Ford on the barefoot path, © Kurverwaltung Bad Bodenteich/ Jürgen Clauß
© Kurverwaltung Bad Bodenteich/ Jürgen Clauß

Bare­foot hik­ing

Walking barefoot is very important for your health. Why?
Barefoot walking helps to maintain and improve the circulation of blood in the veins and thus stimulates the cardiovascular system.
In addition, it strengthens the immune system, because the temperature stimuli assist the body in the generation of heat.
It moreover strengthens the veins, protects against varicose veins and the muscles, ligaments and joints of the feet are strengthened.
And your spine will love it too! The free movement, without the pressure of close-fitting hiking shoes, helps you to walk much more loosely and freely. The muscles of the feet also serve as shock absorbers and thus protect the discs against impact.

Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) offers the following barefoot trails:

Bad Bodenteich / Lüneburger Heide
Egestorf / Lüneburger Heide
Großheide / East Frisia
Hasetal / Emsland and Münsterland
Nienhagen / Celle