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History in the Rhineland – cycling in the Rhineland cycling region

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History in the Rhineland – cycling in the Rhineland cycling region

Bike Touring Collection by Radregion Rheinland

13

Tours

41:55 h

398 mi

12,775 ft

Just as diverse as the landscapes in Western Germany’s Rhineland cycling region are the many stories to be experienced there. Cultural and scenic highlights and many new sights await you across 13 different Tours. On former trade routes, you cycle past historic windmills and watermills, stately castles and vast apple orchards.

The Rhineland also has an interesting industrial culture to offer: well-known companies settled here and shaped the culture and appearance of the towns with new settlements and facilities. In the age of industrialisation, goods were transported by rail – so you can enjoy not only excellent connections to the railway network, but also asphalted cycle paths on disused railway lines. In addition to wonderful routes through nature with meadows, rivers and lakes, in this Collection we also present urban Tours that take you past monuments, historical sites and museums as well as art installations.

The Tours vary in length and are each dedicated to a certain theme. You will find both hilly and flat altitude profiles, so you can choose exactly the right Tour for you. All start and end points are accessible by public transport. Along the routes, numerous inns with a range of regional specialities will be happy to welcome you. Aside from your water bottle, the most you need is a saddle bag to stock up on seasonal produce in the farm shops or at the so-called Frischomaten, vending machines for food. We hope you enjoy your cycling Tour through the history of the Rhineland cycling region with its fascinating history.

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    The Water Castles Route – cycling through the Rhineland

    Difficult
    05:04
    52.3 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The moated castles route runs for a total of around 375 kilometers through the area with the most moated castles in Europe, past over 120 castles and palaces. You won't find a collection like this anywhere else! A good reason to take a closer look at the area between Aachen, Bonn and Cologne from this

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    17.1 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,400 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you on old trade routes over the Nutscheid, a ridge between the rivers Sieg and Bröl. The Nutscheidhöhenweg connects the towns of Hennef and Waldbröl. You start at Hennef train station and cross the Sieg a little later. The tour leads you steadily uphill from the Siegtal up to the promising

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  • Difficult
    03:15
    30.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,950 ft
    975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour runs almost entirely on disused railway lines - you are first on the Balkan route and then on the Bergisches Panorama Cycle Path, also a former railway line. You cycle a total of almost 50 kilometers on traffic-free paths through the Bergisches Land that are only intended for cyclists. Where

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    31.2 mi
    10.5 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The close proximity of windmills and watermills is due to the fact that the region is mostly flat and a strong westerly wind blows, allowing the flour production of the watermills along the Erft to be supplemented by the windmills.

    

    After starting at the Bedburger Mühle, where you can strengthen yourself

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  • Easy
    01:45
    16.8 mi
    9.6 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The "Schäl Sick" will not cause a storm of enthusiasm if you are looking for classic beauty or impressive sights. Even the nickname of the right bank of the Rhine indicates how skeptically Cologne on the left bank looks at its eastern counterpart.

    

    On this tour you will explore districts that experienced

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    27.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 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 43-kilometer round trip around Bonn, miles of riverside passages along the Rhine and exciting historical sights that trace the history of democracy await you.

    

    You start at Bonn's market square in front of the old town hall, which is a symbol of civic self-government and is known for countless

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  • Difficult
    08:55
    76.2 mi
    8.6 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the Rheinische Apfelroute you cycle through the largest fruit and vegetable growing region in North Rhine-Westphalia. Wide orchards, colorful vegetable fields and regional farm shops await you on a total of 123 kilometers of route, where you can try the fresh fruits directly. This tour starts in Alfter

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  • Easy
    01:38
    16.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In and around Kaarst you can admire all kinds of art and monuments in public space along well-developed cycle paths. It starts at the Kaarster See train station, where you can already admire the first art installation of the round tour with the "Bridges over the North Canal". Various sculptures are also

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  • Intermediate
    02:21
    22.9 mi
    9.7 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Leverkusen is a very young city: it was only founded in 1930. In the 19th century, only a few people lived in small towns where the urban area extends today.

    

    That changed when in 1891 the Bayer company relocated its production from Wuppertal to Leverkusen, where the pharmacist Carl Leverkus had built

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  • Intermediate
    02:09
    22.4 mi
    10.4 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Roman times, the Middle Ages and modern times - Cologne's turbulent history has left its mark and is revealed in diverse architecture. This bike tour gives you a little insight into the architecture of the lively metropolis and promises long stretches along the banks of the Rhine with a fantastic panorama

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  • Difficult
    02:17
    22.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Baroque sights around Bonn are waiting to be explored by you. The 36-kilometer round tour takes you along the Rhine and past numerous impressive castles and buildings; the perfect mix of cycling pleasure and culture.

    

    You start with a tour through Bonn's city center from the Beethovenhaus and rattle off

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    44.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the Bergheimer Acht you will experience the highlights of the different parts of the city and varied natural areas. The route, which is laid out in the shape of an eight, can also be divided into two laps and also be ridden in both directions. The Aachener Tor is your starting point and destination

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  • Intermediate
    02:02
    17.0 mi
    8.4 mph
    875 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Get out of the city and off to the lake - this tour takes you from Leverkusen along the Dhünn, the largest tributary of the Wupper, to the beautiful Dhünntalsperre. At the beginning it goes directly to the banks of the Dhünn, which accompanies you to the east. You cycle past the BayArena and Morsbroich

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    398 mi
  • Duration
    41:55 h
  • Elevation
    12,775 ft

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