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Riding in the Westerwald mountains – lonely paths and magnificent views

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Riding in the Westerwald mountains – lonely paths and magnificent views

Bike Touring Collection by Westerwald - Die Urlaubsregion

12

Tours

38:36 h

317 mi

20,725 ft

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.

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    21.4 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour leads from Bad Marienberg to Lake Wiesen and after a round around the lake back in a big loop. From Bad Marienberg the route leads through the beautiful valley of the Schwarze Nister to Langenbach and on to Hahn.

    

    After Dreisbach it goes uphill for a bit, but then flat paths follow to Lake Wiesen

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  • Easy
    01:09
    13.5 mi
    11.7 mph
    125 ft
    1,575 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Due to the many mineral resources in the Ulmer Valley, a narrow-gauge railway was built more than 100 years ago to transport the material. Trains no longer run here, and the route has been transformed into a great bike path.

    

    You can cycle up or down the mountain from Biskirchen or start the Tour in Herborn

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    49.5 mi
    8.0 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You have chosen a wonderful Tour with the 5-Lakes Cycle Route. But it is also a difficult one: you have to do a lot of uphill and downhill. You can of course also divide it into several stages, so that you have more time to enjoy the beauty of nature. After all, all five lakes need to be explored extensively

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  • Intermediate
    01:36
    12.1 mi
    7.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short cycle path leads through the idyllic lake landscape at Dreifelden and is also easy to use with children. The center of the lake area is the Dreifelder Weiher, because with a length of two kilometers and a width of up to 800 meters this lake is the largest. Here you can swim and row or rent

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  • Difficult
    02:24
    20.2 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This relaxing tour through the hilly landscape of the Westerwald is only 32 kilometers long and takes you to the area of the mines. Mining has a very special tradition here. The Tour starts in Wirges, not far from Montabaur.

    

    In the middle of the city stands the Church of St. Boniface, the so-called Westerwald

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  • Difficult
    02:48
    20.9 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this Tour you will discover the idyllic Nassau Natural Park south of Montabaur. The ride takes you to the undiscovered Vinkenstreek and the Gelbachtal. Start at the confluence of the Gelbach and Ahrbach, just a few minutes by bike from Montabaur.

    

    You cycle through the beautiful Gelbachtal, which is

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  • Difficult
    02:33
    20.7 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Tour around the Knoten takes more than 33 kilometers on paths through forests, past the picturesque Krombachtalsperre and the Seeweiher near Mengerskirchen. Experience the Hoge Westerwald from its most typical side with wide, unobstructed views.

    

    From the starting point in Rennerod at the "Strohheck

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    35.8 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You will enjoy this varied tour, especially if you are already an experienced cyclist. This 60-kilometer Tour offers everything from relaxed rail bike trails to beautiful nature trails and challenging climbs. The route leads through Rhineland-Palatinate and back through Hesse.

    

    Start in Westerburg at the

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  • Difficult
    05:53
    46.6 mi
    7.9 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The loop through the Hachenburg Westerwald is the most demanding route in this Collection. Of course, you can also split it into two or more phases. That way you have more time for the many highlights along the way and you can take it easy.

    

    The 75-kilometer tour starts in Hachenburg at the station. You

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  • Difficult
    03:36
    27.8 mi
    7.7 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This Tour takes you around Puderbach through the Rhine-Westerwald nature park. You cycle through the beautiful nature on hilly paths, far away from busy roads. The start of the loop is in Raubach and the route goes straight uphill.

    

    In an open space you have a beautiful view of the Sieben Mountains. You

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    19.8 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Saynbach Route runs through idyllic landscapes, past the seven ponds of the Westerwald Lake District and invites you to make many short stops along the way.

    

    The route connects the Saynbachtal with the mountain ranges of the Westerwald Lake District. The Tour starts in Selters. First it goes uphill

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  • Difficult
    03:29
    28.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This challenging but very varied Tour takes you around the spa town of Bad Marienberg. You cycle on beautiful natural paths in the forest. You start in the heart of the city, right at the spa gardens. The Apothecary's Garden, which was laid out according to the teachings of Father Kneipp, is hidden in

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    317 mi
  • Duration
    38:36 h
  • Elevation
    20,725 ft

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