The Gendarme Path

European Quality Trail with certificate from LQT Best of Europe

- 84 kilometres of hiking alongside the waters edge, fields and through forests.

The Gendarme Path is named for the former guards who patrolled the border between Denmark and Germany for many years, and monitored shipping along the coast. The path was patrolled on foot, and each guard had a designated area. The route was comprised of some existing paths to which new extensions across private property were added to complete the present Gendarme Path.

The border guards patrolled the present border from Reunification in 1920 until 1958. The area is now under police jurisdiction.

In 2015 the stages from Padborg to Høruphav was certified as European Quality Trail - the first of this kind in Denmark.
In the fall 2016 the path was extended from Høruphav to Skovby. This part was certified in 2018.

To day you can follow the marked path from Padborg to Skovby, a wonderful nature walk with a length of app. 84 km.

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  • Faciliteter

    • Length in km. (84)
  • Theme

    • History and culture
    • Nature experiences
    • Peace and wellbeing
  • Type

    • Walking tours



Longitude : 9.3609325292346
Latitude : 54.820137363942