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Etappe 2: Von Herne/Recklinghausen zur Mündung – der Emscher-Weg

30.4 mi
10.0 mph
325 ft
425 ft
Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
8.31 mi

Schleuse Gelsenkirchen

Bike Touring Highlight

14.6 mi
18.0 mi


Mountain Biking Highlight

30.4 mi


Bike Touring Highlight

Tour Profile


Singletrack: 3.49 mi
Path: 1.95 mi
Access Road: < 109 yd
Cycleway: 15.7 mi
Street: 6.90 mi
Road: 2.40 mi


Unpaved: 2.53 mi
Compacted Gravel: 12.3 mi
Cobblestones: 0.43 mi
Paved: 6.62 mi
Asphalt: 8.01 mi
Unknown: 0.59 mi

Weather Forecast

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July 8, 2019


  • komoot

    The second half of the Emscher Trail begins between Recklinghausen and Herne at the city harbor Recklinghausen. From here to Oberhausen, the Emscher flows parallel to the Rhine-Herne Canal.After two and a half kilometers, a short detour to the Hoheward heap is worthwhile. Together with the Hoppenbruch heap, it forms the largest stockpile landscape in the Ruhrgebiet. The heap is an interesting park that is over 150 meters high at the highest point. From the balconies and the lookout tower you have a beautiful view of the former colliery and Herten. You will also find many artworks and installations on the stockpile, such as the giant sundial, the sky staircase or the Dragon Bridge.Continue along the Emscher. Also on this stage, nature and industry alternate. In between you will find renatured areas and new development areas on old industrial areas. As already mentioned, the Rhine-Herne Canal flows parallel to the Emscher. On an artificial hill between the two waters, on the "wild island" is the "Singing Mountain", an artificial rock, from which sounds every now and then a specially composed for this place music. Immediately after, you cross the Rhine-Herne Canal on the lock Gelsenkirchen. From here you can see how the big ships bridge the height difference of over six meters.Also in the further course are several art installations along the Emscher way, such as the concrete sheep under the motorway bridge south of Bottrop. This area is also historically interesting, because during excavation work on the Rhine-Herne Canal you have come across a resting place of the Neanderthals.Shortly before the end of the Emscher-Weg, there is still an extraordinary natural spectacle to discover: the Halde Wehofen. During the Second World War, the heap caught fire and has been burning ever since. The underground coal deposits glow until the heap is completely sealed with clay.A few kilometers later, the Emscher flows into the Rhine. The estuary was relocated to the north twice, in 1938 and 1949, and thanks to the new difference in altitude, the estuary served to produce power. Here the Emscher way ends. The nearest train station is located just under five kilometers away in Dinslaken.

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    • July 9, 2019