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Taunus Teaser – following the course of Taunus Bikepacking in Hesse

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Taunus Teaser – following the course of Taunus Bikepacking in Hesse

Bike Touring Collection by Jesko

5

Tours

27:17 h

207 mi

19,075 ft

Medieval castle ruins, imposing Roman forts, dreamy half-timbered villages and some steep climbs – all this and much more awaits you in the Taunus, a mountain range in Hesse. This region, in the heart of Germany, is made for an exciting bikepacking adventure.
At 333 kilometres (207 miles), the ‘Taunus Teaser’ is, so to speak, the little brother of the annual self-supported event ‘Taunus Bikepacking’. The route is based on parts of previous event editions and is shorter, but no less challenging than the original.

This route avoids car traffic for the most part and leads over asphalted field and forest paths as well as gravel roads. It is ideally suited for gravel or cross bikes, but can also be ridden on a mountain bike.

For this Collection, I have divided the total route into five stages. All stages start and end in places where there are catering facilities as well as hotels, guesthouses or campsites. This makes it equally interesting for cycling newbies and experienced bikepackers alike. However, it’s rarely flat – you climb a total of almost 6,000 metres (19,685 feet). So get ready for lots of steep climbs or shorten the stages as necessary.

The circular route starts and ends in the town of Hofheim am Taunus, just a stone's throw from Frankfurt am Main, which is easy to reach both by train or car.

I hope you enjoy the route. I would be very happy if you share your experiences with the world under the hashtag #taunusteaser. And if, like me, you can't get enough of the Taunus, then maybe we'll see you soon at the start of Taunus Bikepacking.

You can find all the information about the event at taunus-bikepacking.com

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Taunus Teaser

207 mi

19,100 ft

19,100 ft

Last updated: May 10, 2022

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    04:52
    36.8 mi
    7.6 mph
    3,225 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour through the Taunus begins in front of the historic old town hall in Hofheim, right in the picturesque pedestrian zone between cafes and small shops.

    

    You leave the place and the first ascent begins, past the Bonifatius chapel and through the orchards near Kriftel. With a panoramic view of the

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  • Difficult
    07:05
    54.3 mi
    7.7 mph
    4,950 ft
    5,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Are you ready for the longest stage with the most vertical meters? The second section takes you from the spa town of Bad Schwalbach over even more hills and through some romantic valleys further north to the banks of the Lahn in Obernhof. A look at the height profile makes it clear that it is a real

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  • Difficult
    05:43
    46.6 mi
    8.1 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    After yesterday's queen's stage with the most kilometers and meters in altitude, you take it a little more comfortably today, but of course there are some challenges on this stage so that it doesn't get boring.

    

    First you follow the extremely popular Lahn cycle path, these are the only flat sections of

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    36.1 mi
    6.8 mph
    4,575 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today it's going high. You conquer the Hochtaunus and with the summit of the horse's head the roof of the tour is on the plan.

    

    But first you discover the lovely old town of Weilburg. The beautiful cafes around the market square and the castle are always worth a visit. At the northernmost point of the

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  • Difficult
    04:20
    33.3 mi
    7.7 mph
    3,000 ft
    4,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The grand finale is coming up. The last stage takes you back to the starting point in Hofheim, of course not without a large portion of altitude, past some castles, traces of the Romans and cultural delicacies.

    

    So that you don't forget the hills of the Taunus so quickly, there are a few more serious climbs

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    207 mi
  • Duration
    27:17 h
  • Elevation
    19,075 ft

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