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The Painters' Way

Experience the enchanting 70 mile Malerweg long-distance trail, winding through the picturesque heart of Saxon Switzeralnd in central Germany. Embark on a captivating journey, following the fairytale Painters’ Way in eight stages from Pirna-Liebethal, traversing the breathtaking Elbe sandstone mountains, and finishing the route in Pirna.

  • Germany

  • 10 nights
  • Half Board with dinners in the hotel and local restaurants
  • Long Distance Paths

    Culture

    Landscape

    Mountains

  • Jun

    Oct

Challenging

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Walking grade

Grade 6

This is a grade 6 walking holiday where there will be full days of walking up to 7 hours a day. You will walk the Malerweg in eight sections. Expect to complete one section per day with a rest day part way through. The length of the sections vary from 8½ to 13 miles (12 to 21km), with an average length of 10½ miles (17km). The paths are well-made and maintained but most of the sections include relatively steep ascents and descents, some of which involve flights of steps, metal staircases and metal step-ladders. However, the presence of hand rails along the more difficult stretches means that there are no exposed paths anywhere along the route. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 550m. 

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the 70 mile romantic Malerweg (Painters' Way), one of Germany's most beautiful walking routes.
  • Visit Pravčická Brána, Europe’s largest natural stone bridge.
  • Experience a glorious display of contrasting and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Discover unique scenery in the magical Elbe Sandstone Mountains, beauty that has influenced artists for centuries.

Welcome to the captivating Painters' Way, known locally as the Malerweg trail, a mesmerising 70-mile long distance path nestled in the heart of Saxon Switzerland in Germany. Starting from the riverside base in Krippen, adjacent to the popular resort of Bad Schandau, you'll embark on an unforgettable journey along the Painters’ Way in eight stages. 

Nature’s romance unfolds before your eyes with a unique mix of rocky formations, sweeping panoramas, and misty valleys, all along its dramatic 70 miles. This romantic and picturesque trail has inspired talented painters and musicians for centuries.

Venture through lush woods adorned with ferns and mosses, cross scerene meadows and ascend through fissures between majestic pillars of eroded sandstone. As you hike, enjoy the breathtaking views of the meandering River Elbe from rocky viewpoints. Follow winding staircases and narrow paths through the incredible Elbe sandstone mountains, famous for its unique scenery and dramatic landscape. 

The Painters' Way links towns on the Elbe such as Pirna, with its squares and gabled roofs, with hamlets and villages such as Hohnstein, where a castle rises above half-timbered buildings and neat gardens. And of course, it is always easy to find a café serving coffee and cake or a Gasthaus for beer and pretzels.

Discover the magic of this fairytale landscape as you immerse yourself in nature’s splendour along this remarkable route. Don't miss the opportunity to walk the renowned Painters’ Way and immerse yourself in its romantic charm.

  • Return flights from London to Prague.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three-star hotel accomodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half board with dinners taken in the hotel and at local restaruants.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train.
  • Services of a Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Painters' Way

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You fly to Prague airport and transfer by private coach to Krippen, near Bad Schandau where you stay for the following 10 nights. 

Transfer Time = 40m

Day 2

Liebenthal to Stadt Wehlen

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    213/251m

Today begins your impressive journey on the Painters' Way, known locally as the Malerweg trail. Your trail unfolds from Liebenthal, guiding you towards Stadt Wehlen. This initial leg of the trip offers a gentle introduction, with a trail that meanders gracefully along the picturesque Wesenitz stream, weaving its way through the breathtaking expanse of rape-covered fields and the captivating Sächsiche Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) National Park forest. The day concludes in the idyllic Riverside town of Wehlen.  

Day 3

Stadt Wehlen to Hohnstein

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5-6 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    502/321m

Your second day presents a more exhilarating challenge. You commence by walking alongside the serene river Elbe, soaking in the tranquility of the waters before ascending steeply uphill. As you ascend, the trail rewards us with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape, providing a feast for the eyes.

Your destination is the awe-inspiring Bastei area, a unique formation of jagged sandstone rocks sculpted by the hands of time over centuries. Once a dwelling for the Neurathen castle, only traces of its history remain today. However, the star attraction is the majestic Bastei Bridge, an astounding 76.5-metre natural bridge that gracefully spans between the towering rock formations. 

Concluding the hike, you will find yourself in the charming town of Hohnstein.

Day 4

Hohnstein to Altendorf

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    573/664m

Embarking from Hohnstein, your journey follows a delightful pine forest trail beneath majestic sandstone cliffs, leading to the awe-inspiring Brand viewpoint, known as the 'Balcony of Saxon Switzerland'. From this vantage point, you are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views that leave you captivated by the surrounding natural beauty.

Descending along 800 steps, you gracefully make your way to the valley floor of the Polenztal, immersing yourself in the serene landscape. Soon, you'll ascend once more, arriving at the picturesque village of Waitzdorf, where the charm of the countryside embraces you.

Your final destination for the day is the quaint village of Altendorf, offering a glimpse of the rocky wonder that awaits you tomorrow—the formidable Schrammsteine area. As the day comes to a close, you can already feel the anticipation building for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 5

Free day

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During the holiday, you will have a free day to explore the area independently. Perhaps take a trip to Dresden or Praque, or enjoy the spa area at the hotel. Your leader will be able to suggest some ideas. 

Day 6

Altendorf to Neumannmühle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    668/753m

Today's adventure commences with a thrilling descent through a dramatic gorge, leading to the Kirnitzschtal. As you traverse the historic tram line from Bad Schandau, you're enveloped in a sense of nostalgia and the allure of the past.

The route ahead unfolds into a slightly challenging path, as you ascend amidst the rocky terrain, aided by a collection of steps and a short ladder thoughtfully placed within the crevices of the rock face. Given the steepness of this section, for a cautious pace, allowing you to savour every moment of the climb.

Atop the Schrammsteine's jagged sandstone rock formations, you're greeted by breathtaking vistas that unfold along the ridge. The awe-inspiring views offer a glimpse into the splendor of nature's artistry, captivating your senses.

As you know, what goes up must come down, and you embark on a steep descent, navigating more steps with care and precision. Crossing the tram line once again, you continue your journey, ascending to the grand finale of the day—the magnificent rock archway known as the Kuhstall. This spectacular natural wonder leaves you in awe of Earth's geological marvels.

Finally, you find yourself back in the welcoming embrace of the valley, where there is time to reflect on the day's exhilarating experiences and the beauty that lies in every step of this remarkable trail.



Day 7

Neumannmühle to Schmilka

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    628/688m

Your journey leads you through enchanting wooded paths, where the terrain can be steep and challenging underfoot. Yet, the rewards awaiting at the summits of Grosses Pohlshorn and Goldsteinaussicht make every effort worthwhile. The sweeping views from these elevated vantage points leave you in awe of the surrounding natural beauty.

Reaching the pinnacle of your hike, the magnificent Grosses Winterberg at an impressive height of 556 meters, you'll encounter a tower that beckons you to climb. Ascending its steps, you are granted a breathtaking 360-degree view of the rolling hills and lush forests that stretch as far as the eye can see. 

Descending once again, your path leads you to the alluring and tranquil riverside town of Schmilka, nestled just a few hundred meters from the border of the Czech Republic. This picturesque riverside town, with its sleepy charm, welcomes us as you conclude your memorable trek through this captivating landscape.

Day 8

Schmilka to Kurort Gohrisch

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6-7 hours

  • Distance

    12.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    520/330m

Your journey continues from Schmilka to Kurort Gohrisch, now on the picturesque south side of the Elbe. Today's path treats you to a delightful mix of wooded trails and open terrains. As you amble amidst the idyllic farm fields, the charming village of Reinhardtsdorf beckons, boasting an impressive baroque-style church that stands as a testament to its rich history.

To reach the summit of Papstdorf, you conquer a set of invigorating steps, and the effort is undoubtedly rewarded with breathtaking vistas that unfold before your eyes. The panoramic views from this vantage point offer a glimpse of the natural wonders that surround you, leaving you in awe of the world's beauty.

As you continue along this enchanting route, you find yourself immersed in the ever-changing landscape, and you eagerly anticipate the adventures that await as you proceed to Kurort Gohrisch.

Day 9

Kurort Gohrisch to Kurort Rathen

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    13 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    554/654m

From Kurort Gohrisch, your journey leads you to Kurort Rathen, presenting an array of captivating landscapes and historic wonders. Your first leg takes you across fields, treating you to magnificent views of the imposing Konigstein Castle in the distance, a sight that stirs a sense of wonder.

Next, embark on a challenging ascent to the summit of Pfaffenstein, a flat-topped mountain, where a trail of wooden and iron steps awaits. Though the climb demands some effort, the rewarding views from the peak make it all worthwhile.

Amidst the serene forest surrounding the Quirl rocks, you'll savour a tranquil walk, soaking in the natural beauty that envelops you. A well-deserved lunch break awaits in the charming town of Konigstein, offering a chance to rejuvenate before the next leg of your journey.

Post-lunch, you tackle a steep climb that takes you along the outskirts of the historic Konigstein Castle, a fascinating glimpse into the past. Pressing onward, your path leads you through the quaint village of Weissig before you begin your descent to Kurort Rathen, where the serene River Elbe awaits, flowing gently amidst the picturesque surroundings.

 

Day 10

Kurort Rathen to Pirna

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5-6 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    352/372m

Today's adventure beckons you to conquer another flat-topped mountain, the Rauenstein. While it may not reach the heights of the previous climb, the ascent remains engaging, offering plenty of challenging steps. As you ascend, the breathtaking ridge walk opens up, treating you to magnificent vistas across the Elbe, with the iconic Bastei Rock—a highlight from section 2 of the journey—standing majestically in the distance.

Descending from the ridge, follow a steep, cobbled path leading up to the charming village of Naundorf. Strolling along the tranquil banks of the Elbe, make your way towards Pirna, the final destination of your trail. The journey concludes at the Canaletto House, aptly adorned with a remarkable painting by Canaletto himself, showcasing the unchanging beauty of Pirna's market square.

As you reflect on the diverse landscapes, challenging climbs, and rewarding vistas encountered throughout the trail, you may feel a sense of accomplishment and awe at the wonders that nature and history have bestowed upon you during this remarkable journey.

Day 11

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

You transfer by road to Prague airport for your return flight.

Departure dates for your selected tour

27th Jun 2024 - 7th Jul 2024 (10 Nights)

3rd Oct 2024 - 13th Oct 2024 (10 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Prague.
  • Airport transfers by road c.1 hour 40 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Erbgericht

Krippen is a small and quiet district, just a short boat ride across the River Elbe from Bad Schandau, a medieval spa town and one of the oldest resorts in Saxon Switzerland in Germany. 

There are two food shops close to the hotel plus a small supermarket, a large supermarket and a tourist information office.  If you fancy relaxation and wellness then the Toskana Therme Bad Schandau water and wellness complex is across from the hotel on the other side of the River Elbe. 

You stay in the comfortable three star Hotel Erbgericht just 100m away from the river Elbe. This classic small town hotel has a distinctive German character and is staffed by a friendly and helpful team. To help you unwind after a days exploration on the Painters' Way, there is a sauna area and a sun terrace. 

You'll stay in twin/double and single bedded rooms. Twin bedded rooms usually contain typical ‘Austrian type beds’ which consist of one bed frame fitted with two single mattresses and bed-packs with individual duvets. Rooms are traditional and simple but comfortable, and facilities include:

  • En suite accommodation
  • Free WIFI
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Hairdryer


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 6 walking holiday where there will be full days of walking up to 7 hours a day. You will walk the Malerweg in eight sections. Expect to complete one section per day with a rest day part way through. The length of the sections vary from 8½ to 13 miles (12 to 21km), with an average length of 10½ miles (17km). The paths are well-made and maintained but most of the sections include relatively steep ascents and descents, some of which involve flights of steps, metal staircases and metal step-ladders. However, the presence of hand rails along the more difficult stretches means that there are no exposed paths anywhere along the route. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 550m. 

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Germany

The currency in Germany is the euro .

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London to Prague. Regional flights are available on some dates. Please be aware that there may be a wait at the airport as the transfers for all flights are combined on arrival and departure.  

The transfer from Prague Airport to your hotel in Krippen is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, and will be by private transfer. ours.

Transport during the holiday will be by taxi, local buses or ferry.

 If you intend joining and leaving the party in Krippen, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.


Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday price.  

You will enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel with a variety of cold and hot dishes to choose from. 

You will enjoy dinner in the hotel's restaurant and in local restaurants. You will enjoy a three course meal in the hotel's highly rated restaurant where you can expect local delicacies created using fresh locally sourced ingredients. 

Three dinners will be taken in local restaurants. You'll usually choose smaller and family run restaurants, serving traditional food. Eating in local restaurants allow us to enjoy an authentic experience along with local diners. Some restaruants may involve a short walk and boat crossing if you decide to eat across the river in Bad Schandau.

Lunches are not included in the price of the holiday. You can usually take these as a picnic lunch or in a local cafe. 

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Germany

In Germany the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Germany

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Germany.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Germany

  • Capital

    Berlin

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    German

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • February

    0°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • March

    3°C

    Avg. Rain: 46mm

  • April

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 50mm

  • May

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • June

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 77mm

  • July

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 85mm

  • August

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • September

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 60mm

  • October

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • November

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 54mm

  • December

    1°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

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