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7 extraordinary overnight adventures in the Ruhr area

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7 extraordinary overnight adventures in the Ruhr area

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

42:55 h

341 mi

22,975 ft

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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  • Difficult
    06:50
    55.9 mi
    8.2 mph
    3,475 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    42.0 mi
    7.7 mph
    3,525 ft
    3,500 ft
    Ferry
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike. The Tour includes a 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

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  • Difficult
    04:56
    34.6 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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

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  • Difficult
    07:16
    64.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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

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  • Difficult
    03:24
    30.7 mi
    9.1 mph
    975 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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

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  • Difficult
    07:53
    52.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    6,350 ft
    6,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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

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  • Difficult
    07:11
    60.6 mi
    8.4 mph
    3,550 ft
    3,550 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    341 mi
  • Duration
    42:55 h
  • Elevation
    22,975 ft

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