Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
The hiking and biking trail along the increasingly renatured Emscher is a real gem in the midst of the Ruhr metropolis and the surrounding cities. Running mostly parallel to the Emscher, there is now a 120 kilometer long trail that takes you from the Emscher spring in Holzwickede to the Emscher estuary in the Rhine near Dinslaken.It is particularly interesting that the Emscherweg gives you an unvarnished and fascinatingly varied view of the "backyards" of the Ruhr area. About sewers, through motorway underpasses, in the middle of districts, past sewage treatment plants, residential areas, flood reservoirs rather nature reserves than a technical system, ruhrgebiettypischen allotment gardens and scenic passages you experience impressions of the Ruhr Valley as you hardly get from elsewhere. Structural changes, changes in the landscape, changes in the city are combined with numerous sights of the Industrial Heritage Route to form a journey that can amaze you again and again.Depending on the section, you can still experience the change directly, not always to your delight. Prepare yourself for bad signage, no signposting of the numerous detours on the blocked sections of the construction work on renaturation that you have to somehow bypass as well as on finished sections where you believe everything has always been there, the cesspool of the Ruhr would never have existed.Whether you want to cover the entire route from the source to the mouth of the Rhine, or only want to discover parts of the Emscherweg as a recreational activity - you will see the diversity of a metropolis, as well as fascinating landscape.
It is a great way always lying on the water, especially in the areas where the Emscher is already clean. In the east of Dortmund lures the Phoenix Lake and the Hörder Castle. Also a small vineyard can be found. Every year the wine is auctioned for a good cause.
In the know? Log-in to add a tip for other adventurers!