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The Nord Süd Trail

Germany long distance hiking trail

The USA has its Appalachian Trail, New Zealand the Te Araroa, Italy the VA Sentiero and Germany now has the North South Trail. Cross Germany from north to south through the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe.

The North-South Trail - The cultural-historical long-distance hiking trail in the heart of Europe. A voyage of discovery over 2249 miles for long-distance hikers and thru-hikers.

35 traditional trails and over 30 national parks have been linked together to create this one great long distance trail for your thru-hike

The North South Trail is not a wilderness trail, but it is still so much more! Enjoy the rich German culture with all its diverse landscapes, architecture, castles, beer, poets and monuments, harbors, art and legends, castles, old picturesque villages, traditional costumes and wine.

Welcome to Germany's
longest hiking trail

from the most northern to the most southern point of Germany

Start your hike here

The Nord Süd Trail

Germany, wonderfully wanderlust !

News from the trail

Planning and preparation.

Plan your Thru Hike

Are you ready for your NST adventure? This collection of tools will help you to be as safe, healthy and responsible as possible on Germany's most beautiful hiking trails.

Become a Trail Angel

Do you live on the NST and want to support hikers on their way through Germany?

become a supporter

You want to support the North South Trail and our work financially ?

become a trail sponsor

Fast and unbureaucratic. Would you like to become a volunteer trail sponsor?

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Join our Thru-Hikers virtually - Sign up for the newsletter (German speaking only)

Join our Thru-Hikers virtually - Sign up for the newsletter (German speaking only) Want to be notified who is doing a Thruhike on the North South Trail to support them and follow them at Find Penguins? Just join our mailing list. Registration is of course free(German speaking only)

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Instagram, You Tube, Find Penguins, TikTok, Mastodon

The NST on social networks

Help us to make the North South Trail even better known. Follow us on Instagram and post your best photos of the NST with the hashtag #hikingnst. Send us your best pictures of the North South Trail, we will publish the best ones in the gallery. Document your thruhike on YouTube to raise awareness of the trail. Join the Find Penguins community, your digital stamp book, trail journal and social network for the NST.

Reports, experiences, impressions

Share your story on the NST with others

Would you like to share your experiences on the North South Trail with others? Write a report for the homepage, no matter if Thruhike or Section Hike. What were your impressions and experiences? How did you experience the NST? Why did you abandon your Thruhike? We are happy about any interesting report/photos about the trail that we would like to publish in the blog. If you wish, we can also link to your blog or YouTube channel.

Friends and supporters

Kontakt :

Initiative Nord-Süd-Trail

Paths coordinator Peter “Hobble“

English & Netherlands