Outdoor · Travel

Bergisches Land

We had warm, sunny weather this past weekend, so we spent most of it outdoors.  We biked around the city on Saturday, occasionally stopping into a few shops & treating ourselves to frozen yogurt at Yomaro.  On Sunday, we hiked in an area called Bergisches Land.  This is a low-mountain range area east of Düsseldorf, Köln and Bonn.

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We have hiked in this area before & this time choose a combination of two hikes.  We started at Schöllerhof in Odenthal and hiked along the Eifgenbachtal. The Eifgenbach is a river and we hiked along the river valley and up in the mountains.

At the start of our hike.  Christian next to the Eifgenbach.

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According to our hiking guide, this is supposed to be the prettiest valley in the Bergisches Land.

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This was also a popular mountain biking trail.

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We would come out of the woods & walk through farmland before returning back to the forest.

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Our half-way point in the hike was the Dhünntalsperre.  This is a large water dam near the village of Lindscheid that is fed by the river Dhünn.

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We stopped at the dam for lunch.  We had brought leftovers from our Saturday night dinner (stuffed bread with egg, cheese, ham & herbs).

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After lunch, we hiked back a different way to the village of Altenberg.

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Our destination was the Altenberger Dom.  The Altenberg Cathedral was originally used as a monastery.  It is now used by both Catholics & Protestants.  It is also a popular place for holding concerts.  When we got there, there was an organ concert taking place.

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We walked around the church & treated ourselves to some ice cream at a nearby café.  From here, it was only a five minute walk back to the car.  We hiked for almost four hours & it was around 20km.  We haven’t done a ton of hiking this year, so it was pretty tiring but it was great to be outside!

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