© Jochen Tack/Stadt Essen
© Jochen Tack/Stadt Essen
Leisure time

Hiking in Essen

Leisure time

Hiking in Essen

Varied, interesting and so green! Hiking in Essen is a great experience. You can look forward to surprising and, above all, fascinating views in Germany’s third-greenest city. From an urban environment to an alpine environment... you can expect a true holiday vibe here!

Both of the large circular hiking routes are particularly varied and challenging: BaldeneySteig at almost 27 kilometres and Kettwiger Panoramasteig at a good 35 kilometres.

If you prefer a shorter route or you are out and about with your family, you can find a wide range of options from nature to culture. Here, there is a great selection of routes in nature with views of industrial culture and rugged slag heaps with great views and their own charm.

© Jochen Tack/Stadt Essen


High up with breath-taking views! The BaldeneySteig goes around the popular Baldeneysee at 600 metres above sea level. Through shaded forests and sunny heights, it will take you past lots of great highlights, such as Villa Hügel, the Isenburg castle ruins or the game preserve in the Heissiwald.

Read more about this here...

© Jochen Tack/Stadt Essen

Kett­wiger Pa­no­ra­ma­steig

The Kettwiger Panoramasteig starts where the BaldeneySteig comes to an end in the west. It leads you along the Ruhr Valley in generous arcs and climbs a majestic 760 metres. It rewards you for your efforts with impressive views and guides you to what is left of a moated castle from the Middle Ages, a pilgrimage chapel and a castle.

Read more about this here...

© Jochen Tack/Stadt Essen

Hiking... However you like

Essen offers a wide range of shorter and longer hiking routes for all tastes, regardless of whether you wish to take a short walk after finishing your day of work in the office or you are taking the whole family on a day trip.

The BaldeneySteig can easily be broken up into short stages and the Weisse Flotte ships will take you back to where you started or straight to the beach with a great holiday vibe.

If you love the Ruhr area, you should try a slagheap tour. The view is incredible and the unconventional landscape is a totally new experience.

Nobody should let the traditional industrial culture pass them by here, of course, but Essen can be seen from a totally different perspective in Kettwig or Werden, for example, or from Margarethenhöhe.

Half-timbered houses and narrow streets, little houses covered in ivy with lots of nature all around.

Whatever route you choose to explore Essen, it’s definitely worth doing and you’ll always see lots of different things.

Here are a couple of hiking suggestions (pdf, 2 MB)

Write us


EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH
Tourist Info

Kettwiger Str. 2-10
45127 Essen

+49 201 8872333

Your message to the Tourist Info


Because of the current situation, we cannot always guarantee that everything will take place or is open, as stated here. Please also inform yourself at the respective institution or the organizer about the current special features.
More information about the coronavirus in Essen (only available in german)