Experience cycling between coal and nature: the radrevier.ruhr

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radrevier.ruhr

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 — no wonder that the ADFC also loves the Pott and has included it in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken". 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
    04:07
    38.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    500 ft
    525 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 river with its species-rich flora and fauna by bike.This round trip starts in Wesel and leads you on a total of almost 54 kilometers, first upstream to the south, later back north to the starting point. Translating in Orsoy by ferry is a special experience and at the same time marks the turning point of the tour. On the way you will enjoy the open river landscape and cycle through cozy villages. The impressive Lippe estuary delta is the last big highlight of the bike ride before you return to Wesel.The tour has about 140 vertical meters - quite feasible. Nevertheless, this tour can sometimes put sweat on your forehead, because the wind that blows along the river is sometimes much more demanding than the few gradients. But that's part of it - you'll be rewarded with a wonderfully natural, quiet route, which stands out clearly from the classic industrial culture routes in radrevier.ruhr.Since this tour is a circuit, you can basically start where you want. From Duisburg you can take the regional train particularly easy to Voerde, Friedrichsfeld or to our proposed tour start in Wesel.

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    49.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    950 ft
    900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very 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 is all about this large-scale changes.And so the tour also begins at one of the most striking objects of the pot's industrial culture: the gasometer in Oberhausen. Its sight is impressive and worth a visit. Inside there are changing exhibitions and a view from the roof to the Ruhr area is always breathtaking. Past the Centro - the largest shopping street in Europe - you start via the green path to the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, which is also a prime example of structural change. Today there is a cultural center where concerts are held, where you can let loose on climbing walls or just enjoy the bizarre atmosphere with a mix of steel, rust and greenery.Later, you will cycle to the banks of the Rhine and pass the ThyssenKrupp plant, which is still in operation along the line, unlike many other industrial buildings. Again and again, you can throw great views of blast furnaces and other industrial buildings, which create a very special atmosphere, especially in the dusk and at sunset, which only exists in the Ruhr area.Towards the end of the tour, you roll back relaxed over a former railway line back to the starting point. The Hoag Route is a particularly good example of how to combine the old with the new in the Ruhr area while preserving the history and culture of bygone days.The Gasometer is easily accessible, whether by car or public transport. There are many variations along the way. For example, you have access to the popular Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. You also do not have to worry about your physical well-being because on the way you will pass numerous restaurants, cafes and even some breweries.

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    34.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 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 with all your senses in the pot.Let's go to one of the absolute highlights in the whole Ruhr area: the UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen. Just passing by here would almost be outrageous. It is best to plan enough time before or after your tour to, for example, take part in one of the interesting guided tours and pay a visit to the Ruhr Museum. By the way, you can enjoy an absolutely breathtaking view over the entire Ruhr area from the roof of the former coal wash.On the beautiful railway route Nordsternweg you then make your way on the way. The Schurenbachhalde in Essen as well as the Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen are recommendable detours off the tour and also a little later in Bottrop worth a little dangling from the main path. Granted, the driveway up to the tetrahedron is a bit exhausting, but it's well worth it: Here, too, offers a great view and the tetrahedron is one of the top highlights of the whole region.Now you cycle on past Oberhausen and back towards Essen. From the quiet Hexbachtal, which is a nice contrast to the otherwise rather urban environment, you get to the "RS1", the Radschnellweg, which is the showcase project of German bicycle infrastructure. It is finished on a section of about ten kilometers - here you can already experience how the bike path will later extend over 100 kilometers through the entire Ruhr area. Shortly before you arrive back at the starting point of the tour, we recommend a break in the beautiful Radcafe "Radmosphäre", which invites you to a pleasant rest on the beautiful Niederfeldsee.The starting point of the tour can be easily reached by car, by public transport or directly by bike. On the way there are countless possibilities for short trips. Whether interesting sights or to strengthen you - this tour is pure variety!

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  • Intermediate
    03:30
    35.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 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 get to see the concentrated beauty of flora and fauna in Radrevier.ruhr - and almost no traffic.The approximately 48-kilometer round trip is a bit hilly - but also totally idyllic and above all so low in traffic that it is still ideally suited for children. You are almost exclusively on the attractive routes, which were created especially for cyclists. You start at Mülheim central station and turn directly onto the "RS1", the German flagship bike path, which brings you on a wide road in the direction of Essen. Here you change to the Grugatrasse - a detour into the green Grugapark offers itself. On the way down to the Ruhr you pass the garden city Margarethenhöhe. Once established as a workers' settlement, it is considered one of the most beautiful settlements in the Ruhrgebiet. If you like, you can take a detour here for a break.The Ruhrtalradweg, one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany, will take you along Lake Baldeney to the historic districts of Werden and Kettwig. Here it is worthwhile to take a short stroll into the historic half-timbered old town - the cozy cafés invite you to take a break. Then you drive through the picturesque Ruhrauen back to Mülheim Hauptbahnhof.As it is a circuit, you can of course enter the route everywhere. Our tour starts at Mülheim Hauptbahnhof and is therefore particularly suitable for traveling by train. The route crosses other popular bike paths through the Ruhrpott in many places, so you can vary the tour at will.

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    21.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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, the old routes run far away from traffic and without significant gradients. In the course of deindustrialization, a network of exceptionally good cycle paths has been created here.You start the rather short tour with 36 kilometers at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. Enough time to explore this exciting place - the mix of old industrial buildings and green oasis adds to a remarkable atmosphere. Old and new meet here and there are many nice places to pause, where you can have this great atmosphere on you. Then it starts: Over the Erzbahntrasse you drive towards Gelsenkirchen, where a stop at Holgers Erzbahnbude is actually mandatory. Racing bikers, e-bikers and recreational cyclists meet at the iconic booth to enjoy a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and sometimes even live music. In summer there is something going on here even in the late evening.Continue on the Kray-Wanner-Bahn into the Ruhr Valley to the Railway Museum Bochum-Dahlhausen. For the largest private railway museum in Germany, you can also plan some time again and maybe you even feel like taking a ride on the museum railway. About the Springorum cycle path it goes back to Bochum. If you still feel like having an evening program, we can recommend a pub crawl in the notorious Bermuda Triangle or - more dignified - a visit to the well-known musical "Starlight Express".

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  • Difficult
    03:43
    35.3 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 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.Let's start in Hattingen, where you have the choice whether you want to arrive by train or car. If you come by train, you simply start at the station. By car we recommend you to start directly at the Henrichshütte, because here are many parking lots.From here you drive to the bank of the Ruhr, where you follow the Ruhrtalradweg for a few kilometers. Here you can enjoy the beautiful river landscape and the Kemnader Lake, where you can treat yourself to a delicious ice cream. In the summer, when the weather is good, there is always an ice cream truck right next to the large car park that will provide you with the sweet treat. A little later, the next break is already on, when you cross the Ruhr by ferry. The small Ruhrtalfähre is specially designed for walkers and cyclists and brings you silently (as with electric drive) to the other shore. Shortly thereafter you can learn a lot about the beginnings of mining in the Ruhr area in the Nachtigall colliery and even enter a small visitor tunnel.Now you have taken enough breaks. In the further course, the cycling is in the foreground and on a really scenic route. The recently inaugurated bike path on the former route of the Elbschetalbahn is just as much a highlight as the quietly located Kohlenbahn, over which you always come slightly downhill to Hattingen. Another highlight awaits you here, the LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte in Hattingen. If you still have time, then be sure to visit this breathtaking terrain, where the oldest blast furnace in the Ruhr area is today.

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    28.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    950 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 by bike. And that's exactly what you do on this beautiful bike ride that starts in Unna directly on the Hellweg.From the start in Unna you take a direct course on the old Hellweg, which you follow for a while. In the past it was an important trade route, today it takes you away from the city bustle in peace through picturesque meadows and fields. If the route turns south and heads for Wickede, it gets a bit hilly. You now cross the Haarstrang, a range of hills that stretches from west to east in the southern part of the city of Dortmund as well as over the district of Unna and Soest. From the ridge you can enjoy a wide view over the surrounding countryside.It follows a nice downhill to the Ruhr Valley, where you follow the RuhrtalRadweg shortly. In Fröndenberg the Kettenschmiedemuseum offers itself for a break. There you can admire machines for chain production, the components of which have been painstakingly collected over the years.A second time over the hair strand, past Holzwickede and back to Unna. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés waiting for you in the cozy old town, where you can rest and strengthen yourself after the tour. If you still have time and desire, Unna offers with the Center for International Light Art an extraordinary cultural highlight: It is the only museum in the world, in which exclusively light art works are exhibited.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    27.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    775 ft
    825 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 formed from the spoil of overburden, slag and construction debris, which have permanently changed the landscape of the Ruhr area. Where once inhospitable lunar landscapes were, you will find today a varied, renatured hilly landscape, which is ideally suited to be discovered by bike.This tour is dedicated to 38 kilometers of the mountains of the Ruhr, the heaps. You start in Essen and button one after the other the heaps Rheinelbe, Pluto, Hoppenbruch and Hoheward. You only steal the heaps. If you want to scale their "peaks", add some altitude and distance to the tour. At the foot of the heaps, it is self-explanatory, where it goes up and even if this tour is a bit more strenuous, you should not miss here and there the great view from the top of the Ruhr area.In addition to the dumps, there are even more highlights waiting for you on this tour. For the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein you should definitely schedule time and on the Erzbahntrasse is a break in Holgers Erzbahnbude actually mandatory. By the way, the way is in the truest sense of the word already the goal: the tour takes you mostly on beautiful quiet Bahntrassenradwege, which are simply a pleasure!This tour starts at Essen main station and ends in Recklinghausen. From here you can easily return to the starting point by train: the RE42 regional express takes just 20 minutes.

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    34.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,400 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 way of coal has left its mark, which you can still discover today. On the approximately 40 kilometers of this tour you go on an expedition.The journey begins in Dortmund at the Zeche Zollern, one of the most beautiful industrial plants from the coal age in the pot. Hard to imagine that the castle-like complex in the 1960s was almost demolished. Instead, it marks the beginning of industrial monument preservation in Germany today and houses a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the mine and the people who worked here. So, before it really starts, it's worth taking some time to visit the complex.Then you start cycling. Mostly over old railway lines you are on the way. In the past, freight trains rattled here full of coal through the Ruhr area, today the former railway tracks are wonderful cycle paths that you can fully enjoy. Along the Emscher you will roam Dortmund and if you still have time and power, here is worth a short trip to Phoenix West, where you can experience an old blast furnace plant on a "Skywalk" up close. In addition, the Bergmann brewery with beer garden invites you to a culinary break.With the coking plant Hansa you reach then another highlight on the route. Coke was still produced here until 1992 - today an adventure trail tells of this time. From the coal tower you have a wonderful panorama over the complex. Before you reach the starting point of the tour, you can enjoy the idyllic nature reserve Dellwiger Bach on the last few kilometers.There are parking spaces at Zollern colliery, so you can arrive relaxed by car. Even easier is it by regional train: The line RB42 drives you from the Dortmund central station to the station Dortmund Bövinghausen - from here it is a stone's throw to the colliery. But the most beautiful is undoubtedly the journey by bike: on the bike paths R10 and R31 as well as on the Emscher Park cycle path, there are many beautiful routes here, which make the journey to the start of the tour to a wonderful experience.

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    38.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 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 of the dirtiest rivers in the Ruhr. Luckily these times are over. Both rivers have been and will be extensively renatured and shine today in new splendor, which you can discover on this 62-kilometer tour from Dortmund to the weather in peace.It starts at the Dortmund main station. A short distance through the city and you are already on the banks of the Emscher. From now on, the sights and photo motifs line up. The beautiful Phoenixsee, the Wasserschloss Haus Rodenberg and of course the Emscherquellhof - it is always worthwhile to stop, to enjoy the beautiful places and to learn something about their exciting history at the same time.Over the hair strand it becomes hilly for a short time, before you roll into the Ruhr valley and follow the Ruhr river downstream in the direction of the weather. On the way you can marvel at impressive bridges or just enjoy idyllic sections through the tranquility. Special highlights towards the end of the tour are the two Ruhr barrages Hengsteysee and Harkortsee. Just before you reach Wetter, you can fortify yourself in a café right on the banks of the lake and enjoy the idyllic river that is so beautiful and peaceful today. Only a few minutes, then you have already reached the destination of the tour: From the station in weather you can easily get back to Dortmund by S-Bahn (line S5).

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    35.6 mi
    9.3 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 this green garden of the Potts in peace.The tour starts at Dorsten station and leads you first in the direction of Bottrop. Here you come through the Kirchheller Heide, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Ruhr area. In late summer you can admire the flowers of the many plants here, but of course it is just as much fun to cycle through it at any other time of year - the idyllic Heidesee is definitely worth a stop.In Hünxe you then cross the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal, before you slowly make your way back on a former railway line through Schermbeck. In Dorsten you can then refresh yourself in the Atlantis water park or add another culinary trip. We've added two extra small extra stops to the official route that ends at Dorsten Station again: The currywurst drive-in "Currystation 52" is a real cult. Here's sausage with sauces from star chef Björn Freitag, who incidentally is a child of the Ruhr area and Dorsten in his star restaurant "Goldener Anker" operates. If you also prefer to follow the motto of this tour in terms of cuisine, we recommend the Hofcafé by Bauer Dalhaus, which serves delicious cakes and coffee. In the farm shop you can also buy regional, agricultural products and take home a small souvenir of this beautiful bike ride.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    379 mi
  • Duration
    39:22 h
  • Elevation
    10,525 ft

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