German Hiking Institute
The various certificates
The German Hiking Institute has developed 4 different certificates, which provide guidance for the hiking guest. Three of these certificates were developed for the trail infrastructure: Premium Hiking Trails, Premium City Hiking Trails and Premium Walking Trails. For regions and locations that offer their guests comprehensive service and additional offers related to hiking, the certificate Premium Hiking Region/ Premium Hiking Location is awarded.
Premium Hiking Trails
Premium Hiking Trails are circular and linear trails that are not only excellently marked, but additionally have a particularly high experience value. On these trails, a balanced and beautiful hiking experience is guaranteed. Pleasant paths and surfaces shape these trails as well as many details: views, forest impressions, water bodies, rock structures, cultural and historical gems, and many other aspects can contribute to a highly diverse hike.
For more information: Premium Hiking Trails
Premium Hiking Regions / Premium Hiking Locations
Premium Hiking Regions and Premium Hiking Locations offer their guests comprehensive services and extras related to hiking. In addition to a portfolio of outstanding Premium Hiking Trails, the gastronomy here is especially suited for hikers. The range of information available through websites and printed products is comprehensive and also covers local public transportation and other attractions in the region. Regular guided hikes, also on various topics, round off the hiking tourism offer.
Premium Walking Trails
Premium Walking Trails are short circular trails with a particularly high experience value. With a length of 3 to 7 km, they are especially tailored to the needs of walkers who value the landscape and nature experiences.
For more information: Premium Walking Trails
Premium City Hiking Trails
Premium City Hiking Trails are trails in cities that include over the entire route a contiguous and balanced ratio of interesting urban and touristic sites and nature experiences both in and close to the city.
For more information: Premium City Hiking Trails