The Werratal cycle path leads you along the Werra from the Thuringian Slate Mountains to the "Meeting of the Rivers" in Hann. Münden. Wildly romantic wooded banks, lush green meadows and wide fields accompany you on your way. Lakes glistening in the sun invite you to swim, dreamy half-timbered towns invite you to take a break and sublime castles and monasteries invite you to visit. With such a varied nature and culture, it is no wonder that the Werratal cycle path is recommended by the ADFC in the brochure "Discovering Germany by bike".
The Werratal Cycle Route runs for about 306 kilometres from Neuhaus am Rennweg to Hann. Münden. It passes through Thuringia, Hesse and Lower Saxony. The Werra rises in the Thuringian slate mountains and makes its way over 300 kilometres through a wonderfully varied landscape to its confluence with the Fulda in Hann. Münden. From there, both rivers continue together as the Weser. So that you too can attend this unique meeting of the rivers and experience the beauty of the cycle path on your way there, we have put together the Werratal cycle path for you here in six stages.
The best way to get to the starting point in Neuhaus am Rennweg is with the Süd Thüringen Bahn (sued-thueringen-bahn.de), which connects the town at Rennsteig with Sonnenberg main station, where Deutsche Bahn trains also stop. From there you cycle mostly on well asphalted cycle or forest paths through the three federal states. Both in the stage destinations and along the route you will find plenty of accommodation such as pensions, hotels and camping sites. The numerous places along the cycle path, with their cosy restaurants and cafés, offer you the opportunity to take a relaxing break again and again. The inviting beer gardens are also a great place to relax. In all stage towns you have the opportunity to change to the train if you want to shorten the route or if the weather is no longer good. At the finish of the tour, in Hann. Münden, not only the three rivers Werra, Fulda and Weser meet, but also the corresponding cycle paths. So if you don't want to get on the train and go home yet, you can simply continue your bike tour on the Fulda cycle path or the Weser cycle path.
The Werratal cycle path is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association).
Your bike tour starts in Neuhaus am Rennweg. Here you come best with the South Thuringia train (sued-thueringen-bahn.de). This runs several times daily between the main station Sonnenberg, where you have access to the trains of the Deutsche Bahn, and Neuhaus am Rennweg.At the train station, you swing on your bike and drive out of the village and into the beautiful forests of the Thuringian Slate Mountains. By the way, Neuhaus am Rennweg, with over 800 meters, is so high that you hardly have to drive uphill to cross the low mountain ridge. Along the popular hiking trail Rennsteig you cycle through the rustic forest. On the way you come to cozy rest stops and resting places over, such as the ice field Ausspanne. From here you can take a short detour to the upper Werra spring. Then a long descent awaits you, which leads to the Werrafloßteich and from there parallel to the Werra through the nature of the forest into the valley. Here you then roll on the last few kilometers of the first stage through picturesque meadows and fields to the stage destination Eisfeld.
From Eisfeld, the Werratal Cycle Path leads you to the beginning of the river a little over some of the romantic wooded hills. From Hildburghausen, where you can take a well-deserved break in the beautiful old town, the route is a bit flatter. You cycle through wide meadows that line the playful Werra. In some places, however, the river meanders through a narrow valley. Here the bike path leads you through idyllic forests on the bank slopes and then back to the Werratal. So you cycle through the beautiful Thuringia, past cozy little places and cultural highlights like the monastery Veßra over to the finish line Meiningen.In Meiningen you can visit Castle Elisabethenburg or stroll through the English Garden and end the day with a good Thuringian meal. How about, for example, with Thuringian dumplings? They were once thought to have been invented in Meiningen.
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Immediately after Meiningen you cycle again through wonderful open meadows. The lush green meadows accompany the Werra through its valley, which is lined by wooded slopes. Every now and then, the bike path dives into these woods and leads you through wonderful, untouched nature. Pretty half-timbered towns, such as the carnival city of Wasungen or Breitungen / Werra, ensure a balanced mix of nature and culture and invite you to take a leisurely break with countless restaurants and cafés.You continue along the Werra River and pass several lakes where you can swim in warm weather and relax on comfortable meadows on the shore. Rested and refreshed, you then drive the last few kilometers through the flat meadows of the Werra to the final destination Bad Salzungen. Here you can inhale the healthy air of the graduation house at the end of the day.
The fourth stage of the Werratal Cycle Path welcomes you again on the first kilometers with beautiful meadows that lead you through the flat Werratal. A short detour brings you to the Krayenberg, where you can enjoy romantic forest and especially a breathtaking view over the wide landscape. A rapid descent brings you back to the Werra, which you now again comfortably through their green valley.In Philippsthal you can take a first break and stroll through the castle park. Both here and in Heringen (Werra) a few kilometers away, large, white mountains of salt rise up. These are waste dumps of potash mining. From the bike path you have always an impressive view of the Kaliberg at Heringen. Through wide fields and meadows, along the Böller forest and always near the Werra you finally cycle to the stage destination Herleshausen. From here you can take the train to the Lutherstadt Eisenach at the end of the day.
On the fifth stage of the Werratal Cycle Path, you will start straight through wide fields and after a few kilometers you will cross the Werratal Bridge. In the days of the GDR, it was one of the largest concrete tendons in the country. At the sight of the enormous, over 730 meters long bridge, this is also easy to imagine. Right on the banks of the Werra you cycle through beautiful alluvial forests and past wide meadows. You can let your eyes wander over the water and the landscape on the other side of the river.Soon, the Werratal becomes a bit tighter, as well as the loops of the river, which you follow cheerfully. Past wooded hills and through romantic half-timbered towns that invite you to leisurely breaks, the varied cycle path leads you. Shortly before the stage destination the Werratal opens again and you cycle on the last kilometers through wide fields, past the Werratalsee and into the stage town Eschwege.
Today is the last stage of the Werratal cycle path, which will take you to the meeting of the rivers to Hann. Münden leads. From Eschwege you first cycle through wide landscape and then follow the Werra into a narrower valley, which is lined with lovely wooded hills. Here you cycle along their countless loops and come through pretty half-timbered towns like Allendorf or Witzenhausen. In the charming town centers you will find numerous restaurants and cafes for leisurely breaks, but also along the bike path invite relaxed beer gardens to one or the other rest.The last kilometers of the bike ride you drive through a wild and romantic forest right on the banks of the Werra. Here you can enjoy nature to the fullest again and slowly say goodbye to the river that has taken you through so many kilometers through this wonderfully varied landscape. Because soon you roll into the stage Hann. Münden, where the Werra meets the Fulda and both united as Weser continue their way towards the North Sea. If you want to pack at this point, you have the opportunity to continue cycling on the Weser bike path. Otherwise you can in Hann. Münden at the station hop on a train and drive home - after a final stroll through the beautiful old town, of course.