Ruhr Tourismus/Jochen Tack

Industry, history, nature — a colorful journey through the radrevier.ruhr

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Whoever thinks of the Ruhr area as the end of mining, structural change and the charm of the typical Ruhrpott German is of course right. But that's not all. As one of the largest European conurbations in the middle of Germany, the Ruhr area is full of variety and contrasts. It is endearing, worth living and charming in its own way. We have selected eight Tours for you, which are nothing more than the clear proof that the Pott is a wonderful place where you can cycle very well.

Our seven rides stand for the diversity of the Ruhr area. You cycle through the steel kitchen, past old blast furnaces and industrial areas, which today are inspiring landscape parks or industrial monuments. You follow the routes of former mine railways, on which coal used to be transported and which are now used as wonderfully quiet cycle paths through the green hinterland of the region. On the slag heaps of the Ruhr you can enjoy wonderful views, while on the cycle paths along the rivers, lakes and canals you can get to know the quiet and natural side of the metropolis. All this sums up perfectly the first Tour of this Collection: Our "Tryout" is a colorful cycle tour with everything that makes up the Ruhr area.

With every single Tour you can experience a beautiful day on the bike and discover the Ruhr area in peace. The possibilities are almost limitless and in addition to the well-developed network of cycle paths, the Pott also offers a range of cultural and culinary delights. It's easy to find suitable accommodation and thanks to the dense local transport network you can get anywhere without a car. In short: the Ruhr area is not only worth a day trip, but is also ideal for a longer cycling holiday.

If you want to cycle even more exciting bike Tours in the radrevier.ruhr, take a look at this collection: komoot.de/collection/1623/weite-wiesen-saftige-auen-die-gruene-seite-des-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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Tours In radrevier.ruhr

  • Easy
    01:46
    18.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you want to discover as many highlights of the Ruhr area by bike in a short time, the "tasting piece" is perfect for a tour of the Ruhr Metropolis. The route is short but packed with everything the Ruhr Area has to offer (not just for cyclists). You drive past historic industrial monuments and workers' settlements, cycle along impressive heaps, over beautiful railway tracks, on quiet canal bank paths and make stops at ruhr-typical Büdchen.At the absolute highlight and starting point of the tour, the Zollverein colliery, you can spend a little more time. The UNESCO World Heritage is absolutely worth seeing, exciting, entertaining and impressive. From the roof of the old coking plant you have a breathtaking view of the Ruhr area - up here you will find out again how green and diverse the Ruhr area can be!With its length of only 29 kilometers, the route is also great for occasional cyclists. Families with children, we can also recommend this RevierRoute, as it runs off the roads and only very few crossings must be crossed.

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    49.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    950 ft
    900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Ruhr area has changed dramatically in recent decades. In the past, the blast furnaces burbed here and the coal was mined out of the ground. Where the miners and steel workers used to dig their way, there are now cafes, restaurants, leisure and adventure centers. This approximately 47-kilometer tour is all about this large-scale changes.And so the tour also begins at one of the most striking objects of the pot's industrial culture: the gasometer in Oberhausen. Its sight is impressive and worth a visit. Inside there are changing exhibitions and a view from the roof to the Ruhr area is always breathtaking. Past the Centro - the largest shopping street in Europe - you start via the green path to the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, which is also a prime example of structural change. Today there is a cultural center where concerts are held, where you can let loose on climbing walls or just enjoy the bizarre atmosphere with a mix of steel, rust and greenery.Later, you will cycle to the banks of the Rhine and pass the ThyssenKrupp plant, which is still in operation along the line, unlike many other industrial buildings. Again and again, you can throw great views of blast furnaces and other industrial buildings, which create a very special atmosphere, especially in the dusk and at sunset, which only exists in the Ruhr area.Towards the end of the tour, you roll back relaxed over a former railway line back to the starting point. The Hoag Route is a particularly good example of how to combine the old with the new in the Ruhr area while preserving the history and culture of bygone days.The Gasometer is easily accessible, whether by car or public transport. There are many variations along the way. For example, you have access to the popular Ruhr Valley Cycle Path. You also do not have to worry about your physical well-being because on the way you will pass numerous restaurants, cafes and even some breweries.

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    34.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is nothing more to do with the Ruhrgebiet than mining. In 2018, however, this era came to an end, as was closed with the Prosper Haniel colliery and the last hard coal mine in radrevier.ruhr. On this tour, you dive into the exciting history of mining, which you can still experience in many places with all your senses in the pot.Let's go to one of the absolute highlights in the whole Ruhr area: the UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen. Just passing by here would almost be outrageous. It is best to plan enough time before or after your tour to, for example, take part in one of the interesting guided tours and pay a visit to the Ruhr Museum. By the way, you can enjoy an absolutely breathtaking view over the entire Ruhr area from the roof of the former coal wash.On the beautiful railway route Nordsternweg you then make your way on the way. The Schurenbachhalde in Essen as well as the Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen are recommendable detours off the tour and also a little later in Bottrop worth a little dangling from the main path. Granted, the driveway up to the tetrahedron is a bit exhausting, but it's well worth it: Here, too, offers a great view and the tetrahedron is one of the top highlights of the whole region.Now you cycle on past Oberhausen and back towards Essen. From the quiet Hexbachtal, which is a nice contrast to the otherwise rather urban environment, you get to the "RS1", the Radschnellweg, which is the showcase project of German bicycle infrastructure. It is finished on a section of about ten kilometers - here you can already experience how the bike path will later extend over 100 kilometers through the entire Ruhr area. Shortly before you arrive back at the starting point of the tour, we recommend a break in the beautiful Radcafe "Radmosphäre", which invites you to a pleasant rest on the beautiful Niederfeldsee.The starting point of the tour can be easily reached by car, by public transport or directly by bike. On the way there are countless possibilities for short trips. Whether interesting sights or to strengthen you - this tour is pure variety!

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  • Intermediate
    03:30
    35.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Anyone who has never been to the Ruhr area outside the major city centers will hardly believe how green it is in the surrounding area. This bike tour is the proof that the pot is no longer gray and dusty, but is wonderfully quiet and green. On the RevierRoute "Garden City - experience contrasts" you get to see the concentrated beauty of flora and fauna in Radrevier.ruhr - and almost no traffic.The approximately 48-kilometer round trip is a bit hilly - but also totally idyllic and above all so low in traffic that it is still ideally suited for children. You are almost exclusively on the attractive routes, which were created especially for cyclists. You start at Mülheim central station and turn directly onto the "RS1", the German flagship bike path, which brings you on a wide road in the direction of Essen. Here you change to the Grugatrasse - a detour into the green Grugapark offers itself. On the way down to the Ruhr you pass the garden city Margarethenhöhe. Once established as a workers' settlement, it is considered one of the most beautiful settlements in the Ruhrgebiet. If you like, you can take a detour here for a break.The Ruhrtalradweg, one of the most popular cycling routes in Germany, will take you along Lake Baldeney to the historic districts of Werden and Kettwig. Here it is worthwhile to take a short stroll into the historic half-timbered old town - the cozy cafés invite you to take a break. Then you drive through the picturesque Ruhrauen back to Mülheim Hauptbahnhof.As it is a circuit, you can of course enter the route everywhere. Our tour starts at Mülheim Hauptbahnhof and is therefore particularly suitable for traveling by train. The route crosses other popular bike paths through the Ruhrpott in many places, so you can vary the tour at will.

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  • Intermediate
    02:12
    21.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Nowhere else is there such a dense and well-developed cycle path network on old railway lines, as in the Ruhr area. Where once the railways brought raw materials to the factories or transported coal, today you roll silently through the quiet hinterland of the former industrial stronghold. As a rule, the old routes run far away from traffic and without significant gradients. In the course of deindustrialization, a network of exceptionally good cycle paths has been created here.You start the rather short tour with 36 kilometers at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. Enough time to explore this exciting place - the mix of old industrial buildings and green oasis adds to a remarkable atmosphere. Old and new meet here and there are many nice places to pause, where you can have this great atmosphere on you. Then it starts: Over the Erzbahntrasse you drive towards Gelsenkirchen, where a stop at Holgers Erzbahnbude is actually mandatory. Racing bikers, e-bikers and recreational cyclists meet at the iconic booth to enjoy a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and sometimes even live music. In summer there is something going on here even in the late evening.Continue on the Kray-Wanner-Bahn into the Ruhr Valley to the Railway Museum Bochum-Dahlhausen. For the largest private railway museum in Germany, you can also plan some time again and maybe you even feel like taking a ride on the museum railway. About the Springorum cycle path it goes back to Bochum. If you still feel like having an evening program, we can recommend a pub crawl in the notorious Bermuda Triangle or - more dignified - a visit to the well-known musical "Starlight Express".

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  • Difficult
    03:43
    35.3 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This tour is already a real classic among Ruhr cyclists: from Ruhr to Ruhr - the name is program. You start in Hattingen along the Ruhr, then leave the river for a hilly detour on the "coal track route" and reach after about 57 kilometers back the river, which not only gave this tour its name.Let's start in Hattingen, where you have the choice whether you want to arrive by train or car. If you come by train, you simply start at the station. By car we recommend you to start directly at the Henrichshütte, because here are many parking lots.From here you drive to the bank of the Ruhr, where you follow the Ruhrtalradweg for a few kilometers. Here you can enjoy the beautiful river landscape and the Kemnader Lake, where you can treat yourself to a delicious ice cream. In the summer, when the weather is good, there is always an ice cream truck right next to the large car park that will provide you with the sweet treat. A little later, the next break is already on, when you cross the Ruhr by ferry. The small Ruhrtalfähre is specially designed for walkers and cyclists and brings you silently (as with electric drive) to the other shore. Shortly thereafter you can learn a lot about the beginnings of mining in the Ruhr area in the Nachtigall colliery and even enter a small visitor tunnel.Now you have taken enough breaks. In the further course, the cycling is in the foreground and on a really scenic route. The recently inaugurated bike path on the former route of the Elbschetalbahn is just as much a highlight as the quietly located Kohlenbahn, over which you always come slightly downhill to Hattingen. Another highlight awaits you here, the LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte in Hattingen. If you still have time, then be sure to visit this breathtaking terrain, where the oldest blast furnace in the Ruhr area is today.

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    34.9 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you will get in touch with the black gold of the Ruhr area, with the coal. It still had a long way to go after it was brought out of the depths of the mines. In the coking plant, it was processed into coke at high temperatures and then burned in the blast furnaces of steel production. This way of coal has left its mark, which you can still discover today. On the approximately 40 kilometers of this tour you go on an expedition.The journey begins in Dortmund at the Zeche Zollern, one of the most beautiful industrial plants from the coal age in the pot. Hard to imagine that the castle-like complex in the 1960s was almost demolished. Instead, it marks the beginning of industrial monument preservation in Germany today and houses a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the mine and the people who worked here. So, before it really starts, it's worth taking some time to visit the complex.Then you start cycling. Mostly over old railway lines you are on the way. In the past, freight trains rattled here full of coal through the Ruhr area, today the former railway tracks are wonderful cycle paths that you can fully enjoy. Along the Emscher you will roam Dortmund and if you still have time and power, here is worth a short trip to Phoenix West, where you can experience an old blast furnace plant on a "Skywalk" up close. In addition, the Bergmann brewery with beer garden invites you to a culinary break.With the coking plant Hansa you reach then another highlight on the route. Coke was still produced here until 1992 - today an adventure trail tells of this time. From the coal tower you have a wonderful panorama over the complex. Before you reach the starting point of the tour, you can enjoy the idyllic nature reserve Dellwiger Bach on the last few kilometers.There are parking spaces at Zollern colliery, so you can arrive relaxed by car. Even easier is it by regional train: The line RB42 drives you from the Dortmund central station to the station Dortmund Bövinghausen - from here it is a stone's throw to the colliery. But the most beautiful is undoubtedly the journey by bike: on the bike paths R10 and R31 as well as on the Emscher Park cycle path, there are many beautiful routes here, which make the journey to the start of the tour to a wonderful experience.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    27.1 mi
    9.9 mph
    775 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you think, in the Ruhr Valley, you are always rolling flat in front of you, are you mistaken. Because here too there are real "mountains" with steep driveways and great views. Admittedly, these mountains are not of natural origin: at industrial weddings in the Ruhr area large heaps of land have been formed from the spoil of overburden, slag and construction debris, which have permanently changed the landscape of the Ruhr area. Where once inhospitable lunar landscapes were, you will find today a varied, renatured hilly landscape, which is ideally suited to be discovered by bike.This tour is dedicated to 38 kilometers of the mountains of the Ruhr, the heaps. You start in Essen and button one after the other the heaps Rheinelbe, Pluto, Hoppenbruch and Hoheward. You only steal the heaps. If you want to scale their "peaks", add some altitude and distance to the tour. At the foot of the heaps, it is self-explanatory, where it goes up and even if this tour is a bit more strenuous, you should not miss here and there the great view from the top of the Ruhr area.In addition to the dumps, there are even more highlights waiting for you on this tour. For the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein you should definitely schedule time and on the Erzbahntrasse is a break in Holgers Erzbahnbude actually mandatory. By the way, the way is in the truest sense of the word already the goal: the tour takes you mostly on beautiful quiet Bahntrassenradwege, which are simply a pleasure!This tour starts at Essen main station and ends in Recklinghausen. From here you can easily return to the starting point by train: the RE42 regional express takes just 20 minutes.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    256 mi
  • Duration
    26:17 h
  • Elevation
    7,900 ft

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