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Experience cycling between coal and nature: the radrevier.ruhr

Martin Donat

Experience cycling between coal and nature: the radrevier.ruhr

Bike Touring Collection by radrevier.ruhr

11

Tours

33:13 h

328 mi

8,925 ft

The fact that you can discover many industrial monuments from the times of mining and steel production in the Ruhr area is not surprising and yet totally exciting. But the Ruhr area has much, much more to offer. Climb the "peaks" of the Potts and enjoy great views from the high heaps to the cities of the metropolis. Discover idyllic water landscapes along the rivers of the Ruhr area and on the shores of beautiful lakes, which are often relics of mining and today serve as green oases for the inhabitants and visitors of the Potts. Follow the traces of old trade routes and experience the blooming front gardens of the cities.

Cycling in the radrevier.ruhr is never boring. A new Highlight awaits you almost behind every bend. Whether industrial monument, cult kiosk or simply a beautiful landscape. On the eleven themed Tours in this Collection, you can discover the Ruhr region in all its facets. All the routes have one thing in common: they use great cycle paths, are full of small and large Highlights and offer more than enough opportunities to fortify yourself along the way. In addition, all the starting points of the Tours can be easily reached by car or — at least as easily — by train. With this in mind: have fun cycling through the Ruhr area and "Glück auf"!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:49
    35.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    In the Ruhr area, you can not only cycle along the eponymous river, the Ruhr, but also discover the Rhine. In Duisburg, the Ruhr flows into the Rhine, whose extensive floodplains and dikes are ideal for long bike rides. Not only in spring, when nature awakens to new life, it is worth discovering the

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    29.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ruhr area has changed dramatically in recent decades. In the past, the blast furnaces burbed here and the coal was mined out of the ground. Where the miners and steel workers used to dig their way, there are now cafes, restaurants, leisure and adventure centers. This approximately 47-kilometer tour

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    24.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is nothing more to do with the Ruhrgebiet than mining. In 2018, however, this era came to an end, as was closed with the Prosper Haniel colliery and the last hard coal mine in radrevier.ruhr. On this tour, you dive into the exciting history of mining, which you can still experience in many places

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    32.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Anyone who has never been to the Ruhr area outside the major city centers will hardly believe how green it is in the surrounding area. This bike tour is the proof that the pot is no longer gray and dusty, but is wonderfully quiet and green. On the RevierRoute "Garden City - experience contrasts" you

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  • Difficult
    02:05
    21.2 mi
    10.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Nowhere else is there such a dense and well-developed cycle path network on old railway lines, as in the Ruhr area. Where once the railways brought raw materials to the factories or transported coal, today you roll silently through the quiet hinterland of the former industrial stronghold. As a rule

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  • Difficult
    03:41
    36.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This tour is already a real classic among Ruhr cyclists: from Ruhr to Ruhr - the name is program. You start in Hattingen along the Ruhr, then leave the river for a hilly detour on the "coal track route" and reach after about 57 kilometers back the river, which not only gave this tour its name.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    28.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The trade of goods used to be much harder in the past than it is today. In order for this to be possible, trade routes were needed and exactly this was the Westphalian "Hellweg", which ran from Duisburg to Höxter. Even today, the course of this historic route is known and can be traced particularly well

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    23.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    600 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you think, in the Ruhr Valley, you are always rolling flat in front of you, are you mistaken. Because here too there are real "mountains" with steep driveways and great views. Admittedly, these mountains are not of natural origin: at industrial weddings in the Ruhr area large heaps of land have been

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    26.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you will get in touch with the black gold of the Ruhr area, with the coal. It still had a long way to go after it was brought out of the depths of the mines. In the coking plant, it was processed into coke at high temperatures and then burned in the blast furnaces of steel production. This

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    38.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The rivers in the Ruhr area have a busy time behind them. Due to the intensive industrial use, they once resembled sewers rather than natural streams. Especially the two rivers Ruhr and Emscher play an important role here. In particular, the Emscher was a real "workhorse" and was long considered one

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    32.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Where many people live and work, they also eat a lot. No wonder then, that in the time before globalization at the gates of the Ruhr area many agricultural enterprises settled, whose extensive agricultural areas still shape the landscape today. On this approximately 52-kilometer tour, you can cycle through

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    328 mi
  • Duration
    33:13 h
  • Elevation
    8,925 ft

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