Pieterpad (other known as the “Pieter Path” or sometimes marked as “LAW 9”) is the most popular long-distance hiking trail in the Netherlands. It crosses all of the Netherlands, starting at Pieterburen, a coastal northern city, and ending at Saint Pietersberg (Mount Saint Peter), near the Netherlands-Belgium border. The trail itself is roughly 500 km long and goes just along the border with Germany, and some optional variations of the trail even slightly cross into Germany. Along the way, you’ll see many forests, pasture lands, old cities, tiny villages, and experience a lot of wildlife. The trail itself is very well-waymarked and the elevation gain is minimal, so it can be done by almost anyone. Another popular trail in the Netherlands is the GR5, which goes from the Netherlands coast to Nice, France, along the Alps.
Statistics About Pieterpad
- Start point: Pieterburen, the Netherlands
- End point: Saint Pietersberg (Mount Saint Peter), the Netherlands
- Total distance: 498 km / 309 miles
- Total altitude gain/loss: 1632 m / 5354 ft
- Highest point: 135 m / 443 ft
- Countries crossed: the Netherlands, Germany (optional, and only barely)
- Time to finish: Usually3 to 4 weeks
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