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Swalm Brook

  • Author: TrailExplorer


This cross-border walk goes through the unspoilt Swalm Brook nature reserve with forests, heath and wetlands along the way, with the meandering Swalm as one of the eye-catchers.

Distance: 15 km.

Time: 4h00.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: No.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: No info.

Trail: 98% unpaved.

Marking: Blue rectangle with white W.

Hiking shoes recommended.



Even on the river bed of the Swalm, the hiker notices whether he is on the Dutch or German side: in Germany the river has been channeled since 1904. In the Netherlands he remained more or less untouched. It was the same with the forests: On the German side of the border a forestry area, on the Dutch side the area often still has the character of a primeval forest. For a long time, the path along the border was a secret tip for hikers. It runs on winding roads along moist meadows and pounds for the protection of all kinds of plants and animals. The route goes from the juniper heath, through the northern part of the Swalm Brook to the open waters of the Elmpter Brook. The beautiful development of the animal and plant world through the restoration of an old arm of the Swalm to its original condition is wonderful to see. Hikers passing through the juniper heath should definitely climb the observation tower. From there they have a fantastic panoramic view over the versatile marsh landscape.


Well marked.

Map & Poi's.