Scary beautiful moorland tours

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"Oh, it's creepy to go across the moor when the reeds crackle in the breath!" Annette von Droste-Hülshoff wrote about this gruesome beautiful landscape, which has lost nothing of its mystical magic even though moorland is becoming increasingly rare.

On this tour you dive into the humid world of the moors. It goes over lonely paths through idyllic lake landscapes and swampy plains, where plants and animals live that you can't see anywhere else. Maybe it'll be foggy, maybe a little scary. It's sure to get wet. And beautiful. We have picked out some of the most valuable moorland landscapes and put out great tours through these protected biotopes - of course in harmony with nature and on official paths.

The routes are easy to drive but vary in length - after all, there are large and small moors. So there is something for every taste. You can take a normal touring bike or go on tour with the Gravelbike. The main thing is that you are open to the beauty and tranquillity that you will encounter in the bog - then you will experience a quite strenuous but also wonderfully relaxing time on the bike.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    08:05
    59.4 mi
    7.4 mph
    4,200 ft
    4,200 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The high Venn lies on the German-Belgian border and is with 5.300 hectares Belgium's largest nature reserve. The high Venn is a so-called high moor and this is exactly where this beautiful but conditionally challenging bike ride leads you. You will traverse 95 kilometers of uniquely beautiful scenery and one or the other time with open mouth and just enjoy what you see.For the most part you cycle through quite deserted area - you are just in the middle of a nature reserve. The paths are mostly fixed and you should not leave them better. Because off the beaten path, the bog is a damn wet thing.Start and finish of the tour are located on the ski slope of Sourbrodt, where you can park well. At a height of more than 600 meters, it starts here at one of the highest points of the tour, at the end, then a good climb awaits you.

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    34.1 mi
    8.7 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The Dubringer Moor is the largest preserved moor in Upper Lusatia. In the extreme east of the Republic, you can enjoy the original beauty of a landscape that is very rare today. You will hear unfamiliar sounds of rare animals, and if you stop and open your eyes, you may not only see the source of the sounds, but also find one or another plant that you do not know from anywhere else. This bog is definitely a special place - and is not in vain under protection.You start at the station in Hoyerswerda, the county seat that made headlines at the beginning of the 1990s due to racist riots. Today you will get a very different picture of this really beautiful city.The landscape that you cross is characterized by a lot of water and a lot of sights, not very spectacular, but all the more natural and idyllic. For example, you cycle past an old watermill. You see a beautiful, old church and a windmill. And of course you always have the view of this amazingly beautiful moor landscape.At the end, the route leads directly into the old town of Hoyerswerda, where you can treat yourself to a local strengthening. In the region are dishes with linseed oil tradition (for example quark with linseed oil or Lusatian linseed cake), dishes of Sorbian cuisine but also GDR classics such as Solyanka and Schopska salad.

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  • Difficult
    04:03
    30.6 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Usually you can find bogs in the plain. This one is different. The nature reserve Ebbemoore is located in the middle of the Ebbegebirge on the edge of the Sauerland - a densely wooded and almost uninhabited natural jewel between Meinerzhagen and Attendorn.The harsh and rainy climate here is favorable for the moor development. Compared to the "typical" lowland moor, the small individual areas of the Ebbemoore are usually located on a hillside, which gives them a special natural history significance. On this tour you will explore this varied area with its own flora and fauna by bike. Start and finish of the tour are in the small Hanseatic city of Attendorn, which you can easily reach by train and of course by car.Unlike many other Moortouren it goes on this round quite hilly. You will even climb the highest point of the Ebbe mountains, the Nordhelle at 663 meters altitude, and you can enjoy the great view of the Ebbe mountains from the Robert Kolb tower. In addition, the route leads you through the "groundless", source area of ​​the Lister and the largest section of the moors of the nature reserve. Back to Attendorn it goes on an almost ten-kilometer-long madness downhill and along the Ostertalsperre, before you again reach the interesting Hanseatic city, which is known nationally, through its stalactite cave, the "Attahöhle".

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  • Difficult
    05:47
    52.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Such an area can only be experienced so close to the bike. Because only with this you come first on these quiet paths on dikes, on the birch-lined dams, past old farms and quaint economies and certainly not in the middle purely in the fascinating landscape of the Teufelsmoor. All this invites you to be discovered by bike. And that's exactly what you do on this eerily beautiful tour through the Teufelsmoor.Worpswede is located in the middle of the Teufelsmoor area. And if we skip the idea that a car is the most unsuitable vehicle to explore this area, we have a very special tip for you here. How about the arrival by train? But not with a stink normal S-Bahn. But with the Moorexpress. This is a historic railbus that runs between Bremsen and Stade in the summer months and stops in Worpswede.From the train station you are almost directly in the beautiful Teufelsmoor. On quiet roads and gravel roads we will guide you through this remarkable landscape. Over bridges, dykes and past windmills, farms and even a nature trail where you can learn all about the area's special features. By the way, if it shudders from time to time: The devil has lost nothing here. The name of the moor comes from the Low German "duven", which means as much as numb or barren and indicates the unfavorable characteristics of a bog for agriculture.

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    23.2 mi
    8.4 mph
    475 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At first glance, there is not much here, somewhere in the northwest of Brandenburg between Elbe dike and nowhere. Really spectacular we have not to offer you on this tour. But that's exactly where her charm lies. Embark on a tour of tranquility, nature and contemplation. Welcome to Rambower Moor.The tour starts in Boberow and there is no evidence of bad geography knowledge, if you have never heard of it. This sleepy little town on the edge of the moors sets you in the mood for the next two to three hours of active relaxation.Our tour leads around the Rambower Moor, a unique natural area with many rare animal and plant species. Here and there are information boards on the various habitats and two small observation towers offer a wide view of the moor and the Rambower lake.The second highlight of this tour leads you to the Elbauen. Here you will ride a short section of the Elbe Cycle Route, which leads directly over the Elbe dike in the middle of the beautiful Elbe meadows and spits you on an old border tower, which you should definitely climb, because the view down is breathtaking.The way back takes you along the other side of the lake back to Boberow, where you can enjoy a nice outing and a deep relaxation on a beautiful exit through the moor.

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    22.3 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The black bog is a raised bog at the border triangle of Hesse, Thuringia and Bavaria in the Bavarian Rhön. Since the bog has been protected since 1939 and has been completely spared from peat extraction, it is now one of the most important raised bogs in Central Europe and belongs to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Rhön. This tour starts in the northernmost city of Bavaria, in Fladungen. Franconian hospitality awaits you here in medieval half-timbered - but only after the sporting activity.The black bog is a bog. That's why it goes uphill from 400 to around 800 meters. Unfortunately, you can not cross the moor by bike. However, it is very worthwhile to take a break and to take the circular route through the moor on a wooden footbridge on foot. The unique moor landscape will inspire you and, with a little luck, a few of the rare species that still live here will show up. For a quick overview, the 17-meter high observation tower on the edge of the moor offers.Go on. Along small rivers and streams, along quiet roads and gravel paths, the route leads back to Fladungen, where said Franconian hospitality of the "state-approved resort" awaits you and offers you well-deserved refreshment. One thing is guaranteed: that you are exhausted but happy and satisfied to head home.

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    21.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Actually, the Wurzacher Ried is the main protagonist of this beautiful bike tour around the largest still intact bog area in Europe. However, the area around the Allgäu spa town of Bad Wurzach offers so much more - so it can hardly be avoided to incorporate one or the other culinary and local history stopover.You start in the tranquil Bad Wurzach and surround once the core of the Wurzacher Ried, accompanied by idyllic views of the moor. As soon as you find yourself on the way back to Bad Wurzach, there are a number of highlights waiting for you: At the old peat plant you can undertake an instructive ride on the old Torfbahn or go on the trail of the peat cutters in the Upper Swabian peat museum.Just outside the house and on a quiet street is a cheese dairy. If your mouth is watering now, you should tackle the little lap of honor. Finally, you drive home saturated or look at a few of the numerous attractions of Bad Wurzach.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    244 mi
  • Duration
    30:00 h
  • Elevation
    11,750 ft

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