If you’re looking for beautiful nature away from crowds of people and if you are looking for a good cycling workout, then head to Westerwald. This low mountain range on the border triangle between Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany offers unique landscapes that are ideal for exploring by bike along wonderful, lonely paths. Nature is calling.
More than 2,500 years ago, the Celts settled in this area. They probably didn’t arrive because they were cycling enthusiasts, but rather because of the iron ore. You can still find some – more modern – ore and clay mines today. The Westerwald has a rich history. As you ride, you will discover traces of times gone by from the Romans and the Franks as you cycle through little villages that look almost as they would have during the Middle Ages.
In this Collection, you will find a selection of twelve bike Tours spread throughout the Westerwald. The routes vary in difficulty, but all of them include some uphill stretches. Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas and fast descents. The bike paths through the Westerwald are suitable for both budding athletes, MTB riders, and families as many paths lead through gentle river valleys or along former railways with almost no inclines. In addition, you can rent an e-bike in many places if you want to save yourself a few beads of sweat. No matter how you choose to ride, you will find many fantastic bike Tours in the Westerwald.
This tour takes you from Bad Marienberg to Wiesensee and after circumnavigating it back in a large loop. From Bad Marienberg the path goes through the beautiful valley of the Black Nister to Langenbach and on to Hahn.After Dreisbach there is a short distance uphill, but then follow flat paths to Wiesensee, past Ailertchen and Halbs. You reach the north bank of the Wiesensee and circle the lake, sometimes closer, sometimes further away from the shore. The Wiesensee is ideal for an extended break. In addition to great picnic and swimming areas, there are also nice cafés and restaurants.Then it goes past the Marienhof and through Hellenhahn-Schellenberg down to the Nister cycle path. The tour continues on the Nister cycle path through Fehl-Ritzhausen and Großseifen back to Bad Marienberg.
Because of the many natural resources in the Ulmtal, a narrow-gauge railway was built over 100 years ago to transport the material. Trains haven't run here for a long time, but the route has been converted into a great bike path.You can either drive up and down from Biskirchen or you start the tour in Herborn and take another railway cycle path via Uckersdorf and Driedorf to the starting point of the Ulmtal cycle path. The tour begins near the monument to the local poet Adolf Weiss. He invented the Westerwald greeting "Hui Wäller Allemol".The actual Ulmtal cycle path begins in Beilstein. From there you roll gently downhill. Some cuttings in the terrain and viaducts still bear witness to the old railway. There are also some relics such as stop signs along the way and interesting art installations. Including a reconstructed tunnel entrance in Holzhausen, which is reminiscent of the mining tradition.
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With the 5-lakes cycle path you have chosen a wonderful tour. But it is also tough: there is a lot going up and downhill. You can of course divide it into several stages, so you have more time to enjoy the beauties of nature. After all, all five lakes want to be explored extensively.It starts in Westerburg in the Upper Westerwald. A beautiful forest path brings you to Wiesensee. From there it goes uphill, then you follow a railway bike path to the Krombachtalsperre, where you can even swim.One increase later you reach the climax of the stage with the knot. From here it's a lot downhill and through the forest to Langendernbach. In the further course you will pass some clay pits that supply the ceramic industry. The last lake on your tour is the lake near Hahn. Then it goes back to Westerburg on a former railway line.
This short cycle path leads through the idyllic pond landscape near Dreifelden and is also easy to ride with children. The center of the lake district is the Dreifelder Weiher, because it is two kilometers long and up to 800 meters wide, the largest of the lakes. Here you can swim and row or rent a pedal boat.Another highlight of the region is the large adventure playground near Steinen-Dreifelden. This forest playground attracts the youngsters to play for hours: a nice reward after half the tour. There are numerous benches and a shelter, as well as a fireplace for barbecue enthusiasts and of course play equipment such as large slides, swings and more.The minigolf course in Freilingen is suitable for the whole family. It is located by the house pond and offers twelve lanes as well as drinks and snacks. The town of Freilingen also has a lido at the Postweiher.Tip: In Dreifelden, the short detour to the bridge on the lake, which offers you a wonderful view over the Dreifelder Weiher, is worthwhile.
This leisurely tour through the hilly landscape of the Westerwald is only 32 kilometers long and takes you into the area of the pits. Mining has a very special tradition here. The tour starts in Wirges, not far from Montabaur.In the middle of the village is the church of St. Bonifatius, the so-called Westerwald Cathedral. Then you cycle through Siershahn, which is surrounded by many pits. Minerals, ore and silver were once mined here, today it is mainly clay that is processed into ceramics. Then a steeper stretch comes up to the Dreieichenkreuz.You meander through the villages and in between through wonderful, natural forests. In Montabaur, it is worth taking a short detour to the old town, where you can treat yourself to a coffee break. From there it is not far to your starting point in Wirges.
On this tour we will show you the idyllic Nassau nature park south of Montabaur. It goes to the little known chaffinch region and the Gelbachtal. It starts at the confluence of the Gelbach and Ahrbach rivers, a few minutes by bike from Montabaur.You drive through the beautiful Gelbachtal, which is known for its particularly quiet nature due to its sparse population. It is also one of the most beautiful side valleys of the Lahn. You can see - or not - one reason why so few people live here in Sespenroth: The place disappeared along with its residents and buildings at Easter 1853. The residents have emigrated to America and the empty buildings have been dismantled.After you have left the valley, it goes uphill for a few kilometers. Here you can train your stamina and enjoy the nature surrounding you in peace while you crank up to the chaffinch land. The area is so named because the chaffinches clearly feel at home in this extensive mixed forest. Some also claim that the forest was named that way because in the 19th century the bakers from the villages wandered to Montabaur singing and whistling in the morning.
The tour around the knot leads over 33 kilometers on well-developed farm and hiking trails through forests, past the picturesquely situated Krombach dam and the lake pond near Mengerskirchen. Experience the High Westerwald from its most typical side with wide, unobstructed views.From the starting point in Rennerod at the “Strohheck” hiking car park, the route takes the former railway line towards Rehe and the Krombachtalsperre on the border between Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. From Driedorf-Mademühlen the path meanders slightly uphill again, past the model airfield and some farms on the "Langmauer", the old Rhine road.Shortly after the long ascent, at the end of the forest, there is the opportunity to turn left to the Adolf-Weiss monument with a nice resting place. Now it goes past some wind turbines on to Mengerskirchen and the Seeweiher. There is a connection via the R8 cycle path to the Kerkerbachtal cycle and hiking path and on to the Lahn cycle path. You return to Rennerod via the villages of Elsoff, Mittelhofen and Westernohe.
You will particularly like this varied tour if you are already an experienced cyclist. From leisurely rail bike paths to beautiful nature trails to challenging inclines, everything is offered on this almost 60-kilometer tour. By the way, it goes there through Rhineland-Palatinate, back through Hesse.It starts in Westerburg at the railway museum directly at the train station. Then you drive on a former railway line to Bilkheim. There, it is worth taking a detour to the pretty moated castle, northeast of the village. It continues on enchanting bike paths to Elz. There you can fortify yourself in an inn or café.Your path leads you on to Hadamar with its castle and the pretty houses on the banks of the Elbe stream. Later it goes up with a few inclines to the Blasiusberg. Shortly afterwards you can witness a physical phenomenon: the "Eternal Ice" is located in a grotto a few hundred meters from the bike path.You pass an old quarry and after a nice descent there is a long slope. Then it is not far to your starting point in Westerburg.
The round in the Hachenburger Westerwald is the most demanding in this collection. Of course, you can also split it up into two or more stages. This leaves you more time on the way for the many highlights along the route and you can tackle the tour in a relaxed way.The 75-kilometer tour starts in Hachenburg at the train station. It goes up and down again and again and you see wonderful panoramas. Sometimes you're on quiet, nicely paved back roads, sometimes on fast-paced nature trails through the forest.The Dreifelder Weiher is a particularly beautiful and idyllic place. There is a bathing beach in the north, otherwise the shore is natural. You have reached the highlight of your tour on the 513 meter high Gräbersberg. There you can reward yourself with a cool drink in the beer garden and from the observation tower you have a phenomenal view over the Westerwald. The end of the lap in Hachenburg is then only ten kilometers away.
This tour takes you around Puderbach through the Rhine-Westerwald nature park. On hilly paths away from busy roads you cycle through wonderful nature. The start of the round is in Raubach and it goes uphill straight away.In a clearing you have a great view of the Siebengebirge. In the further course you drive again and again through the forest and past small villages. After another climb, shortly after the singer hut, you can make a short detour to the impressive Beilstein.In Döttesfeld you have reached a pretty valley and drive a short distance on the route of the former Kruppbahn including a small tunnel. Then it goes steadily uphill for many kilometers through the wonderful Grenzbachtal. Here you can experience pure natural idyll. You will soon be back in Raubach via the Urbach pond.
The Saynbach route leads you through idyllic landscapes, past the seven ponds of the Westerwald lake district and invites you to make short stops again and again.The tour connects the Saynbach valley with the mountain ranges of the Westerwald lake district. The tour starts in Selters. First it goes uphill via Maxsain to Freilingen, from where you can choose between two alternative routes to Wölferlingen. But before you decide: take a detour up to the Helleberg observation tower between Weidenhahn and Düringen, from where you have a wonderful view over the region. Back in Freilingen you either follow the L304 or take the junction shortly after Freilingen to cycle along a fish pond and the subsequent avenue to Wölferlingen.We continue past the Wölferlinger Weiher uphill to the highest point of the route: the 430 meter high Wölferlinger Kopf. The forest playground between Dreifelden, Wölferlingen and Steinen is recommended for resting. From here you can also reach the seven ponds of the Westerwald lake district. When the weather is nice, a wonderful view of the Siebengebirge awaits you behind the stones.After the ascent at the beginning of the route, it now goes downhill to Rückeroth. You will pass the "Schmanddippe" castle ruins in Hartenfels. The ruin owes its unusual name to the 28 meter high castle keep, which is similar to a creamer - that is, a "Schmanddippe" as the Westerwälder says. From Rückeroth it goes back via Goddert to the starting point in Selters.
This challenging but very varied tour takes you around the spa town of Bad Marienberg. You are out and about a lot on beautiful nature trails in the forest. You start in the heart of the village, directly at the spa gardens. This is where the apothecary garden is hidden, which was laid out according to the teachings of Pastor Kneipp.The first kilometers you drive slightly uphill on a former railway line. Small, quiet villages, forests and romantic ponds are on your way. After Kirburg the proper ascent to the Großer Wolfstein begins. Here, at 555 meters, you have reached the climax of the stage.You will encounter many bizarre rock formations on the Großer Wolfstein. A little further down, on the Kleiner Wolfstein, is the Waldkirche, a small open-air church in the middle of the forest. Then you whiz down into the valley of the Great Nister and then back to Bad Marienberg.