Over the course of 240km/149mi, neanderland STEIG features 17 stages of various vertical drops and distances ranging from easy to intermediate. It follows the traces of the famous neandertal man, past swimming lakes, through moores, heathlands, extensive forests, creek vallesy, and past recreational areas and nature reserves. At the wayside you can find museums, churches, special buildings, historic market squares, town centres with half-timbered houses, organic farms with cosy farm cafés and much more.
Where to eat
Each stage goes past numerous inns, restaurants, and cafés.
- With an overall length of 150 miles the hike is among the 10 longest hikes in Germany available on TouriSpo.
- neanderland STEIG Circuit - North Rhine-Westphalia is among the 10 best rated Hikes in Germany.
- Don’t hesitate to take your kids along on this moderate hikes. The hike is also perfect if the kid’s wanna bring their dog on the trip. (See all dog friendly hikes in North Rhine-Westphalia.)
- Make sure to bring sturdy footwear on this track. Hiking boots are highly recommended. If you get hungry along the way, there are places to rest and get food. Nevertheless it’s recommended to also have enough water and food in your backpack when hiking or biking.
Highlights of the tour
Each stage features numerous highlights that you should not miss.
- Düssel to Neviges and Neviges to Nordrath: Both stages feature a romantic trail from farm to farm, Furthermore, Hardenberg Castle, Wald-Forscher-Station, Zeittunnel, Marien cathedral, the book city of Langenberg, the forest climbing park, or the German Castle and Fittings Museum can be visited.
- Nierenhof to Velbert and Velbert to Essen-Kettwig: These stages include opportunities to visit Isenburg Hattingen (castle), the German Castle and Fittings Museum, Abtsküch pond, Abtsküche monument, or Kettwig lake.
- Essen-Kettwig to Mülheim-Selbeck and Mülheim-Selbeck to Ratingen: These stages lead past streams, lakes, great woods, and narrow paths passing historic mills and castles.
- Ratingen to Ratingen-Homberg and Homberg to Erkrath: These diverse stages lead you past Schwarzbach stream over heights with great views. Leisure park Volkradey with its eco path, and the park surrounding Villa Haus Morp are particularly worth a visit.
- Ekrath to Hilden, Hilden to Düsseldorf-Garath and Garath to Monheim am Rhein: These stages feature numerous lakes, nice hike trails, and pretty views of the Rhine. Furthermore, you can visit Neanderhöhe astronomical observatory, the Wilhelm Fabry museum, Hilden reformatory church, Benrath castle, Deusser Haus, the water ski facilities Langenfeld, or Marienburg park. Don't miss out on a boat ride on Piwipper Böötchen.
- Monheim am Rhein to Reusrath, Reusrath to Solingand and Solingen to Haan: You can look forward to Laach castle, Reuschenberg wildernis park, Further Moor, Leichling sand hills, water castle Haus Graven, Ohligs heath, forest bath Hilden, or Solingen bird and animal park.
- Haan-Hülsberg to Haan-Gruiten: This stage is full of forests and nice views of Itter valley. It leads through the historic villague of Gruiten with its well kept protected half-timbered buildings.
You can walk the whole trail as a circular hike, combining the stages as you please. You can also leave out some stages by taking a bus or train, or walk the trail the other way around.
Inexperienced hikers should not underestimate the lengths of the stages. Sturdy shoes and provisions are recommended.
The first stage (Gruiten to Düssel) is Gruiten railway station.
You can park your car right at the car park by the station. Furthermore, there is a supermarket with a large car park left of the station, which you are free to use. Moreover, spots are available around Bahnstraße, however, you can only park there for one hour.
To get to Gruiten, take motorway A46 to Hahn-Ost. Take the first exit from the roundabout, then turn left after the railway crossing and continue straight on until you see the train station.
You can get to Gruiten railway station by train from Düsseldorf, Mettmann and Haan taking trains S8, S68, RE4, RE7, RE13, or RB48 to 'Haan-Gruiten'. If you travel by bus, take lines 01, 641, or 742.