The last stage takes you 32 kilometers to the three-castle town of Felsberg. You start cycling at the foot of the Altenburg mountain, from the top of which you have a magnificent view of the Schwalmtal valley. The Schwalm Cycle Path runs through corn fields to the river, and after a few kilometers you reach the Stockelache natural swimming lake. Past the tranquil village of Kleinenglis, the bike path leads you to the Schwalmufer, and you drive past Lake Gombether, where you can enjoy beautiful views and bird watch. Directly behind is Lake Singliser, which is known as a surfer's paradise and where you can also swim.Now you continue cycling through the fields and through the small, traditional communities of Unshausen and Harle. Not much is missing, and you can see the mouth of the sponge in the distance, and directly behind it the Altenburg castle ruins are perched on a basalt plinth. With a view of the Altenburg, you cross the Schwalm one last time before it merges with the Eder and thus continues your way north.Along the Eder, you can reach Felsberg in a few kilometers, where the Schwalm bike path ends. But you can still discover a lot, such as the three castle ruins with their exciting stories, the monastery ruins or the bee center. In these special places you can end your journey through the magical Schwalmtal and let this special atmosphere work for you again.If you want to spend the night in Felsberg, there is a campsite at Ernst-Schaake Bad, as well as holiday apartments, hotels and inns, which you can see at felsberg.de. The return trip from here is possible without any problems, because at the station in Felsberg the RE 98 goes to Frankfurt, and the RB 39 to Kassel, from where you have good connections.
May 23, 2020
Your second stage takes you 40 kilometers from Schrecksbach to the spa town of Bad Zwesten. It starts at the foot of the Metzenberg and past Schönfeld, where you can look at the beautiful chapel that towers on a basalt cone over the valley. You can climb here to admire the chapel up close and enjoy the view of the valley. The Schwalm bike path now leads you through small towns and the vast field landscape, following the winding course of the Schwalm.
After about six kilometers you cycle past the nature reserve Storchenteich past the Schwertzellsgraben, where you will most likely meet one of the pounding journeyman. Incidentally, there are 19 different types of storks that are common on all continents except the Arctic, although some species of stork are considered endangered. A little further you cycle past the Ziegenhain glider airfield and can see, when the weather is suitable, how the small gliders rise into the air.
You reach Treysa via meadows and dirt roads. In the pretty little town you can admire the idyllic half-timbered houses and the ruins of the Totenkirche, which is a listed building. If you want, you can also stock up on provisions here, because the Schwalmweg leads you along a nature reserve and through lush green meadows, where you can find great places to rest. In Schlierbach you can make a detour to the Alte Molkerei and let yourself be spoiled with homemade cakes. Then you cross the Schwalm and continue on dirt roads through the rural area, through the picturesque villages of Waltersbrück and Bischhausen, where the pretty Schwalm mill stands.
You will soon reach your milestone in Bad Zwesten. The Kurpark lures with the Löwensprudelquelle. Seven springs with different water qualities originate here, a phenomenon unique in Europe. In this spa you will also find a Kneipp facility, several spa clinics and an exercise pool with sauna. For overnight stays, you can discover great accommodations from family-run inns and pensions to chic star hotels. The beautiful forest campsite on the edge of the Kellerwald Nature Park, which is surrounded by the Schwalm, is right on your way.
May 19, 2020
Your cycle tour along the Hessian Schwalm begins at its source, where it takes its course as a hardly noticeable trickle. The source is about nine kilometers from Ulrichstein between Köddingen in the Feldatal and Meiches. These places have no train station and can only be reached by bus. The Vogelsbergbahn RB 45 from Gießen to Fulda runs via Mücke (Hess) and Lauterbach (Hess) Nord. In Mücke you can take the bus ALTVB-76 or 78 to Ulrichstein Lindenplatz in about 20 minutes. In Lauterbach the ALTVB-24 drives to Meiches, from there it is only two kilometers to the desired source.After you have reached the source, you can look forward to grandiose descents on the Vogelsberg on your today's stage, so that the 35 kilometers will fly by. The Vogelsberg is one of the Hessian low mountain ranges and is the largest volcanic area in Central Europe, but has been extinct for millions of years. After six kilometers you will reach Storndorf, where the Schwalm has already grown into a stately stream. From here on the Schwalm cycle path runs along its idyllic banks.On your way through the Schwalmtal you pass the pretty village of Hopfgarten, which was mentioned in documents in 812. The village church houses one of the oldest baptismal stones in Germany and there is an oak that is over 900 years old. After about seven kilometers you will reach the fairytale resort of Alsfeld. Here you can take a break in the beer garden directly at Erlenteich or immerse yourself in the worlds of the Brothers Grimm in the fairy tale house.
The route continues along the Schwalm, always with a slight slope. The idyllic benches in the meadows and fields on the Schwalmufer invite you to a delicious picnic. Your milestone Schrecksbach will beckon you soon. The idyllic community is also known as the home of Little Red Riding Hood. The village has a special charm and the inns offer Hessian delicacies as well as rooms for overnight guests. You can view this at schrecksbach.info/tourismus. In the local history museum you can marvel at exhibits of Hessian village life and traditional German costumes.
May 6, 2020
On your second stage, you drive about 43 kilometers from Wiesmoor to the community of Barßel, through which the Aue and Soeste flow. Your tour begins at the Nordgeorgsfehnkanal, along whose banks you cycle for the next 20 kilometers. Once an important transport route for bog colonies for peat and other goods, the canal is now mainly used by pleasure boats. About halfway along the route you cross the Uplengen canal community, where you can see East Frisian Gulfhöfe, a traditional type of farmhouse, some of which are even listed. You can also marvel at the St. Martin's Church from the 13th century and three windmills.When you have looked around enough, you continue cycling along the canal and let the fresh country air blow your nose. After about ten kilometers, the Fehn route turns east towards Augustfehn. You are now cycling on the bank of the Südgeorgsfehnkanal and enjoy a wonderful panorama with the Südgeorgsfehn windmill on the horizon. You will soon reach the tranquil village of Augustfehn, where the rustic ironworks right on the Augustfehn Canal invite you to take a break. The canal guides you on, past a bascule bridge worth seeing, over the Aper Tief and on to the Nordloherkanal. Follow this channel to its mouth in the Nordloher Tief, which belongs to the lower reaches of the Aue. After you have crossed the low, you will already reach your stage goal Barßel.In this community you can expect maritime harbor flair, idyll and pure relaxation. The tour ends at Barßeler Hafen, which is already subject to the tides of the North Sea. You can marvel at the restored "Angela von Barßel", a Dutch motor sailing ship from 1896, take a trip on the MS Spitzhörn, climb the lookout tower and enjoy the all-round view, or simply stroll across the harbor area.There are great opportunities for spending the night in this area. In Barßel there are wonderful holiday apartments with a farm atmosphere, such as the Ferienhof Röttgers with riding ponies, cats, dogs and cows. The nearest campsite Elisabethfehn is very cheap and not far away. Something very special awaits you in the Harkebrügge barefoot park: Here you can spend the night in a tree tent at a height of two meters. The diverse accommodations in the region can be found at barssel-saterland.de/uebernachten.
April 23, 2020
If you want to make a short trip or a weekend trip out of the Fehnroute, you can simply halve the circular route by driving towards Leer again at Augustfehn. You drive about 35 kilometers from Wiesmoor to Augustfehn. The route from Augustfehn to Leer is about 27 kilometers long. So you can decide for yourself whether you want to combine the two stages or make three stages out of them. There is also a lot to discover on this route and you can look forward to a hand-operated ferry. However, this only runs at high tide, so you should take a look at the tide chart before you set off.In Augustfehn you turn right from the Augustfehn Canal and cross the town of Vreschen-Bokel with its small Gothic chapel. The main road leads you to Aper Tief, a small river that you follow for a short distance. Then you cross the small, East Frisian community of Detern, where you can visit the St. Stephani and Bartholomäi Church, and cycle past the Stickhausen Castle. Inside there is an exciting local museum about the local bird life, but it is also beautiful to look at from the outside and takes you back to the knighthood. Now you cross the Jümme, a tributary of the Leda, and cycle about ten kilometers along its winding banks.Now an extraordinary highlight awaits you: the last hand-operated ferry across Europe. The best thing to do is to call the ferry people beforehand, because the Jümme is subject to the tidal range and it cannot be crossed by ferry at low tide. But should you have to wait for the water, you can find a nice place to stay in Amdorf and discover the narrowest road bridge in Germany. Once you have crossed the Jümme, not much is missing and you get on the path that you already know from your first stage: Passing Evenburg Castle, you drive back into the beautiful Leer. In the pretty historic old town you will find dreamlike riverside places and benches at the pier, where you can settle down and review your trip.The tour ends at the main train station in Leer. Here you have numerous options for traveling by train, because the train station is a traffic junction and there are lines from different parts of Germany. Every two hours you can take the IC 35 to Koblenz, the IC 56 to Leipzig and the RE 1 to Hanover. The RE 15 takes you to Münster or Emden every hour. If the harbor flair and the North Sea breeze have awakened your appetite for the sea, you can also take the RE 1 to Norddeich, where the ferries depart for the North Sea islands.
May 1, 2020
Today you cycle on the last stage of your circular route along the Fehnroute back to Leer. On the 28 kilometers you can take breaks and enjoyment breaks as you please and feel the special atmosphere of the Fehn landscape. Your stage begins on the main canal in Papenburg, where the magnificent traditional sails of the open-air museum, the historic town hall and the traditional windmills make your view of Papenburg something very special. Along the canal you drive past the old shipyard and reach the idyllic yacht harbor Papenburg, which is located directly in front of the Meyer shipyard. The sports boats offer a strong contrast to the monstrous cruise ships that are manufactured here.The Fehnroute now leads you along the banks of the Ems. On lush green dyke paths you cycle through the beautiful scenery completely without traffic. If you decide to take a break on the dike, you can look forward to the company of woolly sheep. After a few kilometers, the path leads you through the two-hundred-soul village of Mitling-Mark. Here you can stop off in a former ferry house and enjoy first-class cuisine in a rustic, yet stylish atmosphere, or take a coffee break in the blooming garden. The post windmill from the 16th century with its original interior and a museum in the annex is definitely worth seeing.The route now leads you along the Ems, which flows into the North Sea. Here the German Fehnroute and the Emsradweg run parallel for about 10 kilometers and you cycle past small towns, grazing sheep and one or the other stork nest.It doesn't take long and you come to Leda, a tributary of the Ems. A narrow path at the railway bridge takes you to the other side of the river. The following applies here: caution is better than leniency. I therefore recommend that you dismount at this point and push the bike over the bridge. Once on the other side, the route takes you along the Leda to the Empty Sea Lock, which ensures that the harbor is not subject to the tide stroke. Now you cycle in a beautiful arc around the empty harbor, where you started your round trip through the Fehnwelt. In the pretty historic old town you will find wonderful riverside spots and benches on the pier where you can sit down and review your trip.The tour ends at the main train station in Leer. Here you have numerous options for traveling by train, because the train station is a traffic junction and there are lines from different parts of Germany. Every two hours you can take the IC 35 to Koblenz, the IC 56 to Leipzig and the RE 1 to Hanover. The RE 15 takes you to Münster or Emden every hour. If the harbor flair and the North Sea breeze have awakened your appetite for the sea, you can also take the RE 1 to Norddeich, where the ferries depart for the North Sea islands.
May 1, 2020
In Barßel you start your today's stage of a good 37 kilometers to the city of Papenburg, an exciting destination for the history and present of shipping. Passing the idyllic Barßeler Hafen, you drive straight along the canal until you get to the Elisabethfehn moor and Fehn museum. From here, the Fehnroute leads you three kilometers along the idyllic Elisabethfehn Canal. Then you cross the channel over a pretty, white bascule bridge and shortly afterwards the Sagter Ems.You will soon reach the Holterfehn Canal, which you follow for about three kilometers. Now you come across a channel that is also known as the main fehn channel. This will take you to the small port of Ostrhauderfehn. Now the route leads past the Langholter Meer, a beautiful and little-visited lake in the middle of a landscape conservation area. The next canal, the Westerhauderfehn Canal, is not long in coming. Along it you drive to a smaller Wieke, which leads you further through the sparsely populated moor landscape. The calm and idyll of the landscape
pulls you under its spell and you will experience the deceleration and inner serenity on your own body.About ten kilometers away you can already reach the outer area of the attractive little port city of Papenburg. The city has a lot to offer culturally and forms a vivid contrast to the tranquility that you experienced on your journey along the cradles and canals. Papenburg is called "Venice of the North" because it is crossed by canals and bascule bridges. You can learn a lot about shipbuilding here. The Maritime Open Air Museum is definitely worth a detour, as true-to-original replicas of the traditional cargo sailers are anchored in the city's canals. Shipbuilding is one of the most important branches of industry and the Meyer Werft shipyard with its gigantic production halls is located in Papenburg. Historical gems can also be found here, such as the oldest functional post mill in the region.Papenburg has a wide range of great accommodation options. In the holiday home park Papenburg there are pretty apartments in typical style. You will also find a campsite with a beach and reasonable prices.
April 21, 2020
Hey und herzlich willkommen auf meinem Profil. Fahrrad und Rennrad fahren ist meine große Leidenschaft. Besonders beim Reisen mit dem Fahrrad fühle ich mich so wunderbar frei, unabhängig und eins mit der Natur. Lass dich inspirieren für deinen nächsten Trip!Als offizielle komoot Redakteurin freue ich mich, spannende Routen und Collections hier mit euch zu teilen. Alles was du hier findest, habe ich, sofern nicht schon selbst erkundet, gründlich recherchiert, und beim Planen der Routen würde ich mich am liebsten sofort in den Sattel schwingen. Du kannst die Touren also direkt abfahren, oder sie als Inspiration nehmen und nach Lust und Laune abwandeln.
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