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Mindful Cycling Tours – Get healthy along the River Emscher in Germany

© Gesund an der Emscher! // Foto: Axel Mosch Captures

Mindful Cycling Tours – Get healthy along the River Emscher in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by KNAPPSCHAFT

Happiness is found on the open road, so the saying goes. We think that it’s found on cycle paths too. Exercise, health, and happiness belong together. The Emschergenossenschaft, the largest waterboard in Germany, and health insurance provider KNAPPSCHAFT, are offering mindful cycling Tours under the scheme ‘Get healthy on the Emscher!’

The Tours combine fun and exciting routes along the Emscher River in North Rhein-Westphalia with exercises for living a healthy everyday life, including mindfulness, conscious enjoyment, and gratitude. It’s important to take care of your health not only during the hard times but to regularly take time to do something for yourself. With the Mindful Cycling Tours now available online, we would like to help you make sure this is also possible during these unusual times when many plans have been cancelled and our habits have changed. Beautiful places on your doorstep, that are both stimulating and relaxing, are waiting to be re-discovered.

Each Tour has its own focus and offers tips, exercises, and suggestions for a healthy everyday life. KNAPPSCHAFT is supporting these healthy habits under the motto
‘for my health’. In addition to information on the Emscher River’s renovation, you will also find health, mindfulness, and nutrition tips along the routes. An extra dose of happiness for every day in the region.


Cycling to improve your health
Relaxed cycling is healthy for your body and brain. Moderate physical exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is good for your cardiovascular system, builds up your endurance, reduces stress hormones, and body fat. If you follow these tips, it’s even healthier:
– Drink enough water 💧
– Treat yourself to a healthy snack every now and then 🍎
– Avoid the midday heat, protect your skin and head from the sun ⛅️
– Speaking of protecting your head: It is best to wear a helmet ⛑
– Drive with foresight and consideration ✌️
– Take a first aid kit with you including bandages and a life blanket (very important in case of shock reactions) 🩹
– Take a pair of tick tweezers with you and check for ticks from time to time 🕷

More information on the...
KNAPPSHIP: knappschaft.de/EN
Emscher Cooperative: eglv.de/en
Cooperation "Get healthy on the Emscher!" (in German language only): eglv.de/emscher-lippe/kooperationen-und-projekte

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    01:52
    17.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you often want to rub your eyes. The places that you experience over a mere 30 kilometers are so varied: The strict parallel between the Emscher and the Rhine-Herne Canal, in contrast to the almost wild and romantic Pausmühlenbach and the lively, meandering Läppkesmühlenbach. Ripshorst invites you to take a walk in the woods and Bottrop-Ebel to an island holiday in the BerneParkhotel. And if that's just too contemplative for you, you can pay a visit to one of the largest sewage treatment plants in Europe and let your gaze wander far and wide at the Essen industrial port, all the way to the stadium - on this extra tour:
    komoot.de/tour/253995410
    In short: this tour celebrates the diversity of life to the right and left of the Emscher. And we celebrate too, practicing the art of marveling. Just grateful for what we are allowed to discover here.

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    Easy
    00:40
    6.72 mi
    10.1 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If it is too contemplative for you on the Emscher Island with its Emscher art or on the renatured tributaries: no problem. This extra tour (eleven kilometers extra) leads to one of the largest sewage treatment plants in Europe as well as through the Essen harbor, to the stadium and the not yet renatured river Berne.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    21.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Ruhr area, green fields are rarely built. One encounters the legacy of more than 200 years of industrial history everywhere and calls on us to deal with it carefully and creatively. Colliery grounds become parks, railway lines become cycle paths and open sewers become clean bodies of water where people enjoy spending time. It takes a lot of time and energy, but the effort is worth it for people. In the past, these places and routes were used for work, today they are used for health and relaxation.On this tour you can experience the coexistence of the new and old district: at the Nordsternpark with the blue pumping station Gelsenkirchen-Horst, in the Revierpark Nienhausen or on the Erzbahntrasse cycle path. A few mindfulness exercises invite you to discover new things in the familiar.

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    Easy
    00:16
    1.91 mi
    7.2 mph
    150 ft
    0 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right next to the Schurenbach there is a crisp climb up the mountain, more precisely the dump. But the view is definitely worth the effort!

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    Intermediate
    02:20
    20.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Around Castrop-Rauxel, the Emscher conversion will create new river landscapes that you can enjoy on this tour. It leads over fields, hills of the Emscher quarry and partly narrow paths. This makes this tour a bit more demanding. But as is so often the case: a little effort is worthwhile and the muesli bar tastes twice as good!The wide expanses of water around the Emscher-Auen farm attract bird lovers and walkers. The Deininghauser Bach returns to the city and becomes a place to participate. And the business park at the old Erin colliery shows how a place of work can also be a place of enjoyment.

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    Easy
    00:43
    5.90 mi
    8.2 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This extra tour (plus 9.5 kilometers) takes you to the northern edge of the Ruhr area, where the four Ruhr area canals extend in all directions. On the way, the AGORA cultural center bears witness to the diversity of cultures in the former coal pot.

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    Easy
    00:31
    4.15 mi
    8.1 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this abbreviation, the Glücksradtour 3 (komoot.de/tour/253986268) is reduced to around 22 kilometers and 80 meters in altitude.Important note: The "Schleichweg" after about half of the way (behind the bridge over the B 235) is quite bumpy at the beginning and sometimes a bit overgrown.

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    Eisenheim Werkssiedlung

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Eisenheim - the name already says why the first workers' settlement in the Ruhr area was built here in 1846. Eisenheim was not built in one go. 51 houses were built in several construction phases. Miners have also moved in since the 1890s. Around 1,200 people lived here at the turn of the century.

    The settlement began to decline after World War II. The destroyed houses were only half-heartedly rebuilt. Seven Masters' Houses - the oldest buildings in the settlement - have been replaced by new multi-storey buildings. In the early 1970s, the settlement was supposed to be demolished. It is thanks to the imaginative, legendary struggle of the residents that Eisenheim was renovated and the remaining 38 houses were declared a monument.

    Info:
    route-industriekultur.ruhr/siedlungen/siedlung-eisenheim.html

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    Oliver
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    Small, fine café / beer garden, delicious cake, is definitely worth a break.

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    Haus Ripshorst

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Come in and explore the Emscherpark. A map on the ground with stepping stones shows you the highlights of the park.

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    RAdler07
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    BernePark

    Bike Touring Highlight

    An overnight stay in a sewer pipe, pretty crazy, but possible in Berne Park. There are five tubes that can be booked online. The booking costs 20 euros and then after the night you only pay as much as you are willing to give. An envelope is ready for it.

    There is more space in the tube than you think and there is also a small window above, more like a porthole. There are sheets and pillows, a lamp and sockets! There is a restaurant in the machine house, so dinner and breakfast are provided.

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    Tip by
    Momaoam
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    One of those cult spots in the pot: If you want to take a break in the area, do it here!

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    Holgers Erzbahnbude

    Bike Touring Highlight

    It's just a snack bar. Nevertheless, she is well on the way to becoming a cult, without any fancy. That's how it works in the pot.

    Okay, this place here is something special. On the one hand, it stands directly at the intersection of the Erzbahn route with the Kray-Wanner-Bahntrasse, a real bicycle junction. On the other hand, it is simply cozy here. From the trailer come drinks, sweets, fresh pastries and in the event of the case is also some tools ready. The numerous seats are generally well used, you come here actually always in the conversation, if you want. And sometimes, if you're lucky, there's even live music. In good weather such a simple bike ride can end almost magically.

    opening hours
    Mon. to Sun .: 10 to 22 o'clock

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    As a layperson, one can hardly imagine “flow management”. Perhaps you first think of pumping stations, sewage treatment plants, dykes or barrages - which is all right. But managing a river also means creating a landscape. And why shouldn't a flood retention basin that is necessary for flood protection also be a local recreation area? This is what the Emschergenossenschaft thought when it created the Hof Emscher-Auen, a new excursion destination in the northern curve of the river, in 2017.

    In the event of heavy rainfall, the Emscher's runoff is slowed here and dammed within the retention basin. Incidentally, these are the largest along the entire Emscher and have a total capacity of 1.1 million cubic meters - this corresponds to around seven million bathtubs.

    More information about the Emscher-Auen farm and the other three farms that the Emschergenossenschaft operates between the source and the mouth of the Emscher along the Emscher Weg together with local partners can be found here: eglv.de/emscher/emscher- yard /.

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    Biergarten Oskar am Kanal

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Cozy beach feeling

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    Kirsten
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    Wonderful place to have breakfast, with a dining room in the renovated barn and seats in the yard. Outside there is a variety of fruit to be harvested depending on the season. Oh yes, and there's also a pony and pigeons 🐎.

    Opening hours:
    Closed Sunday to Tuesday,
    Wednesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Info:
    hofzurnieden.de

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    Tip by
    Nik Wys
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    Ballermann an der Emscher

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nothing special - and that's exactly why it is a nice place to take a break “on the weekend when the weather is nice” (according to the opening times), to enjoy the peace and quiet or the hustle and bustle with a cold drink, French fries or something similar.

    Incidentally, the company cooperates with Café Emschertalhof in Ickern, which is also a great detour from here: komoot.de/highlight/416856

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    Nik Wys
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    Parkbad Süd

    Hiking Highlight

    The former outdoor pool in the Castrop city garden is now a listed building. It was built in the 1920s and 1930s as a typical job creation measure and to improve the quality of life in the industrial city.

    The Parkbad Süd reopened in spring 2001 as a friendly venue. There are concerts, live performances and other events.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Highlights
    11
  • Distance
    77.8 mi
  • Duration
    08:34 h
  • Elevation
    1,750 ft

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