The 8 Best Hiking Trails in Germany, for you and your dogs!

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The beautiful wandering hills, encapsulating forests, brilliant lakes and history filled towns of Germany make for an incredible journey when you’re looking to spend some time in the outdoors. Every region has their own breath-taking reasons to visit and many have multiple. Whether you’re looking to stretch your legs whilst exploring one of Germany’s bustling cities, or take in the local nature, you’ll have plenty of options and you’ll even be able to take your 4-legged companions with you. That’s right, a lot of Germany’s trails are also dog-friendly. All of this said it should be no surprise then when I that you’ll find some of Europe’s best hiking trails in Germany!

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Berlin Street Art & Graffiti Walks – Best hiking trails in Germany

This will probably be one of the most unique dog walks you’ll ever experience. Walkthrough Berlin, the city of street artists & modern art scenes. The incredible history of this city is marked on its walls, the diversity and culture pour out through almost every street.

  • Easy level
  • All year round
  • It may be quite busy, I mean, it’s Berlin after all. 😉
  • Dogs must be on a leash
Berlin Street Art - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Berlin Street Art - Best Hiking in Germany

Potsdam, Architecture-route

Another city trail, this time through the immaculate architectural mecca of Potsdam. Take your dogs with you through this incredible city and gardens.

  • 7km loop trail
  • All year round
  • Dogs must be on a leash
Potsdam - Best hiking Trails in Germany
Potsdam - Best hiking Trails in Germany
Potsdam - Best hiking Trails in Germany

Tegelberg Hiking Trail – Best hiking trails in Germany

With views over the Alpsee and the two castles of Bayern’s mad King Ludwig; Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, with a bit of luck you may even see some wildlife too!

Check out some more information on these 2 awesome castles and some of the other fairytale castles you can find in Germany by clicking here.

You sadly can’t take a tour inside Neuschwanstein castle with your dogs, but after your hike, you can enjoy a traditional beer in one of the biergartens and let your dog’s splash around in the Alpsee.

  • 2km loop trail
  • Moderate level
  • This beautiful trail is found in Allgau
Tegelberg - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Tegelberg - Best Hiking Trails in Germany

Monbachtal

The valley that is wild and romantic.

There are a lot of hiking trails in the black forest that you and your dog will enjoy, the Monbachtal is just one of many.
You can pick your distance and also the difficulty of your hike and then just follow the signs!
Along your way, you will be presented with breath-taking views of the forest, waterfalls and wildlife.

During the summer there is also lots of activities around this hiking trail, such as putt-putt, climbing forests, and much more.

Monbachtal Waterfall - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Photo by Sinja 1606

Auf dem Malerweg

Found along the Elbe sandstone mountains, this is guaranteed as one of Germany’s most stunning hiking trails. Your dogs should be familiar with heights and walk over bridges or even ladders to get the best out of this route with your fluffy friends.

The complete trail is 112km long, which can be walked in stages. Otherwise, you can always pick shorter routes that better fit your itinerary. Along the way, you can come across some astonishing tourist attractions in Saxony, such as the Große Diebeshohle or Festung Königsstein. You’ll be able to take your dogs through the gardens of the fort, not into the buildings, however.

Dresden - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Dresden - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Dresden - Best Hiking Trails in Germany

Baybach Gorge Dream Loop – Best hiking trails in Germany

This beautifully scenic route is found in the Hunsrück mountain range. Apart from the amazing views, you’ll be greeted with the possibilities of wildlife and waterfalls.

  • 5 km loop trail
  • Difficult
  • Moderately trafficked
  • All year round
  • Dogs on leash

Nearby is also the Geierlay Suspension bridge, Germany’s most beautiful suspension bridge. Make sure you and your dogs are vertigo free though! 😉

Geierlay Bridge - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Baybach Gorge - Best Hiking Trails in Germany

Weltendepfad – Best hiking trails in Germany

The end of the world trail.

This 9.7 km moderate loop hiking trail is out of this world, your dogs will love it & so will you. Be ready to climb steep narrow paths and awed by the beautiful views. Whilst crossing riverbeds, you may even find a treasure…

Weltende - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Weltende - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Weltende - Best Hiking Trails in Germany

Hiking at Oberstdorf

Last but certainly not least, hiking at high altitudes with amazing views!

Oberstdorf offers this with many different trails and different difficulty levels. Make sure you take along enough water for you and your dog, something to eat, and be sure that you and your 4-legged hiking partner are both vertigo free.

Do not force your dog over narrow paths, rather take a different route. There are lots of dog-friendly biergartens or cabins situated around Oberstdorf for a cold one (or warm drink) after your hiking expedition.

Oberstdorf - Best Hiking Trails in Germany
Oberstdorf - Best Hiking Trails in Germany

All that’s left to do is enjoy your hike! 😉

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Cheers,
Maike & David

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