Martin Donat

Adventure in the heart of Germany – Bikepacking in the Taunus

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Adventure in the heart of Germany – Bikepacking in the Taunus

Mountain Biking Collection by Martin Donat

6

Tours

32:47 h

255 mi

22,100 ft

At the gateway to the Rhine-Main metropolis lies a true idyll and an El Dorado for cyclists – the Taunus. These hills may seem close enough to touch, but you have to work for them. The undulating landscape and crisp ascents will make even experienced bikers out of breath. Despite the hard work, cycling in the Taunus is pure pleasure. Varied nature provides a fantastic backdrop for a bike tour that takes you through cozy villages, past all kinds of cultural monuments and to great vantage points.

In this Collection, I show you several possibilities to cross the beautiful low mountain range by bike. It is based on the "Taunus Bikepacking" adventure, which took place for the first time in 2019. But, it is much more relaxed so you can do it in six stages or less, even if you are an inexperienced rider. The routes in this Collection, when lined up together, make up a big lap of 255 miles (411 km). First, you cross the western and eastern Taunus Mountains from Koblenz to Wetzlar. Then the route leads through the High Taunus, up to Feldberg and Wiesbaden. And finally, I will send you right through the middle back to Koblenz.

There are all kinds of possibilities for your personal Taunus adventure. If you have enough time, you can ride the entire loop, or you can decide to just cycle individual stages. The cool thing is that Koblenz as well as Wetzlar and Wiesbaden are well-connected by rail, so you can always simply return to your starting point. This makes it incredibly flexible – just decide how far you want to go.

Except for the start and finish stages, all stages end at a campsite or other simple accommodation. Perfect if, like me, you like outdoor adventures in touch with nature. But this Collection still works if you like your creature comforts. You will always find accommodation around the stage destinations. In addition, you'll be passing through villages with shops or cozy restaurants and inns.

This route mainly uses traffic-free roads and paths that are demanding in terms of fitness, but easy to ride. So you can fully concentrate on the beautiful area and the unforgettable adventure, no matter if you are on a light mountain bike or speeding along on a gravel bike.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:20
    45.7 mi
    8.6 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On the first stage through the Taunus you essentially follow the course of the Lahn, which winds happily through the landscape here in the western part of the low mountain …

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    44.6 mi
    8.0 mph
    3,550 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The second stage of your bikepacking adventure in the Taunus is very similar in character to the previous day. Even today, the Lahn is your constant companion for large parts …

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  • Difficult
    06:05
    46.7 mi
    7.7 mph
    4,225 ft
    3,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On the third stage through the Taunus you reach the northernmost point of the tour in Wetzlar. In the cozy old town with its narrow streets, restaurants and cafés invite …

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  • Difficult
    05:38
    40.5 mi
    7.2 mph
    4,425 ft
    4,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    A really varied tour awaits you today. You drive through beautiful towns, can stop at all kinds of cozy places to stop for refreshments and pass beautiful natural highlights. The …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    25.7 mi
    7.5 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,575 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On stage 5 you can relax a bit. It is significantly shorter and the altitude is kept within limits. But that doesn't mean that you won't get anything to do …

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  • Difficult
    06:44
    52.1 mi
    7.7 mph
    4,275 ft
    4,750 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Stage 6: The grand finale of your bike packing tour through the Taunus. And to be worthy of a final, this tour has to offer everything that makes a demanding but fulfilling day on the bike: A lot of kilometers, a lot of altitude, but also beautiful scenery, fantastic views and cozy towns. Today you will take a look at the Hohe Taunus and the Western Hintertaunus again, thus closing the circle of your tour when you arrive back in Koblenz in the evening.Right from the start it's straight to the point. A small hill to warm up, followed by the longest and hardest climb of the day, which takes you up to the Dreiborn heads. Once at the top, you can breathe deeply and look forward to the following, downhill section, which leads into the idyllic Wispertal and leads to a potential refreshment stop.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    255 mi
  • Duration
    32:47 h
  • Elevation
    22,100 ft

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Martin Donat

Adventure in the heart of Germany – Bikepacking in the Taunus