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Eifel, Rhine and moated castles - the Erft cycle path in 2 stages


Eifel, Rhine and moated castles - the Erft cycle path in 2 stages

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2-4 h

/ day

81.7 mi

1,100 ft

2,600 ft

The Erft, a small river, meanders romantically through the Eifel and the Rheinische Bucht. Its route could hardly be more varied, because when you trace it, you will meet many witnesses from the rich history of the country. Roman buildings that survived 2000 years, medieval city walls that stood the test of time, baroque moated castles that still shine splendidly and places of modern art and industry.

In this Collection, we have divided the Erft cycle path into two day-trips of medium difficulty for you, with the starting and finishing points easily accessible by train. Some sections on natural or gravel paths can be a bit exhausting. Often there is also the possibility to take a paved cycle path parallel to it, but this does not always lead directly along the river. If you extend the ride to three or four days, it is very easy and also suitable for families.

The first stage is dominated by the Eifel. The Erft is embedded in the gentle hills of the popular low mountain range and flows through several medieval treasures. The second stage takes you through the Rheinische Bucht, Germany's richest area of moated castles. Fortified castles and splendid palaces await you along the cycle path.

The Tour begins at Nettersheim station, which is excellently connected by several regional trains, then leads you from the source to the mouth and ends in Neuss, where long-distance and local trains stop.

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1,000 ft

2,500 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    38.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    725 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start your journey through the most water-rich region of Germany in the heart of the Eifel at the train station Nettersheim. Many direct trains from Cologne and Trier make traveling easier. Alternatively, you can also start at Blankenheim (Wald) station and drive six kilometers on an unpaved road

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  • Intermediate
    43.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    375 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your today's completely flat stage is all about the water castles and starts with a blast, the castle Gracht, one of the most outstanding moated castles of the route.


    It follows a beautiful and shady bike path right on the Erft. The path meanders romantically to the left, sometimes to the right of the

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    81.7 mi
  • Duration
    08:50 h
  • Elevation
    1,100 ft2,600 ft

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