Path scouting of hiking trails in the district of Euskrichen

The hiking
trail network in the district of Euskirchen will be completely revised by the
end of 2019. The funding project will reduce the entire network of circular
hiking trails from 1,600 km to around 1,145 km. At the same time, the quality
will be upgraded to meet the high demands of today’s and tomorrow’s generation
of hikers and to increase the value-adding effects of hiking tourism in the
region.

What has
happened so far:

  • New
    conception of 94 local circular hiking trails (called EifelSchleifen)
  • and
    18 theme trails (called EifelSpuren) of which seven hiking trails are to be
    certified as premium hiking trails
  • A
    uniform design of the signposts within the district area

Within the
project, COMPASS GmbH is responsible for the scouting of the 112 circular
hiking trails. Stefan Staub, as GIS and data expert, and Steffen Gebbeken, as
expert in the field of sports and nature tourism, are responsible for the
implementation and processing of the following tasks:

  • The
    recording and digitization of a total of 112 circular hiking trails (POIs). The
    necessary GPX data is recorded in order to:

    • be
      able to add the hiking trails on the outdoor platform
      “Outdooractive”,
    • to
      be able to create hiking maps (online and print) and
    • to
      implement the data in geo-management systems.  
  • The
    creation and preparation of marketing relevant images for each hiking trail, that
    show the characteristics of the trail and the touristic highlights along the
    hiking trails.
  • The
    creation of appealing text material for each hiking trail, such as a short
    thematic description and a detailed description of the hiking trails characteristics
    and POIs, including basic information, such as elevation profile, distance,
    assessment of the degree of difficulty according to criteria of the DAV (Deutscher
    Alpenverein) etc.
  • Preparation
    of the collected data for marketing and communication purposes

We are
looking forward to an exciting, successful project and a good cooperation with
the district of Euskirchen and Nordeifel Tourismus GmbH.

Stefan Staub and Steffen Gebbeken are ready for the path scouting © COMPASS GmbH