Hattingen's surrounding area is beyond charming. South of the idyllic Ruhr valley is where the Elfinghauser Schweiz, which is part of the Bergisches Land, starts.
Here you can hike alongside meandering streams through meadows and valleys or you can follow well-kept footpaths on your way up. Various country inns provide the perfect starting point for hiking and bicycle tours.
Additional details can be found on the website of the "Bürger-, Heimat,- und Verkehrsverein Elfringhausen und Umgebung e.V." www.hattingen-elfringhausen.de