The premium trails in Germany and neighboring countries have developed rapidly in recent years in terms of quantity and quality and have established themselves as the most important hiking tourism product.
Just as quickly, hikers have become more demanding of the trails, but also of the overall hiking tourism offer of a region or, in the meantime, only of individual places with the associated hiking infrastructure. Today, a comprehensive and up-to-date information system on the trails is expected. The guest wants to get to know a special hiking location.
It is therefore important to recognize unique selling points in one's own hiking destination and to present them to the guest. In particular, catering and accommodation services, but also mobility offers, are almost as important for a successful hiking experience as the trail itself. The availability of regional products is becoming increasingly important. The German Hiking Institute has developed a certificate for premium hiking regions that uses core and optional criteria to guarantee that the region in question offers a comprehensive range of services for hiking guests. Premium hiking regions are the vanguard of hiking. Here, guests are guaranteed a comprehensive hiking experience.
In addition to the hiking regions, more and more individual hiking locations are now emerging that want to offer their guests an outstanding and distinctive hiking experience in a smaller geographical area. The German Hiking Institute now certifies such premium hiking locations comparable to the premium hiking regions. Certification by the German Hiking Institute includes core criteria and elective criteria. The certificate is valid for three years.
The criteria catalog includes four components:
Hiking information system
Hiking trails / hiking events