The Nahe Valley is one of the underrated natural gems of Germany. The river flows from the Saarland into the Rhine and cuts through a sandstone plateau, creating a series of beautiful gorges. The Kirner Dolomites are a series of cliffs and castles built on outcroppings above a tributary to the Nahe valley. This hike offers beautiful views and dramatic cliffs with lots of castles.
The underrated Nahe Valley has numerous tributaries that extend into the Hunsrück Highlands. This one which goes up and around the Simmertal valley, visits several dramatic outlooks of the landscape along with traces of ancient castles and industrial heritage.
This is a long hike that takes you to some of the more impressive-looking medieval structures in the Maas Valley. Whereas most of the castles in the region are either Renaissance or Baroque palaces, the castles here will at least appear more medieval.
Unlike most of the hikes on this site, this one is just for the natural beauty of the Ardenne. Since much of the forest is less "forest" and more "curated agricultural land", its nice to find a spot where the forest seems dense and ancient.
The highlights of this trip will certainly be the Warfusee and Jehay Palaces, both of which are museums and both have regular opening hours. At certain points along the river you will also get sweeping views of the River, though not as impressive as elsewhere.