Straight cycle paths lead you over wide fields, through rustic villages, into refreshingly cool forests and along natural rivers. On the way you can admire some of Hesse's most beautiful castles and palaces and be enchanted by small towns with charming half-timbered houses.
The BahnRadweg Hessen runs on former railway lines such as Röhnbahn or Oberwaldbahn and takes you away from the streets along the old railway lines through beautiful nature from Hanau to Bad Hersfeld. It is known and loved for the beautiful scenery on the route.
The entire route network of the cycle path has a very good infrastructure. Everything is included, from bicycle rest stops and restaurants along the route to overnight accommodation at the stage destinations. The route can be planned flexibly as either multi-day tours, circuits or individual sections of the route.
In this collection we have put together two routes that will take you from Hanau to Bad Hersfeld in five or three days. If one route is not enough for you, you can ride both routes combined with each other as an approximately 400 kilometres long circuit.
The first leg of the BahnRadwegs Hessen takes you from Hanau to the health resort of Gedern. Along the way you could expect a lot of nature, historic half-timbered houses, romantic bridges over the Nidder and a uniquely wide view from the highest points of the cycle path.It starts at the main station in Hanau. From here you drive along the river Main to the Schlosspark Philippsruhe, where you can see the impressive castle. Then the route takes you out of the city into nature. Over wide fields, it is always slightly uphill to the north. On the way you come every now and then through small places where there are restaurants and rest stops. The old railway line of the Oberwaldbahn finally takes you to the slightly higher Gedern.In the cozy health resort, which is the stage destination of today's tour, there are many accommodation options in apartments as well as in hotels or guesthouses. If your tour ends here, you can leave by bus. Between the first of May and the last Sunday in October, the so-called Vulkan Express busses with bicycle trailers are in operation on weekends and public holidays. More information can be found at vgo.de.
Today's track is a bit shorter than the last leg. Nevertheless, you can look forward to a few vertical meters, which has to be mastered. The first 14 kilometers lead you to the highest point of the Vulkanradweg, which is part of the BahnRadwegs Hessen. Upstairs there is an inn waiting for you to rest and stop by.Then it goes for the rest of the day relaxed downhill past sights such as the old water mill in Illbeshausen and the castle Eisenbach. The destination of the stage is the city of Lauterbach. Here you can stay overnight in one of the innumerable accommodations and recharge your batteries for the next leg or take the train from Lauterbach Nord station.
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Today, a particularly beautiful route from Lauterbach to Fulda awaits you, which is pleasantly downhill right at the beginning. Also on the rest of the route no special challenges wait, because it goes moderately up and down. Ideal, therefore, to enjoy the Hessian hinterland while relaxing cycling.After the first 14 kilometers, you will pass a bicycle rest stop, one of the many rest stops that the well-designed infrastructure of the BahnRadweg Hessen offers for cyclists. But that's not the only highlight of this track. In Schlitz you can look forward to pretty half-timbered houses and castles. You also have the opportunity to view the location from the back tower from above.The goal of today's stage is Fulda. Here you can of course see many other sights in addition to the castle park with its beautiful orangery. In the city of Fulda you have access to local and long-distance trains if your tour should end here and of course a very large selection of accommodation options, if you continue on the BahnRadweg.
From the beautiful Fulda we continue today to Geisa. This stage of the BahnRadweg Hessen takes you past the beautiful Bieberstein Castle, which you can see perched high up on its hill from the bike path. After about half of the distance, a considerable climb will be waiting for you, which leads just before the highest point through the 1,173 meter long Miseburgtunnel. Behind the summit you can look forward to a very long descent on the Miseburggtweg, which is the former railway line of the Biebertalbahn.Like many towns in Hesse, the stage destination Geisa has a number of small castles to offer. In addition, a visit to the Border Museum Point-Alpha, which was a US observation base, which played an important role in the Cold War, is recommended.Geisa also offers accommodation in the form of hotels, guesthouses and apartments. If you prefer to leave, you can take the bus for example to Bad Salzungen and from there continue by train. More information can be found at vgwak.de.
The last leg of BahnRadwegs Hessen takes you from Geisa to Bad Hersfeld. Similar to yesterday, the route holds a big slope for you. But first you drive to the idyllic Ulster along to Philippsthal where you can visit the castle and rest. Then it's a few kilometers along the Werra. After you cross it, today's ascent begins. Once at the top, you can look forward to a long descent on which you can almost roll to the final destination to Bad Hersfeld.Bad Hersfeld is not only the destination of today's tour, but the end point of the BahnRadwegs Hessen. Before you go home by train, for example, a small sightseeing tour in the spa and festival city is definitely worthwhile. And if you have the feeling that you want to do something good after five stages on the BahnRadweg Hessen, then you are in Bad Hersfeld just right, because here is a large wellness offer. Have fun relaxing.
In this variant of the BahnRadwegs Hessen it goes from Hanau east over Wächtersbach to Birstein. Here, too, you can look forward to beautiful nature in the first stage. It goes along the Kinzig, past beautiful lakes and wide meadows. In between, you even have the opportunity to see real water buffaloes - in the middle of Hesse.About 14 kilometers before the final destination, the route takes you through the small but beautiful town of Wächtersbach. The pretty town with half-timbered houses offers to rest, after all, there are restaurants and even a small brewery. Freshly strengthened, you can then tackle the last section after Birstein, which holds a crisp rise for you at the end.The resort Birstein offers you a lot of accommodation, so you can continue your ride the next day. If you only want to drive this one stage, you have the possibility to leave by bus. During the summer, from the beginning of May until the end of October, you can take your bike on weekends and holidays on the buses of the Vulkan Express.
From Birstein we start today along the Reichenbach past the large Hohberg. The route always leads slightly uphill, so you can enjoy the impressive views that bring these elevation gain along the way. Finally, reach the highest point of the volcanic cycle path. To rest, there is an inn where you can recharge your batteries.From this point you can look forward to a pleasant bike ride with long runs through Hesse's beautiful fields and meadows. Shortly before Lauterbach you drive past Schloss Eisenbach, which you can visit from the outside.In Lauterbach you have the possibility to spend the night to tackle the third and final stage to Bad Hersfeld or to leave the train station Lauterbach Nord by train.
The third and last stage of this variant of the BahnRadweg Hessen takes you along different rivers to Bad Hersfeld. First, you follow the Lauter in the castle city slot. In this small village there is a lookout tower from which you can look up to the Rhön with a good view.Continue for a few miles on the beautiful slot up to its mouth in the Fulda. From now on, you always cycle alongside the Fulda to Bad Hersfeld.Today's route is a nice end of the bike ride, because it goes down a few tiny climbs in between always slightly downhill. In addition, you will pass many small villages and inns that invite you to linger and take care of your well-being.The stage destination Bad Hersfeld is a spa town with extensive spa services. So if you need a bit of relaxation after the bike ride, you're in the right place. Otherwise, Bad Hersfeld enchants with over 200 listed buildings, which give the city its special charm.If you do not want to ride your bike back to the starting point in Hanau, you can simply take the train from Bad Hersfeld.