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Mindful Cycling Tours – Get healthy along the River Emscher in Germany

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Mindful Cycling Tours – Get healthy along the River Emscher in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by KNAPPSCHAFT

Happiness is found on the open road, so the saying goes. We think that it’s found on cycle paths too. Exercise, health, and happiness belong together. The Emschergenossenschaft, the largest waterboard in Germany, and health insurance provider KNAPPSCHAFT, are offering mindful cycling Tours under the scheme ‘Get healthy on the Emscher!’

The Tours combine fun and exciting routes along the Emscher River in North Rhein-Westphalia with exercises for living a healthy everyday life, including mindfulness, conscious enjoyment, and gratitude. It’s important to take care of your health not only during the hard times but to regularly take time to do something for yourself. With the Mindful Cycling Tours now available online, we would like to help you make sure this is also possible during these unusual times when many plans have been cancelled and our habits have changed. Beautiful places on your doorstep, that are both stimulating and relaxing, are waiting to be re-discovered.

Each Tour has its own focus and offers tips, exercises, and suggestions for a healthy everyday life. KNAPPSCHAFT is supporting these healthy habits under the motto
‘for my health’. In addition to information on the Emscher River’s renovation, you will also find health, mindfulness, and nutrition tips along the routes. An extra dose of happiness for every day in the region.


Cycling to improve your health
Relaxed cycling is healthy for your body and brain. Moderate physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is good for your cardiovascular system, builds up your endurance, reduces stress hormones, and body fat. If you follow these tips, it’s even healthier:
– Drink enough water 💧
– Treat yourself to a healthy snack every now and then 🍎
– Avoid the midday heat, protect your skin and head from the sun ⛅️
– Speaking of protecting your head: It is best to wear a helmet ⛑
– Drive with foresight and consideration ✌️
– Take a first aid kit with you including bandages and a life blanket (very important in case of shock reactions) 🩹
– Take a pair of tick tweezers with you and check for ticks from time to time 🕷

More information on the...
KNAPPSHIP: knappschaft.de/EN
Emscher Cooperative: eglv.de/en
Cooperation "Get healthy on the Emscher!" (in German language only): eglv.de/emscher-lippe/kooperationen-und-projekte

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    01:52
    17.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you often want to rub your eyes. The places that you experience over a mere 30 kilometers are so varied: The strict parallel between the Emscher and the Rhine-Herne Canal, in contrast to the almost wildly romantic Pausmühlenbach and the lively, meandering Läppkes Mühlenbach. Ripshorst invites you to take a walk in the woods and Bottrop-Ebel to an island holiday in “das_parkhotel” (by Andreas Strauss) in the BernePark. And if that's just too contemplative for you, you can pay a visit to one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Europe and let your gaze wander at the Essen industrial port, all the way to the stadium - on this extra tour:
    komoot.de/tour/253995410
    In short: This tour celebrates the diversity of life to the right and left of the Emscher. And we celebrate too, practicing the art of marveling. Just grateful for what we are allowed to discover here.

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    Easy
    00:40
    6.72 mi
    10.1 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If it is too contemplative for you on the Emscher Island with its Emscher art or on the renatured tributaries: no problem. This extra tour (eleven kilometers extra) leads to one of the largest sewage treatment plants in Europe as well as through the Essen harbor, to the stadium and the not yet renatured river Berne.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    21.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Ruhr area, green fields are rarely built. One encounters the legacy of more than 200 years of industrial history everywhere and calls on us to deal with it carefully and creatively. Colliery grounds become parks, railway lines become cycle paths and open sewers become clean bodies of water where people enjoy spending time. It takes a lot of time and energy, but the effort is worth it for people. In the past, these places and routes were used for work, today they are used for health and relaxation.On this tour you can experience the coexistence of the new and old district: at the Nordsternpark with the blue pumping station Gelsenkirchen-Horst, in the Revierpark Nienhausen or on the Erzbahntrasse cycle path. A few mindfulness exercises invite you to discover new things in the familiar.

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    Easy
    00:16
    1.91 mi
    7.2 mph
    150 ft
    0 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right next to the Schurenbach there is a crisp climb up the mountain, more precisely the dump. But the view is definitely worth the effort!

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    Intermediate
    02:20
    20.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Around Castrop-Rauxel, the Emscher conversion will create new river landscapes that you can enjoy on this tour. It leads over fields, hills of the Emscher quarry and partly narrow paths. This makes this tour a bit more demanding. But as is so often the case: a little effort is worthwhile and the muesli bar tastes twice as good!The wide expanses of water around the Emscher-Auen farm attract bird lovers and walkers. The Deininghauser Bach returns to the city and becomes a place to participate. And the business park at the old Erin colliery shows how a place of work can also be a place of enjoyment.

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    Easy
    00:43
    5.90 mi
    8.2 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This extra tour (plus 9.5 kilometers) takes you to the northern edge of the Ruhr area, where the four Ruhr area canals extend in all directions. On the way, the AGORA cultural center bears witness to the diversity of cultures in the former coal pot.

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    Easy
    00:31
    4.15 mi
    8.1 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this abbreviation, the Glücksradtour 3 (komoot.de/tour/253986268) is reduced to around 22 kilometers and 80 meters in altitude.Important note: The "Schleichweg" after about half of the way (behind the bridge over the B 235) is quite bumpy at the beginning and sometimes a bit overgrown.

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    Intermediate
    02:33
    23.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Where does the Emscher flow to? The only consistent answer to this question over the last 150 years has been: “To the Rhine.” Just like its course, the mouth of the Emscher has also hiked several times. That is why we find 3 courses of the Emscher in Duisburg and Dinslaken today, which we all meet on this tour. And now something is moving again: The Emscher is getting a natural estuary in Voerde, directly at Hof Emscher estuary.
    So close to the Lower Rhine, the water has a significant influence everywhere, forms almost mystical landscapes like the Rheinaue Walsum and offers relaxation in the Mattlerbusch Revierpark, with thermal baths and newly built graduation tower.
    If you like it a little shorter, you can turn the 3-river circuit into a 2-river circuit of 24 km in length. Simply use this abbreviation: komoot.de/tour/328083611

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    Easy
    00:41
    7.07 mi
    10.3 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Those who cycle through the district will sooner or later discover them and learn to love them: former railway lines that connected collieries and smelters and now enable us to enjoy relaxed, brisk cycling. The green path and the HOAG route are prime examples of this. They lead through a varied landscape. And by the way, they connect all three Emscher runs: the Alte Emscher in DU-Meiderich, the Kleine Emscher in OB-Buschhausen and today's Emscherlauf on the city limits of Duisburg, Oberhausen and Dinslaken.

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    Easy
    00:09
    1.12 mi
    7.2 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this abbreviation, the 3-Emscher tour becomes a 2-Emscher tour (komoot.de/tour/328082688)

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    Intermediate
    01:55
    18.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the middle of the city and in the middle of the green and blue: From the Phoenixpark, hidden paths always lead along the water, across the south of Dortmund, to the left Emscher inlet of the Rüpingsbach. Here it goes on just as idyllically. Now along the fields, orchards in the UmweltKulturPark Dortmund and the hands-on vineyard, as well as the hands-on health and nutrition garden.
    The way back leads through the nature reserve Bolmke and finally over an old railway line, not far from the beautiful Rombergpark. If you find the time, you should take this great ribbon with you - or come back!

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    Intermediate
    00:58
    9.11 mi
    9.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In the middle of the city and in the middle of the green and blue: From the Phoenixpark, hidden paths always lead along the water, across the south of Dortmund, to the left Emscher inlet of the Rüpingsbach. Here it goes on just as idyllically. Now along the fields, orchards in the UmweltKulturPark Dortmund and the hands-on vineyard, as well as the hands-on health and nutrition garden.
    The way back leads through the nature reserve Bolmke and finally over an old railway line, not far from the beautiful Rombergpark. If you find the time, you should take this great ribbon with you - or come back!

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    Small, fine café / beer garden, delicious cake, is definitely worth a break.

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    Haus Ripshorst

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Come in and explore the Emscherpark. A map on the ground with stepping stones shows you the highlights of the park.

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    One of those cult spots in the pot: If you want to take a break in the area, do it here!

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    Holgers Erzbahnbude

    Bike Touring Highlight

    It's just a snack bar. Nevertheless, she is well on the way to becoming a cult, without any fancy. That's how it works in the pot.

    Okay, this place here is something special. On the one hand, it stands directly at the intersection of the Erzbahn route with the Kray-Wanner-Bahntrasse, a real bicycle junction. On the other hand, it is simply cozy here. From the trailer come drinks, sweets, fresh pastries and in the event of the case is also some tools ready. The numerous seats are generally well used, you come here actually always in the conversation, if you want. And sometimes, if you're lucky, there's even live music. In good weather such a simple bike ride can end almost magically.

    opening hours
    Mon. to Sun .: 10 to 22 o'clock

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    As a layperson, one can hardly imagine “flow management”. Perhaps you first think of pumping stations, sewage treatment plants, dykes or barrages - which is all right. But managing a river also means creating a landscape. And why shouldn't a flood retention basin necessary for flood protection, for example, also be a local recreation area? This is how the Emschergenossenschaft thought when it created the Hof Emscher-Auen, a new excursion destination in the northern curve of the river, in 2017. Here you can also marvel at a special work of art: the reinforced concrete construction "Black Circle Square" (2016) by Massimo Bartolinis.

    In the event of heavy rainfall, the Emscher's runoff is slowed here and dammed up within the retention basin. Incidentally, these are the largest along the entire Emscher and have a total capacity of 1.1 million cubic meters - that corresponds to around seven million bathtubs.

    More information about the Emscher-Auen farm and the other three farms that the Emschergenossenschaft operates between the source and the mouth of the Emscher along the Emscher-Weg together with local partners can be found here: eglv.de/emscher/emscher- yard /.

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    Biergarten Oskar am Kanal

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Cozy beach feeling

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    Kirsten
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    Wonderful place to have breakfast, with a dining room in the renovated barn and seats in the courtyard. Outside there is a variety of fruit to be harvested depending on the season. Oh yes, and there's a pony too 🐎.

    Opening hours:
    Closed Sunday to Tuesday,
    Wednesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Info:
    hofzurnieden.de

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    Nik Wys
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    Ballermann an der Emscher

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nothing special - and that's exactly why it is a nice place to take a break “on the weekend when the weather is nice” (according to the opening times), to enjoy the peace and quiet or the hustle and bustle with a cold drink, French fries or something similar.

    Incidentally, the company cooperates with Café Emschertalhof in Ickern, which is also a great detour from here: komoot.de/highlight/416856

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    Nik Wys
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    Rittergut Haus Sölde

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The estate is from the 13th century and is well worth seeing.
    More about this: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haus_S%C3%B6lde

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    Schultenhof Bio Bauernhof

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A farm in the middle of Dortmund? The Schultenhof makes it possible. And so he is ideally suited to end a nice bike ride comfortably here. In the café, you will be spoiled with hearty snacks or can fill your memory with cake. In the summer is grilled regularly. The farm also runs a butcher shop, you can buy the products in the farm shop. There are also eggs, fruits, vegetables, milk / cheese products and all kinds of other organic products.

    Incidentally, 26 people with disabilities working in the yard live in the adjoining Awo residential building.

    Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Thursday: 10am to 6pm
    Friday and Saturday: 10 to 19 o'clock
    Sundays and public holidays: 10am to 3pm
    Closed on Mondays

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    Emscherquellhof

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The "Emscher" springs from the "Emscherquellhof". This was formerly used as a dirty water channel for the Ruhr area. The renaturation has now become a highlight. Here at the source is especially for the bike riders the beginning of the Emscher bike path. On the way to the Ruhr area are still beautiful moments to expect.

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    Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (also LaPaDu for short, in the vernacular "Landi") is an approximately 200-hectare landscape park around a decommissioned metallurgical plant in Duisburg-Meiderich, which was built as part of the International Building Exhibition Emscher Park. The landscape park is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage and the Route of Industrial Heritage in the Ruhr area.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Highlights
    14
  • Distance
    137 mi
  • Duration
    14:50 h
  • Elevation
    3,025 ft

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