Nature meets culture — 6 stages on the Paderborn Land Route

Bike Touring Collection by Paderborner Land Route

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
    21.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    375 ft
    275 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 into the old imperial city of Paderborn and from there on through the Paderborn countryside to the flower town of Bad Lippspringe. On the way, all sorts of opportunities for refreshing cooling await you. At the edge of the track, you can see pretty castles, magnificent churches and many sights. Most of the route runs on bike paths and quiet side roads without significant gradients.Before it really starts, a first highlight is waiting for you: In Hövelhof you should absolutely look at the old hunting lodge, which is considered the landmark of the small town. Here you can learn a lot about the region and of course about the property itself and maybe you start in one of the cozy cafés of Hövelhof with a delicious breakfast in the day. Strengthened you make your way and reach after a few kilometers the Boker Heath Canal, which you follow to Paderborn. On the way to the dynamic city, big and small break opportunities are lined up like on a string of pearls: You can check your sense of orientation in a fun-filled hemp labyrinth, refresh yourself in Lippesee or admire the castle Neuhaus, before you hit the "city of water" Case the Paderquellen should omit. Out of more than 200 springs, the Pader, Germany's shortest river, forms its name in the middle of the city, yet it gave the city (and thus this tour) its name. Located about halfway, the pretty old town of Paderborn with its varied gastronomy also offers an extended break.Now you leave the city and cycle through idyllic fields between two nature reserves to the stage destination Bad Lippspringe. This is the source of the Lippe - the longest river in North Rhine-Westphalia. The air here should be particularly good, so that you can breathe deeply, while you visit the Lippequelle, the castle ruins and the pretty flower ensembles in the park.To get to Hövelhof you can get from Paderborn comfortably by train. Bad Lippspringe does not have a train station, but on summer weekends and public holidays the cycle bus R51 runs here. Especially for cyclists, the bus is equipped with a bike trailer and your bike is of course free of charge. More information can be found here:

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  • Difficult
    23.1 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,475 ft
    950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Stage two on the Paderborn Country Route takes you on a predominantly idyllic and quiet route from Bad Lippspringe via Altenbeken to Lichtenau. Today, the beautiful nature in the foreground, in which the architectural highlight of the tour, the remarkable railway viaduct at Altenbeken, picturesquely fits. On the ridges of the Eggegebirge today you collect some altitude, before you cycle to the cozy town Lichtenau.The stage starts relaxed. Until Altenbeken, the route rises only slightly. Even from a distance you can see the landmark of the town, the impressive railway viaduct, which is the oldest limestone bridge in Europe with its 24 archways. It already exists since the middle of the 19th century. Only a little later you can see first-hand what steaming companions once rattled on the airy tracks: In the middle of Altenbeken is an original steam locomotive - an impressive witness, which you can marvel at here in peace.Now begins the more challenging part of the tour, because if you leave Altenbeken, you come into the hilly landscape of the Eggegebirge. Through shady forests and idyllic glades you can enjoy this quiet section on the Paderborn Country Route especially 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 destination, meadows and fields alternate with small ascents and descents until you reach Lichtenau. Here, a visit to the monastery Dalheim or a rest in one of the beautiful gardens of the city worthwhile. Lichtenau-Holtheim, around three kilometers away, welcomes you to the Bett + Bike-Gasthof Schäfers.The starting point Bad Lippspringe you reach the summer on weekends and public holidays with the bicycle bus line R51. The stage destination is also connected via a bicycle bus line: The "Kloster line" (482 / R82) runs on the weekend between Lichtenau and Paderborn.

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  • Difficult
    27.3 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage on the Paderborn Land Route takes you from the Eggegebirge to the southern Paderborn country and to the northern edge of the Sauerland. You can expect a beautiful landscape, impressive churches and monasteries and dreamy half-timbered town. A few demanding climbs are on the program today - this stage is the most demanding part of the Paderborn Country Route. The great scenery and the wonderful views reward you for every single meter.You start in Lichtenau and soon find yourself on the small river Altenau, which accompanies your today's tour in the course again and again a bit. Through the beautiful valley you soon reach Blankenrode, where a short detour into the Bleikuhlen is definitely worthwhile. Here, the lead ore found here was formerly mined and, as is often the case, nature made an impressive return to the industrial legacy. Today there is a rich flora here - among other things, you can marvel at the Galmeiveilchen, which has been found worldwide only here.On a beautiful bike path you now roll to Dalheim, where a stop in the Provincial Museum of Monastic Culture is offered, which is located in the remarkable Dalheim Abbey. This is followed by another section through the wide valley of the river Altenau, past the idyllic natural outdoor pool, where you can refresh yourself in good weather.Rested you make your way to the Sintfeld, the plateau around Bad Wünnenberg, which marks the northern edge of the Sauerland. Past many wind turbines, you will now come to the picturesque stage destination Bad Wünnenberg, where you can end the day in the "Aatal Nature Experience", for example with a walk on the barefoot path.In the small spa town there are some accommodations and in about three kilometers away Leiberg even a particularly cyclist-friendly bed + bike inn. If you want to end your tour after this stage, you can take the S10 bus to Paderborn. The timetable can be found here:

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  • Difficult
    35.2 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,525 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Out of Bad Wünnenberg starts the fourth stage as the third ended: hilly. To warm up, it is a bit uphill until you reach after about eight kilometers Linen, the highest village in the Paderborn country. On the way there, you pass the picturesque Aabachtalsperre, which is idyllically embedded in the beautiful forest landscape.In Bleiwäsche 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 lead only downhill. Shortly after leaving Linden, you'll pass an old tunnel, a relic of yesteryear where lead was mined and "washed" on the spot - giving the place its name. Today the gallery is the home of bats.After a nice descent, you will reach the Alme Valley, which you will roll over a beautiful cycle path that runs partly along an old railway track and is mostly surrounded by forest. On the way, you will encounter some quiet witnesses, such as the ruins of the Ringelstein castle, the Jesuit church in Büren and the Wewelsburg, which invites you to take a 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. By the way, the Altenau (the river that accompanied you on the third stage) is very close to the Alme.In Borchen itself there is a hotel where you can spend the night. There is no rail connection. However, Borchen is only about five kilometers 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 want to end the tour here, it is not far to the Paderborn Main Station.

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  • Intermediate
    29.0 mi
    10.7 mph
    450 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fifth stage, the character of the Paderborn Country Route changes. Until now it was characterized by the hills of the Eggegebirge 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 you can expect a beautiful flat route that shows you a very different face of the Paderborn country than you have met in 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 today you can follow in the footsteps of this story. Especially the reconstructed graduation movement is worth a stop. Here you can inhale a deep pull of healthy brine and relax your feet in the Kneipp pool next door. Only a little further on is the old oil mill very worth seeing. It is a true rarity and can be visited in a guided tour. On the so-called "craft island" in the Franz-Kleine-Park, you can also explore a wooden shoemaker's workshop, a bakery and a wheelwright's workshop with blacksmiths.From Salzkotten you now cycle over the green fields along the Heder, until it flows into the lip, which you follow to Boke. Here begins a picturesque heathland, in which a variety of birds and fish has a home. A break at the Boker Heidesee is pure enjoyment, which you can intensify a little later in the "Gastlichen Dorf". Here, in one of the restored farms, is a historic bakery that provides you with fresh bread and local produce.Now you take the course to the stage goal Delbrück. Even from a distance you can see the leaning tower of St. John Baptist Church, which you follow to the center of the city. In the rural and convivial 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 + bike inn. Delbrück has no train connection, but the bus line S40 will take you back to Paderborn on request. The timetable can be found here:

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  • Intermediate
    24.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    375 ft
    350 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 on the Paderborn Land Route. Because today you cycle through the idyllic Steinhorster basin, the largest man-made biotope in North Rhine-Westphalia. Countless animals have found a home here and you can watch them very well very early in the morning. Two observation towers provide an excellent view of the magnificent area, which is characterized by its countless water areas.Also in the further course of the tour you will be accompanied by a picturesque natural landscape. You cycle through the Emsniederungen and through the forest and heath landscape of the Senne, in which also the nature reserve Moosheide is located. There you will pass the information center "EmsQuellen & EmsRadweg", where you will find a lot of information about this beautiful area. Very worthwhile is also a small detour to Heidschnuckenschäferei. Here live about 1000 of the animal landscape keepers, who ensure by their appetite that the heath landscape is not overgrown by trees and shrubs.Now it is only a few kilometers until you reach Hövelhof, the starting point of your stage trip along the Paderborn Land Route. If you like, you can complete this beautiful tour with a visit to the home center Ostwestfalen Lippe, which is located just outside the town center and provides interesting insights into the history of this beautiful region. From Hövelhof train station, you can then relax and start your journey home.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    160 mi
  • Duration
    16:57 h
  • Elevation
    6,000 ft

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