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Hiking week opens – hiking festival celebrates its premiere

Opening event neanderland HIKING WEEK 2024
© Kreis Mettmann, Dennis Stratmann

neanderland HIKING WEEK starts with a family festival and kick-off hike

NEANDERLAND/METTMANN CIRCLE. Stone Age tattoos, the smell of regional food, conversations with tour guides and a kick-off hike through Ratingen: the opening of the fifth took place on Saturday, May 25.05th neanderland HIKING WEEK at the LVR Industrial Museum Textilfabrik Cromford in Ratingen - for the first time with a large hiking and family festival. Around 200 enthusiastic hikers accompanied district director Philipp Gilbert on the 12-kilometer-long opening hike through the Ratingen city forest. After the tour, they met an estimated number of visitors, including mainly families with small children who were already at the family festival in front of the industrial museum.

Two premieres at once: “It was a great pleasure for me to lead the opening hike of the hiking week for the first time this year,” reports district director Philipp Gilbert after the tour. “I had the impression that it was an all-round wonderful experience for everyone, in which the love of hiking, experiencing nature, family fun and a sense of community were well combined. A successful event.”

The drizzle stopped just in time for the start of the hike, and in a good mood the group set off on a two and a half hour tour from the Cromford textile factory to Poensgen Park, through rustic mixed forests with small rivers to the sand path and through the city forest back to the hiking and family festival at the museum. There were numerous activities for children - Stone Age tattoos, painting stations, scavenger hunts - as well as exciting information and culinary samples for adults. The hiking guides for the tours Neanderland-Wanderwoche took bookings and answered questions; At the food market there were regional products from the “Typical Neanderland“to try. The LVR Industrial Museum invited visitors to its exhibition rooms with free admission.

At this year's neanderland HIKING WEEK from May 25th to June 2nd there are over 45 guided themed tours on the program. From mindfulness and herbal knowledge to challenging routes and family walks. “There are still places available on some hikes,” encourages Paula Lange from Tourist Marketing at Mettmann District. “Regardless of whether you are a professional or just want to get a taste of hiking – if you like, you can quickly register with the tour guides now.” Further information is available at www.neanderland-wanderwoche.de .


neanderland / Mettmann district
, Tel. 02104-991199 | info@neanderland.de | www.neanderland.de

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