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A long weekend on the Diemelradweg cycling route


A long weekend on the Diemelradweg cycling route

Bike Touring Collection by Diemelradweg



1-2 h

/ day

69.5 mi

2,500 ft

4,425 ft

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.

Timetables can be found at bahn.de and nordwestbahn.de.

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    Etappe 1: Von der Diemelquelle bis nach Marsberg – Diemelradweg

    24.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    1,075 ft
    2,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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

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  • 01:53
    19.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    400 ft
    675 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.


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  • 02:31
    25.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    69.5 mi
  • Duration
    06:45 h
  • Elevation
    2,500 ft4,425 ft

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