Today I have combined sections of Dido Schropa's district diagonal komoot.de/tour/61615295 and Tayas Haldenglück komoot.de/tour/62648714 to a round in the heart of the Ruhr Valley - Thanks You both!Many former collieries, greenery and beautiful views of the region make the tour. I particularly liked the area around Hugo colliery, with Halde Rungenberg and Schüngelberg settlement, as well as the old village of Westerholt and the Rheinelbe heap. But many more mines, heaps and other highlights have been a lot of fun.
This year's Duisburg cycle tour - as always organized by the Stadtsportbund and the ADFC - leads to the west: to Toeppersee, the Niepkuhlen, the Halde Norddeutschland and to Moers.I started in Homberg, at the next checkpoint for me.More info: ssb-duisburg.de/index.php/radwanderung.html
From Germany's deepest point in the Hambach opencast mine, the tour leads to Cologne and then along the Rhine to the south of Dusseldorf. It overcomes the Kölsch / Alt- and the Alaaf / Helau border, and that without any customs control.The first few kilometers lead through many industrial areas. Only after crossing the A 4, the tour is beautiful and very varied: Green sections are there, even in the middle of Cologne, beautiful routes along the Rhine, and culture with the Cologne Cathedral and old villas near the Bayer factory in Leverkusen.
No, not in 4630, but further west and deeper :-) The tour leads from Germany's westernmost point on the highest artificial survey to the lowest point of the country (all information according to de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_der_Extrempunkte_Deutschlands).Further highlights on the way are the Schierwaldenrath museum railway station, the Rurtal and Jülich. Overall, the tour leads through beautiful areas on largely car-free paths.
The tour consists of three parts:
In the first it leads from Ruhrort on the Green Path, on a section of the HOAG route and through the Sterkrader and Hiesfelder forest to Grafenmühler pond.From there, in the second, most beautiful part of the tour, she accompanies the Rotbach up to its confluence with the Rhine. Sometimes right, sometimes left and partly over trails - alternatively you can also follow the official Rotbachweg.Finally, in the third part, we head for the Walsum Rhine dike and then through the urban, industrialized north of Duisburg back to Ruhrort. If you want to enjoy more nature in the third part, it is best to take the ferry to Orsoy and continue on the other side of the Rhine through the Binsheimer Heide to Baerl, there on the bridge over the Rhine and on the dike back to Ruhrort.The beautiful spring weather is welcome to stay longer!
The tour accompanies the Rhine on its last kilometers in North Rhine-Westphalia, with a detour via Kalkar and Kleve. With the current, but against the wind - a stiff breeze from the northwest blew in my face, especially of course on top of the dyke paths ... Never mind, the views of the river compensate for the effort.
The flood-leading Rhine sloshed on and on the riverside paths. Where else is the Rhine foreland, was water, so that many sections held completely new impressions ...The ferry from Orsoy to Walsum was exciting. Instead of the normal place put the ferry in Orsoy directly on the road, where else meadow is.Another tip: At Friedrichsfeld lock you have to carry the bike. Alternatively you can use the bridge "Bühlstraße" a bit further east.
A varied tour to my taste: technology, nature and culture mixed. Between Emscher and Stadtgarten, Zeche Zollverein and Hexbachtal I explored some of the northern areas of Essen.A special highlight is of course the World Heritage Zollverein. But I also like the almost rural Hexbachtal and the Krupp district. Drivers were quick route pieces, gravel roads and a few minor inclines with it.