaus, Hilden, Mettmann, Ratingen, Velbert and Wülfrath and can be bought at the tourist information offices, municipalities, the Mettmann district authority and book shops.


Tel. 02104-992484 | www.kreis-mettmann.de

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