The Fulda cycle path — in 4 stages from the Rhön to the Weser

Bike Touring Collection by Fuldaradweg R1
2-4 days
3-6 h / day
129 mi
2,725 ft
5,125 ft

From the wild and romantic Rhön, the Fuldaradweg meanders through a varied river valley to the 'Town of Three Rivers', Hannoversch Münden. As you travel, you'll pass gentle hills and dense forests and cycle over wide fields, lush meadows and green ranges. You'll visit idyllic towns with pretty half-timbered houses, and you'll experience the best of this varied landscape.

The Fulda cycle path runs for just over 120 miles (200 kilometers) through northern Hesse and is also referred to as the Hessian Long-Distance Cycle Path R1. The starting point is the Fulda spring on the Wasserkuppe in the Rhön, while the destination is the confluence of Fulda and Werra in Hannoversch Münden.

The best way to get to the starting point on the Wasserkuppe is by the Rhöhnradbus. From the beginning of May to the beginning of October, the bus runs from Gerstfeld to the Wasserkuppe on weekends and holidays. To get to Gerstfeld, you can take the Rhönbahn. More information about the bike bus and the Rhönbahn can be found here:

In each stage destination, you'll find a large selection of hotels and guesthouses where you can easily book a room. You'll also find a helpful train connection should you decide to shorten your trip for any reason.

When you arrive at the end of the Fulda cycle path in Hannoversch Münden, you can either choose to take the train back home—or to wherever you're going next—or to jump on the Weser Cycle Path to the Baltic Sea and continue you're ride north. For more information on the Weser cycle path, check out this Collection:

The Fulda cycle path is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association).

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    23.8 mi
    11.4 mph
    325 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Wasserkuppe in the Rhön springs the Fulda. The source is located at 850 meters altitude and this is where the Fuldaradweg begins. To the starting point on the Wasserkuppe you come in the summer best with the Rhönradbus. From there the bike path takes you to Fulda on the 38 kilometer long first leg. It goes downhill practically all the time.At the beginning you roll down the Wasserkuppe on a long descent, past the Feldberg to Gersfeld. Here you meet the source for the first time again on the Fulda, which already has a considerable size here. Through a picturesque green valley you follow the river. Here you have left and right again and again a beautiful view of the hills that line the valley.On the way to Fulda, you will pass through many small towns such as Schmalnau, Ried or Löschenrod, where you can take a break if you feel like it. In Fulda itself, the stage destination, you then have after the day tour a wide selection of restaurants, beer gardens and cafes to strengthen you. The beautiful old town, the Baroque quarter, the cathedral and the city castle invite you to stroll and discover.

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  • Intermediate
    31.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    650 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Today, it's 51 kilometers from Fulda to Bad Hersfeld. You cycle on a relatively flat, slightly sloping route always near the river through the Fulda Valley.After driving out of town, you dive into a beautiful meadow landscape, through which the Fulda meanders. The bike path passes pretty villages and takes you past gentle hills, romantic forests and wide fields. You always cycle near the river and sometimes even along the banks of the Fulda.On the way you will have the opportunity to stop at a lake for a refreshing break or just to enjoy the view of the water. The one or the other restaurant on the route offers you a cozy rest stop.In the spa and festival town of Bad Hersfeld, today's stage destination, you can really enjoy yourself and take advantage of one of the numerous spa services in the city. So you are recovered and fit for the next day's drive.

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  • Intermediate
    33.5 mi
    10.5 mph
    750 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the 53-kilometer stage today from Bad Hersfeld to Melsungen, a lot of idyllic nature awaits you again, which is replaced by some pretty half-timbered towns.Immediately after you have ridden out of Bad Hersfeld, you will find yourself in beautiful nature again. A small section through a grove makes the prelude, then it goes through magical field and meadow landscape, which extends along the Fulda. Left and right, the river valley is lined by wooded hills.About halfway you reach Rotenburg an der Fulda. In the picturesque half-timbered town, you can take a break and stroll through the beautiful old town. If you are hungry, you will also find cozy restaurants and cafes here.Strengthened you then continue your way on the Fuldaradweg, which leads you through beautiful meadows further northwest. The Fulda is very playful here and winds in countless loops across the country. She is accompanied by many lakes, which are right next to her run. In some you can swim, others are nature reserves where you can see waterfowl.In the stage destination Melsungen then waiting for you over 300 half-timbered houses, which want to be discovered during a stroll through the city at the end of the day.

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  • Intermediate
    40.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today the last stage is on the Fuldaradweg. It takes you 64 kilometers from Melsungen via Kassel to Hann. Münden to the confluence of Fulda and Werra. On this last stage, the Fulda Valley once again shows its best side.You cycle straight from the shore to Melsungen and follow the playful arches of the Fulda, which meander through the picturesque landscape at the foot of wooded hills. You drive across wide fields and lush meadows where hundreds of sheep graze and greet you with friendly mowing.Halfway you reach Kassel, where you can take a break. In the city, of course, you will find many restaurants and cafes that invite you to stop by. But there are also beautiful parks where you can relax, and the bow lake, which lures you to swim.After you have thoroughly enjoyed Kassel, the bike tour continues on the Fulda. In the last few kilometers you can cycle along the shore and enjoy the beautiful view of the river. At the Weserstein in Hann. Münden ends the tour. Here, the Fulda and the Werra merge and continue their journey together as Weser. In Hann. Münden you have the possibility to leave the station by train. If the sight of the Weser yearns for even more adventures, you can continue your journey on the Weser Cycle Path.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    129 mi
  • Duration
    12:19 h
  • Elevation
    2,725 ft5,125 ft

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