From the Rothaargebirge the Diemel meanders through wooded valleys, over wide meadows and along small medieval villages. On its journey it flows through the Upland, the Hochsauerland and the Hessische Bergland until it finally joins the Weser at Bad Karlshafen. As the Diemel is a small river, it has had little significance for shipping over the years. That is your luck, because the Diemel was hardly developed and so it has preserved its unspoilt nature until today. The Diemel cycle path leads you in three enjoyable stages along the course of the river and through the magnificent landscape. Best of all, the paths are perfectly maintained and lead downhill most of the time. This is why the Diemel cycle path was rightly awarded four stars by the ADFC.
The three stages of the Diemel cycle path cover a total distance of around 110 kilometres. On your journey alongside the Diemel, you will cross magnificent meadow valleys, cycle along wooded mountains, enjoy the panoramic views and stroll through idyllic little towns. With a distance of less than 40 kilometres, the stages are deliberately short, making the Diemel cycle path perfect for families and leisurely cyclists. Sporty touring cyclists simply combine the stages and complete the Diemelradweg on two days. In the two stage destinations Marsberg and Warburg you will find a good selection of guest houses, hotels and holiday apartments. Since the villages along the stage are also home to various inns, you don't have to worry about your physical well-being on your tour. If you prefer to supply yourself with provisions, you can equip yourself in various supermarkets and bakeries.
The starting point of your bike tour, the Diemelquelle in the Rothaar Mountains, is very close to the border between Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. The nearest train station is in Usseln, two kilometres away, which is served by the Upland-Bahn from Brilon and Marburg. From the destination Bad Karlshafen you can take the Oberweser-Bahn to Ottbergen or Göttingen and continue your journey home. The two destinations Marsberg and Warburg also have a rail connection. This way you can also take a single stage or shorten your trip if the weather turns bad. By the way: The ADFC classifies the terrain of the route as predominantly flat.
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In the north of the Rothaargebirge, just 300 meters from the Hessian-North Rhine-Westphalian border, the Diemel springs - and here begins your bike ride. The first stage leads you from the source steadily downhill and past the picturesque Diemelsee. From here the Diemelradweg follows the river through the valley to Marsberg.As befits a river bike path, your bike tour starts right at the Diemelquelle. From here, you cycle evenly down the young river and through the small town of Usseln. Immediately afterwards the lovely Diemeltal awaits you. No roads and no cars, but wide meadows, wooded mountains and cows along the way.Further and further downhill your bike rolls along the course of the Diemel. Only a few, tiny villages are today at the roadside, until you reach the sprawling Diemelsee after half the distance. In the Diemelsee the Diemel and its tributary Itter are dammed up. On the shore is the cozy half-timbered town Diemelsee, where various restaurants to a rest.Afterwards you cycle along the banks of the Diemelsee and change from the Hessian Upland to the North Rhine-Westphalian Hochsauerland. At the northernmost point of the lake you cross the impressive dam wall and a little later you cycle again through the Diemeltal. The river meanders between wooded mountains and over lush meadows to the stage goal Mars mountain.The nearest train station to Diemelquelle is located in the two kilometers away Usseln. Since the bike path leads you through Usseln later on, you can also skip the dangler to the source and start directly at the station.
With just under 30 kilometers, the second stage is the shortest on the Diemelradweg. On the route between Marsberg and Warburg the Diemel flows peacefully through a wide and open valley landscape. The bike path follows the course and leads you close to the river to the stage destination.On the bank of the Diemel, it leaves Marsberg. After a small business park on the outskirts you are already back in nature. You cycle along meadows past the Diemel, pass the town of Westheim and a little later you are standing on the banks of two restored dredging lakes. Here sand and gravel were mined until the 1980s, but nature has meanwhile regained its place. The former gravel pits are now surrounded by trees and provide habitat for many fish, waterfowl and insects. Benches on the shore invite you to take a break.Shortly after the bagger lakes, you will pass under the A44 motorway and cycle through Wrexen. Here you will also find a supermarket, a bakery and two inns. Along the course of the Diemel along the cycle path leads you past Scherfede and over wide, flat fields on which blooms in early summer rapeseed. You follow the Diemelradweg over the fields and meadows until you reach your destination Warburg. Here is worth a final stroll through the historic center and a stop at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
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On the third stage, the Diemeltal again shows its best side, before you have to say goodbye to her at its mouth in the Weser. To sweeten this farewell, awaits you on the last kilometers to Bad Karlshafen a picturesque river valley and perfect bike paths away from roads and cars.You leave the pretty Warburg and on the outskirts you cross the Diemel on a bridge. You cycle leisurely along the wide meadows, until the Diemeltal shortly after Dalheim is a little narrower again. Here you change together with the river into the Hessian mountain country. In countless loops the Diemel meanders through the valley. Away from the traffic you cycle pleasurably through the quiet nature.Narrow valley sections alternate today with wide meadows, including beautiful views of the wooded mountains. After about 26 kilometers the Diemelradweg leads you past Trendelburg. Above the tiny town towers the castle of the same name. The medieval castle is very well preserved and according to the Brothers Grimm lived here on the keep the King's daughter Rapunzel. 140 steps lead up the tower - for which you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains.Another worthwhile stopover is the manor Wülmersen, which today bears the name Wasserschloss Wülmersen. The old barns of the magnificent estate now house a café and the LandMuseum.From the moated castle you follow the Diemel once again through a deeply cut valley until the river flows into the Weser near Bad Karlshafen. From the spa promenade you can watch the two rivers merge in a constant whirl. On the other side of the river Weser there is also the train station, from which you can start your journey home.