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

Bike Touring Collection by Paderborner Land

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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The Stages On The Paderborn Land Route

  • Intermediate
    02:01
    20.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    350 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Paderborner Land Route takes you through quiet fields and meadows to the old imperial city of Paderborn and from there through Paderborner Land to the flower city of Bad Lippspringe. All kinds of opportunities await you on the way for refreshing cooling. At the edge of the route you can see pretty castles, magnificent churches and many sights. Most of the route runs along bike paths and quiet side streets with no noteworthy gradients.Before things really get going, a first highlight is waiting for you: in Hövelhof you should definitely take a look at the old hunting lodge, which is considered the symbol of the small town. Here you can learn a lot about the region and of course about the property itself and maybe you can start the day with a delicious breakfast in one of the cozy Hövelhof cafes. Strengthened you set off and after a few kilometers you reach the Boker-Heide Canal, which you follow to Paderborn. On the way to the dynamic city, large and small break opportunities are strung together like a string of pearls: you can test your sense of orientation in an entertaining hemp maze, refresh yourself in the Lippesee or marvel at Neuhaus Castle before you go to the "City of Water" If you miss the pader sources. The Pader, Germany's shortest river, is formed from more than 200 sources in the middle of the city, which nevertheless gave the city (and thus this tour) its name. Located about halfway, the pretty old town of Paderborn with its varied gastronomy is also ideal for a long break.Now you leave the city and cycle through idyllic fields between two nature reserves to the stop in Bad Lippspringe. This is where the Lippe rises - the longest river in North Rhine-Westphalia. The air is supposed to be particularly good here, so that you can take a deep breath while visiting the Lippe spring, the castle ruins and the pretty flower ensembles in the spa gardens.To get to Hövelhof, you can easily get from Paderborn by train. Bad Lippspringe has no train station, but the R51 bicycle bus line runs here during the summer and on weekends. The bus is equipped with a bicycle trailer especially for cyclists and your bike will of course travel free of charge. You can find more information here: fahr-mit.de/fahr-mit/service/fahrradmitnahme.php

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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 Paderborner Land Route takes you on a mostly idyllic and quiet route from Bad Lippspringe via Altenbeken to Lichtenau. Today, the focus is on beautiful nature, in which the architectural highlight of the tour, the remarkable railway viaduct near Altenbeken, is picturesquely integrated. On the ridges of the Eggegebirge you collect a few vertical meters today before you cycle into the cozy town of Lichtenau.The stage starts relaxed. The route climbs only slightly to Altenbeken. From a distance you can see the town's landmark, the impressive railway viaduct, which with its 24 archways is the oldest sand-lime stone bridge in Europe. It has existed since the middle of the 19th century. Only a little later you can see firsthand what steaming companions once rattled over the airy tracks: In the middle of Altenbeken there is an original steam locomotive - an impressive witness to the time, which you can marvel at in peace.Now the more demanding part of the tour begins, because when you leave Altenbeken you come into the hilly landscape of the Egge Mountains. Through shady forests and idyllic clearings, you can enjoy this quiet section of the Paderborner Land Route particularly well if you take your time and rest here and there. Shortly after reaching the highest point, a small café awaits you in Hebram-Wald, where you can fortify yourself. On the way to the stage goal, meadows and fields alternate, as well as small ascents and descents, until you reach Lichtenau. It is worth visiting Dalheim Abbey or taking a break in one of the city's beautiful gardens. In Lichtenau-Holtheim, about three kilometers away, the Bett + Bike-Gasthof Schäfers welcomes you.You can reach the starting point in Bad Lippspringe during the summer on weekends and public holidays with the R51 bicycle bus line. The stage goal is also connected via a bicycle bus line: The “Kloster Line” (482 / R82) runs between Lichtenau and Paderborn at the weekend.

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  • Difficult
    02:53
    27.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,850 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 today - this stage is the most demanding part of the Paderborner Land Route. The great landscape and the wonderful views reward you for every single meter of altitude.You start in Lichtenau and soon meet the small river Altenau, which accompanies your tour today a little bit later. Through the beautiful valley you will soon reach Blankenrode, where a short detour into the Bleikuhlen is definitely worthwhile. Here, in particular, the lead ore found here was mined and, as is so often the case, nature brought back the industrial legacies in an impressive manner. Today there is a rich flora - among other things, you can marvel at the calamine, which has so far been found only here worldwide.On a beautiful bike path you roll towards Dalheim, where you can stop at the State Museum for Monastery Culture, which is located in the Dalheim Monastery. This is followed by another section through the wide valley of the Altenau river, past the idyllic natural swimming pool, where you can refresh yourself in good weather.Rested, you make your way to Sintfeld, the high plateau around Bad Wünnenberg, which marks the northern edge of the Sauerland. Passing many wind turbines, you will now come to the picturesque stage destination Bad Wünnenberg, where you can end the day in the “Naturerlebnis Aatal” with a walk on the barefoot path, for example.In the small spa town there are some accommodations and in Leiberg, around three kilometers away, there is even a particularly cyclist-friendly bed and bike inn. If you want to end your tour after this stage, you can take the S10 bus to Paderborn. You can find the timetable here: fahr-mit.de

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    35.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    2,150 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 embedded in the beautiful forest landscape.In lead laundry you have great views of the nearby Sauerland - take a short break, enjoy the view and look forward to the rest of the stage, which tends to only lead downhill. Shortly after leaving lead washing, you will pass an old tunnel, a relic from the past in which lead was mined and "washed" on site - which gave the place its name. Today the tunnel is home to bats.After a nice descent you come to the valley of the alpine pasture, which you cycle through a wonderful bike path, some of which runs on an old railway line and is largely surrounded by forest. On the way you will meet some quiet contemporary witnesses, such as the Ringelstein castle ruins, the Jesuit church in Büren and the Wewelsburg, which invites you to take a longer break with its interesting exhibitions.Through various idyllic villages, you are now heading for the stage destination Nordborchen, where you should not miss the imposing half-timbered building of the Mallinckrodhof. Nearby, by the way, the Altenau (the river that accompanied you on the third stage) and the alpine pasture.In Borchen itself there is a hotel where you can spend the night. There is no train connection. However, Borchen is only about five kilometers away from the city center of Paderborn. There are plenty of accommodations there and if you want to drive the fourth stage of the Paderborner Land Tour individually or if you want to end the tour here, it is not far to Paderborn Central Station.

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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 Börde and drive via Salzkotten to Delbrück.A few small hills to warm up, then a wonderful flat route awaits you, which shows you a completely different face of the Paderborn region than you got to know on the first five stages. The first big highlight of the tour is Salzkotten. In the Middle Ages, the city was known for its salt production and you can still follow the traces of this history today. The reconstructed graduation tower is particularly worth a stop. Here you can inhale a deep breath of healthy brine air and relax your feet in the Kneipp pool next door. Just a little further on, the old oil mill is very worth seeing. It is a real rarity and can be visited on a guided tour. On the so-called "craft island" in the Franz-Kleine-Park you can also explore a clog workshop, a bakery and a wheel shop with a smithy.From Salzkotten you cycle over the green fields along the Heder until it flows into the lip, which you follow to Boke. This is where a picturesque heath landscape begins, which is home to a large number of birds and fish. A break at Boker Heidesee is pure enjoyment.Now you are heading towards Delbrück. From a distance you can see the leaning tower of the St. Johann Baptist church, which you follow to the center of the city. In the rural, hospitable atmosphere of Delbrück, various rustic restaurants invite you to end the day with a local specialty: the area here is known for its asparagus.In Delbrück you have a good selection of hotels and inns, including a centrally located bed and bike inn. Delbrück has no train connection, but the bus line S40 will bring you back to Paderborn if you wish. You can find the timetable here: fahr-mit.de/fahr-mit/fahrplan-und-liniennetz/fahrplanauskunft.php

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  • Intermediate
    02:18
    23.5 mi
    10.2 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 in the morning. Two lookout towers provide an excellent view of the wonderful area, which is characterized by its countless water surfaces.A picturesque natural landscape accompanies you throughout the tour. You cycle through the Ems lowlands and through the forest and heath landscape of the Senne, which also contains the Moosheide nature reserve. There you will pass the information center "EmsQuellen & EmsRadweg", where you can find a lot of information about this beautiful area. A small detour to the Heidschnuckenschäferei is also very worthwhile. Around 1000 of the animal landscapers live here, and their appetite ensures that the heathland is not overgrown by trees and bushes.Now it is only a few kilometers until you have reached Hövelhof again, the starting point of your stage trip along the Paderborner Land Route. If you like, you can round off this beautiful tour with a visit to the Ostwestfalen Lippe home center, which is located just outside the town center and provides interesting insights into the history of this beautiful region. You can then start your journey home from the Hövelhof train station in a relaxed manner.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    159 mi
  • Duration
    16:31 h
  • Elevation
    6,075 ft
250 kilometers through the middle of Westphalia – the Paderborn Land Route
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