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Neschener Climb – Cols de Cologne

Neschener Climb – Cols de Cologne

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Recommended by 369 out of 396 road cyclists

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Location: Odenthal, Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis, Bergisches Land, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Best Race Bike Rides to Neschener Climb – Cols de Cologne
  • Its fantastic location in the valley of the Dhünn makes the "Altenberger Dom" a popular excursion destination. For us Rhenish mountain goats, however, the cathedral is only a minor matter. Because here there are two attractive climbs to master, both of which were already part of the route of “Rund um Köln”: the ascent from Altenberg to Blecher and the - in our opinion more attractive - up to Neschen at the foot of the Dhünntalsperre.

    The first kilometer leads through dense forest and comes up with three full-blown hairpin bends and steep incline percentages. If you look back, you look at the Altenberg Cathedral, if you look ahead, you see how the numbers on the speedometer are getting lower and lower.

    We reach an intermediate plateau that offers a little relaxation before the road towards Grimberg climbs moderately again. At the height of Hüttchen there is a short descent: it is essential to take the momentum with you on the final climb to Neschen!

    Not only cyclists have a fine nose for serpentines. Especially on sunny weekends there are lots of motorbikes on the route - so watch out!


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    • February 16, 2021

  • The switchbacks from Schmeisig down to Altenberg are a real highlight. Beautiful, quick descent through the shady forest, hairpin bends and a great view of the Altenberg Cathedral at the end. Class!

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    • April 5, 2020

  • Nice climb. In the curves you sometimes have the feeling that you are meeting yourself😄. Meetings with a car or motorcycle become problematic. Some underestimate the curves, others cut them🤐. You have to pay attention to both! 👍😎

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    • October 2, 2020

  • Very nice ascent, at the beginning a bit steeper, but this relativises again from the middle. However, you have to be careful in normal traffic, because some motorcyclists are there at the weekend, so do not cut corners.

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    • May 29, 2019

  • Great climb with switchbacks. Nice and shady. Section of the route around Cologne.

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    • June 4, 2020

  • Nice climbs and curves. So you have to watch out for other road users who underestimate this. Once you are up there you will be presented with great views, e.g. of the cathedral. Among other things, also sections of the traditional race around Cologne.

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    • August 13, 2021

  • The ascent from Altenberg Cathedral to Neschen is a nice stretch of road. Three hairpin bends, excellent asphalt and a pleasant slope.

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    • May 3, 2018

  • Great curve road through the forest. Beautiful views of the Altenberg Cathedral.

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    • November 20, 2018

  • short crisp number in front of the panorama waves

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    • June 6, 2019

  • It's a challenge.

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    • July 30, 2019

  • Very cool switchbacks with a great view of Altenberg Cathedral

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    • April 10, 2020

  • Super serpentines - an absolute highlight up and down

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    • April 17, 2021

  • Starts out crisp and rolls out quite relaxed. It's really fun to shoot up here!

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    • March 2, 2022

  • Quite pleasant to drive, never too steep and only a few sharp changes in the incline.

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    • May 23, 2023

  • Nice route, watch out in good weather !! Motorcyclists are numerous. Good inclines, up & down. Some climbs. Routes have already been completed at RUK (around Cologne).

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    • March 18, 2023

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Location: Odenthal, Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis, Bergisches Land, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


  • Distance2.32 mi
  • Uphill475 ft
  • Downhill100 ft
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