Very few places in Europe can rival Germany’s levels of natural diversity. From the classic alpine scenery and sweeping panoramas of the Allgäu Alps to the mystical Black Forest to the fairytale castles of the romantic Rhine Valley, walkers really are spoiled for choice, with every region boasting its own unique characteristics and customs. There’s the Mosel Valley, with its curiously steep vineyards, the Bavarian Alps where traditional folk music and dance live on and Saxon Switzerland with its rocky outcrops – to name but a few examples. What each area does have in common, however, is how well walkers are catered for, with an excellent range of hiking trails to suit every fitness and ability level and some wonderfully authentic accommodation options.
When exploring the rural delights of Germany, you are likely to encounter a number of idyllic villages, where time seems to almost stand still, such as Sasbachwalden in the Black Forest, with its traditional half-timber houses and carpets of flowers. And let’s not forget the joy of eating and drinking in Germany. You are rarely too far from somewhere to enjoy some local hearty cuisine – or a chilled glass of fine, local Riesling or one of Germany’s famous beers.
In addition to the walking trails, there are several fascinating German cities, such as Munich, Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg, which offer a blend of historic grandeur and cosmopolitan delights, and can provide an interesting detour or break from your hiking adventures, giving you a different perspective on this vast and alluring country.