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

© Christina Marx

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

Bike Touring Collection by Taunus

12

Tours

35:35 h

305 mi

19,850 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 close to the big cities of the Rhine-Main-Area, 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 12 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, spanning over almost 100 kilometres from west to east. 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.

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    Bad Homburger Rundroute – die schönsten Radtouren im Taunus

    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 a length of 24 kilometers. The spa town lies at the foot of the Taunus and has excellent rail connections, for

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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 no wonder that he feels really comfortable around Usingen. After all, there is everything here that a bird could wish for: extensive forests

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  • Difficult
    08:42
    65.6 mi
    7.5 mph
    6,525 ft
    7,075 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 is known as the king's stage. This is not only due to the many steep climbs that await on this tour, but also to the large number of still

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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

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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 of forests and fields can be found here. This tour focuses on the northern section of the circular route, which runs

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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 large loop of 40 kilometers in length, you will discover the most beautiful sides of the Goldener Grund and the forest area

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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 to the Opel Zoo and connects two exciting excursion destinations. But that's not all, there are all sorts of funny and unusual traffic signs waiting to be

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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, from the Hochtaunus to the mouth near Weilburg. The most convenient way to get to the starting point of the tour is definitely

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  • Intermediate
    01:42
    15.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The idyllic apple village of Wehrheim is picturesquely nestled between gentle hills, wide fields and shady forests in the eastern Taunus. This tour takes you around the village on paved paths, gravel paths and water-bound surfaces and shows you how beautiful and varied this corner of the Taunus is. It

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  • Intermediate
    00:54
    7.33 mi
    8.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    What could be nicer than discovering the area on a relaxing bike ride? This tour brings you closer to the many beautiful sights around Bad Nauheim at the transition from the densely wooded Taunus to the fertile Wetterau. Since the picturesque town is perfectly connected to public transport, you won't

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  • Intermediate
    01:19
    10.5 mi
    8.0 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Kelkheim is nestled in the idyllic Vordertaunus between hills, lots of forest and the Main plain. Not least because of its proximity to the metropolis of Frankfurt, Kelkheim is well connected to the transport network and can be easily reached by train, car or bicycle. This tour will bring you closer

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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 it run through our beautiful low mountain range. You can easily reach the starting point of Brechen by regional train from Limburg or

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    305 mi
  • Duration
    35:35 h
  • Elevation
    19,850 ft

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