This walk through Derchinger Wald, or Derchinger forest, is a lovely short hike amongst the flowers and trees, perfect for an after-work stroll or an ideal running route.
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The Derchinger Wald Walk starts from a small car park near the village of Derchinger, just northeast of Augsburg.
Tips for Derchinger Wald Walk
- Wild boar live in the forest, don’t approach them.
- Keep a lookout for mountain bikers whizzing along the smaller paths.
- If you’re doing this hike in the evening, take a headlamp* for when it gets dark.
- There are lots of paths in this forest, so have an offline maps app such as Maps.me to make sure you don’t get lost.
- The tracks can be muddy so wear appropriate shoes.
- Go on a walking tour of nearby Augsburg
- Find other great hikes on our Germany Hiking Page.
Derchinger Wald Walking Route
From the car park head out and slightly uphill on the track along the fence by some gardens. Take the first left and swing round the corner to reach the high point of Moosberg. This isn’t an obvious high point, but you’ll see the woodland sloping away to either side.
Just over 1 km from the beginning, the track bends right in a small open area. When we were there, blooming Himalayan Balsam lined the path- an invasive species with pretty pink flowers. Continue 500 metres to a T-junction with another track. Take the slightly hidden small path straight ahead. Mountain bikers used this trail so keep an eye out for them.
Small Paths and Fields
Meander left through the wood and then through some denser greenery. The trail bends right on the other side and continues through woodland back up to a main track. You’ll see an open area to your left – head here and then right to walk along the edge of the field. Note the sorghum and sunflowers on the left, with rolling hills in the distance.
Back into Derchinger Wald
At the bottom corner of the field turn right back into the woodland. Just after the track turns a corner, take the smaller path right up through some beautiful trees. On the main track at the top head left and then right down the grassy ride into the tall trees. It can sometimes be muddy on this track, though the worst can be avoided by walking just to the side in the woodland.
At the main track on the other side head left and then right. As you near a road, turn right along a vegetation boundary in the forest. When you meet another main track, head right and continue straight on and back to the car park.