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The hidden hike: Germany’s W(h)isper Trails, where time stands still

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According to Robert Carrera, the Wisper river speaks its own language. “Can you hear it – this murmur and whisper of the water?” the hiking guide asks. The small river meanders through the Rhine-Taunus region in western Germany, from Lorch on Rhine in Hesse to the town of Heidenrod, through a quiet and seemingly unspectacular landscape. Cornfields, horse paddocks, a couple of tranquil villages and deep forests with beech, oak and maple line the low mountain range to the left and right of the Wisper. Compared to the bustling banking hub at the heart of the greater Frankfurt area, some 50 kilome…

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