windmill Brockel, © TouROW / Udo Fischer
© TouROW / Udo Fischer


The area between Hamburg and Bremen is typically northern German – shaped by glaciers, coastal sandy heathland dominates with gentle valleys and lush, green meadows. For keen explorers, the area is perfect for leisurely nature walks since, far from being a loss, the lack of steep ascents here is actually delightfully pleasant. On a half-day, full day or multi-day hike along the Nordpfade (North Paths) you will roam enchanted forests, stunning heathland, mysterious moors, natural lakes and extensive river networks.

All walking routes have been developed in accordance with criteria set out by the Deutscher Wanderverband (German Ramblers’ Association) and, in addition to unspoilt and varied routes, they also offer hikers numerous natural, cultural and rural attractions. Of course, no leisurely hiking region is complete without regional specialities.

On two of the Nordpfade (North Paths) walking routes you can enjoy a unique culinary experience. The concept of the “Tischlein deck Dich” (The Wishing Table) gives hikers the opportunity to sample traditional German food in the midst of German nature at specially constructed rest areas. The food is provided by local restaurateurs and is ready for you on arrival at the rest stop. For more information about what is on offer, visit the Touristikverband Landkreis Rotenburg (Rotenburg District Tourism Association) website.