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Forest rides in western Germany — Outdoor Initiative #rausundlos

Günther Schneider

Forest rides in western Germany — Outdoor Initiative #rausundlos

Bike Touring Collection by Die Techniker

14

Tours

40:49 h

369 mi

14,675 ft

The ground fog gently sweeps over the hills and the forests slowly turn into a sea of color. At the latest when the days become shorter and the mornings crisp and cold, it is clear: Autumn is just around the corner. Is that a reason to put the bike in the garage? Certainly not, because now begins one of the best times for cycling. Before the dark time of year, you can get a lot of fresh air, explore new, exciting places and keep fit and healthy at the same time.

We've come up with an incentive to make it even easier for you. With our #rausundlos Outdoor Initiative, we've got a little challenge: ride your bike at least 100 kilometres (62 miles) in a month. Once you've got a taste for it you won’t want to get off the saddle. Your bike will get you out into nature in no time, even in big cities and at a speed that gives you enough time to take in your surroundings.

To help you with the challenge, we've picked out some lovely bike routes with each being around 40 kilometres (25 miles) long. This length is easy to master – even for bicycle beginners. Just pick your three favourite Tours and plan them for the current or next calendar month – you’ll tick off the challenge in no time!

So, do you accept our challenge? Simply download the TK app, start TK-Fit (the fitness programme in the TK app) and take part in the challenge. If you complete it, you can earn up to 1,000 points for the TK bonus programme. You can either redeem those points for future treatments that you normally have to pay for or treat yourself to our rewards.

Just one more thing: if you go on a Tour with komoot, follow us, tag us as a participant after your ride and write #rausundlos in the title – we’d love to see who takes part in the challenge here. If you prefer to share your adventures on Instagram or Facebook, you can tag us by using #rausundlos. We'll meet you in the great outdoors!

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    Durch Königsforst und Wahner Heide – Outdoor-Initiative #rausundlos

    Intermediate
    02:56
    26.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you through a huge wooded area, a heather, to a castle and a legendary peak, and all of this at the gates of the city. The start and finish point is the Bergisch-Gladbach train station. You leave the city in a southerly direction and soon dive into the mighty royal forest. A very special

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    26.2 mi
    9.0 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Selfkant is an agricultural community in the far west of Germany. The flat, low-traffic region is perfect for relaxed bike tours. The focus of this route is on the beautiful lakes and rivers of the tranquil area on the border with the Netherlands. You start at Heinsberg train station and after a

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    26.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you from the metropolis on the Rhine in Düsseldorf to the neat, small festivals of Zons. You will discover how beautiful it can be on the other side of the Rhine. A wonderful amount of nature and unique views of the Rhine are the recipe for a successful day trip. It starts right in front

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    26.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Offenbach's main train station, this round takes you deep into the city forest and to the Langener Waldsee. You quickly leave the city behind and dive into the green. As you drive past Buchrainweiher and Maunzenweiher, you have long since forgotten the hustle and bustle of the city. For miles it

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    26.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Darmstadt, this tour takes you to a particularly beautiful nature reserve on the Rhine. The island of Kühkopf is waiting to be discovered by you. The route is flat throughout and very pleasant to drive. Get on your bike in front of the Darmstadt main station and leave the city in a westerly direction

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    26.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The cathedral city of Fulda invites you to an exciting tour of discovery through the forests and hills of the North Hessian mountainous region. The inclines can hardly be avoided here, but you can enjoy some fantastic views and rapid descents. Sometimes you just have to go high to discover new things

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    26.2 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you from the Rhine to the largest lake in Rhineland-Palatinate. And this is not just any lake: The Laacher See is a so-called caldera lake. It was created by volcanic activity. To see the famous crater lake, you first have to cover a few meters in altitude, but it's worth it. The tour

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  • Intermediate
    02:56
    26.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between Speyer am Rhein and the beautiful Palatinate Forest you can take a wonderful bike tour that takes you on quiet paths through fields and forests. The views and sights are not neglected here either. The tour starts at Speyer's main train station. You quickly leave the city behind and cycle with

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    26.5 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour through the Saarland is divided into two parts - the first half is mountainous and characterized by deep forest, the second half runs relaxed and flat along the banks of the Saar. Both halves have their own special charm. You start at Saarbrücken main station and first cycle through Burbach

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  • Intermediate
    02:53
    26.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Merzig, this tour takes you 42 kilometers to the famous Saarschleife. It starts very close to the train station. Past the marina you cycle relaxed out of the city on the Saar. You will admire the river from many different angles, because in the first few kilometers you will already cross three bridges

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    25.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wine and magnificent views are the reason to spend a day on the bike on the Moselle. In addition, on the Moselle, with Traben-Trarbach and Zell, you will encounter two towns with history and beautiful inner cities. The starting point of the almost 42-kilometer bike tour is the train station in Traben

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    27.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Originally, only the Mühlenbach was dammed at the site of the Halt reservoir. In 1930 it was still a long way from being as big as it is today. But now the 300 hectare lake is the flagship of the region and part of the wide lake landscape between Haltern and Dülmen. On this bike tour you can get to know

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  • Difficult
    03:23
    26.4 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,475 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Because of the special viaduct in Altenbeken alone, we can recommend this bike tour in the east of North Rhine-Westphalia. You will not meet many other cycle tourists here and so you can spend a quiet day at the Egge Mountains. Due to its proximity to the city of Paderborn, you can easily reach Altenbeken

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  • Difficult
    03:02
    26.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A day in Siegerland means for you to spend a day between different landscapes. In addition to the impressive history of the Siegen district, the natural landscape with its mountains, rivers and lakes also captivates you from the first second. For an intensive tour through the Siegerland, we have therefore

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    369 mi
  • Duration
    40:49 h
  • Elevation
    14,675 ft

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