Hike without borders between the two TERRA.Vita and De Hondsrug UNESCO Global Geoparks
Discover 5,500 years of cultural history along the approximately 325-km-long hiking trail between Osnabrück and Groningen and experience the beauty of the landscapes typical to the northwest which formed in the Ice Age and have since matured to achieve its present beauty.
The megalithic graves, Stone-Age structures along the Hünnenweg, serve as fascinating testimonies of days past and are among the special geographical features of the TERR.vita UNESCO Global Geopark on the German side and the De Hondsrug UNESCO Global Geopark on the Dutch side.
On your hike through the varied natural landscape and the regions' legends, a signet with a small blue ""h"" will show you the way across 20 day stages.
Stone Age "Graves of Giants"
A Hünengrab, also known as a megalithic grave or Hünenhügel, is a megalithic burial site. Most megalithic grave in Northern Germany were created in the late Neolithic period. The popular term "Hünengrab", which is common in northern Germany, is derived from "Hüne", which can be traced back to the Middle High German "hûne", meaning "giant".
An overview of the Hünenweg
Ideal for hikers who love solitude and who don't shy away from longer hiking stages.
The Hünenweg is well marked throughout and also features distance information in Germany. The markings are presented with blue letters on a yellow background (German: "Hünenweg", Netherlands: "Hünenweg-Hondsrugpad"). The final section between Haren and Groningen is marked more discreetly with blue letters on a white background.
The terrain ranges from gentle hills to flat with few inclines.
Package offer for the Hünenweg
Discover fascinating natural and cultural landscapes.
Hiking holiday "on prescription"
- Including the "Health Hiking" prevention course by certified health hiking guides.
- 5 x overnight stay/breakfast, half board, 2 x certified prevention courses
Along monumental graves and devil's stones
Historical sites, old oak forests, river floodplains, moors and, of course, the eponymous imposing megalithic graves: the Hünenweg in Osnabrück Land has heaps of variety to offer. Since summer 2017, it has been possible to experience even more relaxed and enjoyable hiking on the route from Osnabrück to Hahnenmoor in Emsland owing to the fact that the route has been entirely remarked, renovated and refreshed with additional resting places and information boards here.
Hiking on the edge of the former coast
As a result, the signposts lead hikers precisely to the enormous granite boulders, which our ancestors from the Neolithic period used to build the Hünengräber, as well as to numerous other interesting and astonishing evidence from both the present and distant past. Because even deep glimpses into approximately 150 million-year-old layers of rock are now even easier: the path leads directly through a quarry in Bramsche-Ueffeln.