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
    03:51
    34.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The tour includes 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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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    30.2 mi
    9.2 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Das Ruhrgebiet hat sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten stark verändert. Früher bollerten hier die Hochöfen und wurde die Kohle aus dem Untergrund gefördert. Wo sich damals die Berg- und Stahlarbeiter abrackerten, stehen heute Cafés, Restaurants, Freizeit- und Erlebniszentren. Diese rund 47 Kilometer lange Tour steht ganz im Zeichen dieser großflächigen Veränderungen.Und somit beginnt die Tour auch an einem der markantesten Objekte der Industriekultur des Potts: am Gasometer in Oberhausen. Sein Anblick ist beeindruckend und ein Besuch lohnt sich. Im Inneren gibt es wechselnde Ausstellungen und ein Blick vom Dach aufs Ruhrgebiet ist allemal atemberaubend. Vorbei am Centro – der größten Einkaufsmeile Europas – startest du über den grünen Pfad zum Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, der ebenfalls ein Paradebeispiel des Strukturwandels darstellt. Heute befindet sich hier ein kulturelles Zentrum, in dem Konzerte veranstaltet werden, wo man sich an Kletterwänden austoben kann oder wo man einfach die skurrile Atmosphäre mit einem Mix aus Stahl, Rost und grüner Natur genießt. Im weiteren Verlauf radelst du ans Ufer des Rheins und passierst dabei das ThyssenKrupp-Werk, das im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Industriebauten entlang der Strecke noch in Betrieb ist. Immer wieder kannst du hier tolle Blicke auf Hochöfen und andere Industrie-Gebäude werfen, die vor allem in der Dämmerung und bei Sonnenuntergang eine ganz besondere Atmosphäre schaffen, die es so nur im Ruhrgebiet gibt. Gegen Ende der Tour rollst du über eine ehemalige Bahnstrecke entspannt zurück zum Ausgangspunkt. Die Hoag-Trasse ist ein besonders schönes Beispiel dafür, wie man im Ruhrgebiet Altes mit Neuem verbindet und dabei die Geschichte und Kultur vergangener Tage bewahrt. Das Gasometer erreichst du spielend leicht, egal ob per Auto oder mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln. Entlang der Strecke bieten sich zahlreiche Variationen an. So hast du zum Beispiel Anbindung an den beliebten Ruhrtalradweg. Auch um dein leibliches Wohl brauchst du dich nicht zu sorgen, denn unterwegs kommst du an zahlreichen Restaurants, Cafés und sogar an einigen Brauhäusern vorbei.

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    28.6 mi
    9.7 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Nichts verbindet man mehr mit dem Ruhrgebiet, als den Bergbau. 2018 ging diese Ära jedoch zu Ende, als mit der Zeche Prosper Haniel auch die letzte Steinkohlezeche im radrevier.ruhr geschlossen wurde. Auf dieser Tour tauchst du aber nochmal ein in die spannende Geschichte des Bergbaus, die du im Pott nach wie vor an vielen Stellen mit allen Sinnen erleben kannst.Los geht‘s an einem der absoluten Highlights im ganzen Ruhrgebiet: dem UNESCO-Welterbe Zeche Zollverein in Essen. Hier einfach nur vorbeizuradeln, wäre beinahe Frevel. Am besten planst du also vor oder nach deiner Tour genügend Zeit ein, um zum Beispiel an einer der interessanten Führungen teilzunehmen und dem Ruhr-Museum einen Besuch abzustatten. Ganz nebenbei kannst du so vom Dach der ehemaligen Kohlewäsche eine absolut atemberaubende Aussicht über das gesamte Ruhrgebiet genießen.Über die schöne Bahntrasse Nordsternweg machst du dich anschließend auf den Weg. Die Schurenbachhalde in Essen sowie der Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen sind empfehlenswerte Abstecher abseits der Tour und auch wenig später in Bottrop lohnt sich ein kleiner Schlenker vom Hauptweg weg. Zugegeben, die Auffahrt hoch zum Tetraeder ist ein bisschen anstrengend, lohnt sich aber allemal: Auch hier erwartet dich eine tolle Aussicht und auch das Tetraeder ist eins der Top-Highlights der ganzen Region. Nun radelst du weiter, vorbei an Oberhausen und zurück in Richtung Essen. Vom ruhigen Hexbachtal, das einen schönen Kontrast zum sonst eher städtischen Umfeld darstellt, gelangst du auf den „RS1“, den Radschnellweg, der das Vorzeigeprojekt deutscher Fahrrad-Infrastruktur ist. Auf einem rund zehn Kilometer langen Abschnitt ist er fertig – hier kannst du bereits erleben, wie der Radweg sich später über 100 Kilometer lang durchs gesamte Ruhrgebiet ziehen wird. Kurz bevor du wieder am Ausgangsort der Tour ankommst, empfiehlt sich noch eine Pause im schönen Radcafé „Radmosphäre“, das zu einer gemütlichen Rast am schönen Niederfeldsee einlädt.Den Ausgangspunkt der Tour erreichst du leicht per Auto, mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln oder auch direkt mit dem Rad. Unterwegs bieten sich unzählige Möglichkeiten für kleine Abstecher. Ob interessante Sehenswürdigkeiten oder um dich zu stärken – diese Tour ist Abwechslung pur!

  • Intermediate
    03:36
    35.0 mi
    9.7 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 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
    03:01
    26.6 mi
    8.8 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Auf dieser Tour gehst du auf Tuchfühlung mit dem schwarzen Gold des Ruhrgebiets, mit der Kohle. Diese hatte noch einen langen Weg vor sich, nachdem sie aus der Tiefe der Bergwerke ans Tageslicht befördert wurde. In der Kokerei wurde sie bei hohen Temperaturen zu Koks verarbeitet und dann schlussendlich in den Hochöfen der Stahlproduktion verfeuert. Dieser Weg der Kohle hat Spuren hinterlassen, die du auch heute noch entdecken kannst. Auf den rund 40 Kilometern dieser Tour begibst du dich auf Entdeckungsreise.Die Fahrt beginnt in Dortmund an der Zeche Zollern, eine der schönsten Industrieanlagen aus der Kohlezeit im Pott. Kaum vorstellbar, dass die schlossartige Anlage in den 1960er Jahren beinahe abgerissen worden wäre. Stattdessen markiert sie heute den Beginn der Industriedenkmalpflege in Deutschland und beherbergt eine Dauerausstellung, die die Geschichte des Bergwerks und der Menschen, die hier arbeiteten, erzählt. Bevor es also richtig losgeht, lohnt es sich, für eine Besichtigung der Anlage etwas Zeit einzuplanen.Dann radelst du los. Größtenteils über alte Bahntrassen machst du dich auf den Weg. Früher rasselten hier die Güterzüge voll mit Kohle durchs Ruhrgebiet, heute sind die ehemaligen Bahntrassen herrliche Radwege, die du voll und ganz genießen kannst. Entlang der Emscher streifst du Dortmund und falls du noch Zeit und Power hast, lohnt sich hier ein kleiner Abstecher nach Phoenix West, wo du eine alte Hochofenanlage über einen „Skywalk“ hautnah erleben kannst. Außerdem lädt die Bergmann Brauerei mit Biergarten hier zu einer kulinarischen Pause ein. Mit der Kokerei Hansa erreichst du dann einen weiteren Höhepunkt auf der Route. Bis 1992 wurde hier noch Koks hergestellt – heute erzählt ein Erlebnispfad von dieser Zeit. Vom Kohlenturm aus hast du ein herrliches Panorama über die Anlage. Bevor du den Ausgangspunkt der Tour erreichst, kannst du auf den letzten Kilometern nochmal das idyllische Naturschutzgebiet Dellwiger Bach genießen.An der Zeche Zollern gibt es Parkplätze, sodass du entspannt mit dem Auto anreisen kannst. Noch einfacher geht’s per Regionalbahn: Die Linie RB42 fährt dich vom Dortmunder Hauptbahnhof zur Haltestelle Dortmund Bövinghausen – von hier ist es ein Katzensprung bis zur Zeche. Am schönsten ist aber zweifelsohne die Anreise mit dem Fahrrad: Über die Radwanderwege R10 und R31 sowie über den Emscherpark-Radweg gibt es viele schöne Routen hierher, die bereits die Anreise zum Start der Tour zu einem herrlichen Erlebnis machen.

  • 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
    342 mi
  • Duration
    36:06 h
  • Elevation
    9,600 ft

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