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Along rivers and lakes — Germany’s Westerwald waterways

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Along rivers and lakes — Germany’s Westerwald waterways

Bike Touring Collection by Westerwald - Die Urlaubsregion

6

Tours

24:06 h

207 mi

11,400 ft

Germany’s Westerwald region is not only rich in forests, but also in bodies of water; large lakes, shimmering ponds and rushing rivers are all waiting to be discovered. A view of the water makes cycling twice as pleasant and refreshment is never far away. Hardly any element exudes a greater attraction, which is why this Collection brings you close to the glorious waters of this area.

Like the water, you’ll drift through the landscape and discover exciting highlights such as castles, monasteries and half-timbered towns. Be sure to bring your bathing suit so you're always ready for a dip in the cold water. The Westerwald also has a few sweaty metres of altitude waiting for you so a cool down is often welcome. This Collection also offers family cycling Tours and easy rides.

You can cycle around the ponds and lakes near Dreifelden on the 20-kilometre (12.4 mi) cycle circuit Seenplatte. In addition, there is an adventure playground, a miniature golf course and a lido along the route, all of which promise fun for young and old. The 5-Lakes Cycle Path is a stunning ride with magnificent views and resting places by the water. However, with 80 kilometres (50 mi) and 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) of elevation gain, it demands a lot from your calves. For a more relaxed ride, simply divide it into several days.

A great day trip is the Nister-Wiesensee Tour, which takes you on a loop to the most beautiful waters near Bad Marienberg. You can cycle uphill and downhill on the loop around the Knoten, which takes you past the Krombachtalsperre and the Mengerskirchener Seeweiher to the landscape near Rennerod. The last two Tours in this Collection are dedicated to two rivers. Over almost 100 kilometres (62 mi), you follow the Wied from its source near Linden to where it flows into the Rhine, passing ponds, forests and castles along the way. You can also divide the route into several stages, for more time to enjoy the highlights.

The almost 70-kilometre long (44 mi) Nister Cycle Route also runs the entire length of the Nister River, from its source near Willingen to its mouth near Wissen. Whichever Tour you choose, the Westerwald waters provide plenty of relaxation and epic cycling.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    01:36
    12.1 mi
    7.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short cycle path leads through the idyllic lake landscape at Dreifelden and is also easy to use with children. The center of the lake area is the Dreifelder Weiher, because with a length of two kilometers and a width of up to 800 meters this lake is the largest. Here you can swim and row or rent a pedal boat.

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  • Difficult
    06:10
    49.6 mi
    8.0 mph
    3,325 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You have chosen a wonderful Tour with the 5-Lakes Cycle Route. But it is also a difficult one: you have to do a lot of uphill and downhill. You can of course also divide it into several stages, so that you have more time to enjoy the beauty of nature. After all, all five lakes need to be explored extensively.

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    21.4 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour leads from Bad Marienberg to Lake Wiesen and after a round around the lake back in a big loop. From Bad Marienberg the route leads through the beautiful valley of the Schwarze Nister to Langenbach and on to Hahn.After Dreisbach it goes uphill for a bit, but then flat paths follow to Lake Wiesen, past Ailertchen and …

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  • Difficult
    02:33
    20.7 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Tour around the Knoten takes more than 33 kilometers on paths through forests, past the picturesque Krombachtalsperre and the Seeweiher near Mengerskirchen. Experience the Hoge Westerwald from its most typical side with wide, unobstructed views.From the starting point in Rennerod at the "Strohheck" hiking car park, the route follows the former railway in the direction of Rehe and …

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    60.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,675 ft
    3,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The almost 100 kilometer long Wied Cycle Path leads from the source at Dreifelder Weiher to the mouth near Neuwied. You not only cycle along the water of the Wied, but also along lakes, ponds and forests. You can easily divide the varied route into several stages, as there are numerous overnight accommodations along the way.To enable you to …

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  • Difficult
    04:48
    42.6 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,100 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The almost 70 kilometer long cycle path leads you from the source near Willingen to the confluence in the Sieg bei Wissen along the Nister. Both uphill and downhill, the tour has a few vertical meters to offer, which brings a lot of variety and great views.The first half is mainly downhill and you can still take it easy …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    207 mi
  • Duration
    24:06 h
  • Elevation
    11,400 ft

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