Mountains where there are none? The former mining of the Ruhr area makes it possible. Between Herten and Recklinghausen you will find a true paradise for mountain bikers with a real network of trails that offer cross-country and endurobics great training opportunities in the middle of the metropolitan area.The heaps Hoppenbruch and Hoheward were extensively recultivated, restructured with beautiful cycling and hiking trails and great lookouts to beautiful recreational areas. Of course, the past was preserved. The impressive winding towers of the old coal mine Ewald tell the exciting history of the Ruhrgebiet. If you want, you can experience a true history lesson here. Or enjoy a really nice bike round! Because even the lovers of mountain biking was thought. On the Hoheward heap, a 6.5-kilometer circuit was created, for which the local bike club has taken over the sponsorship. On a total of 170 meters per lap you can work out properly. If you want more, just hang on for a spin or drive over to the Halpen Hoppenbruch and the 4.4 kilometer enduro track.If the narrow bike trails are too much action for you, just switch to the wide trails around the heap. This turns a technical singletrack round into a relaxed bike ride with wonderful views of the Ruhr area.
In the Ruhr area, canals were an important addition to natural river courses from early on, to transport goods or goods by ship and even today they are still used for this purpose. This 44-kilometer bike tour is dedicated to the dead straight waterways, which are now accompanied over long distances by beautiful bike paths. You cycle from Lünen to Haltern - back on the train.Start of the tour is at the station of Lünen, from where you have quickly reached the lip, the course of which you follow through the beautiful quiet Lippeauen until you hit the Datteln-Hamm-channel. After passing by Waltrop, you head back to the Lippe and on to Olfen, where you will get to know a very special channel: With the "Alten Fahrt" you will discover a historic waterway, which is now no longer in use. Today, nature has already recovered a lot here - pure idyll.After Haltern am See you will arrive along the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal. Here, the canal banks are well developed and invite you to relaxed cycling. A special highlight awaits you shortly before the destination of the tour: At the lip ferry "Maifisch" you put your hand on. The small boat is powered by a hand crank, which you have to turn hard to get to the other shore. It can be done alone, for two it's a breeze and a lot of fun.Now you are in the middle of the recreational area around the Halterner reservoir, where there are plenty of opportunities for a coffee, a piece of cake or refreshing ice cream. Only a little later you reach the beautiful old town of Haltern and the Haltern train station, from where you return via Dülmen to Lünen (RE42 and RB51).
Between Lünen and Kamen, deep in the rural eastern part of the Ruhr area, this approximately 51-kilometer tour awaits you. The eponymous rivers will accompany you throughout the journey. In addition, you will pass the Seepark Horstmar, so you have the free choice in the summer, where you want to pick up the well-deserved refreshment.You start at the central station of Lünen, which is well connected to the railway network, so that the easiest way to arrive by train. From there you drive along the Lippe - the longest river in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia - through the beautiful floodplains of Ostwestfalen. Here you come through wonderfully idyllic nature, you can take a break at picturesque resting places, explore the remains of an old castle or look at an old mill, which today is the small branch of a registry office.From the Lippe, change to the Datteln-Hamm-Kanal, which will take you straight to Horstmarer See and then to the Seseke. The beautifully restored river provides a beautiful backdrop for the bike ride and is just for enjoying. In Kamen you say goodbye to the Seseke and turn onto the Klöcknerbahnweg. The Bahntrassenradweg follows the course of the old Zechenbahn and brings you to the "climax" of the tour: If you feel like the lure you on the mountain dump large wood with a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. The crisp climb up is worth it - but you can also just save it and cycle directly back to the starting point of the tour to Lünen.
At 68 kilometers in length, the "Elefantenrunde" is the longest route that you can master casually over the wide and flat meadows and fields of the eastern Ruhr area. The name of this tour does not stem from its gigantic proportions, but from its peak: In the Maximilian Park Hamm is the huge, luminous glass elephant, which is well known beyond the borders of the Ruhr area. He adorns the former coal laundry of the old coal mine Maximilian, which was completely re-cultivated at the Landesgartenschau 1984. Since then, there is a colorful theme park with a great mix of entertainment, art, garden landscapes and (industrial) history. But that's not all that awaits you on this tour ...Let's start at the central station of Hamm. Along the Dattel-Hamm-Canal and the Lippe you cycle first to the west, right through the idyllic nature reserve "Am Tibaum", where beautiful nature and many waterfowl await you. Passing Kamen and Bergkamen, the route then turns to the east and follows the old railway line to Welver with almost no traffic. Many cafes and rest areas along the way invite you to take a short break and, of course, refresh yourself.As you leave the train path, you cycle through picturesque meadows and fields until you reach the Maximilianpark, where numerous activities invite you to end the rest of the day. How about a ride in the elevator through the trunk of the elephant, which brings you to a viewing platform, from which you have a great view of the Ruhr area?From Maximilianpark it is not far to the starting point of the tour, the train station of Hamm. On the way there is still a stop in the graduation of the spa park or in the "Maximare" adventure spa.
If you want to discover as many highlights of the Ruhr area by bike in a short time, the "tasting piece" is perfect for a tour of the Ruhr Metropolis. The route is short but packed with everything the Ruhr Area has to offer (not just for cyclists). You drive past historic industrial monuments and workers' settlements, cycle along impressive heaps, over beautiful railway tracks, on quiet canal bank paths and make stops at ruhr-typical Büdchen.At the absolute highlight and starting point of the tour, the Zollverein colliery, you can spend a little more time. The UNESCO World Heritage is absolutely worth seeing, exciting, entertaining and impressive. From the roof of the old coking plant you have a breathtaking view of the Ruhr area - up here you will find out again how green and diverse the Ruhr area can be!With its length of only 29 kilometers, the route is also great for occasional cyclists. Families with children, we can also recommend this RevierRoute, as it runs off the roads and only very few crossings must be crossed.
Nowhere else is there such a dense and well-developed cycle path network on old railway lines, as in the Ruhr area. Where once the railways brought raw materials to the factories or transported coal, today you roll silently through the quiet hinterland of the former industrial stronghold. As a rule, the old routes run far away from traffic and without significant gradients. In the course of deindustrialization, a network of exceptionally good cycle paths has been created here.You start the rather short tour with 36 kilometers at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. Enough time to explore this exciting place - the mix of old industrial buildings and green oasis adds to a remarkable atmosphere. Old and new meet here and there are many nice places to pause, where you can have this great atmosphere on you. Then it starts: Over the Erzbahntrasse you drive towards Gelsenkirchen, where a stop at Holgers Erzbahnbude is actually mandatory. Racing bikers, e-bikers and recreational cyclists meet at the iconic booth to enjoy a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and sometimes even live music. In summer there is something going on here even in the late evening.Continue on the Kray-Wanner-Bahn into the Ruhr Valley to the Railway Museum Bochum-Dahlhausen. For the largest private railway museum in Germany, you can also plan some time again and maybe you even feel like taking a ride on the museum railway. About the Springorum cycle path it goes back to Bochum. If you still feel like having an evening program, we can recommend a pub crawl in the notorious Bermuda Triangle or - more dignified - a visit to the well-known musical "Starlight Express".
Where many people live and work, they also eat a lot. No wonder then, that in the time before globalization at the gates of the Ruhr area many agricultural enterprises settled, whose extensive agricultural areas still shape the landscape today. On this approximately 52-kilometer tour, you can cycle through this green garden of the Potts in peace.The tour starts at Dorsten station and leads you first in the direction of Bottrop. Here you come through the Kirchheller Heide, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Ruhr area. In late summer you can admire the flowers of the many plants here, but of course it is just as much fun to cycle through it at any other time of year - the idyllic Heidesee is definitely worth a stop.In Hünxe you then cross the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal, before you slowly make your way back on a former railway line through Schermbeck. In Dorsten you can then refresh yourself in the Atlantis water park or add another culinary trip. We've added two extra small extra stops to the official route that ends at Dorsten Station again: The currywurst drive-in "Currystation 52" is a real cult. Here's sausage with sauces from star chef Björn Freitag, who incidentally is a child of the Ruhr area and Dorsten in his star restaurant "Goldener Anker" operates. If you also prefer to follow the motto of this tour in terms of cuisine, we recommend the Hofcafé by Bauer Dalhaus, which serves delicious cakes and coffee. In the farm shop you can also buy regional, agricultural products and take home a small souvenir of this beautiful bike ride.
If you think, in the Ruhr Valley, you are always rolling flat in front of you, are you mistaken. Because here too there are real "mountains" with steep driveways and great views. Admittedly, these mountains are not of natural origin: at industrial weddings in the Ruhr area large heaps of land have been formed from the spoil of overburden, slag and construction debris, which have permanently changed the landscape of the Ruhr area. Where once inhospitable lunar landscapes were, you will find today a varied, renatured hilly landscape, which is ideally suited to be discovered by bike.This tour is dedicated to 38 kilometers of the mountains of the Ruhr, the heaps. You start in Essen and button one after the other the heaps Rheinelbe, Pluto, Hoppenbruch and Hoheward. You only steal the heaps. If you want to scale their "peaks", add some altitude and distance to the tour. At the foot of the heaps, it is self-explanatory, where it goes up and even if this tour is a bit more strenuous, you should not miss here and there the great view from the top of the Ruhr area.In addition to the dumps, there are even more highlights waiting for you on this tour. For the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein you should definitely schedule time and on the Erzbahntrasse is a break in Holgers Erzbahnbude actually mandatory. By the way, the way is in the truest sense of the word already the goal: the tour takes you mostly on beautiful quiet Bahntrassenradwege, which are simply a pleasure!This tour starts at Essen main station and ends in Recklinghausen. From here you can easily return to the starting point by train: the RE42 regional express takes just 20 minutes.
The rivers in the Ruhr area have a busy time behind them. Due to the intensive industrial use, they once resembled sewers rather than natural streams. Especially the two rivers Ruhr and Emscher play an important role here. In particular, the Emscher was a real "workhorse" and was long considered one of the dirtiest rivers in the Ruhr. Luckily these times are over. Both rivers have been and will be extensively renatured and shine today in new splendor, which you can discover on this 62-kilometer tour from Dortmund to the weather in peace.It starts at the Dortmund main station. A short distance through the city and you are already on the banks of the Emscher. From now on, the sights and photo motifs line up. The beautiful Phoenixsee, the Wasserschloss Haus Rodenberg and of course the Emscherquellhof - it is always worthwhile to stop, to enjoy the beautiful places and to learn something about their exciting history at the same time.Over the hair strand it becomes hilly for a short time, before you roll into the Ruhr valley and follow the Ruhr river downstream in the direction of the weather. On the way you can marvel at impressive bridges or just enjoy idyllic sections through the tranquility. Special highlights towards the end of the tour are the two Ruhr barrages Hengsteysee and Harkortsee. Just before you reach Wetter, you can fortify yourself in a café right on the banks of the lake and enjoy the idyllic river that is so beautiful and peaceful today. Only a few minutes, then you have already reached the destination of the tour: From the station in weather you can easily get back to Dortmund by S-Bahn (line S5).
On this tour you will get in touch with the black gold of the Ruhr area, with the coal. It still had a long way to go after it was brought out of the depths of the mines. In the coking plant, it was processed into coke at high temperatures and then burned in the blast furnaces of steel production. This way of coal has left its mark, which you can still discover today. On the approximately 40 kilometers of this tour you go on an expedition.The journey begins in Dortmund at the Zeche Zollern, one of the most beautiful industrial plants from the coal age in the pot. Hard to imagine that the castle-like complex in the 1960s was almost demolished. Instead, it marks the beginning of industrial monument preservation in Germany today and houses a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the mine and the people who worked here. So, before it really starts, it's worth taking some time to visit the complex.Then you start cycling. Mostly over old railway lines you are on the way. In the past, freight trains rattled here full of coal through the Ruhr area, today the former railway tracks are wonderful cycle paths that you can fully enjoy. Along the Emscher you will roam Dortmund and if you still have time and power, here is worth a short trip to Phoenix West, where you can experience an old blast furnace plant on a "Skywalk" up close. In addition, the Bergmann brewery with beer garden invites you to a culinary break.With the coking plant Hansa you reach then another highlight on the route. Coke was still produced here until 1992 - today an adventure trail tells of this time. From the coal tower you have a wonderful panorama over the complex. Before you reach the starting point of the tour, you can enjoy the idyllic nature reserve Dellwiger Bach on the last few kilometers.There are parking spaces at Zollern colliery, so you can arrive relaxed by car. Even easier is it by regional train: The line RB42 drives you from the Dortmund central station to the station Dortmund Bövinghausen - from here it is a stone's throw to the colliery. But the most beautiful is undoubtedly the journey by bike: on the bike paths R10 and R31 as well as on the Emscher Park cycle path, there are many beautiful routes here, which make the journey to the start of the tour to a wonderful experience.