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!
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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 river with its species-rich flora and fauna by bike.This round trip starts in Wesel and leads you on a total of almost 54 kilometers, first upstream to the south, later back north to the starting point. Translating in Orsoy by ferry is a special experience and at the same time marks the turning point of the tour. On the way you will enjoy the open river landscape and cycle through cozy villages. The impressive Lippe estuary delta is the last big highlight of the bike ride before you return to Wesel.The tour has about 140 vertical meters - quite feasible. Nevertheless, this tour can sometimes put sweat on your forehead, because the wind that blows along the river is sometimes much more demanding than the few gradients. But that's part of it - you'll be rewarded with a wonderfully natural, quiet route, which stands out clearly from the classic industrial culture routes in radrevier.ruhr.Since this tour is a circuit, you can basically start where you want. From Duisburg you can take the regional train particularly easy to Voerde, Friedrichsfeld or to our proposed tour start in Wesel.
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 by bike. And that's exactly what you do on this beautiful bike ride that starts in Unna directly on the Hellweg.From the start in Unna you take a direct course on the old Hellweg, which you follow for a while. In the past it was an important trade route, today it takes you away from the city bustle in peace through picturesque meadows and fields. If the route turns south and heads for Wickede, it gets a bit hilly. You now cross the Haarstrang, a range of hills that stretches from west to east in the southern part of the city of Dortmund as well as over the district of Unna and Soest. From the ridge you can enjoy a wide view over the surrounding countryside.It follows a nice downhill to the Ruhr Valley, where you follow the RuhrtalRadweg shortly. In Fröndenberg the Kettenschmiedemuseum offers itself for a break. There you can admire machines for chain production, the components of which have been painstakingly collected over the years.A second time over the hair strand, past Holzwickede and back to Unna. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés waiting for you in the cozy old town, where you can rest and strengthen yourself after the tour. If you still have time and desire, Unna offers with the Center for International Light Art an extraordinary cultural highlight: It is the only museum in the world, in which exclusively light art works are exhibited.
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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 this green garden of the Potts in peace.The tour starts at Dorsten station and leads you first in the direction of Bottrop. Here you come through the Kirchheller Heide, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Ruhr area. In late summer you can admire the flowers of the many plants here, but of course it is just as much fun to cycle through it at any other time of year - the idyllic Heidesee is definitely worth a stop.In Hünxe you then cross the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal, before you slowly make your way back on a former railway line through Schermbeck. In Dorsten you can then refresh yourself in the Atlantis water park or add another culinary trip. We've added two extra small extra stops to the official route that ends at Dorsten Station again: The currywurst drive-in "Currystation 52" is a real cult. Here's sausage with sauces from star chef Björn Freitag, who incidentally is a child of the Ruhr area and Dorsten in his star restaurant "Goldener Anker" operates. If you also prefer to follow the motto of this tour in terms of cuisine, we recommend the Hofcafé by Bauer Dalhaus, which serves delicious cakes and coffee. In the farm shop you can also buy regional, agricultural products and take home a small souvenir of this beautiful bike ride.
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 glass elephant, which is well known beyond the borders of the Ruhr area. He adorns the former coal laundry of the old coal mine Maximilian, which was completely re-cultivated at the Landesgartenschau 1984. Since then, there is a colorful theme park with a great mix of entertainment, art, garden landscapes and (industrial) history. But that's not all that awaits you on this tour ...Let's start at the central station of Hamm. Along the Dattel-Hamm-Canal and the Lippe you cycle first to the west, right through the idyllic nature reserve "Am Tibaum", where beautiful nature and many waterfowl await you. Passing Kamen and Bergkamen, the route then turns to the east and follows the old railway line to Welver with almost no traffic. Many cafes and rest areas along the way invite you to take a short break and, of course, refresh yourself.As you leave the train path, you cycle through picturesque meadows and fields until you reach the Maximilianpark, where numerous activities invite you to end the rest of the day. How about a ride in the elevator through the trunk of the elephant, which brings you to a viewing platform, from which you have a great view of the Ruhr area?From Maximilianpark it is not far to the starting point of the tour, the train station of Hamm. On the way there is still a stop in the graduation of the spa park or in the "Maximare" adventure spa.
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 up the well-deserved refreshment.You start at the central station of Lünen, which is well connected to the railway network, so that the easiest way to arrive by train. From there you drive along the Lippe - the longest river in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia - through the beautiful floodplains of Ostwestfalen. Here you come through wonderfully idyllic nature, you can take a break at picturesque resting places, explore the remains of an old castle or look at an old mill, which today is the small branch of a registry office.From the Lippe, change to the Datteln-Hamm-Kanal, which will take you straight to Horstmarer See and then to the Seseke. The beautifully restored river provides a beautiful backdrop for the bike ride and is just for enjoying. In Kamen you say goodbye to the Seseke and turn onto the Klöcknerbahnweg. The Bahntrassenradweg follows the course of the old Zechenbahn and brings you to the "climax" of the tour: If you feel like the lure you on the mountain dump large wood with a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. The crisp climb up is worth it - but you can also just save it and cycle directly back to the starting point of the tour to Lünen.
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 of the dirtiest rivers in the Ruhr. Luckily these times are over. Both rivers have been and will be extensively renatured and shine today in new splendor, which you can discover on this 62-kilometer tour from Dortmund to the weather in peace.It starts at the Dortmund main station. A short distance through the city and you are already on the banks of the Emscher. From now on, the sights and photo motifs line up. The beautiful Phoenixsee, the Wasserschloss Haus Rodenberg and of course the Emscherquellhof - it is always worthwhile to stop, to enjoy the beautiful places and to learn something about their exciting history at the same time.Over the hair strand it becomes hilly for a short time, before you roll into the Ruhr valley and follow the Ruhr river downstream in the direction of the weather. On the way you can marvel at impressive bridges or just enjoy idyllic sections through the tranquility. Special highlights towards the end of the tour are the two Ruhr barrages Hengsteysee and Harkortsee. Just before you reach Wetter, you can fortify yourself in a café right on the banks of the lake and enjoy the idyllic river that is so beautiful and peaceful today. Only a few minutes, then you have already reached the destination of the tour: From the station in weather you can easily get back to Dortmund by S-Bahn (line S5).
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 beautiful bike paths. You cycle from Lünen to Haltern - back on the train.Start of the tour is at the station of Lünen, from where you have quickly reached the lip, the course of which you follow through the beautiful quiet Lippeauen until you hit the Datteln-Hamm-channel. After passing by Waltrop, you head back to the Lippe and on to Olfen, where you will get to know a very special channel: With the "Alten Fahrt" you will discover a historic waterway, which is now no longer in use. Today, nature has already recovered a lot here - pure idyll.After Haltern am See you will arrive along the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal. Here, the canal banks are well developed and invite you to relaxed cycling. A special highlight awaits you shortly before the destination of the tour: At the lip ferry "Maifisch" you put your hand on. The small boat is powered by a hand crank, which you have to turn hard to get to the other shore. It can be done alone, for two it's a breeze and a lot of fun.Now you are in the middle of the recreational area around the Halterner reservoir, where there are plenty of opportunities for a coffee, a piece of cake or refreshing ice cream. Only a little later you reach the beautiful old town of Haltern and the Haltern train station, from where you return via Dülmen to Lünen (RE42 and RB51).
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 area.The heaps Hoppenbruch and Hoheward were extensively recultivated, restructured with beautiful cycling and hiking trails and great lookouts to beautiful recreational areas. Of course, the past was preserved. The impressive winding towers of the old coal mine Ewald tell the exciting history of the Ruhrgebiet. If you want, you can experience a true history lesson here. Or enjoy a really nice bike round! Because even the lovers of mountain biking was thought. On the Hoheward heap, a 6.5-kilometer circuit was created, for which the local bike club has taken over the sponsorship. On a total of 170 meters per lap you can work out properly. If you want more, just hang on for a spin or drive over to the Halpen Hoppenbruch and the 4.4 kilometer enduro track.If the narrow bike trails are too much action for you, just switch to the wide trails around the heap. This turns a technical singletrack round into a relaxed bike ride with wonderful views of the Ruhr area.