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7 extraordinary overnight adventures in the Ruhr area

Mountain Biking Collection by
komoot

Wouldn't it be nice to escape from everyday life for a while — to experience something special, to leave the city behind and to enjoy nature to the fullest? To stay where you'd like, to watch the stars while falling asleep and to listen to the gentle lullaby of running water coming from a nearby splashing stream. Well, these "overnighters" bring you exactly that: Real adventures that are almost like small vacations — without leaving the Ruhr area. To get started, all you need is your bike, your sleeping bag and something to eat. We've taken care of the rest.

The idea of the overnighter is as simple as it is ingenious. Instead of just doing the same rides around the city, you can drastically increase the amount of ground you cover by spending a night outside. With your sleeping bag in tow, you will have unimagined opportunities on trails that you've previously overlooked; places that you haven't seen yet due to them simply being too far away. Now, thanks to the logistics of these rides, you can ride, explore and enjoy the nature, before simply continuing your journey the next day.

These adventures work particularly well in the Ruhr area due to the numerous accommodation options that you'd struggle to find in any other region. From an overnight stay on a pedal boat to a "hotel room" in a concrete tube in the middle of the park, we have found seven extraordinary and unforgettable locations that make sure your adventure continues long through the night.

All of the rides featured in this Collection consist of three parts: the outward journey, the overnight stay, and the return journey. The rides themselves are also fairly short: they comprise ideal distances so you still have enough time to properly experience your overnight stay. Each ride's sleeping quarters are — for the most part — well equipped, so all you need to take with you is a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat and some food.

Ready for a maximum level of adventure with a minimum level of effort? Of course you are!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Expert
    06:50
    90.0 km
    13.2 km/h
    1,060 m
    1,060 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    My bike, my trail, my ... boat! On this tour you go to sea. Okay, in fact, it's "just" the Ruhr, yet the green-water house pedal boat we found for this extraordinary overnight adventure is a nocturnal home that you will not forget in no time. Apropos: We do not want to forget the many beautiful trails that you will ride on this tour, as well as all kinds of great highlights, from the biker snack bar to the wonderful view from the shore and from various bridges to the Ruhr and the Baldeneysee.You start in the middle of Essen at the main station, which you can reach by train from all directions. A few minutes through the city and you are already on a quiet railway track bike path, which takes you away from the city hustle and bustle without any ado on the first trail. The has it in itself: Built jumps and fast ripples curves ensure the best bike fun.After this furious prelude, you can then relax on the Ruhrtalradweg a little and enjoy the beautiful view of the river, before it goes up and down a couple of times. Before you reach your "overnight camp", a drive through the Mülheim harbor area provides for some urban variety. And then the next act of this adventure begins: On the houseboat you go to sea! Whether you pedal yourself or use the small outboard motor is up to you. And when you find the perfect place, you just drop the anchor and let the Ruhr lull you to sleep.The next day breakfast on the Ruhr is a really nice experience. Schipper a bit over the river and if you feel like having solid ground under your feet again, you start in the harbor and change to the bike.Just under 55 kilometers are waiting for you on the way back. You will ride through some of the most beautiful biking areas around Essen. At "Jackie's Biketreff" you can take a leisurely break and then freshly strengthened take the varied trails of Essen-Kettwig under the tunnels. Again and again you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Ruhr valley and the Baldeneysee, which you cross again on the way back, before the beautiful railway line brings you back to the train station.

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  • Expert
    05:26
    67.5 km
    12.4 km/h
    1,070 m
    1,070 m
    Ferry
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    This tour is just typical Ruhrpott. A bit of urban flair, a lot of trails, of course the Ruhr and an overnight stay in the trailer, which you simply earned after the "Maloche".You start in the middle of the pot, from the main station in Bochum. A few kilometers the route leads you out of the city and over the area of ​​the Ruhruni Bochum into the green. About a really nice single trail downhill with jumps and steep curves you come to the Kemnader lake. To cool down you can treat yourself to an ice cream, because in summer there is always an ice cream truck. Now you essentially follow the lake or the Ruhr, but the tour is always garnished with small trail-offs, so it is guaranteed not boring.The area of ​​"Ruhrcamping" offers itself for a very special break. Here you can camp in trailer. Everything is taken care of. You just need to park your bike, let your feet dangle in the cool river water and enjoy the peace and nature that you might not have expected in the middle of the pot.The next morning, you continue your tour. Today, the other side of the Ruhr plowed. You take the beautiful trails above the Wodantal with you and stroll around Hattingen, before it goes in the footsteps of mining pioneers through the Muttental back to the Ruhr. Here, the Ruhr ferry provides for a fun change. Afterwards you drive along the Kemnader lake and past the Ruhruni back to the starting point of the tour, the Bochum main station.

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  • Expert
    04:56
    55.7 km
    11.3 km/h
    990 m
    990 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This tour starts in Wetter an der Ruhr. And there is mainly this reason: The trails here are really good and will be a lot of fun on your bike. By the way, there is a pretty cool place to stay on the way, which allows you to enjoy an adventurous bikepacking Overnighter on the edge of the Ruhr area from a simple mountain bike tour.So it starts in the weather at the station, which is super connected with Bochum, Dortmund or Hagen. You briefly cross the Ruhr and you feel no more asphalt under you, but beautiful forest floor. You follow a small single trail, past a stream, an old mining tunnel and a paddock like from the picture book. Because of the Ruhrpott is gray!In addition, you will soon realize that it is quite hilly here. It goes up and down and sometimes the trails are really technical - boring it is guaranteed not here. At the top of the castle ruins Volmarstein you can enjoy the great view in peace, before a steep descent brings you down to the idyllic Ruhrauen. And you follow this river for a while, until you reach the campsite Hohensyburg. Here, in all seriousness, is waiting for you a barrel that will provide you accommodation for the night. Here you can relax, look at the tranquil Ruhr, maybe barbecue and enjoy the evening one way or the other.The next day you start right after a quiet night back into the trail pleasure. On small trails and now and then a quiet road you drive right through a mountain bike hotspot in the Ruhr area. Here are great singletrackes on you, where you can let off steam. The last one spits you out on the Ender Talstraße (drive slowly here and pay attention to any arriving cars), over which you roll down relaxed to the Ruhr and back to the station in weather.

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  • Expert
    07:16
    104 km
    14.4 km/h
    560 m
    550 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This tour takes you from the main station Bottrop in the middle of the Ruhr area out in the direction of the northwest. Although this tour is rather flat, you will float on cloud 7 at the end of the day. For this overnight adventure, we have located a campsite with tents for you.Actually, there is only a long climb on the whole tour and it awaits you right at the beginning. It starts with the Uphill on the Halde Haniel, from which you can enjoy a really great view of the Ruhr area. After the fast descent, the elevation profile of this tour is nice and flat, so that this tour, although relatively long, is quite feasible.There are about 50 kilometers waiting for you to be taken under the tunnels until your camp. The ride is very varied. Again and again, alternate small forest with beautiful meadow trails and quiet country roads. Here and there, a small lake or a cozy village provides a change. There are also plenty of opportunities for resting.In the Dingender Heath, your tent will be waiting for you. Here you can relax at the lake and later retreat to your bed and hammock feeling. It is not much more idyllic.The way back the next day has a very similar character as the outward journey. He is pleasantly flat and wonderfully green. If you like, you can refresh yourself in a cozy beer garden before you finally enter urban terrain when you come back to Bottrop.

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  • Expert
    03:24
    49.4 km
    14.6 km/h
    300 m
    300 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    There are only a few places in the Ruhr area that offer such a concentrated load of industrial culture as Bottrop and Oberhausen. The whole thing combined with a truly unique hotel - finished is an extraordinary mountain bike tour in the middle of a metropolis.This tour jumps so out of line that we just wanted to leave it alone. That's why there is no continuation the next day. You can use it to explore this exciting area even further.The round about 50 kilometers long is really special. Basically, you never leave the urban environment with your mountain bike. Nevertheless, we have built every trail we could find. Above all, countless industrial monuments line your way. You drive past old switchgear, bizarre works of art that simply cross your path, you can catch a breathtaking view of the surrounding area from the roof of the Gasometer in Oberhausen and let yourself be carried off to a bygone era by the impressive industrial facilities of the Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord.Two absolute highlights come at the end of the tour and your timing is perfect when you reach them at sunset. First, the view into the crater on the Halde Haniel will impress you. And finally you have the famous tetrahedron in Bottrop once again fantastic panoramic view of the whole Ruhr area. When it's dark, your tube will charge you for an unforgettable night.Tip:
    It's best to head directly from the central station in Bottrop to the nearby "hotel", where you can leave your luggage before you go on tour. The "hotel" is really unique. The "rooms" are in fact free in a park and this alone is quite remarkable, because the park is located on the former site of a sewage treatment plant. These rooms are discarded concrete pipes that have been converted into sleeping quarters by an Austrian artist. You sleep in the middle of a park, so to speak. Through a porthole you can admire the night sky over Bottrop and enjoy the unique atmosphere. Payment will be made the next day on the spot, according to the "pay as you wish" principle, as much as you deem appropriate.

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  • Expert
    07:28
    80.3 km
    10.8 km/h
    1,860 m
    1,850 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    While downtown Hagen is more of a gray mouse, the trails in the surrounding area present themselves as a colorful mix for a five-star deluxe menu for bikers. And for dessert there is the supposedly smallest hotel in Germany, in the middle of the idyllic old town of Herdecke, just a stone's throw away from the Ruhr. The name says it all: Great Trails - Mini Hotel!You start at the main station of Hagen. Well accessible and not far from the trails. Nevertheless, the tour leads you, of course, first on roads out of the city. Fortunately, Hagen is not that big, so you'll soon feel the first gravel under the tires.The first part of this tour is a small but nice warmup round, an action-packed foretaste of what Hagen and the surrounding area have to offer. At the Hagener Freilichtmuseum you drive past and turn right immediately after - a steep road brings you to the start of the first single trail in the Hagener Stadtwald, where you can let off steam to your heart's content. Then the route leads to the Ruhr and thus to your hostel, the Mini Hotel in Herdecke. There you can make yourself fresh and let the evening end comfortably. Herdecke has a small but cozy old town with many restaurants. Alternatively, we can recommend you the Ruhrauen. There you can take a little walk or sit comfortably in the café.The next day is again trail action on the program. From the trail trail parallel to Hengsteysee you have always great views of the lake and the surrounding countryside. The trails below the Syburg are a nice challenge and just before Westhofen it may well be that you roll down a few downhillers who train here.Back in Hagen a long climb waits for you, which leads you to the upper edge of the quarry Ambrock. There you should definitely take a little break and take a look in the large opencast mine, which is indeed quite impressive.What follows is a colorful mix of the finest bike trails. It goes up, it goes down. Sometimes steep, sometimes rather flat. Sometimes easy, sometimes demanding. That's really fun. And as a reward there is a long descent down to the valley of the Hasper brook, from where you can roll back to the train station.

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  • Expert
    07:11
    97.5 km
    13.6 km/h
    1,090 m
    1,080 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    As a mountain biker, you are usually very attached to nature. But on this Overnighter you come as close to the inhabitants of the forest as never before. Today it goes into the wild forest - and overnight! Made possible by the wild forest Vosswinkel, where you can camp in the middle of the animal enclosure or make it comfortable in trailer or on the hayloft of the goat shed. On the way there are many beautiful trails waiting for you.Start of the tour is at the Dortmund main station. Even the drive through the city is surprisingly quiet, because instead of large roads we use an old railway line, which brings you out of shady trees out of the city. About small side roads, bike paths and trails you approach slowly to the edge of the Sauerland. There you can still enjoy some beautiful trails and wonderful views, before you reach after about 43 kilometers your animal bed.In the wild forest you have plenty of accommodation options: From the trailer on pigeon tents to the hayloft on the goat shed - important is that you book in advance your bedroom. Usually you only need to bring mattress and sleeping bag, everything else (for example firewood, toilets, barbecue, grill food, bread and so on) is on site. However, there are no showers.When you say goodbye to your new animal friends, it's back to Dortmund the next day. The route starts on beautiful trails through the Neheimer Stadtwald, leads past Iserlohn and Schwerte, until you then reach the center of Dortmund via Dortmund Hörde and past the beautiful Phoenix Lake.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    545 km
  • Duration
    42:30 h
  • Elevation
    6,930 m

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