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The most beautiful railway cycle paths in the Ruhr area (north/northeast)

Martin Donat

The most beautiful railway cycle paths in the Ruhr area (north/northeast)

Bike Touring Collection by Martin Donat

What could be more beautiful than cycling in complete peace, far away from traffic and surrounded by luscious green nature? For many city dwellers this may sound like a distant dream, but you may be surprised. In the middle of the Ruhr area, there is an impressive network of wonderful cycle paths which are completely flat – and found in the middle of this industrial metropolis. In this Collection, we’ve put together the Ruhr area’s best cycle paths along former railway lines in the northeast.

The noisy, smokey railway lines that once rattled throughout the Ruhr area helped to form the region's industrial image that still remains today. For decades, the railway was a vital artery, connecting the mines and industrial sites in the area. When the mines were closed, the railway lines lost their meaning for many years, until new life was breathed into them. Today, countless cycle paths have been built along former railway lines, making it possible for you to cycle through the metropolis on flat paths that are traffic free.

Some of the railway tracks through the area are real pearls, running through beautiful countryside, passing relics from the coal mining era and UNESCO heritage sites such as the Zollverein mine. Others. although not so well known, are just as beautiful, such as the Kray-Wanner-Bahntrasse in Essen or the "Bananen-Radweg" in Dortmund. These routes lead right through the big city, but feel as if you are riding through forgotten country roads somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

In this Collection, we would like to give you a small overview of the most beautiful railway route cycle paths in the north and north-east of the Ruhr area. You can combine them as you like and build yourself wonderful quiet bike rides which are safe and relaxed, but nevertheless not to be boring. Have fun!

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