We make the walking heart of Europe beat
Walkers have felt at home in the land of the Hermann for much longer than in other regions. After all, here in the heart of the walking region Teutoburg Forest/Eggegebirge is where Europe’s first long-distance routes meet: The E1 and R1.
Already in 2016 the walking heart of Europe will beat even stronger. We are also developing this unique intersection directly at the Externsteine with bridges and trails from where walkers will be able to start their journey to all corners of Europe.
An installation will also give the location an additional symbolic appeal. It is intended to stand for the uniting effect of walking across Europe and continue to grow – just like our paths and our coexistence.
European walking intersection
You can find the European walking intersection close to the Inselwiese between the Hermann monument and historic old town. This is where Europe’s first long-distance trails meet. At its only intersection point, you can travel via the E1 to the most northerly parts of the European mainland, to the North Cape or the Italian city of Salerno. Via the R1 you can get to Boulogne-Sur-Mer or Calais in the west or St. Petersburg in the east.
The long-distance trail E1 runs over 7000 kilometres lengthways across Europe. It links seven European countries: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The European cycle path R1 is around half as long at 3600km. East and West are brought closer together here across nine countries: France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia.