Hiking trails

... in Hattingen und Umgebung


The Neanderlandsteig is a near-natural, approximately 235 km long hiking trail that leads through the recreational areas of the Rhine and Ruhr on 17 individual stages. The trail was only completed in 2013/2014.

The "Nordrath - Nierenhof" stage leads through Hattingen city territory; coming from Nordrath, the trail runs along the border to Hattingen-Oberelfringhausen near the Deilbach, then turns off into the Felderbach valley, crosses Felderbachstraße, below Juttermannsberg and Immelberg to the "Red House". Further along near the Felderbach stream, it leaves the Hattingen town area in the west.


Main hiking trails of the Sauerland Mountain Association

XW – Westfalen-Wanderweg

The Westphalia Hiking Trail was opened in 2003. It is 220 km long and connects Hattingen (on the western edge of Westphalia) with Altenbeken (near Paderborn, on the eastern edge of Westphalia). The trail starts at the Hattingen Mitte S-Bahn station and runs parallel to the Ruhrhöhenweg XR (see there) on Hattingen city territory until it leaves the Hattingen area at the city border with Witten-Buchholz.


XR – Ruhrhöhenweg
The Ruhr Heights Trail begins at the source of the Ruhr near Winterberg in Hochsauerland and ends at the mouth of the Ruhr into the Rhine near Duisburg. It is 235 kilometres long and has the following route in the Hattingen municipal area: Coming from Buchholz, via Holthauser Straße, Salzweg, Ruhrhöhenweg, Sünsbruch, Friedrichstraße, Schulenburg, Homberg, Isenburg, Am Deutschen, Barenberg, Am Kempel, Dumberger Au. At Stade, the Ruhrhöhenweg leaves the Hattingen city area.

X28 – Graf Engelbert-Weg
The Count Engelbert Trail, named after Count Engelbert I of the Mark, through whose medieval territories a major part of the trail runs, begins at the Hattingen-Mitte S-Bahn stop and ends in Schladern an der Sieg. It is 115 kilometres long and follows the following Hattingen trail: Bundesstraße 51 in the direction of Bochum - Leinpfad along the Ruhr downstream - Isenburg - Nierenhof (Velbert) - Wodantal - Polzenberg - Raffenberg - Oberste-Porbeck - Köllershof - Fahrentrappe. Here the trail leaves the Hattingen city area.

X17 – Harkortweg
The Harkortweg, named in honour of the industrial pioneer Friedrich Harkort, begins in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth and ends in Werdohl. It is 135 kilometres long and has the following section on Hattingen city territory: Niederhuxelmann - Felderbachtal - Raffenberg - Voß zur Mühlen - Schulenburg - Sünsbruch - Ruhrhöhenweg - Salzweg. From Buchholz, it leaves Hattingen city territory.

H – Hattinger Rundweg
The Hattingen circular route runs along the borders of the Hattingen city area. It is about 60 kilometres long and can be started and finished in stages using public transport. Many sights can be discovered along its way. The entire route: Blankenstein Castle - Welper Youth Education Centre - Müsendrei - An der Kost - Leinpfad - Hattingen/Ruhr railway station - Ruhrbrücke - Dahlhauser Straße - Hochstraße - In der Aar - Schwimmbrücke - Am Kempel - Am Bahrenberg - Grenzberg - Winzermark - Isenberg - Homberg - Wodantal. - Im Eggendahl - Künning - Flasdieck - Niederhuxelmanns Busch - Oberhuxelmanns Busch - Höhenweg - Deilbachweg - Höhenweg - Dunkerweg - Wuppertaler Rundweg - Felderbachstraße - Fahrentrappe - In der Espe - Oberstüter - An der Kötterei - Im Poppenberg - IG Metall- Bildungszentrum - Hibbelweg - Am Vogelbruch - Hackstück - Gedulderweg - Am Engel - Alte Poststraße - Bredenscheider Straße - Zur Vosskuhle - Am Eggesken - Nordknapp - An den Tannen - Waldweg - Buchholzer Straße - Röhrkenweg - Katzenstein - Wittener Straße - Burg Blankenstein.

More hiking trails
In addition, there are several district hiking trails marked with a check symbol as well as smaller circular hiking trails marked with A, which are usually signposted from various hiking car parks in the city area.

On our page "Hiking suggestions" we present you some tips.

Cosy restaurants in picturesque half-timbered houses in the old town and in the outer districts invite you to while away the time.

In 1396, Hattingen received its fortification rights from Count Friedrich von der Mark. This marked the beginning of the town's development.

Today Hattingen has about 60,000 inhabitants. Three quarters of the city area are forest and green spaces with well-developed cycling and hiking paths.

Hattingen is thus a local recreation area for the surrounding large cities of the Ruhr region.

Rightly said:
Hattingen is located where the forest comes into the city and where the city goes into the forest.

The main shopping street in the city centre, also called the Bummelmeile, is reserved for pedestrians. Numerous shops and boutiques with a diverse range of goods make for a colourful picture and are sure to entice many a visitor to shop. Parking garages and parking spaces are available in sufficient numbers along the short routes.

The only thing you should bring with you is time to linger in the old town as well as in the beautiful countryside and forget your everyday worries for a few hours.

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