Werratal — on the streets of Hessian Switzerland

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River valleys and mountain ranges alternate in the Fulda-Werrabergland, a region where everybody can find precisely what they’re looking for. Enjoy a riverside picnic as you roll over well-developed bike lanes, cruise over flat kilometer after flat kilometer or quickly collect some well-needed elevation by pedaling up one of the thickly wooded hills. Your prize for the effort? Stunning views of gently rolling hillsides as far as the eye can see.

On the edge of the Tours there is a lot to see: Numerous castles and chateauxs tower over the river valley, while the surrounding towns play host to hundreds of beautiful timbered houses. And so you can better appreciate the ground over which you roll, here, on the former inner-German frontier, testimony of recent history is still very evident—and still waiting to be explored.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:42
    56.0 km
    20.8 km/h
    640 m
    640 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    To curl up, it goes on a trip to the Eichsfeld. First, it goes flat along the Werra to Wanfried. On a little busy and newly tarred road, you will manage the first ascent and drive into the Eichsfeld. The gained altitude meters are immediately lost again at the upcoming descent and you roll in the slight ascent to Großbartloff. At the waterfall of the creek Lutter, it is possible to refresh you at kilometer 20, before the climb to Effelder is a bit crisp again. In Effelder you can visit the Eichsfeld Cathedral.The now coming small plateau offers beautiful views of the surrounding area, before it goes to peacefully on a road closed for through traffic through the forest down to Faulungen. From now on it is easy to go downhill through the valley of Frieda. If you arrive at Schweba on the shores of the Werratalsee, it makes sense to stop for a moment and let this tour end with a view of the Hoher Meissner.

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  • Expert
    05:50
    108 km
    18.5 km/h
    1,780 m
    1,780 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Today you collect altitude meters. Along the Werratal, you bump uphill and downhill on the surrounding hills. Attention, the low mountain ranges wait with crisp climbs. They compensate with great views and fast descents.As a first test, the increase in the nature reserve Hessian Switzerland is on the plan. From Jestädt it goes up to Hitzelrode and then on ascents and serpentines to Kella. The following descent to Großtöpfer winds its way through the forest on very little-traveled road. Arrived in the valley of the Frieda, the Hülfensberg presents the next challenge. After a sweaty climb up to the top, you will find breathtaking views of the surrounding area and a Franciscan monastery and pilgrimage site. Now it's over Wanfried along the Werra. You drive through villages with many half-timbered houses and beautiful town centers, always with good views of the hills still to be climbed.After Heldra, the next climb awaits. Once at the top, there are wide views to the Thuringian Forest. After the village Falken you drive along the Werra with a view of the castle Normannstein in Treffurt until the next ascent at the foot of the Heldrastein. On an almost overgrown road, you meander through the densely wooded forest. At Rambach, the most sweaty section of the road, the Rambacher Mauer, gets in your way. If this is done, it goes over Weissenborn and the Schlierbachswald back to Eschwege. Here you can treat yourself on the marketplace an ice cream.

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    87.6 km
    21.8 km/h
    780 m
    780 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    To get the already collected altimeter from the legs, it goes today on a shorter leg to the manor Besenhausen. You drive along the Werra past many castles and palaces. The tour is mostly flat, but offers two crisp high mountain ranges. The beginning is Castle Fürstenstein at Albungen. Further down the river, you can see Kleinvach and the spa town of Bad Sooden-Allendorf Schloss Rothestein. The district Allendorf invites with its many half-timbered houses for a short stay. If you follow the Werra, the formerly competing and opposite castles Ludwigstein and Hanstein will show up.After crossing the Werra near Werleshausen once again, the first ascent of the day begins at the foot of the Hanstein castle ruin. From Bornhagen you drive down into the Leinetal to the manor Besenhausen. Here you can have a refreshment and delicious cake in the café. After the break, it goes along the leash to Uder. There the second climb of the day up to Kalteneber awaits. From here you can easily roll back down to Eschwege and at the end of the tour in the beer garden at the foot of the Leuchtberg.

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  • Expert
    06:08
    130 km
    21.2 km/h
    1,270 m
    1,270 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today it goes into the valley of the Fulda. From Oetmannshausen you follow the Wartburg-Herkules cycle path along the weirs to Hessisch Lichtenau. Behind Hessisch Lichtenau follows a steep climb to the sky mountain. From here it goes through a beautiful valley always downhill to the intermediate destination Melsungen. Here you can marvel at the newly renovated marketplace half timbered houses and eat an ice cream.At the drinking water fountain in Brückenstraße you can fill up your bottles. Now you follow the Fulda upstream to Rotenburg an der Fulda, which invites you to linger for a while. At Lispenhausen you turn back to hilly area. After Erkshausen a particularly beautiful section through the forest, a detour to the castle Rittershain lends itself to. From here it is relatively flat over Sontra to Wichmannshausen. There you can decide whether you roll back relatively flat on the well-marked and well-marked bike paths to Eschwege, or collect a few meters above Datterode and Langenhain.

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  • Expert
    06:03
    114 km
    18.9 km/h
    2,130 m
    2,120 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From the forecourt of the Landgrafenschloss Eschwege it goes on the king stage in northern Hesse, because finally the high Meissner is climbed. This massive mountain towers over the other mountains in northern Hesse. He is also given the home of Mrs. Holles. First, you leave Eschwege in the direction of Oberdünzebach and drive below the Schlierbachwald to Langenhain, here offers at the glider airfield a great view of the Eschweger basin and you can see a plane with some luck. Through rolling hills you drive over Sontra and Waldkappel in the Meißner Vorland. From abterode begins the mountain test on the Hohen Meißner and it has it all. On the 7.8 kilometers, the highest percentage of climb concentrated on the last few kilometers.From Schwalbenthal there is a breathtaking view of the Meißner Vorland and beyond. In good weather you can look far to Thuringia. If you want you can take a break here and explore the remains of the former mining settlement. But the ascent is not quite done, it goes on up to the trail parking lot. From now on, you can first train your downhill skills and whiz down to Velmeden. From Laudenbach the Meissner invites to the second round. After the second ascent you can let it roll out through the Meißner Vorland. In Weidenhausen there is a Wassertretbecken in which you can wake up your tired legs. In Eltmannshausen you can either try out the new pump track - with the bike of course - or watch the action before you roll over the Andreashöhe to Eschwege and enjoy a refreshment at the market place.

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  • Expert
    05:42
    102 km
    18.0 km/h
    1,150 m
    1,150 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    It goes on in the castle and castles program, because during a trip to the Werratal you can of course not miss a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Wartburg. You leave Eschwege in the direction of Wanfried and follow the course of the river Werra to Mihla. From here wait for flat kilometers a few gradients. Through the city center of Eisenach you drive up to the Wartburg.In the historic castle you should take a little time and explore this. As you drove into Eisenach, you leave it again and then turn off at Stregda in the direction of Creuzburg. Here, the eponymous castle invites you to visit. About Ifta and Rittmanshausen you drive back to the Rambach wall, from this side, it is, however, a little tame. Through the Schlierbachswald you drive over Oberdünzebach back to Eschwege. Between Oberdünzebach and Eschwege, a spring coming from the mountain awaits you with refreshingly cold water.

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  • Expert
    06:40
    141 km
    21.2 km/h
    1,360 m
    1,360 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    At the end it goes over the Hohen Meißner in the documenta city Kassel. You leave Eschwege in the direction of Langenhain and turn behind the Blue Hill to Reichensachsen. After Reichensachsen, the climb to Meißner starts, at first leisurely via Vierbach and Germerode, until at the end of the village of Vockerode it gets right down to business again. After the departure from Meißner waits behind Velmeden and Rommerode a counter-attack. If this is overcome, it goes downhill to Kassel and from there it stays largely flat.In Kassel there are many things to visit, especially in the year of the Documenta. A little time should be planned for this, even if you do not like to go to museums, it is worth to look at the installations distributed throughout the city.Down the river Fulda you leave Kassel in the direction of Hann. Munden. Here, the rivers Fulda and Werra merge and become the Weser. You can memorize the matching rhyme ("Where Werra and kiss Fulda ...") at the Weserstein. From now on it goes upstream along the river Werra. The Kirschstadt Witzenhausen boasts a timber-framed old town and is also Germany's smallest university town by the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Science of the University of Kassel. The university's tropical greenhouse is open to visitors and houses all sorts of exotic crops. If you follow the river Werra to the spa town of Bad Sooden, you can breathe in the salt-laden air in the guards that are built there and thus do something good for your lungs. Along the Werra it goes back to Eschwege.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    739 km
  • Duration
    37:06 h
  • Elevation
    9,110 m

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