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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    König-Ludwig-Trasse – Bahntrassenradeln

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    A typical Ruhrpott-Trassenradweg in its most beautiful form. It begins at the marina on the Rhine-Herne Canal and leads over about eight kilometers former railway line to Recklinghausen-Suderwich.

    The route is named after the König Ludwig colliery, which began coal mining in 1885 in the south of Recklinghausen. This in turn had its name from the Bavarian fairy tale king Ludwig II, who had the famous castle Neuschwanstein built near Füssen. On the way, you will pass by relics from the coal age: old buildings, various railway bridges and even a historic locomotive recall the original purpose of the cycle path.

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    The railway line built at the beginning of the 20th century connected the Rhine-Herne Canal with the blast furnaces of the Bochum association and served to supply iron ore. Today, the track is consistently developed as a paved bike path and connects the Bochum West Park with the zoo "Zoom" in Gelsenkirchen on the Rhine-Herne Canal.

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    The Erzbahntrasse is a real gem among the Bahntrassenradwegen of the Ruhrgebiet. It leads from the Bochum Jahrhunderthalle to the Rhein-Herne-Kanal to Gelsenkirchen. As it is paved with very few exceptions, it is also ideal for racing bikes.

    This section starts at Holger's Erzbahnbude (which is a highlight alone: komoot.de/highlight/106459) and ends just under five kilometers further north on the "Grimberger Sichel", a striking bridge over the Rhine-Herne Canal , Here is also the "Zoom Erlebniswelt", the worth seeing Gelsenkirchen zoo. Both at the start and at the end of the section, you have access to other beautiful (train path) bike paths through the Ruhr area.

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    Zollvereinweg – Bahntrassenradeln

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    A really nice bike path on a former railway line, whose highlight is of course the World Heritage Site Zollverein Coal Mine. From here, the astrein paved, wide bike path leads car-free westwards, where there is connection to other road bike paths. It can not be beautified by the Ruhr Valley!

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    Springorum Radweg – Bahntrassenradeln

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    The Springorum cycle path runs over parts of a former mining railway line that ran from Essen to Bochum-Langendreer. On about ten kilometers you cycle here on the tracks of the Ruhrpott story and you can mostly look forward to a quiet, beautiful and paved route between Bochum Dahlhausen and Bochum Weitmar. Only in the first section of Dahlhausen are you out on loose ground.

    The track climbs steadily in the direction of Bochum, so you make a total of about 90 meters in altitude. From the train station in Dahlhausen there is a connecting bike path that leads directly to the Ruhr Valley cycle path, so you can great, low-traffic tours directly into the center of Bochum (or out) drive. The end of the track in Bochum is close to the main station - from here you are very fast, for example, on the Erzbahntrasse.

    Incidentally, the railway line was once popularly known as the "Springorum Bahn", because at the edge of the track was the same hard coal power plant. Today, a business park is located on the former power plant site. The bike path reminds of the history of the region.

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    „Rheinischer Esel“ – Bahntrassenradeln

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    The railway line from Dortmund-Löttringhausen to Bochum-Langendreer is a former, more than 13 kilometers long railway line from the station Bochum-Langendreer to the station Dortmund-Löttringhausen in the Ruhr area in North Rhine-Westphalia. Today, it connects the cities of Dortmund, Witten and Bochum as a cycle and footpath.

    Their popular name is Rhenish donkey. The former railway line is consistently well developed (partly paved, partly water-bound ceiling) and also offers untrained recreational cyclists a maximum climb of ten per thousand a pleasant trip. The trail allows almost slope-free, to make the Ardey Mountains to the Ruhr Valley to experience.

    The former railway track is family friendly even with a few grills and can be used very well with the child trailer, but can not be considered as completely barrier-free due to the harassment. The food supply along the route is poor, the entrainment of own food is recommended.

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    „Allee des Wandels“ – Bahntrassenradeln

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    This beautiful railway path leads from the Halde Hoheward past Herten to Westerholt. He combines several old coal mine sites and is a wonderfully quiet bike path. The path is nice wide, paved throughout and wonderful to ride.

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    Zechenbahn Julius-Philipp – Bahntrassenradeln

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    Only a very short walk, but still a nice alternative to the big roads around it: This short bike path runs on the former sidings of the colliery Julius-Philipp. It is only about one kilometer long and runs diagonally between Universitätsstraße and Nordhausen-Ring. The surface is a mix of pavement and water-bound ceiling.

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    Zeche Friederika – Bahntrassenradeln

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    A short bike path from Bochum main station direction Geologischer Garten. It partially follows the old railway line of the former colliery Friederika and is mostly paved. A nice little building block and "secret path" if you want to meander through the city with little traffic.

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    Lothringentrasse

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    This bike path leads in large part over the former railway line to the coal mine Lorraine, which was closed already in the 1960ern. The route is over many parts really nice and allows the low-traffic drive from Bochum Gerthe to Altenbochum, where you then have connection to the Springorumradweg. The only flaw: The road is not consistently passable, so you have to connect the sections on roads.

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    The Geysenberg district park was the first park of its kind in the Ruhr area. There is a leisure pool, a sports hall, an ice skating rink and a large outdoor area with a climbing wall, petting zoo and much more. Mitten hindruch leads this former railway line. It was once the connection of the mines Mont Cenis and Constantin 4/5/11. Today, it is great to walk here and the route is a great change from the road even by bike. Although only a very short track bike path is around 1.5 kilometers long, it is still a nice change and another building block in the big train path puzzle. The route is partly paved, partly you roll over water-bound ceiling.

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    Former route of the Wanner-Herner railway. The water-bound path leads past the industrial park Hibernia and is lined with interesting industrial relics. Short, but more beautiful than any street.

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    Nice turnoff from the Bahntrassenradweg "Allee des Wandels". The short path leads over the former railway line to the Blumenthal 1/2/6 colliery and is a nice alternative road on the southern edge of Recklinghausen. At Ostende you come to the former colliery, especially the old locomotive shed over - exciting Ruhr area cycling! The path is partly paved, partly you ride on water-bound ceiling.

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    In between, always such idyll! Who thinks, in the pot there's only gray in gray, here again impressively taught a better.

    By the way, you have from the water-bound bike path, which runs partly over the old route of the Ewaldbahn, a great view of former areas of mining - here you can see the consequences of the subsidence.

    The path leads you from the Emscher bike path to the Halde Hoheward and has direct connection to the railway tracks "Allee des Wandels".

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    Zeche Consolidation 3/4/9 – Bahntrassenradeln

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    This cycle path leads from the former coal mine Consolidation to the Erzbahntrasse.

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    Hugotrasse

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    This approximately seven-kilometer cycle path runs mostly along the old route of the Hugo Bahn, which was part of the once dense network of coal mines in the Ruhr. The coal mine Hugo has been closed since the year 2000, since then was diligently built on the bike path, which was finally finished 2017 in its current form.

    The path is mostly equipped with water-bound ceiling, the newer parts are paved. You cycle to a few intersections car-free. The track is really nice - if you fancy a piece of real pot culture, make a short detour to Jockels Büdchen, which is only a few meters away from the tracks in a parallel street: komoot.de highlight / 539,058th

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    Nordsternweg – Bahntrassenradeln

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    Well paved cycle route without many intersections. Absolutely on the Rhine-Herne-Kanal the Schurenbachhalde drive up and enjoy the view.

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    Radweg Kray-Wanner-Bahn – Bahntrassenradeln

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    The route is rather unspectacular. Nevertheless, it is the backbone of the cycling network in the central Ruhr area.

    From here you have many connection options:
    - Erzbahntrasse at the northeastern end
    - Railway track direction Zeche Holland
    - Direction GE-Rotthausen at the southwest end
    - to the Velten railway line towards E-Steele
    - Through the Hangetal and the Hi-Park to E-center
    - on the Alma route to Gelsenkirchen

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    Berg-Route Essen – Bahntrassenradeln

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    As the fifth way within the framework of the project "Wege zum Wasser", the "mountain route" between the Ruhr promenade in Steele, Freisenburch, Kray, Leithe and the Mechtenberg (connection to Kray-Wanner railway line and future RS1) has been created in Essen. It is paved throughout, incorporates the Velten railway path, has smart and easily visible design features and, as the name implies, is hilly.

    More information: neuewegezumwasser.de/index.php?center=projekte/n_s_r/bergroute.php&navi=navigation/projekte.php&re=projekte/n_s_r/navi.php

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    Bananen-Radweg – Bahntrassenradeln

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    The low-traffic route on the connecting curve from the former Dortmund East to the South Station and further on the outermost section of the Rhenish Railway is extended at both ends and connected via a new "Emschersteg" to the resulting route system to Phoenixsee.

    Source: achim-bartoschek.de/bahn_nw.htm#nw3_23

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    Gneisenau-Trasse – Bahntrassenradeln

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    Great track: nice wide, shady and with a lot of mining industry culture - top!

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    Material was transported in the pot not only by train, but also by cable car - which is somehow also a train. And a cable car also needs a track on which to build. If the cable car is no longer needed, here also offers a very nice way of recultivation: the (train) path bike path.

    2.6 km follow the old route, while you cycle mostly on a water-bound ceiling. By the way, the former cable car belonged to the mine Minister Achenbach, which was shut down in the 1990s. On the way you will pass relics of the mining industry. Most striking is probably the so-called "Colani egg": former winding tower, now a business lounge. The path is a nice connection between Datteln-Hamm and Dortmund-Ems-Kanal.

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    Although this bike path is not a Bahntrassenradweg in the sense that it runs on a former route. Instead, it accompanies, so to speak, a currently used railway line, which in the end, however, the same goes out: It is a mostly straight, almost flat bike path that carries you away from the traffic through Dortmund.

    The path is the course of her part of the planned RS1 through the Ruhr area. It is paved throughout, but there are still a few breaks in the course, where you have to drive short pieces, for example through a residential area. But that does not matter: the way is great! A real highlight is the graffiti gallery at the western end of the route. :)

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    Von Phoenix nach Asseln – Bahntrassenradeln

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    Nice link between Phoenixsee and Asseln. So you can turn off the future RS1 and cycle in the direction of Dortmund south. The route follows partly the course of the old factory railway between the collieries Schleswig and Holstein.

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