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The neanderland CLIMB

Pure hiking enthusiasm

The neanderland STEIG runs in front of the gates of the Ruhr metropolitan region and the Bergisches Land. At almost 240 kilometers in length, it circles the entire district in 17 stages. In addition, its themed hiking trails and discovery loops have something to offer for every taste and requirement: from a relaxed Sunday walk to an ambitious hike, from a sporty tour to a family outing with children. Beautiful, varied nature, tranquil half-timbered towns, as well as castles and palaces alternate with monuments of early industrialization or modern art. But that's not all. Discover your favorite stage of the neanderland STEIG!

240 Kilometer

Hiking trail in the district of Mettmann

17 Stages

on the neanderland CLIMB

21 discovery loops

Circular routes on the neanderland STEIG

Germany's most beautiful hiking trail 2023

In the foreground the red trail markings from the neanderland STEIG, in the background the hiking trail can be seen blurred on the left and the Rhine on the right
© T. Lison, Stadt Monheim am Rhein

Every year, the renowned hiking magazine "Germany's most beautiful hiking trail". The jury compiled the list of nominees from all applications and we are very pleased that the neanderland CLIMB this year in the "Multi-Day Tours" category.

The audience – meaning you – will decide who will make it to first place in 2023. You can click on the button and vote for your favorite hiking trail. With a bit of luck, you'll win something too.

The audience choice is until June 30, 2023 . We are happy about Your vote for the neanderland STEIG.

You can experience a lot on foot


on the neanderland CLIMB

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann_CC-BY-SA

All hiking stages

17 stages

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann

discovery loops

Thematic circular hiking trails

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann_CC-BY-SA
© Patrick Gawandtka, Kreis Mettmann

The neanderland STEIG hiking app

All content at a glance:

  • free download

  • Entire route of the neanderland STEIG

  • Individual stages as well as outgoing circular hiking trails

  • Attractions and activities in the area

  • Accommodation and restaurants along the way

  • Tour planning with individual route calculation

  • Offline use possible

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© Kreis Mettmann

Overview flyer

Free, but not for nothing

You want to know where to go? Download our overview flyer or order it for your home free of charge. You get the most important information about the neanderland STEIG and its 17 stages at a glance. In addition to an overview map and service information, the flyer contains the essential facts and figures (length, duration, altitude and degree of difficulty) as well as brief descriptions of the respective stage character. This makes it an extremely useful planning tool for your tours.

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann

On the go with the whole family

Exciting offers for young and old

"How long?" You won't hear the popular children's phrase on your family excursion into the natural world of the neanderland STEIG and its discovery loops. Because here it's all about one thing: straight into the fun! Bubbling streams, mysterious forests, narrow paths, small bridges and always a great view, behind which a new adventure is hidden. And also: lots of animals. When the Ice Age aurochs suddenly lifts its mighty horns out of the grass, it's not just small children who stare.

Even beyond the pure hiking and nature experiences, neanderland is a special kind of family excursion destination. The leisure activities range from guided nature exploration to climbing parks and adventure playgrounds to natural bathing lakes and a wide range of sports and water sports options. And as a consistent all-weather highlight, such a fantastic place of learning as the Neanderthal Museum with its multimedia concept and its world-famous exhibits will tempt you. Inquire about the diverse range of other recreational, play and educational opportunities for families in neanderland.

Bet that you will probably end up hearing the following sentence: "Do we really have to go home already?"

Take a look around here

The Neanderland

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann_CC-BY-SA

Guided walks

© Kreis Mettmann, Martina Chardin

Enjoy regionally

© Kreis Mettmann, Martina Chardin

Geocaching on the STEIG

© Patrick Gawandtka, Kreis Mettmann

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