The Weser-Lippe Cycle Route winds its way 300 kilometres (186 miles) from the city of Bremen in the north of Germany to Paderborn. You cycle through wonderful flat landscapes, with wide meadows and colourful fields, which becomes hillier the further south you go. You ride through wild forests, enjoy unforgettable views, and visit Osnabrück, the peace city. The tour’s crowning glory in the breathtakingly beautiful Teutoburg Forest Egge Hills Nature Park.
In this Collection, I guide you along the Weser-Lippe Cycle Route in five stages. You can divide the stages to fit your timetable if you prefer. There are 23 train stations along the route so you can always hop on the train to shorten your adventure and only ride certain sections. In German, the route is called BahnRadRoute Weser-Lippe, the Wester-Lippe railway cycle route, for this reason.
The starting point in Bremen and the destination Paderborn are, of course, also easily accessible by both long-distance and local trains. In all stage destinations I selected for you, there are also stations, accommodation options, and refreshment facilities.
Riding the Weser-Lippe, you find mostly flat stretches on well-developed cycle paths that make for great riding. On the last stage, the Teutoburg Forest is a bit more action-packed, as you master challenging climbs and some gravel paths, but these are easy to ride on a trekking bike – they are wonderful, close-to-nature adventures that make the end of the Tour an absolute delight!
The starting point of the BahnRadRoute Weser-Lippe is the main train station in Bremen. As in many other places along the cycle path, you can easily get there by train. In addition to regional trains, long-distance trains and light rail vehicles also take you to Bremen Central Station.From the starting point you cycle through the city on a flat route. You cross the city moat, the Weser and the Kleine Weser, which flows into the Werdersee. You leave Bremen along its banks and then dive into a wide marshland.After about half of the stage you will reach Syke. Here you have the opportunity to take a leisurely break and strengthen yourself in one of the city's restaurants or cafés. You will also find a train station here with a connection to regional transport.After you have gathered new strength, some tiny climbs await you in the further course of the stage as you cycle through rural idyll. Past wide fields and meadows, through secluded forests and beautiful villages, you finally reach Twistringen, the destination of the first stage.In the stage destination there are various hotels, guest houses and holiday apartments to stay overnight. You also have access to regional trains in Twistringen.
On the second stage you cycle like the day before on a mostly flat stretch through wide landscapes.Right at the beginning, after you have left Twistringen, you will immerse yourself in an idyll of colorful fields and lush meadows. Pretty villages decorate the agricultural region and small towns invite you to take leisurely breaks with refreshments, such as Sulingen, which you reach after a third of the way. In the city you also have a connection to the train.Past the picturesque city lake, you leave Sulingen and continue on flat paths that are lined by wide fields and meadows. In the Kuppendorfer Heide the landscape changes and it becomes slightly hilly. In the beautiful heather it is worthwhile to park your bike and take a short walk through the unique landscape.Then it goes on relaxed on a flat stretch. Soon you will say goodbye to Lower Saxony and greet another federal state on your bike tour at the northernmost point of North Rhine-Westphalia.The goal of today's stage is Rahden. Here you have a connection to the regional train to Bünde. You will find a small selection of hotels to stay overnight.
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At the beginning of the third stage, it continues comfortably on a flat route. This leads you first over beautiful fields until you reach the Große Aue. Here you dive into the wonderful meadow landscape with two picturesque lakes and quiet forest.Then you can enjoy the wide landscape with fields and meadows around you on the way south. Then you reach the Mittelland Canal and cross it. On the other side of the bank you dive into the enchanting nature reserve Rauhe Horst / Schäferwiesen.After you have crossed the area, colorful fields and green meadows spread out again to the left and right of the roadside. Before you reach your destination, it will be a bit hilly today, because you cycle through the foothills of the Wiehengebirge.Finally you arrive at the stage destination Bünde, which is on the Else. In the city you have various guesthouses and hotels to choose from. In Bünde you also have access to long-distance and regional rail services. In addition to destinations in Germany, you can also reach Hengelo in the Netherlands from the train station in Bünde.
On the penultimate stage you cycle from Bünde through the beautiful Elseauen to Kirchlengern and then turn south, where you will soon meet the Brandbach. Along the stream you drive through beautiful nature to Enger.Then the tour takes you partly on an old railway line through a charming, slightly hilly landscape, which is characterized by colorful fields, wide meadows and small forest areas.After about half of the stage you will reach Bielefeld. Here you can take a long break and fortify yourself in one of the numerous restaurants or cafes in the pretty old town. You can also split the stage at this point if you would like to stay longer.With new strength, you then cycle in Bielefeld along the Lutter and turn south in Heeperholz. Through pretty suburbs and agricultural sections it goes to the stage destination Lage.In the city you will find some hotels and holiday apartments to stay overnight as well as a train station that is served by regional trains.
The last stage of the BahnRadRoute Weser-Lippe will be particularly beautiful again, because it leads you through the unique landscape of the Teutoburg Forest Eggegebirge nature park.Right at the beginning of the stage, on the way to Detmold, you get to feel the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest a little, because it is easy uphill. Behind Detmold, a long ascent begins, which first leads you through open landscape, then through wild and romantic forest.You reach the highest point in the small town of Kempen, where you have also made half of the stage. In addition to a campsite, you will also find an inn and holiday apartments here, if you want to share the stage and spend the night.Then a long descent through the picturesque Durbeketal awaits you. Finally you leave the forest behind and cycle through wide, open landscapes again. Here you can let your gaze wander over colorful fields and lush meadows.Via Bad Lippspringe you then roll parallel to the Lippe to Paderborn, where you reach the destination of the BahnRadRoute Weser-Lippe. In the beautiful old town of Paderborn you can end your tour properly before you start your journey home by train. Both long-distance and regional trains and S-Bahn trains run from Paderborn main station.