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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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BahnRadRoute Hellweg-Weser

158 mi

3,475 ft

3,550 ft

Last updated: November 16, 2021

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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