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.
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. The neanderland STEIG is complemented by circular routes that will be opened step-by-step under the name ‘Entdeckerschleifen’.
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.
There is a multi-lingual hiking app available providing useful information and features free of charge.
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
Hiking Trail Management wegezustand(at)neanderlandsteig.de
The 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
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
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!
For more information view the circular hiking trails in Velbert.
Velbert Marketing GmbH | Friedrichstr. 177 | 42551 Velbert | Tel. 02051-60550
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
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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
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 Erkrath you will find three art and hiking trails connecting pieces of art in the public space with display windows of partnering shops where works of various artists are showcased regularly.
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, Haan, 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