European Long Distance Trail E8 - German section from the Lower Rhine to Lower Bavaria
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Wanderer an der KalltalsperrePhoto: Dominik Ketz, StädteRegion Aachen
The European Long Distance Trail E8 runs from Dursey Head in Ireland across the sea to England and then crosses the European mainland almost diagonally to the Polish-Ukrainian border. It currently measures around 4390 km and is to be extended to the Black Sea in the future. In Germany, we walk along the E8 from the Dutch border near Nijmegen to Oberkappel in the German-Austrian border region.
The short initial stage of the E8, which we only walk on German soil on this tour, gives us enough time to visit the Dutch imperial city of Nijmegen. We then walk along the Lower Rhine to Neukirchen-Vluyn. On the lower course of the Rur and Wurm we then go via Heinsberg into the Wurm valley to Geilenkirchen. We continue through Aachen to Bad Münstereifel. We then continue on to Andernach and Koblenz, two of the oldest German cities. Finally we continue our walk on the left bank of the Rhine along the Höhenweg through small Rhine villages and Oberwesel to the famous wine town of Rüdesheim. Through the narrow Nahe valley with numerous vineyards, the E8 leads us into the Pfälzer forest to Obermoschel. We continue our way through the Rheinhessen Hügelland into the Odenwald to Vielbrunn and then arrive at Obernburg am Main. We continue along the Main to Wertheim, the northernmost town in Baden-Württemberg. &Uml;e we continue our hike along the Romantic Road to the historic town of
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