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Autumn in western Germany by train and bike

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Autumn in western Germany by train and bike

Bike Touring Collection by Bahn und Fahrrad

7

Tours

26:46 h

262 mi

10,150 ft

It’s easy to get to the most beautiful autumn bike rides in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland by regional train. Hop on your saddle at the stations on the rail routes and be enchanted by the autumnal magic in the four federal states. You'll cycle through colourful vineyards, alongside rushing rivers and peaceful lakes, immerse yourself in colourful forests and enjoy breathtaking views.

In this Collection, we’ve put together seven varied Tours for the golden season along the regional railway lines in western Germany. The start and end points of the rides are all located at a station, so you can arrive and depart by train.

It's best to buy a day ticket for local transport so you can take your bike. It’s wise to check beforehand whether the route you want to take will be busy or not, as you’ll need enough room for your bike on the train. You can also use the DB Ausflug app for this; it offers you great cycling features, such as information on local repair shops and bike rental companies so you don’t even need your own bike.

For the Tours in this Collection, we’ve picked out rental locations for you so that you can rent your bike locally – always near the station. You can find information on many rental companies here bahn.de/service/individuelle-reise/bahn_und_fahrrad/rad-nahverkehr or on callabike.de/en/home.

The starting points of the Tours are in Trier, Koblenz, Frankfurt, Deidesheim, Münster, Winterberg and Heimbach. From Trier, you cycle along the Saar while from Koblenz, the route takes you along the Moselle with its colourful vineyards. From Frankfurt, you explore the autumnal atmosphere of romantic river landscapes. From Deidesheim, you can explore the splendour of the vineyards along the German Wine Route and, around Münster, you can discover the charm of countless castles. The Ruhr Valley Cycle Route from Winterberg is also enchanting at this time of year, as is the Eifel National Park with the Rursee, which you cycle around from Heimbach.

And after your adventure? You can simply jump back on the train and reflect on your explorations without a care in the world.

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Tours & Highlights

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    The Saar cycle route from Trier to Merzig — Western Germany by train and bike

    Intermediate
    03:41
    36.8 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful bike tour starts at Trier main station. If you didn't bring your own bike, you can rent one at the train station and off you go.

    

    You cycle across the city to the Moselle. On its banks you drive to Konz. This is where the Saar flows into the Moselle and you are now following it. You cycle

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    49.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,075 ft
    975 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The starting point of the tour along the Moselle is at the main station in Koblenz. You can also rent a bike here if you haven't brought one with you.

    

    From the train station we walk past the main cemetery to the Moselle. After crossing it, follow its bank upstream. As you advance, their loops become more

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

    This tour into the countryside begins at the main train station in the metropolis of Frankfurt am Main. Right at the train station you have the option of renting a bike at the Call a Bike station if you didn't bring yours with you.

    

    Then you swing yourself onto the saddle and drive directly to the banks

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  • Difficult
    03:55
    37.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the town of Deidesheim, you enter the German Wine Route cycle path on this tour. You can reach the place with the regional train and if you didn't bring your own bike, you can even rent one near the station.

    

    Then it starts. You climb onto the saddle and always cycle south. The first highlight is reaching

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    27.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Around Münster you will find a lot of palaces and castles worth seeing. You will experience some of them on this tour. It starts right at Münster main station, where you can also rent a bike.

    

    At the beginning we go to the prince-bishop's palace in Münster with its botanical garden. After enjoying the

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    37.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    2,675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of this tour is at the train station in Winterberg. There are several bike rentals in the village where you can equip yourself if you didn't bring your own bike. Then you get on the saddle and off you go.

    

    You take the RuhrtalRadweg and after a few kilometers you will pass the Ruhrquelle

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  • Difficult
    04:25
    34.0 mi
    7.7 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour starts in Heimbach, where you can easily get there with the regional train. A little way from the train station you also have the possibility to rent a bike if you didn't bring one with you. You can take the 231 bus to the bike rental, just get off at the Eifeler Tor stop.

    

    Right at the start

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    262 mi
  • Duration
    26:46 h
  • Elevation
    10,150 ft

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