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High up in Rhineland-Palatinate's mountains – Hunsrück Cycle Route

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High up in Rhineland-Palatinate's mountains – Hunsrück Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Tobias

2-3

days

3-5 h

/ day

101 mi

6,125 ft

6,375 ft

Between the Saar and Rhine rivers in western Germany, one of the oldest mountain ranges in Germany rises – the Hunsrück. Still today, people are puzzled by the origin of its name. However, one thing is clear: the ridge, which is visible from afar and the highest point in Germany to the left of the role, has played a decisive role.

Opened in 2011, the Hunsrück Cycle Route allows riders to experience the impressive landscapes by bike. The route from west to east directly over the mountain ridge, crossing the Erbeskopf, the highest point at 816 metres (2,677 feet). You can ride the route in either direction as you prefer. Other highlights include the town of Saarburg, the Keller Reservoir, Kirchberg, the oldest town in Hunsrück, and the town of Bacharach, the final stop.

The Hunsrück Cycle Path is suited to both easy going and ambitious cyclists. As the inclines can reach up to 10% in places, we divided the 160 kilometre (99.4 mile) cycle path into four stages which makes the route very manageable in terms of difficulty and distance. In addition, the first and last stages are somewhat shorter so you have enough time to arrive and depart.

The bike path is best suited to touring cyclists, but mountain bikers and road cyclists will also have fun. For mountain bikers, for example, there is an extensive trail park on the Erbeskopf with many trails ranging in difficulty rating. Road cyclists will appreciate the mostly paved surfaces, although on stages 2 and 3, the route would have to be adjusted slightly to avoid the longer sections on loose ground.

At all stage destinations, you will find plenty of places to stay overnight and there is also no shortage of tasty, home-cooked refreshments. If you want to extend your adventure, you can pick up the Rhine Cycle Path or follow the cycle paths along the banks of the Saar and Moselle rivers. These meet in Koblenz, allowing you to make a circular trip out of your adventure.

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Last updated: December 15, 2021

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    Difficult
    02:15
    18.5 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,775 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your tour on the Hunsrück cycle path begins in the middle of Saarburg an der Saar. If you arrive by train, it is definitely worth making a short detour to the city center. The small town is really pretty to look at. The river Leuk flows through it in a picturesque way, which plunges into a unique waterfall

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  • Difficult
    03:40
    31.3 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the Hunsrück Cycle Path is a lot more challenging after the “comfortable” warm-up training from yesterday. All in all, it hits the thumb with a 50-kilometer route and almost 600 meters of elevation gain. But after all, today we are heading straight to the Hunsrück-Hochwald National

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    29.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 3 takes you from Morbach for almost 48 kilometers to Simmern. The 450 vertical meters that have to be mastered along the way arise from a rather hilly terrain. You can reach the highest point of the stage at 567 meters after just ten kilometers at the Belginum Archaeological Park. If you can plan

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    21.7 mi
    10.5 mph
    975 ft
    1,825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fourth stage of the Hunsrück Cycle Path you can take it easy again today. Most of the vertical meters have been achieved and the stage destination is almost within reach of 35 kilometers. Nonetheless, we are still aiming high today. Because shortly before the Rhine plain you reach the Binger Forest

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    101 mi
  • Duration
    11:09 h
  • Elevation
    6,125 ft6,375 ft

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