Etappe 2: Von Offenbach nach Schlüchtern – Hessischer Radfernweg R3
Bike Touring Highlight
Includes a ferry crossing
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Jesko von Werthern planned a bike ride.
February 22, 2021
The second stage is almost entirely paved and rather flat, with a slight increase following the Kinzig into the Vogelsberg. But this happens so slowly that you can hardly feel it in your legs. Typical Hessian half-timbered towns and so some traces of old cultural history lie on your way.You leave Offenbach and will soon reach the ferry in Rumpenheim. After the crossing, you first continue to follow the Main Cycle Path. It goes past the magnificent Philippsruhe Castle to Hanau, in the so-called Brothers Grimm City. The storytellers were born here and have accordingly left many traces in the cityscape.In Hanau, the Kinzig also flows into the Main, which you will follow from now on. At Erlensee you cross a historically significant border, the Upper German-Raetian Limes. The traces of a Roman fort are reminiscent of the ancient border wall that separated the Roman Empire from the Germanic tribes in the north around 2,000 years ago.Gelnhausen, on the other hand, is known as Barbarossastadt because it was founded in the 12th century by Emperor Friedrich I. The old town captivates with wonderful half-timbered buildings. Wächtersbach and Bad Soden-Salmünster are also typical Hessian cities with a good infrastructure for cyclists and of course a lot of half-timbered houses. You can already see why the late-reading rider probably took so long. There are just so many beautiful places along the way that invite you to stay longer.Shortly before Steinau an der Straße you will reach the Kinzigtalsperre. The dammed lake is a popular destination and photo opportunity. Incidentally, Steinau an der Straße also describes itself as the Brothers Grimm City because they spent part of their youth here.Now there are only a few kilometers left to today's stage destination. There are various places to stop for refreshments and overnight stays in Schlüchtern. The place on the Kinzig lies at the intersection of Spessart, Vogelsberg and Rhön. Relax well, because on the third and last stage you leave the valley behind you - it goes up high.
February 24, 2021