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250 kilometers through the middle of Westphalia – the Paderborn Land Route

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250 kilometers through the middle of Westphalia – the Paderborn Land Route

Bike Touring Collection by Paderborner Land

6

Tours

16:30 h

159 mi

6,100 ft

A bit of Teutoburg Forest, a piece of Eggemountains, the beautiful Senne and the high foothills of the Sauerland — in the Paderborn Land you can "sniff" so many different regions that the journey along the Paderborn Land Route becomes a real voyage of discovery. You cycle through idyllic cultural and natural landscapes, experience the rural way of life in the small villages along the way and learn all about the industrial past of the exciting cities on the route. Wonderful forests, fresh springs and picturesque heath landscapes alternate with impressive buildings such as the railway viaduct near Altenbeken, the majestic Wewelsburg or the venerable Augustinian monastery of Dalheim. The ADFC has put it in a nutshell and declared the Paderborn Land Route a quality cycle route with three stars.

In this collection we present you the approximately 250 kilometre Paderborn Land Route on six stages. We start in Hövelhof, a small village just outside Paderborn, which is also easily accessible by train and is therefore a perfect starting point for the bike tour. Since the Paderborn Land Route is a circuit, you can of course decide where you want to start. The route itself is very varied, and not only with regard to the highlights along the tour: while some stages have a relaxed, flat course, the middle stages through the Eggegebirge and on the edge of the Sauerland are quite hilly. But the ascents are all moderate and also no problem for occasional cyclists — if you get too sweaty, take a break and enjoy the beautiful view. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful route, which mostly runs along asphalted cycle paths and near-natural sections and is mostly car-free.

In the stage towns you will find all sorts of possibilities to stop for a bite to eat and to spend the night. In some places even bed + bike accommodations provide for special well-being, since one adjusted here to the needs of cyclists. In the tours we have noted if Bett+Bike accommodations are available. In the restaurants along the route you will often be spoiled with regional delicacies — the region is known for good bread and tasty asparagus and game dishes. Not all stage locations are connected to the railway network. However, you can often use the special bicycle buses that run during the summer especially for cyclists. The Paderborn countryside is a really good place to cycle!

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Paderborner Land Route

155 mi

6,000 ft

6,000 ft

Last updated: November 30, 2021

The Stages On The Paderborn Land Route

  • Intermediate
    02:02
    20.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    375 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Paderborn Land Route takes you through quiet fields and meadows to the old imperial city of Paderborn and from there on through the Paderborn countryside to the flower city of Bad Lippspringe. On the way you can expect all kinds of opportunities for refreshing cooling. At the edge

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  • Difficult
    02:42
    23.1 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,475 ft
    925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Stage two on the Paderborn Land Route takes you on a predominantly idyllic and quiet route from Bad Lippspringe via Altenbeken to Lichtenau. Today the focus is on the beautiful nature, into which the structural highlight of the tour, the remarkable railway viaduct near Altenbeken, fits in picturesquely

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  • Difficult
    02:53
    27.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage on the Paderborner Land Route takes you from the Eggegebirge to the southern Paderborner Land and to the northern edge of the Sauerland. You can expect a beautiful landscape, impressive churches and monasteries and dreamy half-timbered towns. A few demanding climbs are on the program

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    35.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Out of Bad Wünnenberg, the fourth stage begins as the third ended: hilly. To warm up, you first have to climb a bit until you reach the highest village in the Paderborn region after about eight kilometers of lead washing. On the way there you will pass the picturesque Aabachtalsperre, which is idyllically

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    28.8 mi
    10.8 mph
    450 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the fifth stage, the character of the Paderborner Land Route changes. Until now it was dominated by the hills of the Egge Mountains and the foothills of the Sauerland, today you can expect a largely flat passage through the meadows and fields west of Paderborn. You cycle in the direction of Soester

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  • Intermediate
    02:16
    23.5 mi
    10.4 mph
    375 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It is worth getting up early for the sixth and final stage of the Paderborner Land Route. Because today you cycle along the idyllic Steinhorster Basin, the largest artificially created biotope in North Rhine-Westphalia. Countless animals have found a home here and you can watch them especially early

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    159 mi
  • Duration
    16:30 h
  • Elevation
    6,100 ft

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