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Cycling through the Rothaar Mountains – GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder

Sauerland Tourismus

Cycling through the Rothaar Mountains – GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder

Bike Touring Collection by Sauerland-Tourismus

5

Tours

15:22 h

134 mi

8,575 ft

The Rothaar Mountains, magical forests, romantic valleys, lush green meadows, plateaus blanketed with a patchwork of colourful fields, winding rivers and magnificent views – Sauerland boasts incredible landscapes. The GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder is a cycle route through the most beautiful corners of Sauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Waldecker Land in Hesse. Along the way, you discover the gushing waters of the Ruhr and Eder rivers and the impressive Edersee.

The GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder winds its way through the National GeoPark GrenzWelten over 130 miles (210 km). The landscapes in the border area between North Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia are wonderfully varied as you ride through the scenic low mountain range.

In this Collection, we guide you along this circular route in five stages, varying in length from 21 - 31 miles (34 to 51 km). Your adventure begins and ends in Winterberg, a charming town which is easy to reach with the regional train from Dortmund. Train stations are located along the route and at most stage destinations so you can easily cycle only part of the route and hop on the train.

As you ride, you can expect fabulous scenery and good infrastructure. There are plenty of places to stop for refreshments and accommodation available in the stage destinations. The route follows superb cycle paths such as the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path and the Eder Cycle Path, as well as smooth, tarmacked former railway tracks through beautiful nature and old tunnels. You pass numerous picturesque spots and villages to take a break from your cycle tour through this unique scenic and cultural region.

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GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder

129 mi

7,900 ft

7,900 ft

Last updated: December 7, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Winterberg nach Willingen – GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder

    Difficult
    03:41
    32.1 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,950 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder begins in beautiful Winterberg. From Dortmund you can easily get to the starting point on the regional train. From the train station you cycle to the start of the Ruhr source, which seeps from the earth in a forested area in the Rothaar Mountains.

    

    On the RuhrtalRadweg you cycle

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  • Difficult
    02:39
    25.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,625 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Willingen it goes up and down continuously through the idyllic Stryktal, from which you have a fantastic view of the Willinger Viaduct.

    

    Then you drive past the Schneeberg and leave Usseln on the left. Shortly afterwards you can expect a rapid descent through wide fields and refreshing forest that

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    21.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the third stage of the GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder, less vertical meters await you than on the previous sections. So you can start today very comfortably and take a little detour to the Korbacher column before it really starts.

    

    There the "Procynosuchus" was found, also known as the "Korbacher Dachshund

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  • Difficult
    03:50
    30.3 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Waldeck you roll back down to the Edersee, where you drive directly to the dam wall. On the imposing structure you cross the lake and reach the small town Edersee on the other side.

    

    From here you continue to follow the bank cycle path and enjoy unique views of the blue water and the forested banks

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  • Difficult
    02:59
    25.0 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,975 ft
    700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last stage of the GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder, which brings you back to the starting point in Winterberg.

    

    From Frankenberg you cycle comfortably along the Eder. It goes very gently uphill because you are going upriver. It is worth taking a break in the Ederauen near Rennertehausen, in which you

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    134 mi
  • Duration
    15:22 h
  • Elevation
    8,575 ft

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