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Ride the Hellweg-Weser railway cycle route in western Germany

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Ride the Hellweg-Weser railway cycle route in western Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna
3-5 days
3-5 h / day
161 mi
3,475 ft
3,550 ft

Fascinating landscapes await you on the Hellweg-Weser railway cycle route (Hellweg-Weser BahnRadRoute in German) between the cities of Soest and Hameln in western Germany. The cycle path leads through wide fields and green meadows, passing lovely wooded hills, picturesque avenues, idyllic lakes and rivers that wind through lush meadows. On the way, you can stop for a break in a historic town centre and charming old town and relax in the stage destinations at the end of your ride.

At just over 250 kilometres (155 miles) in length, the Hellweg-Weser railway cycle router is best ridden in six stages, each averaging about 40 kilometres (24 miles). If you prefer longer days in the saddle or if you are riding your e-bike, you can always combine two stages to ride the entire Tour in three days.

Your adventure begins in the city of Soest. There is a train station here that is served by both regional and long-distance trains so it’s easy to arrive by train. The city has direct connections to Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamm, Paderborn and Kassel, among others. 13 train stations are located along the route so you are never far away from rail connections.

The town of Hameln, where the Tour ends, also has a train station. Known as the town of the Pied Piper, Hameln has regional trains in the direction of Hildesheim or Bünde, so you can comfortably begin your journey home after your cycling adventure. Alternatively, you can also connect to the Hanover S-Bahn network. The S5 train takes you in the direction of Paderborn or Hannover Airport.

The route takes you over the Hellweg, through the Gütersloher Land region, the Lippe district and the Emmental valley to the Weser river. Along the way, you always find train stations and can hop on a train if you only want to ride a section of the bike path or if the weather is no longer cooperating. In all stage destinations, you also have a good choice of accommodation and refreshment facilities. In addition, there are nice highlights in all stage towns which conclude a great day on your bike.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:20
    33.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    575 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the BahnRadRoute Hellweg-Weser begins in Soest. As it should be for a BahnRadRoute, you can get here easily by train, both with regional and long-distance trains. Among other things, you have direct connections from Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Hamm, Paderborn and Kassel.At the train station you swing on your bike and ride a dangling through the Soest city center to start the tour. Then it goes past the Ostfriedhof out of the city. Shortly afterwards you pass Bad Sassendorf. It is worth taking a first break here, during which you inhale a little salty air at the large saline.We then continue over flat fields that extend to the left and right of the roadside. You can sometimes let your gaze wander far into the distance. You will see pretty villages, farms and a windmill. After about half of the stage you will first reach Erwitte and then the Bad Westernkotten district. Both locations are suitable for a well-deserved break and invite you to take a break.With new strength, you will then continue cycling and pass Lippstadt. Here you cross the eponymous lip and some canals before you get to Bad Waldliesborn. Behind it, wide fields open up again. On the usual flat route you drive through this beautiful landscape to the stage destination Rheda-Wiedenbrück.Here you can end the day in the beautiful green spaces along the Ems or with a visit to the castle. At the train station you have a connection to the regional train service, if you want to go home again today, and there is a good selection of accommodation available for overnight stays.

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    Intermediate
    02:25
    24.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the second stage you cycle along the Ems through the green heart of Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Once at the castle, you first leave the river and drive west out of the city.In an arc you cycle around the city and in the east you meet the Ems again, which you cross. Then you pass the Bänischsee, romantic forest and wide fields on the way to Gütersloh.In the big city you can expect some urban sections, but also a lot of green, for example in the spacious city park or on the bike path along the Dalke.After you have left Gütersloh behind you, a flat landscape welcomes you again, which is characterized by wide fields, meadows and some wooded areas. The rural area enchants with a few farms and the nature reserve Hühnermoor. A little later you will reach your stage destination Marienfeld.When you arrive in Marienfeld, it is worth visiting the monastery of the same name, where you can also spend the night. Otherwise, alternative overnight accommodations such as country inns and hotels are available in the stage location.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    25.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    475 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the BahnRadRoute Hellweg-Weser also starts flat. So you can leave Marienfeld without much effort and cycle past fields and meadows to a beautiful quarry pond. Here you can take a first break in a quiet spot on the shore and enjoy the nature around you.Then you drive a dangling over Brockhagen. In the further course, your path leads you through the nature reserves Feuchtwiesen Ströhen and Deterings Wiesen. Through the rural idyll, we continue south to Isselhorst and from here in a few dodges towards Bielefeld, the stage destination. On the way to the big city you pass inviting nature with beautiful forests and meadows.Once in Bielefeld, your beloved bike deserves a break. You immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city and end your day with a leisurely stroll through the pretty old town or with a delicious ice cream.You will find plenty of places to stop for a break and overnight here. At the main train station you also have access to local and long-distance Deutsche Bahn transport.

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    Intermediate
    02:35
    27.1 mi
    10.5 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the start of the fourth stage, you drive north through the city until you reach the impressive Obersee. Here you turn east and cycle directly along the shore with a view of the water. At the end of the lake you cross under the imposing Schildescher Viaduct and continue your tour through meadows and fields.With Brake and Altenhagen you pass two districts of Bielefeld before you finally turn your back on the city. Then you cycle gently up and down through beautiful fields to Leopoldshöhe. Here you have done about half of the stage and can take a leisurely break. There is a small selection of restaurants and cafes in the village.With renewed energy, you continue after the stop and enjoy the wonderful landscape that surrounds you. Lush meadows and colorful fields line the path. You cross small brooks and rivers and cycle through romantic woods in which beautiful lakes are hidden. Finally you pass Lieme and a little later you reach the stage destination Lemgo.In the beautiful city, at the end of the day, you can marvel at the historic buildings in the old town and visit Brake Castle. There are numerous hotels and holiday apartments available for you to stay in Lemgo. At the train station you have access to regional transport.

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    Intermediate
    02:27
    24.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    775 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the fifth stage you leave Lemgo's old town and roll to the Bega. You attach yourself to its bank and follow the river out of the city. You will pass the beautiful Brake Castle. Through wet meadows near the river, you initially cycle on a flat route through the beautiful landscape.From Vossheide you then start with an easy but continuous ascent that takes you into the picturesque Weserbergland. Here you are surrounded by lovely wooded hills, enjoy wide views over the colorful fields and pass pretty villages.Shortly after Sommersell you reach the highest point of the stage and can look forward to a refreshing descent afterwards. Once at the bottom, you continue on a relatively flat route through the tranquil landscape, which is characterized by wide fields, pretty avenues and wooded hills.Shortly before the stage destination you pass the place Blomberg. It is worth stopping here to take a look at the ornate half-timbered houses in the town center. Then you cycle the last few kilometers through beautiful nature to the stage destination Schieder.At the end of the day you have the opportunity to pay a visit to the castle or to enjoy the evening at the Schiedersee. You can spend the night in holiday apartments, hotels or on the campsite by the lake. At the S-Bahn station you have a connection to the S5 towards Paderborn Hauptbahnhof or Hanover Airport.

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    Intermediate
    02:36
    25.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    575 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the last stage of the BahnRadRoute Hellweg-Weser you drive along the north side of the Schiedersee and cross the dam on the east side. From here the bike tour takes you along the Emmer to Lügde, where you can take a break and fortify yourself in one of the cozy cafés or restaurants.Behind Lügde you dive into the beautiful Emmer meadows, which are part of the Emmertal nature reserve. You will then reach Bad Pyrmont, where you can take a detour to the castle of the same name before you continue cycling through the Emmertal.The route always meanders near the river along the cheerful loops of the Emmer. Large parts of the floodplains are under nature protection. So you can enjoy untouched landscapes, which are characterized by meadows, fields and lush forests around the river.In the village of Emmerthal you finally reach the Weser and cross it. On the banks of the Weser, you drive downriver and shortly afterwards you pass the Emmer estuary. Just a little further you can marvel at the imposing steep walls on the opposite bank of the river. Then the landscape opens again to the left and right of the Weser and you cycle the last few kilometers on a flat stretch to Hameln, the destination of the tour.In the Pied Piper City you can take a walk on the Weser promenade or stroll through the old town to review the varied bike tour before you get back on the train and start your journey home. At the train station you have a connection to regional trains and the S5 of the Hanover S-Bahn.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    161 mi
  • Duration
    15:48 h
  • Elevation
    3,475 ft3,550 ft

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