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Vast meadows and luscious wetlands - the green side of the radrevier.ruhr

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Vast meadows and luscious wetlands - the green side of the radrevier.ruhr

Bike Touring Collection by radrevier.ruhr

8

Tours

25:22 h

239 mi

4,925 ft

Picture this: you are cycling through vast meadows and fields, you feel the crisp country air as you follow a relaxing gravel path along the canal. In the distance, you can hear the loud calls of waterfowl that have gathered on the floodplain — this is cycling at its best. You don’t have to travel to a remote corner of Germany to find this peaceful idyll. It can be found in the heart of North Rhein-Westphalia — in the middle of the Ruhr-Area!

In this Collection, we show you seven wonderful bike routes far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. We take you to the green front garden of the Ruhr district, past farms, through wetlands, lush meadows, and fields. You will discover rusty railway bridges, ancient locks and the remains of old manor houses, proving that the Ruhr-Area has more to offer than you ever dreamed.

Despite all the idyllic countryside, this Collection guides you through one of the largest urban areas in Europe. There is a huge selection of accommodation and restaurants to enjoy during your stay. The starting points of the routes are easily accessible thanks to great public transport links which also mean that you can do one-way routes. Have fun discovering the green side of the radrevier.ruhr!

If you would like to do even more exciting cycling tours in the radrevier.ruhr, take a look at this Collection: komoot.de/collection/1624/industrie-geschichte-natur-eine-bunte-reise-durchs-radrevier-ruhr.

"This Project was supported with funding by "Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE)" by the Europäischen Union and North Rhine-Westphalia.“

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  • Intermediate
    03:49
    35.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    In the Ruhr area, you can not only cycle along the eponymous river, the Ruhr, but also discover the Rhine. In Duisburg, the Ruhr flows into the Rhine, whose extensive floodplains and dikes are ideal for long bike rides. Not only in spring, when nature awakens to new life, it is worth discovering the

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    28.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The trade of goods used to be much harder in the past than it is today. In order for this to be possible, trade routes were needed and exactly this was the Westphalian "Hellweg", which ran from Duisburg to Höxter. Even today, the course of this historic route is known and can be traced particularly well

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  • Intermediate
    03:16
    32.8 mi
    10.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Where many people live and work, they also eat a lot. No wonder then, that in the time before globalization at the gates of the Ruhr area many agricultural enterprises settled, whose extensive agricultural areas still shape the landscape today. On this approximately 52-kilometer tour, you can cycle through

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    42.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    At 68 kilometers in length, the "Elefantenrunde" is the longest route that you can master casually over the wide and flat meadows and fields of the eastern Ruhr area. The name of this tour does not stem from its gigantic proportions, but from its peak: In the Maximilian Park Hamm is the huge, luminous

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    30.5 mi
    8.4 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between Lünen and Kamen, deep in the rural eastern part of the Ruhr area, this approximately 51-kilometer tour awaits you. The eponymous rivers will accompany you throughout the journey. In addition, you will pass the Seepark Horstmar, so you have the free choice in the summer, where you want to pick

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    38.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The rivers in the Ruhr area have a busy time behind them. Due to the intensive industrial use, they once resembled sewers rather than natural streams. Especially the two rivers Ruhr and Emscher play an important role here. In particular, the Emscher was a real "workhorse" and was long considered one

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    27.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Ruhr area, canals were an important addition to natural river courses from early on, to transport goods or goods by ship and even today they are still used for this purpose. This 44-kilometer bike tour is dedicated to the dead straight waterways, which are now accompanied over long distances by

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  • Easy
    00:37
    4.01 mi
    6.6 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Mountains where there are none? The former mining of the Ruhr area makes it possible. Between Herten and Recklinghausen you will find a true paradise for mountain bikers with a real network of trails that offer cross-country and endurobics great training opportunities in the middle of the metropolitan

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    239 mi
  • Duration
    25:22 h
  • Elevation
    4,925 ft

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