Hund-wandernDogs are passionate hikers, they enjoy running around in the woods and fields with their people. It doesn’t matter to them where it happens, but variety makes a hiking tour more fun. First of all, it is important to ensure that the dog is well looked after while on the move. So, don’t forget to take drinking water and a bowl, a first aid kit and of course poop bags with you. For longer tours, you should pack food, a blanket and a toy for rest. Anyone who is outdoors should also think about tick prevention. The EU pet passport also belongs in your luggage, and of course the dog should also be registered.

Some beautiful hiking routes for dogs and humans.

In the north-east of Germany there is an insider tip: the Uckermark. It is a beautiful area, not so well known, with numerous hiking trails. The Lower Oder Valley National Park, the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve and the Uckermärkische Seen Nature Park are well worth seeing. This is especially fun for dogs who like to frolic in the water. The hike leads through hilly landscapes and is often called “Tuscany of the North”. The best-known routes are the Märkische Landweg, the Sechs-Seen-Rundweg and the Wolletzseerundweg. It’s up to you whether you go on short or multi-day tours. Of course, it’s possible that you’ll be alone in a wide area, but the peace and quiet is unique.

The Eifel volcanic region

In the west the beautiful Ahr valley was recommended. There is beautiful nature to experience between Monschau in the north and Trier in the south in the Eifel. The Eifelsteig, the Römerkanalwanderweg and the Ahrsteig are just a few of the numerous Eifel paths that lead to the most beautiful places and many sights. The Eifel is Germany’s youngest volcanic region with impressive landscapes with vast forests, bizarre rock formations and beautiful lakes. The Eifel, which stretches over 5,300 km², offers enough space to go on a comfortable tour with your beloved four-legged friend. Seen from north to south, there are four nature parks in the Eifel, which you can admire with your dog.

The Franconian Forest Nature Park

If you want to travel through central Germany, the “Frankenweg” is recommended. It leads through the Franconian Forest Nature Park, which is also known to the right as the “Green Crown of Bavaria”. More than half is covered with dense forests; here you can experience plateaus, gentle mountain ridges and narrow, wooded valleys. So there is enough space to give your four-legged friend a proper run around. The Franconian Trail is signposted, but you should still have a hiking map with you. The best starting point is Blankenstein, where the path first leads through the wildly romantic Höllental. Here the Selbitz has cut itself deep into the rock. Then we continue through fields, forests and meadows into Froschbachtal and Döbraberg. Here I have a wonderful view of the Fichtelgebirge. Then you can follow the course of the Wilden Rodach, where the rafting tradition is still maintained today. The wild Rodach flows through the Lukas Cranach town of Kronach. This is definitely worth a visit, there is a beautiful old town with real gems of urban architecture. The Rosenberg Fortress can be seen from afar above the old town. There is the Franconian Gallery there, which you shouldn’t miss.

Castles and palaces

In the south, near Bad Reichenhall, the 33 km long Burgenweg is recommended, in the series of other and longer hiking trails. The Castle Trail leads to the castles and palaces in the region. The best starting point is Marzoll Castle, from here you can reach the Kleinburg ruins, the Karlstein castle ruins and Stauffenberg Castle. Some of the hiking trails lead over the border into Austria and then back again at the foot of the Lattengebirge. Here too, the paths are very well signposted and ideal for taking your dog with you.

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