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Water & history – 6 days on the Römer‑Lippe Route

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Water & history – 6 days on the Römer‑Lippe Route

Bike Touring Collection by Teutoburger Wald Urlaubsregion

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

186 mi

3,500 ft

4,650 ft

On the six stages of the Römer-Lippe-Route, you will cover around 190 miles (300 kilometers) as you explore the beautiful floodplain landscape around the Lippe. As you go, you'll cycle alongside charming canals and discover the traces of the Roman legionaries who walked this route millennia before you. And if history isn't your thing, you can rule out any museum visits and simply enjoy the beautiful nature you're about to cycle past — the choice is yours.

But now a few facts: During the reign of Emperor Augustus, the Roman troops made numerous advances to Germania in order to conquer the area and declare it a Roman province. The river Lippe was used by boats and barges in order to transport troops and supplies more quickly. Only in the year 9 AD Arminius, also known as Hermann, put an end to these plans of conquest during the Battle of Varus in the Teutoburg Forest. The Roman-Lippe Route takes you and your bicycle from Hermannsdenkmal near Detmold along the course of the Lippe to the Rhine and the archaeological Roman Park in Xanten.

Only on the first stage, which runs through the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest, few hilly sections await you. Aside from these, you'll be comfortably cycling over flat terrain the whole way. Along the route, you will visit small towns and tranquil villages; place that perfectly combine archeology and tranquility into one picturesque experience. The Roman Museum in Haltern, the Roman Park in Bergkamen-Oberaden and the magnificent Archaeological Park in Xanten are the noteworthy Highlights for all Roman enthusiasts.

Regarding finding a place to rest after a day in the saddle, you'll find numerous accommodation options in each of the route's stage destination. You'll also encounter many cafes, inns, and restaurants where you can reward yourself with a relaxing break. What's more, as all the destinations can be reached easily by train, you can put together your own personal multi-day ride on the Römer-Lippe Route or even just go for a simple day trip and take the train home afterward.

If you can't get enough of the Römer-Lippe-Route, then the eleven thematic loops visible at roemerlipperoute.de are a hot tip for you. The side trips will take you off the route to other Roman remains and beautiful rivers, streams and springs.

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Römer-Lippe-Route – Radtouren im Teutoburger Wald

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3,575 ft

4,700 ft

Last updated: February 3, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Vom Hermannsdenkmal in Detmold nach Paderborn – Römer-Lippe-Route

    Intermediate
    02:58
    30.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your tour on the Roman-Lippe-Route spoils you right at the beginning with a brilliant entrance. At the foot of the Hermannsdenkmal begins your search for the Romans in Westphalia. From Hermannsdenkmal it goes through the tranquil town of Detmold, past the impressive Externsteine ​​and up to the Lippe

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    27.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    250 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In addition to the Roman camp Anreppen stands on the second leg of the Roman-Lippe-Route, the enjoyment of nature quite clearly in the foreground. From Paderborn you cycle along the Pader River to Lake Lippesee and out of the city between idyllically situated Baggerseen lakes. Through the picturesque

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    35.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On your third leg, the Romans will just let you be Roman and instead dedicate yourself to the lip. Today, the Roman-Lippe route runs for long stretches along the renatured Lippe. On beautiful cycle paths, you follow the meandering course of the river, which just a few years ago flowed straight through

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    23.1 mi
    9.2 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If, after the third stage, you are thirsting for more archeological highlights, the fourth stage will not disappoint. The path leads you along the river Lippe to the Roman camp in Oberaden. Here not only ditches and roads were laid out on the uncovered terrain, but a part of the protective wall with

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    27.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fifth day of the Roman-Lippe-Route you cycle from Lünen on the northern edge of the Ruhr area. Right on the border to Münsterland you get here from the huge metropolitan area but nothing. Instead, the bike path leads you across wide fields, through small towns and along the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal

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  • Intermediate
    04:28
    42.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    600 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The sixth stage is in every respect the culmination of the Roman-Lippe-Route. From Haltern you accompany the Lippe on their last kilometers to the confluence with the Rhine at Wesel. After saying goodbye to the lip, it's on to Xanten. There is the Archeological Park with the temple, the Roman inn, the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    186 mi
  • Duration
    19:18 h
  • Elevation
    3,500 ft4,650 ft

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