Stage 12: Hilden - Düsseldorf-Garath



12,35 km long
Difficulty: easy
Great panorama
regional hiking trail
  • 03: 30 h
  • 10 m
  • 10 m
  • 40 m
  • 47 m
  • 7 m
  • 12,35 km
  • Start: sleeve road in Hilden
  • Destination: At the Kapeller Feld in Düsseldorf-Garath
Varied, easy stage, with practically no noticeable gradients. The narrow paths in the Ittertal and the overgrown forests make you forget how close you are to the big city.

Hilden to Dusseldorf-Garath

We start on the Hulsenstraße in Hilden and hike south in the extensive Benrath forest. There we repeatedly come across the “D” marking, this is the Düsseldorfer Weg, which connects the suburbs of the Altbierstadt on the right bank of the Rhine.

We walk briefly on a dam along the Itter, then we return to the city forest, the Garath forest. Not the entire forest belongs to the city, through a barred revolving door we enter a private forest for a while. Don't worry, entry is free!

A few kilometers later we circle the Oerkhaussee with its new bird observation platform. After some time on dirt roads, we dive into a piece of forest and can enjoy beautiful narrow paths and wonderful creek passages. At the end of the stage we walk on the edge of a residential area before we reach our destination at Garath Castle.


Hulsenstrasse in Hilden
Wilhelm Fabry Museum
At the Kapeller Feld in Dusseldorf-Garath

Good to know

Best Season

depending on the weather

Tour features

  • refreshment possibility

  • Family Friendly


Good hiking shoes should already be. Depending on the season and the weather, a jacket is a must along the many cool streams and in the deep forests, as well as on the often windy heights.

Arrival & Parking

Use the app's arrival navigator or your navigation device
Düsseldorf-Hoxbach car park, hiking car park at Schönenkamp


P+R car park at Garath S-Bahn station
P+R car park at Hellerhof S-Bahn station
Parking at the chapel field
S-Bahn: Hilden-Süd S1 and bus lines 784 and O 3
Bus: Hilden-Hülsen line 785

S-Bahn Düsseldorf-Garath S 6, S 68 and bus lines 778 and 779
S-Bahn Düsseldorf-Hellerhof S 6, S 68 and bus lines 789 and 795
Bus: Garather Kirchweg line 789

Back to the start:
S-Bahn Hellerhof S 6 and S 68 to Düsseldorf Reisholz, then bus line 785 to Hilden Huelsen


Office for Culture and Tourism
Düsseldorfer Strasse 26
40822 Mettmann


safety instructions

Please do not feed the wild boar that may be observed in the private forest under any circumstances! Please stay on the paths. The narrow paths can be slippery in places, especially in wet weather. Be careful with embankments or cliff edges, keep your distance.

our recommendation

Heinrich Wimmer Carnival Museum
Playmobil Hilden
Hi-Fly trampoline park
Fun sports & games


Stage 12: Hilden - Düsseldorf-Garath
40721 Hilden