Taunus

From safari to world heritage — cycling tours in the Taunus region

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From safari to world heritage — cycling tours in the Taunus region

Bike Touring Collection by Taunus

11

Tours

39:27 h

335 mi

22,425 ft

With its varied nature, numerous cultural sights and excellent gastronomy, Germany’s Taunus mountain range has long since ceased to be an insider tip among cyclists. On the contrary, word has spread far and wide so that everyone can enjoy this area. There’s something for everyone, from families who appreciate relaxation, gentle ascents and traffic-free cycle paths to ambitious cyclists for whom it can't be hilly enough.

The Taunus is a low mountain range and hills and climbs abound here. With a little fitness or electronic support though, the hills quickly lose their intimidating nature. If you’d prefer flat routes, there are wonderful trails in the valleys and the Vordertaunus below the main ridge. Lying at the edge of Frankfurt, the Taunus region enjoys excellent transport connections. Whether by train, car or bicycle, there are many ways to get to the Tours quickly and comfortably.

In this Collection, we present 11 of the most beautiful cycling routes in the Taunus region. For gentle and family-friendly rides, take the children on an exciting safari from zoo to zoo and on the way look out for those unusual road signs only found on this route. Or, explore the beautiful nature between the Ems and Wörsbach valleys without many hills.

If you like a blend of sporty and culture, go on a sweaty discovery tour to find traces of the Romans. Nowhere is the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes – the edge of the Roman Empire – better preserved than in the Taunus. The historical border between the Roman Empire and the Germanic ‘barbarians’, which is over 2,000 years old, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and runs right through this low mountain range. In numerous places you can discover the remains of the watchtowers and impressive forts and, thanks to the information boards, learn a lot about life at the Limes.

A cycle tour in the Taunus is rounded off by a visit to the well-preserved medieval towns such as Bad Camberg, Idstein or Weilburg, to name but a few. In the shade of the impressive half-timbered buildings, you can enjoy the many cafés, restaurants and inns, fortifying yourself for the next Tour. All rides are excellently signposted and you can link them together in many places. So, get in the saddle and enjoy a bike adventure in the Taunus, the most beautiful low mountain range in the world – and not just according to Alexander von Humboldt.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    01:38
    15.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Exciting views, lots of nature and cultural monuments worth seeing are waiting for you in beautiful Bad Homburg. This circular route connects all Bad Homburg districts with one another over …

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  • Difficult
    02:55
    22.8 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The chaffinch is one of the most popular songbirds in Germany. It prefers to live in forests and parks, but is also often found in gardens and orchards. So it's …

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  • Difficult
    08:53
    65.8 mi
    7.4 mph
    6,600 ft
    7,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The German Limes Cycle Route is a total of 818 kilometers and runs from the Danube to the Rhine. The 100-kilometer section that runs through the middle of the Taunus …

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    26.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round trip connects two of the most beautiful valleys in the Taunus while avoiding most of the gradients. So it is also perfect for families. The tour starts in Idstein, which is well connected with the regional train from Limburg or Frankfurt, for example. But also in other places like Bad Camberg, Selters or Brechen it is easy to get on by train.

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  • Difficult
    06:15
    51.8 mi
    8.3 mph
    4,375 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hessian long-distance cycle route R6 crosses the entire state from north to south for more than 400 kilometers. A good 80 kilometers of it run through the beautiful Taunus. …

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  • Difficult
    03:35
    31.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Hessian long-distance cycle route R8 in the Taunus is part of an exciting route with a length of 300 kilometers through the entire state of Hesse. 50 kilometers of …

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    38.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 190-kilometer circular route runs through the entire RheinMain Regional Park. It describes a large tour around the metropolis of Frankfurt and shows you how much green in the form …

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  • Difficult
    02:59
    25.3 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The name promises great pleasure and the tour can keep this promise. It starts and ends directly at Idstein train station, which makes arrival and departure extremely easy. In a …

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    15.6 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Go on a bike tour safari with the children that can only be found in the lower Taunus. A tour on the safari route takes you from the Frankfurt Zoo …

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    31.0 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,300 ft
    3,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Weil rises in the Hochtaunus and flows through a wonderful valley in a few loops towards the Lahn. The Weiltalweg follows its course and leads you almost exclusively downhill, …

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    12.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around Bad Nauheim, beautiful cycle paths through the countryside are waiting to be discovered by you. This loop leads you to some attractions over a length of almost 20 kilometers …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    335 mi
  • Duration
    39:27 h
  • Elevation
    22,425 ft
Taunus

From safari to world heritage — cycling tours in the Taunus region