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Riding through nature on Frankfurt’s doorstep – Nidda Cycle Path

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Riding through nature on Frankfurt’s doorstep – Nidda Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Kristof

4

Tours

07:59 h

87.7 mi

1,150 ft

At 700 metres (2,300 feet) above sea level, in the volcanic Vogelsberg Mountains between the cities of Frankfurt, Gießen and Fulda, springs the Nidda River. Curiously, it doesn’t spring at the source of the Nidda, but slightly above at Landgrafenborn. Here, a tiny river trickles out of the rocks before meandering almost 100 km (62 miles) through the central German state of Hesse and flowing into the Main between Höchst and Nied, two city districts of Frankfurt.

The landscape changes constantly, from wooded low mountain ranges to high moors, reservoirs, and parks – everything you could want for a great bike trip. Many nature reserves, that are home to various plant and animal species including birds, also lie en route. As well as wonderful nature, you pass cultural sites such as castles, pretty old towns with half-timbered houses, and several works of art.

A few years ago, I lived in Frankfurt for a short while, but I unfortunately didn't have my bike with me. If I had known back then that there was such a great cycle path just outside the city, I would definitely have brought my bike. That’s why I decided to create this Collection. If you live in and around Frankfurt, you can easily escape the hustle and bustle of the city on your two wheels. You can follow the river from its source to its mouth in just a weekend, or even a day. So get out and head to the Vogelsberg Mountains!

You can reach the cycle path with the train, but you can take the Vulkan-Express-Bus with your bike to Hoherodskopf peak, which is just four kilometres (2.5 miles) from Landgrafenborn. For more information (in German), see: rmv.de/c/de/start/vgo/freizeit/vulkan-express/allgemeines. It’s even easier to get home from the mouth of the river via Frankfurt-Höchst railway station, which is the second largest station in the metropolis of Main and an important regional transport hub. On your adventure, you’ll find several places to stay overnight ranging from campsites to spa hotels. You can also hop on and off the train at several places en route or choose to only ride the third stage in Frankfurt’s green belt. Of course, there’s no shortage of good, regional food to keep you energised on your rides either. So now you see, it’s easy to get out into nature – you just need your bike and your legs.

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Der Nidda-Radweg

57.9 mi

675 ft

2,750 ft

Last updated: November 4, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:17
    15.7 mi
    12.3 mph
    150 ft
    2,100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the midst of beautiful nature, an inconspicuous little river splashes out of the earth. The Nidda rises at Landgrafenborn and flows into the Main 100 kilometers later in Frankfurt. Unfortunately there is no railroad far and wide that can bring you to the source. It was dismantled as early as 1960rmv.de/c/de/start/vgo/freizeit/vulkan-express/allgemeines

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    29.3 mi
    10.7 mph
    350 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For the second stage you have two options, which only differ in the first ten kilometers. In this variant you drive from Nidda via Ranstadt.

    

    If you haven't already done it, you should drive into the old town in Nidda. There are many beautiful half-timbered houses, a castle and in the Johanniter Park even

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    29.5 mi
    10.8 mph
    500 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For the second stage you have two options, which only differ in the first ten kilometers. In this variant you drive from Nidda via the health resort Bad Salzhausen.

    

    A little detour into the old town of Nidda is worthwhile. There are many beautiful half-timbered houses, a castle and a few cafes. In Nidda

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  • Easy
    01:14
    13.2 mi
    10.7 mph
    150 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage on the Nidda cycle path is short and very easy to ride. At the same time, it is an idyllic excursion through the wonderful nature in Frankfurt's green belt. If you live in or near Frankfurt, this short stage is also a nice idea for a half-day excursion. The tour begins in Bad Vilbel, the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    87.7 mi
  • Duration
    07:59 h
  • Elevation
    1,150 ft

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