7 rides in fairytale timbered towns around Kassel

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You'll feel like you've been transported back in time as you roll your road bike through the medieval half-timbered towns that are picturesquely embedded in the hilly landscape around Kassel. Get on your horse and discover the fairytale world of Rapunzel, Rumpelstilzchen, Frau Holle & Co! Because, around Kassel, you can experience the world of legends and fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm lived and worked here and here you can feel what inspired them: legendary castles and palaces, mystic forests and dreamy views of the green hills through which the numerous rivers of the region wind playfully.

Our seven rides all start and end in Kassel, where you either start at Kassel main station or at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station. The two train stations are easily accessible from near and far so that our rides are not only suitable for Kassel locals. Each route takes you to at least one historic half-timbered town worth seeing, which is an ideal intermediate destination where you can plan a small break in a medieval ambiance. In the dreamy old towns, narrow alleys and picturesque market squares with cafés and restaurants await you and invite you to take a short or long break for a snack. The rides vary in both length and intensity — you can decide for yourself what distance and altitude you want to take. With the right one, you'll have a magical ride through a beautiful landscape. Have fun with it!

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Rides To Fairytale Timbered Towns Around Kassel

  • Expert
    03:56
    80.2 km
    20.4 km/h
    700 m
    700 m
    Expert road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This tour has two faces. First, it leads you relaxed along the Fulda shore and invites you to loose kilometers. Then a long climb through the Söhrewald is waiting for you. In between you stop in one of the most beautiful workshops in the area, Melsungen.Let's start at Kassel central station. Quickly you leave the urban hustle and bustle behind and turn onto the beautiful Fulda bike path. The is paved and always leads along the shore. Nature, water and many loops that follow the course of the Fulda are your constant companions on the first half of this tour. Over beautiful bridges you cross the Fulda again and again.Then you reach Melsungen, a small town on the Fulda, which will inspire you with its medieval town center. Countless beautiful half-timbered houses are waiting to be admired by you. In the old houses there are a lot of shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafés, so you are sure to find the right location for a small or slightly longer break.Strengthening yourself can not hurt, as the tour is changing character. So far, the track was almost flat. Now a long climb is waiting for you. You now drive through the Söhrewald and reach the highest point of the tour at about 480 meters. Here and there you come through small, cozy villages, where you can always look at idyllic half-timbered houses. In St. Ottilien, for example, there is a picturesque half-timbered church.Have you made the long climb, waiting for a similar departure on you. The last 25 kilometers back to Kassel, it is mostly downhill, so you can end this tour enjoyable and relaxed.

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    85.5 km
    22.3 km/h
    700 m
    700 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Nestled between the Werra, Fulda and Weser lies the "Three River City" of Hannoversch Münden, surrounded by three enchanted groves, which are said to have served the Brothers Grimm as inspiration for their fairy tales. Alexander von Humboldt spoke of "one of the seven most beautiful cities in the world" and as you roll through the medieval Old Town with its picturesque half-timbered houses, you know why everyone in the highest tones of this city in the Weserbergland rave about.Our tour takes you to the beautiful city, but that's far from all the highlights that await you on the way. Barely out of Kassel you turn off on the Fuldaradweg. It is considered one of the most beautiful bike paths in Germany and winds along the Fulda, which unites in Hannoversch Münden with the Werra to the Weser. On the way you will be impressed again and again by the beautiful view of the river and if you are after a short break, invite you to an idyllic swimming area or a quiet beer garden to enjoy the area in peace.After you've rolled through Hannoversch Münden, the next stop is Witzenhausen. Again, the beautiful old town will inspire you. On the way there you follow the course of the Werra and you pass many cherry trees, which are grown here in a big way. By the way, the tour runs almost without noticeable increases.This changes as soon as you leave Witzenhausen behind you and drive through Kaufunger Wald to get back to Kassel. Here you can expect a climb of about eight kilometers, which you can master well with the road bike. He'll take you up to something over 450 meters. And now begins the enjoyment: The way back to Kassel is almost exclusively downhill - a wonderful end to this enjoyable tour.

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  • Expert
    04:31
    87.6 km
    19.4 km/h
    1,280 m
    1,280 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This tour takes you from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in the northwest direction. You leave Hesse for a short time and make a short detour to one of the most beautiful cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Warburg a picturesque town center with historic buildings, half-timbered houses and a well-preserved city wall awaits you.Already on the way there you will get to know a distinctive feature of the Kassel area: it is hilly! In the constant ups and downs you enjoy the interplay of challenging climbs, beautiful views and fast descents. For longer pieces in the plane you wait here in vain.Our tour will take you on a relatively direct route towards Warburg. Here you cross Zierenberg, before you drive through a very rural area on beautiful country roads your intermediate destination. Warburg is really worth a stop. Maybe you'll take the time to roll through the old streets and fortify yourself in one of the Old Town restaurants before heading back home.Along the Twiste we return to Kassel. In the Malsburger Wald, you can prepare your calves for the final ascent of this tour, which is waiting for you, after you have driven through Zierenberg a second time. In the hawk forest Bergland you climb up to the 614 meter high "Hohe Gras". Then you enjoy a long, beautiful descent back to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    78.9 km
    21.4 km/h
    820 m
    820 m
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In the southwestern outskirts of Kassel, this short road bike tour roams a romantic castle, a medieval half-timbered town and even a vineyard. It goes up and down, so you're properly challenged despite the small distance.You start at the station Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe, from where you master the longest ascent of the day directly over the steep streets of Bad Wilhelmshöhe. After a rapid descent you will land in Baunatal, then it will be more and more rural. In Züschen you take a look at the fairy-tale Castle Garvensburg, before it goes through the middle of the green again a while uphill.The next exit spits you out on the banks of the Eder, whose course you follow to Fritzlar. Here you can easily plan some time, because Fritzlar is a really beautiful city, which is worth to be viewed in peace. Maybe you'll take a spin through the medieval old town and take a break in one of the many restaurants.The way back leads you mostly through the Edertal, but still expect a few smaller climbs. One is especially beautiful and interesting. Because you drive through the northernmost vineyard in Hesse. The view over the vineyards to the Edertal is definitely something very special here. After a pleasurable section on the Eder-Radweg you will reach the starting point at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station after just under 80 kilometers.

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  • Expert
    05:06
    101 km
    19.9 km/h
    1,590 m
    1,590 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Just over 100 kilometers and almost 1,600 vertical meters are in the road book today - that's quite a challenge. The tour takes you west of Kassel in the beautiful half-timbered town Naumburg, roams the Edersee and then wants to end up in the hawk forests Bergland again high.The big round starts at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station and starts directly with a considerable climb through the district of Bad Wilhelmshöhe. Past meadows and fields, you will soon reach the first highlight of this tour, the half-timbered town of Naumburg (not to be confused with the town of the same name on the Saale). Naumburg is really idyllic and also, if you have only about 26 kilometers of the tour behind you, worth a break in the picturesque old town.Behind Naumburg two longer climbs are waiting for you, each time followed by a nice descent. You are now approaching the Edertalsperre, where you can enjoy a great view here and there. You follow the Edersee Randstraße and relax on one of the few flat passages of this tour, before you have reached the turning point and you are back on the way back to Kassel. Before you do, however, still a little "dangling" in the north. On quiet country roads, you can use the road bike to run it properly, before you have to bite again on the long climb to the "tall grass". For the last seven kilometers, it's all downhill back to the starting point to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe.

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  • Expert
    05:03
    101 km
    19.9 km/h
    1,140 m
    1,140 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It will be truly magical in the two beautiful half-timbered towns of this cruise. You start at the Kasseler Bahnhof in the direction of the north, where after a few kilometers it becomes more and more rural and quiet. Surrounded by fields and meadows, you can enjoy quiet country roads, which lead time and again through cozy villages. One of them is called Hofgeismar, also called Dornröschenstadt. The town with its countless historic half-timbered houses marks the beginning of your journey through the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm. They lived in Kassel for a long time and looked for inspiration here in the quiet suburbs and, above all, in the nearby Reinhardswald for their world-famous fairy tales.After making a tour of the beautiful old town of Hofgeismar, head out into the large, dark forest. If you pass the Sababurg, you can easily imagine that the two brothers might have come up with their idea of ​​the Sleeping Beauty story right here. And as you continue through the Reinhardswald, you'll almost wait for some characters like Rapunzel, Hänsel and Gretel or Rumpelstiltskin to come across you. This forest is a beautiful, quiet place that is perfect for racing.The end of the forest is heralded by a long descent that brings you down to the shore of the Fulda. From here it is not far to the nearest specialist workshop, Kaufungen. The small town is located at the gates of Kassel and from here it is only a stone's throw to the starting point of the tour.If you like the lap of 101 kilometers, you can easily abbreviate it in many places. So you can easily build a shorter version, which is good for example as a fast Feierabendrunde.

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  • Expert
    03:06
    58.9 km
    19.0 km/h
    1,000 m
    1,000 m
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The drive from Kassel to Wolfhagen is short but crisp: Smooth 1,000 meters you treat yourself to not even 60 kilometers. You climb a considerable ascent, through open meadows and fields, through fairy-tale forests and a remarkable nature park.Right from the start, the mountain classification of the day awaits you: high up on the "Hohe Gras" you can master a whopping 400 meters in altitude. Sure, that you deserve a nice departure after that. But it does not stay that way: Overall, it is hilly today, even if the first climb was by far the longest.After about 27 kilometers you reach Wolfhagen, where you can say hello to the wolf and his little kid at the Märchenbrunnen and simply enjoy the beautiful ambience in the historic half-timbered town, which is all about the Brothers Grimm, who lived in Kassel for a long time and worked.On the way back, a colorful mix of meadows and fields awaits you, as well as beautiful views, a few shady forest passages and a steady ups and downs, without you, however, climbing long at a stretch. A special highlight can be discovered at the end of the tour, if you take a little detour to the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. Just outside Kassel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes the huge Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, the impressive water features and the famous statue of Hercules. From here it is only about two kilometers back to the starting point of the tour and they only go downhill.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    593 km
  • Duration
    29:14 h
  • Elevation
    7,230 m

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