Carefree over mountains and valleys — discover Schmallenberger Sauerland by e-bike

Bike Touring Collection by Schmallenberger Sauerland

Picturesque hills, fantastic views, idyllic reservoirs and romantic half-timbered villages. Plus miles and miles of green as far as the eye can see. When you cycle in the Schmallenberger Sauerland, your senses will come alive in the fairytale landscape straight from a picture book. But all those miles will probably get you out of breath, don’t you think? When headwinds and hills sap your energy, a push of a button can change everything – discover the land of a thousand mountains by e-bike!

E-bikes conquered cycling touring in Sauerland a long time ago, for good reason. Thanks to their extra power you can experience the wonderful region with unbelievable ease, even with the whole family. Cyclists with different levels of training can enjoy an untroubled, enjoyable and natural holiday experience with an e-bike. E-biking is really easy and great fun.

The roads in the Schmallenberger Sauerland are especially well-suited to e-bikes as the whole region has adapted to this new way of cycling. You will find innumerable perfectly paved paths such as the Rothaar Cycle Route, the Kinderland trekking route, or the shorter option around the Sauerland Cycle loop. All shapes and sizes of riders can find a ride to suit them here. Cafes along the way are also well prepared for e-bike cyclists. You will be able to fully recharge your bike battery whilst tucking into something to eat and drink. The Schmallenberger Sauerland is known for its excellent tourist infrastructure which is great for you. So grab your e-bike, take a deep breath, enjoy the moment and find your inner peace – welcome to the Schmallenberger Sauerland!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:38
    31.9 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 53-kilometer bike tour you will discover the idyllic villages in the "farmland" of Schmallenberg Sauerland. Up to 534 meters it goes up - on the heights of the route you can expect panoramic views of the fields, meadows and mountains in the area. Afterwards, the tour continues through the picturesque nature and through the wonderful tranquility of the rural farmland.Gently rolling hills and many small half-timbered villages characterize the picture of this scenic tour. At the Rasthütte in Herschede, a panoramic board gives you a good overview of the Sauerländer Höhenzüge. From here you can look out over the hills of Hunau with the TV tower and the Rothaargebirge mountains. Both mountain ranges converge at the branch tower, which you can recognize in good weather.With a little luck, you can expect a special spectacle of nature and you can watch the Sauerland Mäusefänger as they make their circles on the beautiful landscape: The Red Milan, the buzzard and the kestrel are native here - at a rest with your own food you can do this enjoy unique nature experience in peace. From Schmallenberg-Mailar you cycle comfortably over the slippery former railway line of the SauerlandRadrings back to Schmallenberg.

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  • Difficult
    03:40
    34.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The SauerlandRadring takes you mostly over former railroad tracks through the Sauerland. He leads you through the middle of nature and usually runs without remarkable gradients. In this way it is the ideal starting point to discover the Sauerland and to get to know some of the most interesting cities in the region. On this tour you do not drive the entire SauerlandRadring, but a 54-kilometer short version, which starts at the wood and tourism center in Schmallenberg.First you follow the "sign of the bat", the logo of the SauerlandRadrings to Eslohe. In the small half-timbered town worth a break to relax and recharge the battery for the rest of the tour. Then it continues in the sign of the bat. After crossing a former railway bridge, you will reach the highlight of the SauerlandRadring: the beaver tunnel. However, its inhabitants are not found in the summer months, so you can safely cycle through the impressive tunnel.After this tunnel experience, you turn around and turn shortly afterwards on the short version of the SauerlandRadrings. The bat sign is now yellow and leads you to the villages Kückelheim, Niedermarpe, Isingheim, Lüdingheim and Netherlands Beck. Then the route turns left and leads you "over the mountain" to Arpe in Bauernland. Over gravel paths you finally reach Selkentrop, where you cross a farm and then continue along the cycle path along the county road back to Schmallenberg.

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  • Difficult
    03:48
    30.3 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Ornate half-timbered villages with imposing churches and cozy refreshments in the midst of an impressive landscape await you on the Golddorf cycle route. At 49 kilometers, you will get to know the diversity of the seven gold villages of the Schmallenberger Sauerland. A true pleasure tour that will inspire you in every way.The "golden" corners of the Schmallenberger Sauerland with the gold villages Lenne, Fleckenberg, Grafschaft, Oberkirchen, Westfeld, Niedersorpe and Holthausen were not awarded the gold medal of the national competition "Our village has a future" for nothing. The best way to get a picture of the welcoming villages is by choosing a cozy restaurant, stopping in and watching the bustle of the locals and visitors.There are plenty of opportunities for such entertaining breaks on this tour. Thus, you can always recover from the sometimes slightly longer climbs - it goes up to at least 638 meters altitude. Wonderful panoramic views are included. So you can not only discover the beautiful villages, but also the original Sauerland and enjoy the surrounding nature to the fullest.

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  • Difficult
    03:14
    27.4 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Henne cycle route is divided into two stages: the first part of the route is about 43 kilometers long and takes you from Schmallenberg to Meschede. From here, the train will take you to Winterberg, where part two of the tour will start and take you back to Schmallenberg. The result is a wonderfully varied stage trip, which you can also do in one day. Alternatively, you could also plan an overnight stay in Meschede or Winterberg - in the beautiful Sauerland places there is a lot to discover, so it is absolutely worthwhile to stay here a little longer.This tour describes part 1 of the hen cycle route. It starts in Schmallenberg at the wood and tourism center, from where you first follow a well-developed bike path that leads through Gleidorf, Bad Fredeburg and finally to Mailar. Then you change from asphalt to gravel and it gets a bit steeper: It goes up to the highest point of the tour at 543 meters - good view is included. The following descent down to the Henne-Rartal and the villages Oberhenneborn, Sellmecke, Kirchrarbach and Sögtrop is a real treat.Down in the valley, the small Rarbach flows into the river Henne, which gives the reservoir - and this tour - its name. The beautiful Hennesee is the next highlight. Here you should definitely plan some time. A trip to one of the excursion restaurants on the lake, a break in the beautiful bay or climbing the imposing "Himmelstreppe" you should not miss. Then it is not far to the center of Meschede. There you can stroll, stop off and let the day fade away or continue by train to Winterberg, where part 2 of the Henne cycle route starts.Tip: Especially for the first leg of the Henne cycle route, we recommend a powerful e-bike, because on the way there are some slopes waiting for you. If your battery needs new power, you can plan in the restaurants in Oberhenneborn or Kirchrarbach charging breaks.

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    17.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,275 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Part 2 of the Henne cycle route leads from Winterberg back to Schmallenberg. To warm up, it goes up first on the Bald Asten, then you tend to go downhill only. An enjoyable tour, which also offers informative or simply beautiful opportunities for small breaks.There is always something going on in Winterberg. It is worthwhile to spend some time here and discover the city with its many sights. For bikers, a short stop at the Bikepark Winterberg is especially recommended: It is impressive to watch the mountain bikers skilfully mastering the demanding routes on the Erlebnisberg Kappe. If you are in the mood for some thrills, it is worth taking a walk over the Panoramabrücke or a detour into the climbing forest, where the route passes directly by.The tour itself starts with the climb up to the third highest mountain in the Rothaargebirge, the Kahler Asten. From up here you have in impressive weather an impressive view of the Rothaargebirge. From the platform of the branch tower, you can even guess the chunks in the resin when visibility is good. If you've seen enough, follow the route back to Schmallenberg. On the way there is still a break in the cozy Schmiedecafé near Oberkirchen.Tip: With the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card, travel by bus and train including bicycle is free. You can use them for the drive to Winterberg or back to Schmallenberg if your plans change.

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  • Difficult
    03:51
    32.6 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route through the Schmallenberger Sauerland is not child's play: at a good 52 kilometers and more than 800 meters altitude, the kids should already have some stamina. If you take this tour in peace and use the numerous breaks, then it is feasible for the whole family and guaranteed a great pleasure.The scenic route leads you across the Sauerland around the region Schmallenberg and rewards you again and again with great views. Gentle hills alternate with fertile valleys, giving you and your family a touch of "Tuscan charm".On the way there is a lot to discover: Playgrounds, ponds and paddling pools invite to entertaining breaks and again and again, idyllic streams offer opportunities for cooling off and splashing around. The adventure of nature lures everywhere: animals along the way like horses, goats, donkeys and cows - in the fields and on the Kinderland farms. With a little luck, you may even spot deer, black storks, herons, deer or rabbits for a short moment.Despite the distance and the many vertical meters, this tour is ideal for sporty families, because it has a high asphalt content, so that the bike rolls well. If you still want to abbreviate, you have the opportunity in several places.

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    35.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    3,500 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Rothaar cycle route is 52 kilometers long - you cross twice the heights of the Rothaargebirge and cycle up to 738 meters. Fortunately, the e-bike helps a bit, so you can fully enjoy the panoramic views of the north and south side of the Rothaargebirge despite the long climbs.The route starts in Schmallenberg, leads directly to the heights of the Rothaargebirge and then through the Edertal to the castle Bad Berleburg. The residence of the princely family Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and its adjacent parks are a real highlight and we can definitely recommend the offered castle tours. In addition, you can strengthen yourself in the gastronomy near the castle and also recharge the battery of your bike: At the Hotel Alte Schule, in the tourist office Bad Berleburg or in the Schlossschänke, e-bike charging stations await you.On the way back you cross the Rothaarsteig again and finally reach the hill village Schmallenberg-Schanze, where two restaurants are waiting to pamper you. Then you can let it roll with pleasure: On the little-traveled road, it goes downhill constantly to county, which is another highlight of the tour with its eponymous monastery and beautiful half-timbered houses. Now it is only three more relaxed kilometers to the historic old town of Schmallenberg, the starting point of the Rothaar cycle route.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    210 mi
  • Duration
    24:36 h
  • Elevation
    17,475 ft

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