Colorful half-timbered towns, castles, fortresses, historical buildings of the Weser renaissance line the Weser cycle path, as well as the origins of well-known travel companions such as the Pied Piper of Hameln, Cinderella and the Baron von Münchhausen. The 15 stages of the 310-mile-long (500 kilometers) Weser Cycle Path lead through some very different tourist regions and are therefore a proverbial treasure trove of diversity and culture.
The route begins at its confluence in Hann. Münden, where you can read this poem on a stone for more than 100 years: "Where Werra and Fulda kiss, they must atone for their names, and here, through this kiss, German as far as the sea, the Weser River arises." - Hann. Münden, 31 July 1899
Further north, the Weser Cycle Path opens up the area of the Central Weser and the North German Plain with its numerous wind and water mills, many of which provide an insight into the culture of the region. The region of the Lower Weser begins with Bremen. Sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage City Hall with Roland statue, the picturesque old town of Bremen and the cycle path along Lake Werdersee are full of culture and idyll. In the north, Bremerhaven and the Cuxland give a deep insight into the maritime past as well as the culture of seafaring before the wide and beautiful North Sea opens up to you.
In this Collection, we have compiled the 15 stages of the Weser Cycle Path for you to view on the map and download as GPX. Along the entire course of the Weser Cycle Path there is a large selection of accommodation such as hotels, bike-friendly guesthouses, youth hostels or camping sites. Arrival and departure is also uncomplicated. All stages can be reached by public transport. The Weser Cycle Path is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with four stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde
In the Weserbergland you can find the origin of the eponymous river of this beginning stage; the Weser. In the middle of the Middle Ages, this first leg of the Weser cycle path runs through the low mountain range. In the historic city of Hann. Münden, where Werra and Fulda meet to form the lifeline of the upcoming tourist landscapes, is already the first highlight of the 500-kilometer cycle path. The speech is of course the origin of the Weser in Hann. Munden. Take some time to explore the beautiful little workshop and its medieval city facilities before heading north on the Weser cycle path.Once on the bike path, it goes through Hemeln and on to Bursfelde. Let yourself be enchanted by the Benedictine monastery Bursfelde and enjoy the landscape of the Oberweser, the home of the booted cat and Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Further north along the Weser are beautiful views of the Weser valley, untouched nature and the nature park Solling-Vogler. Along the Weser Cycle Route follow Lippoldsberg with the abbey of the Benedictine nuns there, Bodenfelde with its typical Fackwerk houses, Wahmbeck with its Gielseil ferry and the conclusion of this first stage, the baroque city of Karlshafen with the German Huguenot Museum and the Weser-Therme.
You are sure to have relaxed in the Weser-Therme in Bad Karlshafen, which offers the "City of Sole Springs", and you are in the baroque history of the 18th century, with a visit to the historic town hall, the German Huguenot Museum and the graduation tower immersed. Now you have the choice between the right or left bank of the Weser. It goes on through the small half-timbered town Beverungen. Here are some highlights of different kinds waiting for you. If you fancy nature and a great view, it's worth taking a detour to the Hannoversche Klippen and the Weser-Skywalk.The Burg-Beverungen and the Krombacher Museum offer you a look into German architecture and brewing. Further along the Weser cycle path it is worthwhile alternatively to the main way with the ferry over to the right side of the Weser and make a detour to the castle Fürstenberg. Although this monument to the Weser Renaissance demands a difficult ascent, it also offers a world-famous porcelain manufactory, fantastic gastronomy and a great view. In Höxter, the destination of the second stage, it is worth taking a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Corvey Castle, the train station and the Forum Jacob Pins.
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On the third leg of the Weser cycle path, you will continue to Höxter in the north to Holzminden, a city of scents and aromas. The city was nicknamed by the local headquarters of the well-known fragrance manufacturer Symrise. At 18 fragrance stelae you can "sniff out" the sights of the city. After Holzminden on the main route continues to the magnificent Weserrenaissanceschloss Bevern. In Polle you can change the Weser side with the historical yaw ferry. Of course you should visit the place where the Cinderella is at home. the castle of the Counts of Everstein.
From the starting point of the fourth stage, we continue to Bodenwerder, home of the Baron von Münchhausen. There is much to see around this son of the city and his stories of lies. So here are the Münchhausen Museum, the Müchhausen game and the Münchhausemusical. In addition, the city is known for its annual cherry blossom festival.Further north, it remains historically with a view of Hehlen Castle on the opposite bank. In Grohnde you can take a ferry to the other side to visit the Hamelschenburg. The Weserrenaissanceschloss counts as one of the most beautiful renaissance facilities in Germany. Further north is the Emmerthal in lush green hills, flowering rapeseed fields and numerous museums and cafes before it goes to the famous Pied Piper Hameln.
The fifth stage of the Weser cycle path begins in the Pied Piper city of Hameln, which is known worldwide as the home of one of the rather gloomy fellows of German fairy tales, the Pied Piper of Hamelin. You will undoubtedly see that, especially in the summer months, Hameln is in the spirit of this dark saga of German history. There are numerous events from May to September for the resurrection of the fairy tale. Along the Weser it then goes in the direction of Hessian Oldendorf and the vivid Romanesque Stift Fischbeck.The main route on the right and the alternative route lead to the half-timbered town of Rinteln. On the main route, you will also pass the Schaumburg.
Be sure to visit the charming 750-year-old former university and fortified city. The historic marketplace, the half-timbered houses originally preserved since the 13th century, the Eulenburg Museum, the charming buildings in the Weser Renaissance style, the tower of St. Nikolai and numerous cafes and restaurants invite you to linger. North of Rinteln along the main cycle path of the Weser is the water paradise Doktorsee. 800 meters beach and a huge shore and camping area invite for refreshing fun in the cool water and in the camping area.Further north, the main and alternative routes lead to Vlotho. Here is worth a trip to Bückeburg Castle. In the idyllic spa town you can take advantage of the healing power of the bog and healing waters.
From Bad Oeynhausen we continue towards the impressive Kaiser Wilhelm monument. Further north is Minden, the largest waterway cross in the world and the Mittelland Canal crosses the Weser at 13 meters. From the Weserbergland it passes into the landscape of the middle Weser.The landscape along the Weser cycle path is flattened by moor heath, meadows and fields. It passes many picturesque villages, farms and windmills. Along the main and alternative routes we continue to Petershagen. Here is the Petershagen Castle, which was rebuilt in the 16th century in Weser Renaissance style from a water castle built in 1306.
North of Petershagen worth a visit to Gernheim. Further along the Weser are two of the numerous windmills of the Middle Weser: the windmill Harrienstadt and the windmill in Großenheersee.From Buchholz with its old fortified church, the path leads via Müsleringen to Schlüsselburg. The historic Scheunenviertel on the outskirts of Schlüsselburg is a peasant cultural asset. The oldest barns date back to the 17th century. We continue through Stolzenau with its landmark, the turned tower spire of the St. Jacobi Church.Further north along the Weser cycle path, you will pass the site of the former Benedictine monastery of Schinna. The main route leads over the Weser bridge to Landesbergen with its worth seeing wedding mill. In Estorf is in the historic barn area "Schünebusch" Radler-Scheune is furnished as a group accommodation. Through Leeseringen and the Nienburger Bruch the way leads directly into the city center of Nienburg. The city is also known far beyond its borders as a city of asparagus.
Starting point of the stage is Nienburg. Nienburg is a city with a 1000-year history and once the residence of the Counts of Hoya. The medieval fortress town still shines today with its half-timbered houses and Burgmannshöfen. Culture fans should not miss the Lower Saxony asparagus museum, the police museum Niedersachsen and the regional museum.Both the main route and the alternative route lead to Drakenburg. In Drakenburg the Altdorf with the Weserrenaissance archway and the Johannis-der-Baptist church are of importance. In the water adventure park "Wassarium" Drakenburg there is everything about the wet element. In Bücken you should visit the charming collegiate church, the "Dom of Hoyaer country", with their great art treasures.
After a visit from Hoya with the homonymous ancestral castle, which was often destroyed, and the history and the landscape characterizes, it goes on the Weser bike path on to Langwedel. The main route leads along the left side of the Weser Magelsen and Oiste to Verden on the Aller. Here it is worth a detour to the other side of the Weser and the local Wolf Center in Dörverden.The cathedral is the landmark of the city and is considered the first Gothic cathedral in Lower Saxony. In the Domherrenhaus you can learn about the history of the city. Another special feature is the horse museum, which leads you into the history of the horse to the 55-million-year-old ancient horse.
The stage leads past the Langwedeler Schleusenkanal past the Romanesque St. Sigismund Church Daverden in the direction of Achim. A few kilometers further on you go to the Baden mountains in Achim-Baden, from which you will have a fantastic view. Legend has it that the pirate Klaus Störtebeker once hid here. It continues from there over the Weser bridge to Thedinghausen or on the alternative route past the Achim windmill and downtown Achim to Bremen.Worth seeing are Clueverhaus, St. Lawrence Church and Pforthaus. The castle Erbhof in Thedinghausen is one of the most outstanding examples of the Weser Renaissance. From Thedinghausen the Weser cycle path leads to Dreye and past Werdersee it goes to the city center of the Hanseatic city of Bremen.
Bremen, known as the home of the world-famous Bremen Town Musicians, is a historical city of commerce and science. The Hanseatic city attracts with its quaint old town alleys, the UNESCO-listed town hall in the style of the Weser Renaissance, the statue of Roland, who watches over the freedom and independence of Bremen on the historic market square since 1404, with craftwork in historic buildings, with cozy cafés. with the Schlachte, Bremen's Weser promenade and many other delicacies.From the Schlachte we continue to the Wesermarsch, one of the largest contiguous grassland regions in Europe. Here you will also pass at least one Melkhus. Farmers serve dairy products from the cows of the region here. From Melkhus Berne-Ohrt cyclists ride across the Hunte Bridge to the seafaring town of Elsfleth. Elsfleth is one of the oldest places on the Lower Weser. In the house Elsfleth, an old civic mansion directly on the Weser, informs the Maritime Museum Unterweser about the maritime development along the Lower Weser.
From the starting point Brake you can once again catch some historical insights into the cultural past of the region and especially visit the Braker Kaje. Here is the landmark of the city, built in 1846 as an optical telegraph and since 1960, the seat of the Maritime Museum Unterweser, and you can watch the busy shipping traffic close up. The city is an authentic expression of the region's maritime past. From Brake it goes along the heaped dikes along to Rodenkirchen, where a detour to the imposing church in the center is worthwhile.For those who want a little change from biking, it is recommended to hike from the port cities of Elsfleth, Brake and Nordenham the "Maritime routes", which lead you to historical places, houses and port facilities.
It continues in the direction of the seaside city of Bremerhaven. First, the Weser cycle path leads along the Geestemündung, where the shipyards lined up with the emergence of the Seestadt. The Historical Museum across the street narrates vividly the importance of seafaring for the city.Now it's time to go to Alter Hafen. First, the cyclists expected the Weser beach, right in front of the dike. Along the dyke promenade are now on the left to the Weser and on the right the Havenwelten Bremerhaven. Here the German Maritime Museum tells the story of the oceans and ocean liners.Further along the bike path, opposite the New Harbor, rises the neo-Gothic Simon Loschen lighthouse in the air. Next to it you will find the zoo by the sea, whose aquarium opens a view under the water surface.If you want to stroll between maritime shops, restaurants and smokehouses, make a detour to the shop window fishing port. Furthermore, worth a harbor cruise and a detour along the Weser cycle path to the overseas ports. The container observation tower offers a great view of the container terminal. The destination of the stage is Dorum-Neufeld with the lighthouse "Oberfeuer Eversand".
The last stage of the Weser cycle path leads through the Cuxland and a changed landscape, because from here the cycle path leads mostly along the North Sea coast. It goes from the coastal resort of Dorum-Neufeld with the historic lighthouse "Obereversand" and the vivid Kutterhafen, via Spieka-Neufeld along a dreamy dike landscape with great views of the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea to Cuxhaven.In Cuxhaven, the maritime past of the North Sea region can be authentically retraced, for example in the adventure museum "Wind Force 10" with topics related to deep-sea fishing and shipwreck.Bicycle stations, also known as “Radhöfe”, offer a wide range of everything to do with bicycles: bicycle rental and repair service, tourist tips and the sale and rental of cycling maps. From Cuxhaven there is also the opportunity to ride the 860-kilometer Elbe Cycle Route or the North Sea Cycle Route.