Six beautiful walks in Düsseldorf

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Six beautiful hikes

We reveal our six insider tips

Hiking in a big city? Yes, of course, at least if the city is called Düsseldorf. Because despite all its urbanity, the Rhine metropolis offers great opportunities for extended walks in the countryside in its forests and nature reserves. Here are our six favorites.

Aaper forest

Despite its proximity to the city, the Aaper Forest, which belongs to Rath, is a habitat for deer, foxes and stone martens. Information about the animal inhabitants as well as the old tree population can be learned on the forest nature trail marked as A2 (approx. 3.8 km, walking time just under an hour). The circular trail leads past the women's stones called "Witte Wiewerkes". According to a legend, these are seven women who turned to stone after a court case.

Elbe Lake

Once a gravel pit, the quarry pond between Düsseldorf and Hilden is now a paradise for waterfowl. A walk around the lake takes about two hours at a leisurely pace. Information boards along the route tell little stories from the perspective of animals, plants and people related to the lake.

Grafenberg Forest

In the east of Düsseldorf, gentle foothills of the Bergisches Land can be felt, including the Grafenberg Forest. The urban forest offers hiking and jogging trails of varying lengths. What they have in common are the inclines, which make the pulse beat faster in the otherwise rather flat Düsseldorf. Near Ernst-Poensgen-Allee, the "Schöne Aussicht" offers a fantastic view of the city.

Himmelgeister Rhine Arch

Old pollarded willows and rows of poplars, lush meadows and farmland - and a castle. The Himmelgeister Rheinbogen is a well-preserved example of the typical Lower Rhine cultural landscape. At the same time, the protected area is a haven for rare plants and endangered birds. You can start the approximately 8-kilometer-long circular trail from the hiking parking lot near Mickeln Castle, for example. 

Unterbach lake

Unterbacher See, which borders Eller Forst, is part of a recreational area between Düsseldorf, Erkrath and Hilden. You can choose the route that suits you best from the 15-kilometer network of hiking and biking trails. The six-kilometer loop along the lakeshore is especially recommended. And if you're not tired yet, you can go boating, swimming, surfing, mini golfing or high wire climbing at the lake.

Urdenbacher Kämpe

There is hardly any other place in NRW where you can explore so many different types of landscape in such a small area as in the Urdenbacher Kämpe. On the approximately 10-kilometer-long circular trail, you'll encounter meadow orchards, Rhine beaches, protected wet meadows, a hardwood floodplain, a floodplain forest, and ponds and pools. Numerous (water) birds feel at home here, including the rare night heron and white storks.

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