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BahnRadweg Hessen — castles, palaces & beautiful nature

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BahnRadweg Hessen — castles, palaces & beautiful nature

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

8

Tours

24:16 h

248 mi

8,775 ft

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 I 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.

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BahnRadweg Hessen

247 mi

8,375 ft

8,375 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:36
    35.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,575 ft
    900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The first stage of the BahnRadweg Hessen takes you from Hanau to the climatic health resort of Gedern. A lot of nature awaits you on the route, 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 train

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    27.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's route is a bit shorter than the last stage. Nevertheless, you can look forward to a few meters in altitude that have to be mastered. The first 14 kilometers lead you to the highest point of the Vulkanradweg, which is part of the BahnRadweg Hessen. An inn is waiting for you upstairs, inviting

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    26.4 mi
    10.3 mph
    800 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today a particularly beautiful route from Lauterbach to Fulda awaits you, which goes pleasantly downhill right at the beginning. There are no particular challenges on the rest of the route either, as it goes up and down moderately. So it is ideal for enjoying the Hessian hinterland while relaxing cycling

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    30.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From beautiful Fulda we continue to Geisa today. This stage of the BahnRadweg Hessen first leads you past the beautiful Bieberstein Castle, which you can see enthroned from the bike path high up on its hill. After about half of the route, a considerable climb awaits you, which leads through the 1,173

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    32.9 mi
    10.2 mph
    875 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the BahnRadweg Hessen takes you from Geisa to Bad Hersfeld. Similar to yesterday, the route has a big slope ready for you. Before that, however, you first drive along the idyllic Ulster to Philippsthal, where you can visit the castle and have a rest.

    

    Then it goes a few kilometers along

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    33.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    925 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this variant of the BahnRadweg Hessen it goes from Hanau eastwards via Wächtersbach to Birstein. Here, too, you can look forward to beautiful nature on 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 buffalo

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    31.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It starts from Birstein today. You cycle along the Reichenbach and past the large Hohberg. The route always leads slightly uphill, which is why you can enjoy the impressive view that these meters of altitude bring with them. Finally you will reach the highest point of the volcano bike path. There is

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    30.7 mi
    10.7 mph
    575 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third and last stage of this variant of the BahnRadweg Hessen takes you along various rivers to Bad Hersfeld. First you follow the Lauter to the castle town of Schlitz. In this small town there is a lookout tower from which you can look into the Rhön when the visibility is good.

    

    It continues for a

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    248 mi
  • Duration
    24:16 h
  • Elevation
    8,775 ft

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