Past Hikes

Sunday, 18 June 2017: Ahrtal

In June we made an additional hike to the Ahrtal. Starting in Heimersheim we passed the Landskrone, continued our way in the direction of Dernau and visited the documentation site „Regierungsbunker“ near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler as well.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017: Bergisches Land

For our hike in May we visited Much and hiked through the beautiful hilly landscape all around – a great sunny day!

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Sunday, 23 April 2017: Bad Münstereifel

On our first hike in summer semester 2017 we hiked around the little town Bad Münstereifel in the very south of North Rhine-Westfalia.

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Sunday, 12 March 2017: Wahnbachtalsperre

Our last hike in the winter semester led us along the Wahnbachtalsperre near Siegburg, a reservoir for drinking water, with untouched trails and nice views.

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Sunday, 12 February 2017: Sieg valley
For our trip in February we went to Herchen which is situated at the Sieg, between Bergisches Land and Westerwald, with many tree-covered hills. The area was beautiful and the weather was on our side!
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Friday, 13 January to Sunday, 15 January 2017: Weekend Trip to Solingen
This year, we spent the weekend in the lovely Waldschule in Solingen – a great place to enjoy nature. We made a long hike on Saturday and visited Schloss Burg again and we had a lot of fun in the evenings as well!
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Sunday, 11 December 2016: Christmas Hike
For the traditional Christmas hike in the Siebengebirge, we walked through the vineyards near Oberdollendorf, see the ruins of the monastery Heisterbach, the volcanic lake on the Weilberg and climbed the Stenzelberg, Nonnenstromberg and Petersberg.
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Sunday, 6 November 2016: Along the Rhine
For the first hike in this winter-semester we did one stage of the „Rheinsteig“ from Bad Honnef to Linz. The route wasn’t easy, but in the end we all made it to Linz!
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Sunday, 18 September 2016: Bergisches Land
Our trip made us heading to the lovely area „Bergisches Land“ – known for many river dams, castles and deep forests. We also visited Schloss Burg!
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Sunday, 14 August 2016: Westerwald
For our August Hike we  payed the Westerwald a visit.
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Sunday, 17 July 2016: Ahr valley
This time we didn’t hiked the „Rotweinwanderweg“ like the last times – we explored the back country a little bit – including the Teufelsloch, Burg Are, Teufelsley, Schrock, Steinerberg. What a great route!
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Friday, 17 June to Sunday, 20 June 2016: Weekend Trip to the Sauerland
Our second Summer-Hiking-Weekend took place in the Sauerland. We spent some great days in our self-catering lodge with a lot of fun and good food! And of course we went for a long hike on Saturday – all the way up to the Kahler Asten.
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Sunday, 5 June 2016: Northern Eifel – From Kall to Urft
We hiked around 18 km in the Northern Eifel passing fields, meadows, woods and small streams. The weather was great and we also saw the Steinfeld Abbey.
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Sunday, 24 April 2016: Seven at a Stroke

Our first hike in the summer semester was quite a challenge — we hiked 26km in the Siebengebirge and reached all seven peaks!

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Sunday, 20 March 2016: Kottenforst
For our last hike of the winter semester we hiked near Bonn in the beautiful Kottenforst.
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Sunday, 21 February 2016: Following the river – Nature Track Sieg
For our February hike we visited the wonderful Sieg Valley again. The Sieg is a tributary of the Rhein. After passing the cities of Hennef and Siegburg it joins the Rhein near Niederkassel/Mondorf just a few kilometres north of the centre of Bonn.
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Friday, 29 January to Sunday, 31 January 2016: Hiking Weekend
In January, we had our second weekend trip. Our destination was Heimabch, a small medieval town located in the beautiful Eifel National Park – a great place for all hiking lovers.
We moved in a self-catering lodge, where we spent the evening time together – cooking, chatting and playing parlour games and enjoy the stars during a night walk.
On Saturday we took a long hike through the rainy Eifel.

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Bildquelle: Dominik Breuer

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Sunday, 20. December 2015: Siebengebirge
The Siebengebirge (again) was the destination for our annual Christmas Hike. After the hike to the Löwenburg, there was an after-hike event at the christmas market.
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Sunday, 8. November 2015: Römerkanal
For the 1st hike of the semester, we walked along the Römerkanal. We discovered typical Eifelvillages and a ruin.
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Sunday, 27. September 2015: Ahr Valley
The hike in september led us to the  Ahr valley. With its steep slopes exposed to the sun, the Ahr valley is almost perfect for vineyards. The famous „Rotweinwanderweg“ („Red Wine Hiking Trail“) is located between Bad Bodendorf and Altenahr and has a length of 35 km.
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Sunday, 16. August 2015: Rheinsteig
Our hike in August led us once again to the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The region is registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its number of old castles, historic towns, vineyards and the unique landscape.
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Sunday, 19. July 2015: Siebengebirge
We hiked up to the beautiful Drachenfels.
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Sunday, 17. May 2015: Sieg Valley

For our May hike we visited the wonderful Sieg-valley. With nature coming alive again, we were able to expect green trees and lush meadows all over the place. The Sieg is a tributary of the Rhein. After passing the cities of Hennef and Siegburg it joins the Rhein near Niederkassel/Mondorf just a few kilometres north of the centre of Bonn.

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Sunday, 12. April. 2015: Hühnerbach and Itterbach in Haan

Our hike in April took place near Wuppertal. We hiked along the Hühnerbach and Itterbach.

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Sunday, 15. March 2015: Kottenforst

We visited the Kottenforst which is one of the two local recreation areas of Bonn (the other one is the Rheinauen which is not the best hiking spot 😉 ). It’s a site with great history as it has been a hunting ground for the bishop and the nobility of Cologne for almost 10 centuries. There are some archealogic and historic sites like the ruins of a wall from the medieval times or an old hunting house. Aside there is a game reserve where it is possible to see wild boars and deers.

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Sunday, 1. March 2015: Wahner Heide

The hike in March led us to the Wahner Heide. It is the most species-rich conservation area in whole North Rhine-Westphalia!

It is located between Cologne, Rösrath and Troisdorf and is – for example – home to more than 700 endangered animal and plant species from the Red List and of course way more other species than that. Their living environment reaches from heath to bog, open grassland or forest areas. They are part of a historic landscape created by local villagers as a result of pasture, sod cutting and mowing. Even though some might say that heathland is no “natural landscape” but a historic “cultural landscape” (which is true!), doesn’t mean, that it was not worth the effort of a hike!

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Friday, 23 January to Sunday, 25 January 2015: Hiking Weekend

In January, we had our second weekend trip. Our destination was Heimabch, a small medieval town located in the beautiful Eifel National Park – a great place for all hiking lovers.
We moved in a self-catering lodge, where we spent the evening time together – cooking, chatting and playing parlour games.
Due to a sudden snowfall on Saturday we were able to took a long hike through the snowy forest to the castle Hengebach and the power plant in Heimbach.
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Sunday, 21 December 2014: Christmas Hike

On the fourth Sunday of Advent was our last hike in 2014. Afterwards we visited the Christmas market in Bonn.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014: Tour d‘ Eifel
Our last hike led us to the beautiful Eifel, again.
We started the tour at the „Ordensburg Vogelsang“ near Gemünd. There we spent some time before we started our actual hike to Wolfsgarten, Gemünd and back to Kall.
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Sunday, 26 October 2014: Voreifel Hardtburg
For our first hike in the Wintersemester, we visited the Hardtburg. It’s a castle ruin located in the middle of a forest.
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Sunday,  21 September 2014: Loreley, all good things come in threes
Because of the bad weather forecast, we had to cancel this hike in April and June, but we gave the mermaid a third chance and catch up on the trip this month.The hike led us to the beautiful Middle Rhine Valley – to be exact to the Lorelei. It is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine, which soars some 120 meters above the waterline. It belongs to the Rhine Gorge, a 65km section of the river between Koblenz and Bingen that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002.
The Middle Rhine Valley is a well-liked region for many hikers and has a lot to offer.
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Sunday, 31 August 2014: Summer Hike
On our summer hike we visited the Siebengebirge again and discovered some interesting quarries and an old monastry.
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Friday, 18 July to Sunday, 20 July 2014:Camping Weekend
For the first time ever, we had a weekend trip with our Hiking Society. We visited  the Aggertalsperre, a large water dam located in the Bergisches Land.
We spent the weekend with camping, swimming, barbecues and of course hiking.
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Sunday, 25 May 2014: stay urban – stay green

For this hike we stayed urban und discovered the landscape of “grünes C” (green C) in Bonn.
The grünes C is a landscape project in the metropolitan area of Cologne-Bonn. The name refers to the shape of the area in the initial phase of the project.

The area extends from the Ville over the Rhine to the Sieg valley and from there to the Siebengebirge. The cities Bonn, Alfter and Bornheim and on the right bank of the Rhine Kassel, Troisdorf and Sankt Augustin have the common goal of protecting the landscape area concerned to limit the spreading of settlements in the cultural landscape and to safeguard the surrounding open spaces.

The grünes C is a large-scale interconnected system of greenbelts and landscape corridors, which should be developed as a cultural landscape network in remain within the “Masterplan Grün”. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVI), by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union.

On our hike we discovered some of the green areas surrounding Bonn on the left and on the right bank of the Rhine. Furthermore we did two short trips with the Mondorfer and the Sieg ferry and enjoyed the sunny weather of May. 🙂

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Sunday, 27. April 2014: Tour de Drachenfels
Due to the weather, we had to cancel our hike to the Loreley. Instead we hiked through the Siebengebirge towards the Drachenfels on small and hiden paths.
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Sunday,  23 March 2014: Spring In The Siebengebirge
After hiking here in December we decided to give you an opportunity to explore the beautiful Siebengebirge on the doorsteps of Bonn a little more.
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Sunday, 16 February 2014: Hiking In The Kottenforst – The Good Is So Close!

We invited you to our hike in the Kottenforst. Unlike some of our other hikes we did not have to travel too far. It was only a short bus ride away from Bonn.The Kottenforst is one of the two local recreation areas of Bonn (the other one is the Rheinauen which is not the best hiking spot 😉 ). But also it’s a site with great history as it has been a hunting ground for the bishop and the nobility of Cologne for almost 10 centuries. There were some archealogic and historic sites like the ruins of a wall from the medieval times or an old hunting house. Aside there was a game reserve where it was possible to see wild boars and deers.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014: The Neandertal – A Journey Back To The Past!

The first hike in 2014 took place in the famous Neandertal. The Neandertal, also called in English the Neander Valley, is a small valley of the river Düssel, located about 12 km east of Düsseldorf. The valley belongs to the area of the towns Erkrath and Mettmann. In 1856, the area became famous for the discovery of Neanderthal 1, the first specimen of Homo neanderthalensis to be found. After the hike some of us visited the LVR Museum in Bonn to see the found bones and skulls of Neanderthal 1.

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Sunday, 15 December 2013: Christmas Hike – Siebengebirge, Volcanoes and Glühwein

Just before Christmas, our last hike for this year took us to the famous Siebengebirge. These sleeping volcanoes right on the doorstep of Bonn offer fantastic hikes and superb views of Bonn and its surroundings. After the hike we went to finish the year with some Glühwein and cookies at the Bonner Weihnachtsmarkt 🙂

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Sunday, 17 November 2013: The Wahner Heide – The most species-rich conservation area in North Rhine-Westphalia!

The hike in November led us to the Wahner Heide which is the most species-rich conservation area in whole North Rhine-Westphalia! It is located between Cologne, Rösrath and Troisdorf and is – for example – home to more than 700 endangered animal and plant species from the Red List and of course way more other species than that. Their living environment reaches from heath to bog, open grassland or forest areas. They are part of a historic landscape created by local villagers as a result of pasture, sod cutting and mowing. Even though some might say that heathland is no “natural landscape” but a historic “cultural landscape” (which is true!), doesn’t mean, that it was not worth the effort of a hike!

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 Sunday, 20 October 2013: castle ruins and beautiful countryside – the Sieg valley

Our first hike of the new Semester took place in the Sieg valley.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013:  Wine and gaze – the Ahr valley

After having roamed along the riversides of Wupper, Sieg, Rhein and Mosel we can’t miss the Ahr river. With its steep slopes exposed to the sun the Ahr valley is almost perfect for vineyards. You can taste that. But you can also feel that by hiking through the hot terrain which is complemented by shady woods and fabulous views.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013: Mosel river

The Mosel river belongs to the more important tributaries to the Rhine. Its meandering stream course constitutes a unique landscape which is worth to see. The area is well-known for its extensive wine production.

Saturday, 6 July 2013: Middle Rhine – UNESCO World Heritage Site

To finish this summer term properly, we’ll head to one of the most beautiful and most famous landscapes of Germany: the Middle Rhine in Rhineland-Palatine. Attracting tourists from all over the world since the early 19th century, the impressive rocks and medieval castles have inspired several poets and authors. Our route includes the lovely village St. Goarshausen, a strenous climb on top of the ‚Loreley‘ rock finishing at a ship made of stone in the river. Don’t miss our hiking highlight of 2013!

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Sunday, 30 June 2013: Sieg valley

The valley of the medium-sized scenic river Sieg, a tributary of the Rhine river, is close by, so we can get there by public transport for free.

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9 June 2013: Bergisches Land

This trip made us heading to another nice area: „Bergisches Land“ – known for many river dams, stunning castles and forest areas. Bergisches Land is located to the north of Bonn, which means that the destination is within the space you can reach with your NRW-ticket! During the hike, you can see this stunning bridge below and some other interesting spots including funny outdoor gym facilities…

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12 May 2013: Tour d’Eifel 😉

Despite the fact that our trip took part in the midst of May, we encountered some typical „Aprilwetter“ during our hike in the lovely surroundings of Nettersheim. Sun, rain and even some hail came over us at a rapid pace. Nevertheless, our mood wasn’t affected a bit by these conditions.

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28 April 2013: Siebengebirge – The society’s first official hike

When you think about the Siebengebirge Drachenfels, might be the first thing that comes to your mind, but there are other astonishing places and great nature awaiting to be explored.
Our first trip through the Siebengebirge took us to some of these and gave us an impression of one of the most interesting landscapes in the area surrounding Bonn.

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