On foot in our beautiful region in the southern Weserbergland
My colleague Anne and I work at the Tourist Information Office in Hann. Münden, in the beautiful Renaissance town hall in the middle of the historic old town. Whenever our time allows, we explore our beautiful region together. Today we are tempted by the first stage of the popular Weserbergland hiking trail, which starts in Hann. Münden.
The weather beckons with bright sunshine
It's still early in the morning, the sun tickles our noses and lifts our spirits even more. Anne picks me up at home, we pack our backpacks with provisions, put on our walking shoes and set off with my dog Ted towards the city centre. As the stages do not include any circular routes, we have already parked a car early in the morning at our destination in Veckerhagen, about 12 km from Hann. Münden.
The official start of the first stage of the Weserbergland hiking trail in Hann. Münden starts at the Weserstein, steeped in history, which marks the beginning of the Weser River through the confluence of the Werra and Fulda rivers. From there we walk uphill on a zigzag path through the Reinhardswald forest to the Tillyschanze, an observation tower high above the roofs of the town. We've only been walking for about half an hour, but to be on the safe side we fortify ourselves with delicious ice cream in the Tillyschanze forest restaurant. You never know when we'll find such a great opportunity again on our way! :)
Freshly fortified, off we go... Weserbergland hiking trail: here we come
The Weserbergland Trail is well signposted and we walk the stage without a hiking map. Will we make it to our destination, where our car is waiting for us?
We walk uphill for quite a while... but we live in the WeserBERGland after all! On our route, we come to a really beautiful vantage point with a view of the Weser Valley. And right there is also an inviting resting place in the shade of the forest. What luck! Dog and human provisions are set out in a picnic and we let our souls dangle. We also congratulate ourselves on this great idea of doing the hike together!
Strengthened, we set off for the second part of our stage and walk at a brisk pace through to Vaake, one of the two districts of Reinhardshagen. On the way, we meet a group of young people who give us space on the path to the right and left and thus form a funny trellis for us to walk through. I wonder if that was intentional! In any case, it looked very funny! :)
The legs are slowly getting tired, but the path is beautiful
Slowly we notice our legs and feet... but we have already walked 12 kilometres. We like the path from Vaake to Veckerhagen, the second part of the village, because it leads across beautiful fields and meadows. When we reached our destination, we had covered almost 15 kilometres. However, my little dog gets a bit tired at the end and refuses to walk the last 500 metres - we lovingly carry him to the finish! No one is left behind! :)
Our conclusion: We like the path and the landscape, the signposting is sufficient if you keep your eyes open, as some of the signs and markings are a bit small. As there are no refreshment stops along the way, you should take plenty of provisions with you or get something to eat at the Tillyschanze forest restaurant.
Weserbergland hiking trail to retrace
If you would like to retrace our tour, you can find the tour description here: On the Weserbergland Hiking Trail - 1st Stage
We hope you enjoyed it and are already planning our next trip, which we will of course be happy to take you on again. If you would like to learn more about hiking in our beautiful region, then take a look at our article about the "Blümer Berg".