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70 Long-distance cycle routes in Germany

Discover
Germany by Bike
www.germany.travel

Explore Destination
Germany by bike.

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www.niedersachsen-tourism.com/cycling
Read on for further information
on your next cycling holiday
in Lower Saxony.

Cycling in Lower Saxony


follows the course of rivers
offers great sea views
can be uphill
explores historic towns
is rich in quality

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Editorial

Dear reader,

If you want to discover Germany by bike, you can set off on a


tour of discovery on more than 200 long-distance cycle routes,
exploring captivating towns and cities, or enjoying the country-
side and romantic scenery. With over 70,000 kilometres of cycle
paths spread right across the country, there really is something
for everyone: families are well catered for in the mainly at
northern regions, leisurely vineyard tours follow rivers such as
the Moselle, Rhine and Saale, and there are challenges aplenty
in the Black Forest and the Alps for mountain bikers.
Our guide gives visitors from around the world practical
information about cycling in Germany and presents a total of
70 long-distance cycle routes. The exact course taken by each
route is shown on a map. You can access further information
about the route at www.germany.travel/cycling using the
webcode provided.
In our third edition of this guide, published in cooperation
with the German Cyclists Federation (ADFC), we include
classics such as the 'Rheinradweg' and 'Elberadweg' as well
as 17 quality-certied routes, including the 'Spreeradweg' and
'RuhrtalRadweg'. There are also 19 new tours, among them
the 'Ilmenauradweg' through the Lneburg Heath, the Tour
Brandenburg a circular route covering more than
1,000 kilometres and the 'Donau-Bodensee-Radweg'.
With this guide, you can plan every detail of your tour of
Germany from the route you will be taking to the places you
will be staying.

In cooperation with

Petra Hedorfer
Chief Executive Officer
German National Tourist Board
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Contents

5 General information/Webcodes 44 Unstrut-Radweg


6 Germany. A cyclists paradise. 45 Werratal-Radweg
7 German Cyclists Federation 46 Fulda-Radweg
8 ADFC premium routes 47 Diemelradweg
9 Bett+Bike Germany 48 Lahntalradweg
10 Cycling online 49 BahnRadweg Hessen
50 Paderborner Land Route
Cycle routes from north to south 51 EmsRadweg
12 D-Route 3 / Europaradweg R1 52 NiederRheinroute
13 Deutsche Fehnroute 53 100 Schlsser Route
14 Weser-Radweg 54 Route der Industriekultur per Rad
16 Ammerlandroute 55 RuhrtalRadweg
17 Vom Teufelsmoor zum 56 Rmer-Lippe-Route
Wattenmeer 57 Emscher-Weg
18 Weites Land 58 Grnroute
19 Aller-Radweg 59 RurUfer-Radweg
20 Leine-Heide-Radweg 60 Rheinradweg
21 Ilmenauradweg 61 Vennbahn
Lneburger Heide 62 Radweg Deutsche Weinstrae
22 Emsland-Route 63 Kraut-und-Rben-Radweg
23 kunstwegen-Vechtetalroute 64 Mosel-Radweg
24 Ostseeksten Radweg 65 Saar-Radweg
25 Radweg Hamburg-Rgen 66 Saarland-Radweg
26 Mecklenburgischer 68 Sdschwarzwald-Radweg
Seen-Radweg 69 Schwarzwald
27 Tour Brandenburg Panorama-Radweg
28 Spreeradweg 70 Donau-Bodensee-Weg
29 DahmeRadweg 71 Oberschwaben-Allgu-Weg
30 Mrkische Schlssertour 72 Von Krater zu Krater
31 Bischofstour 73 3-Lnder-Radweg im
32 Havel-Radweg Odenwald
33 Rad- und Skateweg 74 Kocher-Jagst-Radweg
Flaeming-Skate 75 tauber altmhl radweg
34 Berliner Mauerweg 76 Vom Main zur Rhn
35 Radfernweg Berlin-Usedom 77 Main-Radweg
36 Oder-Neie-Radweg 78 RegnitzRadweg
37 Radweg Berlin-Kopenhagen 80 Paneuropa-Radweg
38 Frst-Pckler-Weg 81 Donauradweg
39 Kohle-Wind & Wasser-Tour 82 Fnf-Flsse-Radweg
40 Elberadweg 83 Bodensee-Knigssee-Radweg
41 Thringer Stdtekette 84 Isarradweg
42 Ilmtal-Radweg
43 Saale-Radwanderweg 86 Production & picture credits

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General information/Webcodes

Each prole of a long-distance cycle route is accompanied by a


summary that gives you all the important information at a glance
and a scaled-down version of the route logo.
The summary tells you where the route begins and ends and the
total length. To help you decide where to stay, we have listed the
major towns in the surrounding region and how far they are from
the start and nishing point.
Length: 230 km | Starts: Winterberg | Ends: Duisburg
Marburg 58 km | Dsseldorf 28 km

A zoomed-out map of Germany shows you what part of the country


the route is located in, while a more detailed version shows the
exact path that it follows.

PICTOGRAMS
The following symbols indicate how demanding the route is:

Mainly at

Hilly in parts

Steep gradients

Easily managed by children

Majority of route suitable for trailers

WEBCODES
The webcode listed beneath each route description puts even more
information at your ngertips.
Please enter this webcode into the search eld at
www.germany.travel.

To help get your bearings, you will nd the interactive map


that shows the routes on the GNTB www.germany.travel/cycling
(see also pages 10-11).

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Germany. A cyclists paradise.
If you enjoy exploring your holiday destination by bike, then
Germany is the place for you. More than 200 long-distance cycle
routes pass through a wide variety of landscapes on their way
to some of the most beautiful places in Germany.

Whether you prefer to explore the landscape and culture at


leisure or youre looking for something more challenging, the
huge choice for cyclists in Germany is sure to cover your needs.
Choice is also a feature of the riverside routes, whose variety is
mirrored by the themed routes where you can go in search of
history, marvel at works of art or discover fascinating towns, for
example on the Towns of Thuringia Cycle Route.

Favourites among the long-distance cycle routes include the


100 Castles and Palaces Route through the open countryside of
the Mnsterland region, the Baltic Coast Route on the islands
on Rgen and Usedom and the Danube Cycle Route in southern
Germany.

Our pocket guide presents a selection of outstanding cycling


routes that show Germany in all its rich variety. Youll nd
information on their length, terrain and scenery of the routes,
as well as individual proles. Further information at
www.germany.travel/cycling.

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German Cyclists Federation
The German Cyclists Federation (ADFC)
represents the interests of everyone who
gets around by bike in Germany.

Well-maintained trails, continuous waymarks and secure places


to park your bike these are just three of the features that the
ADFC tirelessly campaigns for. The federations branch offices
are the rst port of call for people looking to go on a cycling
tour. They are staffed by committed members, keen cyclists
themselves, who offer detailed advice and recommendations
on a voluntary basis.

Whether you want to book a convenient package tour or put


together your own customised trip, service comes rst in
Germany. Accommodation providers with high-quality cyclists
facilities display the Bett+Bike logo awarded by the ADFC. A star
logo denotes the ADFC premium cycle routes.

Since 1979, the ADFC has


represented the interests
of cyclists and helped
the government and
authorities to improve
traffic planning. It
currently has more than
140,000 members. Further
information at www.adfc.de

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Quality for cyclists

ADFC premium routes


On a cycling tour, the path you take is often more
important than the destination so the quality of the
Qualittsradroute

track is very important. Missing waymarks or sandy


terrain can really detract from your experience.

If the quality of your tour is important to you, the star rating


issued by the ADFC can help you choose a route. Quality is
graded in stars from one to ve, with criteria assessed from the
cyclists perspective:
low-traffic routes score highly, as do those that offer excellent
services including places to stay and places to eat. Bett+Bike
accommodation and shelters are also factors.
The ADFC also takes into consideration how easily cyclists can
access the route using public transport. Its research leaves no
stone unturned: are there up-to-date maps and information,
including a website? Is the path wide enough? Are cyclists
impeded by bollards or barriers? (Points are also deducted
for sections where you have to push your bike.) Are signposts
correctly positioned? Has the route been well planned?
After all, diversions through the countryside just for the sake of it
and monotonous scenery quickly lose their appeal.
Further information: www.adfc.de/sternerouten

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A good nights rest made easy

Bett+Bike Germany
In the mid-90s, the ADFC began to keep a list
of hostels and hotels with exemplary facilities
for cyclists. The directory quickly gained a
reputation as the cyclists bible for Germany.

The Bett+Bike directory now contains details of more than 5,400


establishments offering specialist services for cyclists. These range
from starred hotels and family-run B&Bs to campsites and youth
hostels. Stay overnight in any of these places and you can enjoy
a good nights rest, safe in the knowledge that your bike is in a
secured and sheltered rack. There is more to Bett+Bike, of course:
short stays, just for one night, lockable drying rooms for wet cloth-
ing and the right tools for all eventualities.

An establishment has to full these


criteria before it can become an ADFC
partner and display the current years
Bett+Bike logo, a mark of quality that
also says: we welcome cyclists with
open arms!

Visit the website at www.bettundbike.de


and use the Bett+Bike directory to nd
the perfect place to stay.

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Cycling in Destination Germany at www.germany.travel

Cycling online
Cities and culture, leisure and recreation: there are
so many different facets to Destination Germany
and these are all covered by the German National
Tourist Boards website www.germany.travel.

If you would like to experience Destination Germany by bike, you


will nd detailed information at www.germany.travel/cycling
that you can use to plan your very own cycling tour in Germany.
Large-format pictures and additional information in the section
Leisure and recreation including on the themes of walking,
wellness and health will whet your appetite for an active and
relaxing holiday in Germany.

A total of 70 long-distance cycle routes are featured on the


website. To help you get your bearings, the exact route can be
displayed on the interactive map of Germany at
www.germany.travel/cycling.

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interactive map

This interactive map also shows highlights on the wayside from


palaces to nature parks as well as Bett+Bike accommodation.
Current weather information and a host of events can also be found
on the interactive map. Youll nd plenty of inspiration for a trip to
Destination Germany!

If you are looking


for a place to stay in
Germany, you will nd
extensive listings in the
Accommodation sec-
tion. Germany is home
to more than 5,400
Bett+Bike establish-
ments that cater
specically to the needs
of cyclists.

To research your trip, visit the GNTB website www.germany.travel


and browse the Leisure and recreation section.
You can also download your cycling guide as an e-brochure at
www.germany.travel/ebroschueren.

Tip: for an even quicker way to nd your cycle route enter the
webcode into the search eld at www.germany.travel.

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Terrain: rst model route in the D cycle
network which runs right across Germany. It
mainly uses dedicated paths or woodland trails
through unspoilt countryside, largely away
from busy roads. This long-distance cycle route
is not always on asphalt.

Scenery: crosses through a variety of regions


and landscapes from lowlands to highlands,
from river scenery to big cities (including
Berlin), and from a biosphere reserve to
UNESCO World Heritage sites.

D-Route 3 / Europaradweg R1

A cross-section of Germany
960km of cycling right across Germany: the
German section of the R1 European Cycle Route
has been upgraded to an ADFC 3-star route and
offers a varied mix of holiday fun and relaxation.

The route runs from the Dutch town of Vreden to Kstrin-Kietz


on the Polish border, traversing a variety of landscapes including
the level parkland of Mnsterland, the hills in the Weserber-
gland and on the edge of the Harz, the open countryside of the
Flming region and the Oderbruch marshland. It also features
the stunning riverscapes of the Weser, Saale and Elbe, as well
as a biosphere reserve. Theres a wealth of cultural highlights
to be found at seven UNESCO World Heritage sites including
Quedlinburg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and the Bauhaus town of
Dessau, and in cities such as Mnster and Berlin.

Length: 960 km | Starts: Vreden | Ends: Kstrin-Kietz


Mnster 62 km | Berlin 85 km

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Deutsche Fehnroute

Fen-tastic cycling on the German Fen Route!


The fens in this region once provided a livelihood
for the local peat-cutters. The German Fen
Route brings this history to life.

Navigable drainage canals, locks and bascule bridges bear


testament to the mariners and moorland settlers, and there are
many small museums along this at route, which is ideal for
leisurely cycling tours. You can look forward to traditional fen
villages, restored windmills and old brick-built churches, as well
as fenlands with dead-straight canals, picturesque bascule bridg-
es, moors and meadows. A rather more imposing sight is the
Meyer shipyard in Papenburg, where huge cruise liners are built.
In the harbour town of Leer you are so close to the North Sea you
can taste it on the breeze.

Terrain: at route without any major hills, mostly on asphalt and away from
busy roads.

Scenery: long-distance cycle route along canals, bascule bridges and moors and
through historical towns and villages.

Length: 173 km | Circular route Papenburg | Oldenburg 66 km

Webcode: AUR72 13

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Terrain: long-distance riverside route
with very few hills; mainly surfaced with
asphalt and crushed brick/stone.
Low-traffic and especially well suited
to cycling-tour beginners and families
because of the excellent facilities en route.

Scenery: the cycle route runs from the


Weserbergland hills to the open stretches
of the North German Plain, and from the
Lower Weser shipping route to the estuary.

Weser-Radweg

Cycling along the Weser river


The Weser Cycle Route follows the course of the
Weser river through six different regions from
the Weserbergland hills to the North Sea.
It offers a leisurely trip en route to the coast,
with hardly any hills to tackle.

Castles, palaces and historical towns


follow one after another as you cycle
through the Weserbergland hills.
Youll meet fairytale characters such
as the Pied Piper of Hamelin and
Cinderella. The North German Plain
is characterised by open countryside
dotted with fens, villages, farmhouses
and windmills. In the Hanseatic city
of Bremen its well worth taking
time out to visit the town hall and
Roland statue and the historical old
quarter. Next stop before you reach
the coast is Bremerhaven, famous for
the German Maritime Museum and
German Emigration Centre. The nal
destination of Cuxhaven offers beaches
and the seaside.

Length: 503 km | Starts: Hann. Mnden | Ends: Cuxhaven and Eckwarderhrne


Kassel 26 km | Bremerhaven 43 km

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surprises
The lively Hanseatic city on the river Weser
awaits you with its surprising variety
Take a look!

Discover Bremen by bike!


Tour suggestions, hotels and more.

www.bremen-tourism.de/cycling

BTZ Information hotline


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Terrain: at route without any
major hills, mostly on asphalt
and away from busy roads.

Scenery: circular route around


the Ammerland region,
numerous parks and gardens
and the city of Oldenburg.

Ammerlandroute

Leisurely route in the Ammerland region


The highlights of the Ammerland region along
a single route: discover the many arboretums,
parks and farm gardens that transform the
entire region into a horticultural wonderland.

Twenty-one information panels along the route point the way


to distinctive features, such as the ve landscape windows.
These observation towers convey aspects of the history and
nature of this landscape. Other distinguishing features besides
the parks include fens, marshland and pastures. Windmills line
the route, and the
wayside towns and
villages offer plenty
of opportunities for
resting tired legs and
for sightseeing. After
all, there is lots to see
and do in the Ammer-
land region besides
cycling: Oldenburg is a
great place for a stroll,
for example, and
Zwischenahn Lake is
perfect for swimming
and water sports.

Length: 164 km | Circular route Bad Zwischenahn/Oldenburg 16 km


Augustfehn/Leer 24 km

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Terrain: circular route with at topography
on mainly asphalt surfaces, some sections
on gravel and sand. Mostly away from
traffic.

Scenery: North Sea region, Elbe and Weser


rivers, moors, heaths and moorland lakes
and the Wadden Sea mudats.

Vom Teufelsmoor zum Wattenmeer

Tour of discovery
Between the Weser and Elbe rivers and the
North Sea: the landscape here is dominated by
rivers, moorland and coastal mudats, and is
complemented by historical towns.

This circular tour follows natures trail all the way on a tour of
discovery between the North Sea and the Elbe and Weser rivers.
Expect rivers, moorland and coastal mudats. Theres lots to see
and do en route: ride the moorland railway, go on nature-watching
tours and boat trips, discover nature at museums, and visit idyllic
villages, coastal towns and
Hanseatic cities.
Peat barge tours are also
available along sections
of the river as you head
towards the Elbe riv-
er and the North Sea.
The tranquil rivers and
coastline offer the chance
to unwind both during
your tour and on a walk
across the mudats.

Length: 450 km | Circular route Bremen | Bremerhaven 67 km

Webcode: AUR83 17

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Terrain: circular route with at topography
on mainly asphalt surfaces, some sections
on gravel and sand. Mostly free of traffic.

Scenery: nature reserves and conservation


areas in the Teufelsmoor (Devils Moor)
and Wmme marshes; Hanseatic Bremen
and artists villages.

Weites Land

Open countryside in the Weites Land


The Weites Land circular route traverses a region
of ood plains and wetlands criss-crossed by
waterways and dotted with moorland villages
and settlements near Bremen.

After leaving the Hanseatic city of Bremen, your rst port of call
is the Wmme marshes, a breeding ground for rare birds. At the
harbour in Vegesack you can watch passing ships, before the
gentle hills of the Bremen Switzerland region welcome you with
heathland, forests and orchid-lled meadows. Popular activities
include peat barge tours on the Hamme river and watching
artists at work in
Worpswede.
Back in Bremen, you
can end the tour in
style with a spot of
sightseeing or a coffee
on the market square.

Length: 140 km | Circular route Bremen | Bremerhaven 67 km

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Aller-Radweg

Excitement all the way!


Fittingly, the best way to cycle from the Weser to
the Elbe is along another river the Aller, which
this route follows, at times within touching
distance of the water and from one highlight to
the next.

The cycle route tracks the river Aller from its conuence with
the Weser back to its source. An alternative route diverts to
Hohenwarte. There is so much to see along the way, not least
the equestrian town of Verden, which rose to fame through its
world-class tournaments and horse shows. The former ducal town
of Celle boasts more than 500 timber-framed buildings in its old
quarter under historical protection. Many rare species of bird can
be seen in the Ilkerbruch conservation area. Alternatively, you can
learn all about the history of the automobile at VWs Autostadt
exhibition complex in Wolfsburg or visit the Phno science centre
to discover for yourself how natural phenomena work.

Terrain: mainly at, occasional gentle hills in certain stages. The route is mostly
on asphalt and traffic-free in the main, and links the Weser Cycle Route with
the Elbe Cycle Route.

Scenery: idyllic countryside along the river Aller and through its catchment
area: Aller-Leine valley, Sdheide (southern heath), Drmling nature reserve.
Beyond Lower Saxony: Flechtingen hills, Elbauen Park in Magdeburg,
headwaters of the river Aller.

Length: 328 km | Starts: Verden (Aller river) | Ends: Eggenstadt (source of the
Aller)/Hohenwarthe (Magdeburg) Bremen 43 km | Magdeburg

Webcode: AUR1 19

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Terrain: the Leine-Heide Cycle Route runs
mainly on asphalt tracks and country
roads, as well as on woodland trails, farm
tracks and paths covered with crushed
brick/stone. Hilly in parts, the route is not
always car-free.

Scenery: a varied landscape of hills and


peaks, Northeim lakes, the North German
Plain, river scenery in the Aller-Leine valley,
Lneburg Heath with Wilsede hill and
typical heathland, urban buzz of Hamburg.

Leine-Heide-Radweg

Along the Leine to Lneburg Heath


From the Leinebergland and through Lneburg
Heath to Hamburg: the Leine-Heide Cycle Route
runs through a diverse mix of countryside, towns
and cities. Traces of the regions history are
never too far away.

The countryside around the source of


the river in Thuringias Eichsfeld region
is dominated by densely wooded ridges.
Your route follows the course of the
river through small towns and along the
former border between East and West
Germany. After the university town of
Gttingen, you pass through medieval
Northeim with its puppet theatre. Then
you come to the Northeim lakes, a great
place for an invigorating dip. The river
Leine continues through Hannover
and into the countryside around Lake
Steinhude and the Aller-Leine valley with
its forests and moorland. The route then
leads through the picturesque Lneburg
Heath towards Hamburg.

Length: 410 km | Starts: Leinefeld | Ends: Hamburg


Gttingen 40 km | Hamburg

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Terrain: although the route is at and
on asphalt for most of the way, you will
frequently come across sections that
use unmade paths. A robust touring
bike, mountain bike or trekking bike is
recommended.

Scenery: close-to-nature route that


runs through the nature reserves and
conservation areas of Lneburg Heath,
with the Ilmenau river a regular feature.

Ilmenauradweg Lneburger Heide

Along the Ilmenau through Lneburg Heath


Explore natures trail on secluded paths as you
cycle through Lneburg Heath en route to the
Elbe river.

On quiet paths, away from busy roads, the route traverses the
habitat of numerous rare plant and animal species and passes
through historical heathland villages with idyllic medieval
houses. It runs along the banks of the river for much of the way,
but also uses unmade trails and paths that are off the beaten
track. There is lots
to see in the towns
as well, such as the
Hundertwasser train
station in Uelzen and
the old quarter of
Hanseatic Lneburg.
Another highlight
is the ride along the
Ilmenau Canal, where,
depending on the
time of year, you can
spot white storks,
lapwings and many
other types of bird.

Length: 122 km | Starts: Bad Bodenteich/Hsseringen|


Ends: Hoopte Lneburg | Uelzen 46 km

Webcode: AUR85 21

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Terrain: the route follows the Ems river
through moorland and forests. After
passing through the densely wooded
Hmmling region, it continues into the
southern Emsland with its meadows and
farmhouses. Mostly asphalt paths with no
steep climbs.

Scenery: riverside meadows in the west,


at moorland in the south-west, shady
woods in the gently rolling north-east,
rural countryside in the south.

Emsland-Route

On the trail of nature and human ingenuity


Explore the many aspects of the Emsland, a
region that unites wide expanses of natural
beauty with enthralling insights into the history
of mankind from the Stone Age to the present
day.

The rst half of the tour runs


alongside the river Ems between
Rheine and Papenburg, through
Meppen with its architectural
monuments dating from a wide
range of periods and into the river
port of Haren with its historical
museum ships. The region
also boasts the largest area of
moorland in Germany. These
once eerie, almost sinister places
now serve as nature reserves and
recreation areas. The other half
of the tour takes you through
forests and heathland with
megalithic gravesites dating back
to the Stone Age. Engineering
enthusiasts will love the museum
railway, historical windmills and
Meyer shipyard in Papenburg.

Length: 300 km | Circular route Osnabrck 45 km | Oldenburg 66 km

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kunstwegen-Vechtetalroute

Through an outdoor gallery to the Netherlands


This cycle tour twists and turns through the
beautiful valley of the Vechte river to the Dutch
province of Overijssel. And between Ohne in
Germany and Zwolle in the Netherlands it offers
art on the kunstwegen.

This cross-border project is an extensive open-air museum of


modern art with a huge range of exhibits. It runs through forests
and along the banks of the river, through areas of marshland,
elds and meadows, and past areas of woodland. Ahead of you
lie pretty little farmsteads and enchanting towns. After Ohne,
more than 80 installations unite art, nature and history and
draw the eye of passing cyclists. The raumsichten project is using
landscape and planning as the themes for other works of art that
continue to the North Rhine-Westphalian border, offering a tour
full of surprises.

Terrain: about half the paths are asphalt; all others are either paved, on gravel
or surfaced with crushed brick/stone. The route is mainly at; the outdoor
artworks begin at Ohne.

Scenery: the route runs along the banks of the Vechte river. Gentle hills in
the rst section, followed by level agricultural land. Towns in the county of
Bentheim and the Overijssel Salland region of the Netherlands.

Length: 263 km (kunstwegen: 150 km) | Starts: Darfeld (kunstwegen: Ohne)|


Ends: Zwolle (Netherlands) Nordhorn 56 km | Lingen 68 km

Webcode: AUR29 23

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Ostseeksten Radweg

The pearls of the Baltic Sea


Your journey of discovery along the Baltic
coast begins in Flensburg. From here until the
island of Usedom, the sea will be your faithful
companion. A tour that bears the promise of
sandy beaches, rugged cliff s and the maritime
bustle of coastal towns.
As you head along the Kiel Firth towards Fehmarn Island, youll
see many of the seaside resorts in the Bay of Lbeck have been
restored to their former splendour. In Travemnde, you can
watch the ferries heading out to sea, and the old quarters in the
Hanseatic, UNESCO-listed towns of Wismar and Stralsund are a
delight to explore. The elegant resort of Heiligendamm, famed for
its seafront buildings with their white facades, presents an ideal
opportunity to relax. After the Fischland-Darss-Zingst peninsula,
the cycle route crosses over to Germanys largest island Rgen
which is blessed by a remarkable range of chalk cliffs. Back on the
mainland, its just a short distance to Usedom island.

Terrain: predominantly at coastal area; there are occasional hills and a few
steep gradients; mainly asphalt paths, but some stretches are paved, made of
concrete or surfaced with sand/gravel. Signposting is not standardised.

Scenery: the coastal landscape boasts various features and formations, inclu-
ding steep cliffs, at white sandy beaches, dykes, rths, Bodden (shallow bays),
forests, islands and peninsulas.

Length: 1,095 km | Starts: Flensburg | Ends: Ahlbeck/Usedom


Kiel 87 km | Stralsund 122 km

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Radweg Hamburg-Rgen

From the gateway to the world to Rgen Island


This cycle route runs along a medieval trade
route from the largest city in northern Germany
to Germanys largest island.

Culture and maritime charm await in Hamburg. You then head


through the meadows along the Elbe river to the Elbe-Lbeck
Canal, and through the Schaalsee lake biosphere reserve from
Ratzeburg to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where Schwerin
with its castle offers a splendid welcome. From Btzow, you
ride along the canal to Gstrow, home to brick-built churches
and a Renaissance palace. Next, nestled in the gentle hills of the
Mecklenburg Switzerland region, are the small towns of Teterow
and Malchin, as well as Lake Kummerow. The tour continues to
the historical Hanseatic town of Stralsund and then on to its nal
destination of Rgen Island.

Terrain: the route is asphalt-covered most of the way, with some paved sections
and farm tracks. the going is hilly in parts and the route is not always car-free.
Signposting is not standardised.

Scenery: from the city of Hamburg the route runs through the Elbe river
scenery with its canals, lakes and nature reserves. Hills, forests, coastal
landscapes and beaches await in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Length: 520 km | Starts: Hamburg | Ends: Sassnitz/Rgen


Hamburg | Rgen

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Mecklenburgischer Seen-Radweg

To the sea through a sea of lakes


Glistening water wherever you look: the
Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route runs right
through the Mecklenburg lakeland, which
features more than a thousand lakes and
stretches as far as the coast.

Starting from Lneburg, you head through the Elbe Valley nature
reserve on course for Bleckede, where you cross the Elbe by
ferry. Beyond Neustadt-Glewe, you roll through riverside scenery
and past meadows, lakes and forests rst to the town of Lbz
and then to Lake Plau and Lake Mritz. En route through the
Mecklenburg lakes and Mritz National Park you might be able
to spot cranes, ospreys and white-tailed eagles. The route then
continues through Neustrelitz and Neubrandenburg to Szczecin
Bay. As you arrive on Usedom Island, where your journey ends,
the views open up across the Baltic Sea and neo-classical seaside
villas.

Terrain: mainly on asphalt paths, the route is largely at with some hilly
sections and just a few steep climbs worthy of mention. The route is not always
car-free.

Scenery: marshland and sandy heaths in the Elbe Valley nature reserve,
lakeland region with meadows, forests and tree-lined avenues, Mritz National
Park, Szczecin Bay, and the Baltic coast on Usedom Island with its dramatic
cliffs.

Length: 640 km | Starts: Lneburg | Ends: Wolgast


Hamburg 56 km | Stralsund 87 km

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Terrain: mainly at route; the paths are
asphalt for the most part, though a
number of sections are paved, surfaced
with crushed brick/stone or unmade.

Scenery: the circular route takes you all


around Brandenburg and its biosphere
reserves, nature/national parks and river
landscapes, passing through 31 historical
towns along the way.

Tour Brandenburg

Exploring nature and history


The Tour Brandenburg, at 1,111 kilometres, shows
this beautiful region in all its diversity. Along the
way it takes you through glorious scenery and to
the regions many historical towns.

Spree Forest, Lusatia, the Havelland region and more: this


long-distance cycle route passes through the varied scenery of
Brandenburg with its extensive lakelands, its forests, moors and
countryside. And as if that wasnt enough, there are 31 historical
towns to explore as well. Cyclists are recommended to seek
out the inns and restaurants on the wayside, where they can
enjoy Brandenburg
specialities such as
Beelitz asparagus,
Spree Forest gherkins
and Teltow turnips
together with local
fruit wine and beer.
All good reasons
to choose the Tour
Brandenburg!

Length: 1,111 km | Circular route


Brandenburg an der Havel | Magdeburg 84 km

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Terrain: predominantly on asphalt paths;
traffic volumes are low; hilly stretches as
far as Bautzen, then mainly at.

Scenery: riverside route through riverbank


meadows and the Spree Forest, with
many branches of the river Spree spanned
by little bridges. Small villages with
traditional rural houses.

Spreeradweg

Through the Spree Forest to Berlin


The three sources of the Spree river are located
in Upper Lusatia in Saxony. From here, the
premium cycle route awarded four stars by the
German Cyclists Federation follows the course
of the river into Berlin.

After some hilly stretches as far


as Bautzen, cyclists welcome the
opportunity to stop for a break
in this over 1,000-year-old town,
and perhaps explore Ortenburg
Castle and the old quarter. In
good weather, people head
straight for the beach at the
Spremberg reservoir. The Lusa-
tian town of Cottbus was once
home to Prince Pckler. Branitz
Park, laid out in the English style,
was one of his creations. Soon
after, you come to the Spree
Forest biosphere reserve with its
magnicent landscape around
the many branches of the river.
On the nal leg to Berlin, you
pass Beeskows moated castle
and Frstenwalde cathedral.

Length: 410 km | Starts: Eibau | Ends: Berlin


Dresden 72 km | Berlin

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Terrain: this largely at route runs on
asphalt for the most part, though there
are some paved sections. Traffic volumes
are very low.

Scenery: the cycle route runs alongside or


near the Dahme river through lakeland
scenery, large expanses of woodland
and interesting towns with historical
buildings.

DahmeRadweg

Cycling bliss on Berlins doorstep


From the buzzing German capital to the tranquil
town of Dahme: this four-star premium ADFC
route links Berlin with the various destinations
for excursions and holidays to the south of the
city.

The tour begins in Kpenick on the outskirts of Berlin, before


moving on to the cradle of German radio, Knigs Wusterhausen.
At the residence there, you are whisked back to the era of
Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. In Prieros you arrive at the
Dahme-Heideseen nature reserve. Woodland and lakes are the
dominant features
here. In Brand you
can cool off at the
Tropical Islands
water park. The tour
continues through
the Dahme-Mhlental
valley to medieval
Dahme. Here you
meet inline skaters
on the Flaeming
Skate route. Your tour,
however, ends south
of Dahme in Kolpien at
the source of the river.

Length: 123 km | Starts: Berlin-Kpenick | Ends: source of the river


Dahme near Kolpien Berlin | Dresden 106 km

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Terrain: at to hilly, but no rough
terrain; With the exception of some
unsurfaced sections, the paths
are mainly on asphalt. Not always
traffic-free.

Scenery: rural regions with elds


and woodland, sometimes beside
water, with tree-lined avenues;
palaces and stately residences.

IDS 2012

Mrkische Schlssertour

Pedalling from palace to palace


The palaces and residences along this route
through the Mrkisch Oderland region take
you back to the time of Prussian pomp and
splendour.

This long-distance cycle route, awarded four stars for quality,


traces a gure of eight through the Mrkisch Oderland country-
side as it links a series of palatial buildings, many of which are
nestled in beautiful parks. Of particular note are Neuhardenberg
Palace, Schloss Gusow and Beeskow moated castle. In between,
you ride along the roads as the lords and ladies once did in
their carriages, enjoying the scenery offered by the Oderbruch
marshland and the many lakes. So plenty of attractions along the
way before your thoughts return to the present day.

Length: 180 km | Circular route Cottbus 75 km | Berlin 71 km

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Terrain: ancient bishops castles, impor-
tant pilgrimage sites and small towns
with centuries of history. The quality of
paths along this premium route is high;
traffic volumes are low.

Scenery: away from big towns and


busy roads, predominantly through at
agricultural land, oak, beech and pine
forests and heathland that is criss-crossed
by rivers.

Bischofstour

A most eminent cycle route


In the Middle Ages, the powerful Havelberg
bishops ruled over lands that extended well
into Mecklenburg. This premium cycle route,
awarded four stars by the German Cyclists
Federation, traces their history.

The best way to explore the places associated with the bishops
is by bike, thanks to the at terrain. A premium cycle route, the
Bishops Tour begins in Havelberg, the cradle of Prignitz, and
ends in Wittstock where the bishops rule came to an end in
the 16th century. The route through the at countryside is lined
with pilgrimage sites,
bishops palaces and
small towns with
centuries of history.
Naturally, there
are also plenty of
attractions without
a religious back-
ground on or near
the route, such as the
narrow-gauge railway
museum or the Gross
Woltersdorf edu-
cational forest park.

Length: 108 km | Starts: Havelberg | Ends: Wittstock


Berlin 110 km

Webcode: AUR8 31

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Terrain: a at route mainly on asphalt
paths running along the waters edge or
through woodland; towns and villages
from the Prussian era. Part of the route
runs along farm tracks and quiet country
roads.

Scenery: the Havel forms a chain of


lakes. The Lower Havel basin between
Havelberg and Brandenburg is the largest
single expanse of non-coastal wetlands in
western central Europe.

Havel-Radweg

A majestic tour on the Havel Cycle Route


The river Havel makes its way slowly through
three federal states, and gives cyclists plenty of
opportunity to enjoy a wealth of natural beauty
and explore the Prussian palaces.

On its way to join the Elbe, the river ows at a leisurely pace,
leaving behind a chain of interconnecting lakes. The majestic
tranquillity of this waterway is reected in the palaces, gardens
and parks from the days of the Prussian kings. Potsdam, the
home of Babelsberg Palace and Sanssouci Palace, is particularly
impressive. In the Optikpark in Rathenow you can gain an insight
into the mysteries of colour, light and form. This historical route
is also a treat for nature lovers, who will enjoy the unspoilt
scenery of the Lower Havel basin.

Length: 371 km | Starts: source of the Havel river near Kratzeburg |


Ends: conuence with the Elbe/Gnevsdorf Rostock 88 km | Berlin 135 km

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Rad- und Skateweg Flaeming-Skate

Flaeming Skate
This route is ideal for leisurely tours and has
a number of places to explore along the way.
It consists of eight circuits through the at
countryside of the Lower Flming region and the
Baruther glacial valley south of Berlin.

Flemish people settled here between the Elbe, Havel and Spree
rivers in the 12th and 13th centuries, giving the region its name.
Today, the area is more popular with cyclists and skaters who
come to enjoy traffic-free fun on the broad asphalt paths. At
the heart of the route is a circular tour covering just under 100
kilometres. It also has several shorter circuits, which are perfect
for a tour divided into one-day stages. The swimming lakes and
outdoor pools en route are great in the warm weather. Theres
also plenty of variety on offer in the medieval towns and villages.

Terrain: the path for cyclists and inline skaters runs along several circuits away
from traffic and is on asphalt throughout. The tracks are between two and
three metres wide and there are only a few steep inclines.

Scenery: the route runs through a predominantly at landscape with sandy


dunes, the sparsely populated Baruther glacial valley and the Lower Flming
region. Fields and forests are typical features of the landscape.

Length: total length exceeds 230 km | 8 circular tours of between 11 km and


92 km Berlin 80 km

Webcode: AUR49 33

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Berliner Mauerweg

Follow the trail of the Berlin Wall


The Berlin Wall divided Germanys present-day
capital for 28 years. Today, you need a helping
hand to explore the history of the former border
installations and to nd what remains of them.
One of the best ways is by bike.

Travelling along the Berlin Wall Trail, the traces of Cold War
tensions are never too far away. Much of the trail runs on border
patrol paths in the west (Zollwege) and their equivalents in the
east (Kolonnenwege). You cycle through the city centre, past the
museums, memorial sites and the last remaining watchtowers,
and along the old border outside the city. This mix of nature and
dramatic history means the Berlin Wall Trail offers the best of
both worlds. It is a themed city tour and scenic route rolled into
one.

Terrain: signposted from beginning to end and largely traffic-free beyond


the city limits. The cycle paths are mostly at and asphalt; some sections are
surfaced with crushed brick/stone or concrete.

Scenery: city sights and sounds in the Berlin metropolitan area, followed by
quieter, scenic stretches in leafy surroundings or by the water. Numerous
sections where fragments of the wall remain or its history can be traced.

Length: 160 km | Circular route Berlin

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Terrain: the route is mainly level, but
with hilly sections, and runs largely on
dedicated cycle paths away from traffic.
Some sections use farm tracks.

Scenery: Berlin, woodland and moors in


the Schor eide-Chorin biosphere reserve,
meadowland and forests in the Uckermark
region, riverscapes and lakelands, Szczecin
Bay, Usedom Island, Baltic Sea beaches.

Radfernweg Berlin-Usedom

From big city lights to sea breezes


The Berlin-Usedom Cycle Route takes you from
the bustle of the German capital Berlin through
densely wooded Barnim and the Uckermark
region with its many lakes, to the Baltic island of
Usedom.

The route begins in Berlin. With the river Panke by your side, you
head for Bernau. The route takes you through forests and across
hills in a landscape shaped by the ice age. Barnim nature park and
Schor eide-Chorin biosphere reserve offer unspoilt nature. Along
the route you can nd
cultural treasures such as
stately homes, churches,
abbeys and museums. At
Nieden the river you are
following changes its name
from Ucker to Uecker, then
accompanies the route
to Ueckermnde. After
Anklam, the tour continues
to Usedom Island, home
to the old imperial resorts
of Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf
and Bansin. Your tour ends
in Peenemnde on the
Peenestrom strait.

Length: 350 km | Starts: Berlin | Ends: Peenemnde (Usedom)


Berlin | Stralsund 107 km

Webcode: AUR53 35

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Terrain: mainly asphalt route along the
banks of the Neisse and Oder rivers,
mostly car free. You can cross into Poland
at many points along the way.

Scenery: riverscapes, shady forests and


hills along the Neisse river, meadows
along the Oder river, nature conservation
areas, the Lower Oder Valley National park
and Szczecin Bay.

Oder-Neie-Radweg

A owing border
The Oder-Neisse Cycle Route follows the two
rivers along the German-Polish border. The
German Cyclists Federation has given it a
four-star rating in recognition of its excellent
signposting and low traffic volumes.

The river Neisse rises in Nov Ves


in the Czech Republic. Almost all
of the cycle route runs along the
German-Polish border, all the way to
its nal destination in Szczecin Bay.
Attractions along the way include
the old quarter in Grlitz and Prince
Pcklers country park at Bad Muskau.
The town of Guben in Germany and
Gubin in Poland were a single entity
until 1945, when the border was
established between them. From
here, the route continues to Eisen-
httenstadt and Frankfurt an der
Oder, before crossing the Oderbruch
marshland and the Lower Oder Valley
National Park. Near Mescherin, the
Oder proceeds into Poland, while
the cycle path in Germany veers off
towards Ueckermnde.

Length: 628 km | Starts: Nov Ves near Jablonec nad Nisou (Czech
Republic) | Ends: Ahlbeck Dresden 117 km | Stralsund 120 km

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Terrain: most of the paths are asphalt,
some hilly sections, headwinds possible;
not always traffic-free. In Denmark, the
route follows national cycle route no. 9.

Scenery: cityscapes in Berlin and


Copenhagen, forests, lakelands in
Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western
Pomerania, islands, and cliffs and beaches
along the coast.

Radweg Berlin-Kopenhagen

In search of the Little Mermaid


This three-star premium ADFC route between
the capital cities of Berlin and Copenhagen
provides an exciting and enjoyable bike tour. It
runs through Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-
Western Pomerania all the way to Denmark.

The journey to Copenhagen


begins on Schlossplatz square
in Berlin. From here, you set off
into the tranquil expanse of the
Brandenburg region. As you follow
the Havel river, Oranienburg and
Frstenberg/Havel are excellent
places to stop. The Mecklenburg
Lakes provide a great place to cool
off. Neustrelitz and Gstrow offer
cultural attractions en route, and
soon you are heading for Rostock
where you take the ferry across
to Denmark. Here the cycle route
follows the steep coast with
its white chalk cliffs through
Nykbing and Mn, and on to the
cycling-friendly city of Copenhagen,
where the Little Mermaid awaits.

Length: 648 km, incl. 260 km in Denmark | Starts: Berlin |


Ends: Copenhagen Berlin | Copenhagen

Webcode: AUR50 37

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Frst-Pckler-Weg

A cycling tour t for a prince


Prince Pckler a name associated in Germany
with beautiful parks, exotic travels and
Neapolitan ice cream. This premium cycle route
awarded three stars by the German Cyclists
Federation explores the countryside associated
with his royal personage.
The route leads not only to the Prince Pckler parks in Branitz
and Bad Muskau and the Rose Garden in Forst, but also to the
former Lusatian coal mining region, which is in the midst of
a fundamental structural change. In this sprawling industrial
landscape, entire hills are being moved and lake-sized holes dug
out of the ground. Among the most interesting sights here are
the F60, a 500-metre-long conveyor, and unusual places such
as Pritzen, a village which has had a new lake created around it.
Afterwards, you can get back to nature in the Spree Forest, which
is also a great place to explore by boat on the countless canals
and waterways.

Terrain: an interesting and varied route that is largely traffic-free, contrasting


idyllic scenery with dramatically changing landscapes. Some regional variations
in terms of the quality of surfaces and signposting, but mostly asphalt.

Scenery: the paths run past lakes, parks, villages, palaces and through towns
and forests in the Lusatia region, highlighting the contrast between the
historical countryside and the former open-cast mines, and how the latter are
being transformed into an area of man-made lakes.

Length: 500 km | Circular route


Within an 85 km radius of Cottbus

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Kohle-Wind & Wasser-Tour

An energy-packed history
Energy is the theme of this premium cycle route,
awarded three stars by the German Cyclists
Federation. The route covers 14 locations in the
Elbe-Elster-Land region devoted to generating
energy from coal, wind and water.

Information panels tell stories about the lives and livelihoods of


the local people. A number of windmills and a watermill feature
along the route. The F60 visitor mine offers a rst-hand view
of coal mining, while the Louise briquette factory shows how
the coal was processed and the Plessa power station how coal
produces energy.
The route runs between these monuments to power generation
and on through the idyllic countryside, which is predominantly
level. Cyclists can recharge their batteries for the 250 km trip at
one of the many beautiful towns and villages along the way.

Terrain: mainly at and on asphalt. Surface quality and signposting could be


improved in some areas. A well-planned route that perfectly showcases the
theme.

Scenery: the route runs through river valleys, forests, elds, villages and towns.
Other characteristic features include lakes, meadows and lowlands, as well as
plateaus with deciduous and coniferous forests and fruit trees.

Length: 250 km | Circular route Berlin 94 km

Webcode: AUR27 39

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Elberadweg

From Dresden to the coastal mudats


The Elbe is Germanys second-longest river, but
is number one for cycling tours. The Elbe Cycle
Route that follows it has been voted the most
popular in the country eight years in a row by
members of the German Cyclists Federation.

From out of the Czech Republic, the Elbe ows into the sandstone
outcrops of the Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany.
The route runs through the Elbe valley with views of the dramatic
rock formations. Other highlights include Dresdens Semper
Opera House and Church of Our Lady. Heading northwards, the
route passes through fascinating towns such as Torgau, Witten-
berg and Dessau. The canal bridge just outside Magdeburg is a
true sight to behold. Hamburg alone would be ample reward for
the journey so far, but its really just a landmark on your way to
the coast where you can wave to the ocean liners as they enter
the North Sea from the Elbe estuary at Cuxhaven.

Terrain: the route mostly runs on dedicated, asphalt cycle paths, often
on or alongside the Elbe embankment. Mostly traffic-free. Asphalt is the
predominant surface. Be prepared for headwinds when cycling downstream.

Scenery: sandstone outcrops in Saxon Switzerland, vineyards, Elbe UNESCO


Biosphere Reserve with its riverside woodland, sandy heathland and
marshland, Altes Land orchards, North Sea coast.

Length: 840 km | Starts: Schna/Bad Schandau | Ends: Cuxhaven/Bruns-


bttel Dresden 51 km | Bremerhaven 43 km

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Terrain: the route is predominantly on
dedicated asphalt-covered cycle paths or
back roads, with some sections running
along dirt tracks. The prole is hilly in
some sections.

Scenery: a long-distance cycle route


connecting seven of the most beautiful
and historical towns in Thuringia, areas
of glorious scenery line the path between
them.

Thringer Stdtekette

Cycling from town to town in Thuringia


A route that extends right across Thuringia
linking seven towns between Eisenach and
Altenburg along the way you can explore the
delightful nature and colourful history of this
densely forested region.

Historical towns and a number of other attractions in Thuringia


are associated with some of the most famous names in German
history. The tour begins in Eisenach, the home of Wartburg
Castle. After Gotha birthplace of the German insurance
industry the next stop is the regional capital Erfurt with its
120-metre Merchants Bridge, the longest in Europe to have
buildings along its entire span. Weimar, the home of classicism,
has a number of famous attractions. Jena and Gera are also great
places to stop off and explore the sights, before you continue to
Altenburg where the card game skat was invented in 1813.

Length: 225 km | Starts: Eisenach | Ends: Altenburg


Erfurt 63 km | Leipzig 46 km

Webcode: AUR79 41

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Terrain: predominantly at, gentle climbs
on occasion. The route is not always
traffic-free. The paths are mostly asphalt,
but some are paved or surfaced with
crushed brick/stone.

Scenery: densely wooded hills, vineyards,


broad plains with riverbank meadows,
plus extensive parks, idyllic villages and
the cultural hub of Weimar.

Ilmtal-Radweg

The stars of the Ilm valley


The Ilm Valley Cycle Route, awarded four stars
for quality by the ADFC, doubles as a tour
through Germanys cultural history and is one of
the most popular cycling routes in Thuringia.

The rst section, starting in the Thuringian Forest, is an easy


downhill. Almost all the small towns along the way are worth a
stop to visit some of their museums, breweries, mills and churches.
The most famous place on the route is Weimar, a UNESCO World
Heritage site associated with Goethe, Schiller and the Bauhaus.
Other highlights include
the Wieland estate
in Ossmannstedt,
the oating holiday
cottages in Eberstedt,
the vineyards in
Bad Sulza and the
bell-making town of
Apolda. And all along
the route, of course, you
can enjoy Thuringian
specialities such as
bratwurst sausages,
beer and wine.

Length: 125 km | Starts: Allzunah (on the Rennsteig hiking trail) | Ends:
Grossheringen/Kaatschen-Weichau Erfurt 42 km | Weimar 37 km

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Terrain: hilly in parts with some challenging
climbs. The paths are mainly asphalt or
crushed brick/stone; short sections are
unsurfaced or cobbled. Mostly free of cars.

Scenery: the middle and upper reaches of


the Saale river are dominated by mountains.
The route atten outs from Saalfeld to the
Elbe conuence, but hillsides, woods and
vineyards remain a feature.

Saale-Radwanderweg

A classic between mountains and castles


The river Saale ows out of the Fichtelgebirge
mountains towards the Elbe, lined with castles
perched on hilltops, tranquil villages and
bustling towns. The 427km Saale Cycle Route
offers fabulous cycling with plenty to see.

The Saale meanders for many miles


through a mountainous region of
forests, gorges and reservoirs, with
a number of steep climbs. But the
rewards for your exertion are great:
stately residences, castles and ruins
sit in splendour on the hills and slopes
above the river valley. But there is
much more than just fortications
and noble residences to discover on
this classic route. Other highlights
include the dripstone caves near Saal-
feld, salt production plants and the
university town of Jena. The Saale-
Unstrut vineyards around Naumburg
produce high-quality wines that are
worth setting down your bike for. The
Saale continues through meadows
and riverside woods before owing
into the Elbe at Barby.

Length: 427 km | Starts: Zell im Fichtelgebirge | Ends: Barby (Elbe river)


Bayreuth 37 km | Magdeburg 24 km

Webcode: AUR62 43

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Unstrut-Radweg

Riverside cycling and Little Red Riding Hood


A family-friendly cycling tour with few climbs,
the Unstrut Cycle Route follows its namesake
river through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt.
Culture, history and natural beauty are your
constant companions.

The journey to Naumburg begins at Kefferhausen. Medie-


val buildings and the town wall create a romantic backdrop
in Mhlhausen, while Bad Langensalza offers a touch of the
exotic with its Japanese garden. Next up is the Unstrut valley
conservation area with its rich variety of ora.
The Nebra Ark visitor centre also merits attention as the place
where the Nebra Sky Disk, a famous Bronze Age relic, was found.
In Freyburg the Rotkppchen sekt winery is a popular tourist
attraction. At Naumburg, your nal destination, you can enjoy
a glorious view of the town and surrounding region from the
tower of the cathedral.

Terrain: the route runs close to the river for most of the way. The plain of the
Thuringian Basin is a dominant feature with its river meadows and meadow
orchards. However, there are also hills and vineyards.

Scenery: the route is mainly at and runs mostly on asphalt; only a few
sections are paved or concrete. Some unsurfaced paths in the nature
conservation area.

Length: 190 km | Starts: Kefferhausen | Ends: Naumburg


Erfurt 79 km | Halle 53 km

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Werratal-Radweg

Where rivers meet


Two sources at the start, two rivers at the end:
the Werra Valley Cycle Route follows the river
from its very beginnings to its conuence with
the Fulda, and has much to offer along the way.

The tour begins in Neuhaus am Rennweg. From the sources of


the river theres a leisurely descent downstream. The town of
Meiningen, home to the English Garden and South Thuringia State
Theatre, is reputed to be the place where the Thuringian dumpling
was invented. A Celtic spa awaits in Bad Salzungen, while Merkers
visitor mine invites you to swap your bike for a trolley and travel
below ground. Towards Eisenach you can travel some of the way by
canoe. Known as the gateway to Thuringia, the Werra gorge marks
the beginning of a rugged, rocky section of the valley, followed by
a series of medieval Hessian towns. In Hannoversch Mnden the
Werra and Fulda rivers join to form the Weser.

Terrain: this long-distance cycle route runs on back roads, asphalt paths or farm
tracks. Steep descents at the outset, followed by gently rolling hills and then a
largely at stretch of countryside.

Scenery: lofty peaks in the Thuringian Forest, at river plains along the Werra,
dense areas of woodland and a number of small half-timbered towns, primarily
in Hessen.

Length: 306 km | Starts: Neuhaus am Rennweg | Ends: Hannoversch Mnden


Erfurt 77 km | Kassel 24 km

Webcode: AUR71 45

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Terrain: the route is predominantly on
asphalt-covered cycle paths or quiet back
roads. The terrain is mostly at with just a
few steep climbs to negotiate.

Scenery: the route follows the Fulda river


from the Rhn hills through the densely
forested peaks of northern Hessen
and through conservation areas to the
conuence of the Fulda and Werra, and
along the Weser.

Fulda-Radweg

Cycling in northern Hessen on the Fulda Route


The river Fulda emerges on Mount Wasserkuppe
at 900 metres above sea level. This leisurely
cycle route, given a four-star quality rating by
the German Cyclists Federation, follows it all
the way to the Weser river.

From the source of the river, you


head downstream through the
Fulda valley to the town of the
same name with its historical
buildings. After Niederaula
comes Bad Hersfeld, home to
the largest Romanesque church
ruins in Europe. Next stops are
the medieval town of Rotenburg
an der Fulda and Haydau Abbey
in Morschen. After Melsungen
comes the end of this part of the
tour in Kassel. From here, its just
a few miles to the historical old
quarter of Hannoversch Mnden,
where the Werra and Fulda rivers
join to form the Weser. The Fulda
Cycle Route then continues along
the Weser to the baroque town
of Bad Karlshafen.

Length: 260 km | Starts: Gersfeld/Rhn | Ends: Bad Karlshafen


Fulda 30 km | Kassel 24 km

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Terrain: the Diemel Cycle Route runs
alongside the river on well-maintained,
mostly asphalt paths. It is easy to
negotiate with hardly any steep climbs.
Traffic volumes are very low throughout.

Scenery: the route runs past Lake


Diemelsee nature reserve, around the
Diemel reservoir and through often
densely wooded, gently rolling hills and
uplands to where the Diemel ows into
the Weser.

Diemelradweg

A leisurely ride through river scenery


History is tangible at almost every turn along
the Diemel Cycle Route, sometimes dating as far
back as the Bronze Age. This is combined with a
wealth of idyllic, unspoilt countryside.

Shortly after the tour starts in Willingen, you come to Lake


Diemelsee, a paradise for shing and water sports surround-
ed by wooded slopes in the Upland region and the perfect
backdrop for the Diemel river cycle route. Next is Marsberg with
its medieval old quarter, followed by the old Hanseatic town of
Warburg. Near Liebenau you can see some Bronze Age burial
mounds, and there
are plenty of castles.
Trendelburg Castle
watches over the
town of the same
name, and in the Die-
mel valley you can see
the moated castle at
Wlmersen and Castle
Krukenburg. The route
ends in Bad Karlshafen
on the Weser river.

Length: 110 km | Starts: Willingen/Usseln | Ends: Bad Karlshafen


Korbach 15 km | Kassel 45 km

Webcode: AUR12 47

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Terrain: cycle paths are mostly asphalt,
largely traffic-free and run through
predominantly level river landscapes;
short stretches have inclines and descents,
one of which is steep.

Scenery: open river landscape at the


start, with meadows and hills; later (from
Lhnberg onwards) come the wooded
slopes of the Taunus hills and Westerwald
forest, some of them steep.

Lahntalradweg

A delightful riverside route


Fans of water sports, hiking and cycling love to
come and enjoy themselves on, in and beside the
river Lahn. Along its banks runs the Lahn Valley
Cycle Route, a premium route awarded four stars
by the German Cyclists Federation.

Forests, meadows and lush riverbanks, steep slopes and rocks: these
are the features of the Lahn river from its source in the Rothaargebirge
hills. You cycle beside its waters for the majority of the journey
through Bad Laasphe, Biedenkopf, Marburg, Giessen and Wetzlar with
its Goethe connections. In Weilburg, look out for canoeists paddling
through Germanys
only ship tunnel, then
discover the fairytale
charm of Limburgs old
town. Also of interest
are Oranienstein
baroque palace in Diez,
Obernhof (the Lahns
only wine village) and
Nassau Castle, ancestral
seat of the House of
Nassau-Orange. After
Bad Ems is Lahnstein
where the Lahn joins
the Rhine.

Length: 244 km | Starts: Netphen (source of the Lahn) | Ends: Lahn-


stein (where it meets the Rhine) Siegen 9 km | Koblenz 7 km

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BahnRadweg Hessen

Keep on track on the Hessen Railway Route


Well connected: the Hessen Railway Cycle Route
consists of various trails following disused
railways, offering a wealth of unspoilt scenery
dotted with cultural highlights. The German
Cyclists Federation gives it a four-star quality
rating.
The route starts in Hanau, birthplace of the Brothers Grimm.
You can then choose to follow the long-distance cycle route
through the Wetterau region or along the edge of the Spessart
hills, past palaces and Celtic barrows. Along the disused tracks
of the Oberwald railway, you ride through the Upper Vogelsberg
nature reserve and into the medieval town of Lauterbach, past
the palaces in Ortenberg, Gedern and Eisenbach. The royal
palace and cathedral in Fulda are also well worth a visit. The ruin
of Gelnhausen Palace, once a residence for Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick I, is a must-see on the way back to Hanau.

Terrain: the route runs along disused railway lines with some hilly sections.
The Hessen Railway Cycle Route is well-maintained and uses asphalt paths.
Mostly traffic-free.

Scenery: the route, characterised by riverside meadows, beech forests and


panoramic views, runs from the Rhine-Main region through the Hessian hills
and through the Spessart, Upper Vogelsberg and Hessian Rhn nature parks.

Length: 245 km | Starts: Hanau | Ends: Bad Hersfeld


Frankfurt 18 km | Kassel 68 km

Webcode: AUR6 49

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Paderborner Land Route

A circular route of distinction


The Paderborner Land Route runs for around
250 kilometres connecting a number of natural,
historical and cultural destinations around
the region with plenty of time to stop off for
refreshment at the cafs and beer gardens along
the way.
You can start your tour in Hvelhof, for example. The town
is tucked away in the Senne heathland and woods, home to
numerous conservation areas and the headwaters of the Ems
river. In Paderborn you can visit the cathedral and the Heinz
Nixdorf MuseumsForum, the worlds largest computer museum.
The former abbey at Dalheim has been completely preserved and
is well worth seeing. The Aatal valley is popular for days out with
its canoeing lake, barefoot walking trail and wildlife enclosure.
Wewelsburg Castle sits in majestic splendour overlooking
Bren and boasts an unusual triangular arrangement. The salt-
evaporation works in Salzkotten rounds off this delightful tour.

Terrain: the long-distance cycle route is mostly on asphalt, with occasio-


nal gravel paths. Predominantly traffic-free, the route has occasional steep
gradients.

Scenery: Senne heathland with the headwaters of the Ems river, forests in the
Egge hills, karst landscape on the Paderborn plateau, foothills in the northern
Sauerland with the Aabach reservoir and the Lippe marshes.

Length: 252 km | Circular route Paderborn

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Terrain: essentially level countryside. The paths are
on asphalt most of the way and traverse two federal
states, largely away from busy roads, but not always
free of traffic.

Scenery: the route hugs the banks of the Ems river


all the way from the headwaters on the edge of
the Teutoburg Forest to its North Sea estuary near
Emden. Along the way it crosses ve holiday regions
with their heaths, moors, riverside meadows,
fenland and areas of reclaimed land.

EmsRadweg

Along the Ems to the North Sea coast


A premium route awarded four stars by the
German Cyclists Federation, the Ems Cycle
Route follows the delightful river Ems from its
headwaters at the foot of the Teutoburg Forest
to the North Sea coast.

Both the river and the cycle


route meander through
the Paderborner Land and
Gtersloher Land, the rst of
ve holiday regions covered
by this route. The scenery is
dominated by sandy dunes,
pine forests and wetlands,
as well as small medieval
towns. Next, the route
continues through the Ems
riverbank meadows and
the Mnsterland region
with its fairytale moated
castles. After the moors and
heathland in the south-
ern Emsland, things get
decidedly maritime with
harbours, locks and weirs.
Your journey ends near Emden, where the river ows into the North Sea.

Length: 375 km | Starts: Hvelhof | Ends: Emden


Paderborn 18 km | Oldenburg 87 km

Webcode: AUR16 51

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Terrain: low-traffic tracks through
farmland, forests, elds and dykes. Some
asphalt sections, mainly at. The route is
not consistently signposted. Themed
routes throughout the Lower Rhine region.

Scenery: the network of cycle paths runs


through at landscape with pollarded
willows, avenues of poplars, areas of wood-
land, farmland and river scenery. Other
attractions include riverside dykes, windmills,
watermills and a host of pretty little villages.

NiederRheinroute

Discover the Lower Rhine!


Choose from a number of ways to reach your
destination on cycle routes in the Lower Rhine
region. Theres so much to see between the
Rhine and Meuse rivers, too either on the main
route or in combination with the routes that
branch off from it.
A dense network of cycle routes covers the Lower Rhine region.
The main route covers 1,215 kilometres, while the secondary
routes add an extra 820 kilometres to the mix. Lovingly restored
town centres, castles and
palaces feature alongside
urban industrial heritage.
Nature enthusiasts will
be enchanted by the
idyllic river meadows
and beautiful lakes.
The network also allows
you to just drift along for
a bit, change route on the
spur of the moment, take
a shortcut or add an extra
lap. There are plenty
of opportunities for
breaks and the region is
famous for its welcoming
restaurants.

Length: 2,035 km | Network of cycle routes Within a radius of Duisburg

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100 Schlsser Route

Verdant and romantic journeys into the past


The 100 Castles and Palaces Route offers a truly
majestic experience for cyclists. More than
100castles, palaces and stately residences
follow one after the other along the route.

On each of the four interconnecting circular tours, its entirely


up to you where you start and nish. Covering between 210 and
310 kilometres in length, they wind their way through the open
countryside of the Mnsterland region. The main attractions
along the way are often just a few miles apart. Whether in
Versailles-like gardens or buildings of the Gothic, Renaissance
or baroque, the glorious heyday of knights, barons and princes
is brought to life in a succession of well-preserved monuments
erected for grandeur or protection. The Mnsterland region
also has a great many facilities for cyclists, where you can do
everything from hiring a bike to getting it xed.

Terrain: mainly at routes, mostly on cyclist-only paths or asphalt farm tracks


away from busy roads. There are one or two gradients to tackle in the north.

Scenery: the circular routes run mostly through leafy parks, meadows and
pastureland and visit the nest palaces, castles and stately homes in the
Mnsterland region for a cultural and historical experience to remember.

Length: 960 km | 4 circular tours Within a 93 km radius of Mnster

Webcode: AUR65 53

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Route der Industriekultur per Rad

Journey back to Germanys industrial past


This cycle route explores Germanys indust-
rial heritage in the Ruhr region. It takes you
through one of Germanys most unusual cycling
regions, featuring monuments from 150 years of
industrial history.

This diverse route offers a variety of options from one-day


tours to multi-day trips, with the opportunity to experience the
landmarks of the Ruhr region at close quarters: blast furnaces,
gasometers, collieries and winding towers. Today, these
decommissioned sites are remarkable industrial monuments
where people can enjoy art and culture and a variety of leisure
pursuits. The gasometer in Oberhausen exemplies this
transformation. Standing at an impressive 117 metres, it been
converted into Europes tallest exhibition hall. This mix of
industrial architecture and industrial landscapes makes a cycling
tour through the Ruhr region a truly exceptional experience.

Terrain: network of cycle paths consisting of two main routes. These mainly use
disused railway lines, riverbanks, forest paths and side roads. Mostly level paths,
surfaced with asphalt or crushed brick/stone.

Scenery: the Industrial Heritage Cycle Route explores the industrial monuments
of the Ruhr region as well as its scenic highlights such as Emscher Landscape
Park, forests, rivers and canals.

Length: 700 km | Network of cycle routes in and around Duisburg, Essen and
Dortmund

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Terrain: the vast majority of the route
is traffic-free and runs alongside the
river. Some steep climbs, mostly in the
rst 35km; the sections that follow are
predominantly at. Very good transport
links.

Scenery: beautiful riverscapes, densely


wooded uplands in the Sauerland, the
Ruhr conurbation with monuments from
the days of heavy industry and mining.

RuhrtalRadweg

Coal to culture on the Ruhr


The Ruhr Valley Cycle Route covers 230 exciting
kilometres from the Sauerland to the Ruhr
region. It is rated as a four-star premium route
by the German Cyclists Federation.

Forests alternate with meadowland, castles give way to


medieval townscapes, and interspersed amongst it all are the
industrial monuments. Former winding towers, blast furnaces
and gasometers now double as cultural venues and places of
recreation. The banks of the Ruhr river are lined with impressive
sights including Arnsberg with its medieval old quarter and
classical district, the cradle of Ruhr mining in the Muttental
valley, Lake Baldeney in Essen and, last but not least, the river
docks in Duisburg, which have been converted into a complex of
shops and restaurants.

Length: 230 km | Starts: Winterberg | Ends: Duisburg


Marburg 58 km | Dsseldorf 28 km

Webcode: AUR61 55

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Terrain: at and family-friendly route
that follows the Lippe river on asphalt or
crushed brick/stone paths. Detours are
possible on the themed trails branching
off from the main route.

Scenery: riverside cycle route passing


through the diverse landscapes of
Teutoburg Forest, the Mnsterland region
and the Lower Rhine: lowlands, highlands
and sprawling woodland.

Rmer-Lippe-Route

Cycling on the Roman Lippe Route


Roman legions once marched up the Lippe river
on their way to capturing the region between
the Rhine and the Elbe. Today it is cyclists who
conquer this riverside route, discovering traces
of the Romans en route.

Traces of the ancient Romans follow one after another along this
route, which follows the longest river in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Beginning at the location where Hermann defeated the Roman
armies, the route moves on to museums and sites of former Roman
camps, and brings the history of the Romans to life. The river was
once the lifeblood of this region. Water and its usefulness for
mankind is a constant feature of the route: from Odins eye at the
source of the river to swimming lakes, river meadows, canals and
locks. Along the way you pass through varied landscapes in the
Teutoburg Forest, the Mnsterland, Sauerland and Ruhr regions.

Length: 449 km (295 km main route, 11 themed loop trails totalling 154 km) |
Starts: Detmold | Ends: Xanten Bielefeld 31km | Mnster 42 km

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Terrain: at, family-friendly route along
the Emscher river. The paths are mainly
surfaced with crushed brick or stone, some
are on asphalt and most are traffic-free.

Scenery: as the route follows the Emscher


river across the Ruhr region, river scenery
and conservation areas continually
alternate with industrial landscapes and
industrial monuments.

Emscher-Weg

A river with a future


Riverside nature and industrial heritage: the
Emscher Route crosses the Ruhr region from east
to west, offering a unique perspective on the
transformation of an area once dened by coal
mining and steel.

The history of the Ruhr region has always been closely


linked with that of the Emscher river. Now, the Emscher
renaturalisation project aims to restore the river to its former
glory. The scenery constantly changes as you cycle through the
heart of the Ruhr region from idyllic Holzwickede to Lake Phoenix
in Dortmund. Further along the route youll encounter industrial
plants, waterworks, historical parks, man-made waste heaps and
vibrant natural beauty. Along the Emscher Route, the future of
the river, its people and its fauna and ora is already beginning
to take shape.

Length: 106 km | Starts: Holzwickede | Ends: Dinslaken where the Emscher


ows into the Rhine Dortmund 14 km | Essen 27 km | Duisburg 22 km

Webcode: AUR90 57

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Terrain: a predominantly at route
running through a system of major
intersections. Some hilly sections with
short steep gradients. Mainly on asphalt
or crushed brick/stone and mostly
traffic-free.

Scenery: traversing three countries, the


Green Route runs through meadows, elds
and pastureland, past leafy and wooded
recreation areas and waterways, former
colliery sites and slagheaps.

Grnroute

Flora, fauna and industry in three countries


Up until a few decades ago mines were a
dominant feature of the Belgian-Dutch-German
border country. The Green Route, awarded
three stars by the German Cyclists Federation,
links these industrial monuments as part of the
regions new focus on nature.
Cyclists along this route can experience the landscape in an
exhilarating new light. Stretching from Dren in Germany to
Beringen in Belgium, this was once one of the biggest coalelds in
Europe. Evidence of this mining heritage is still visible in many
places. There are miners estates, old palaces and museums along
the route. Every now and then you come across a disused colliery
that has been turned into beautiful parkland. The restored winding
towers near Genk are a sight to behold; Hasselt is home to the
biggest Japanese garden in Europe and the Nature & Culture Park.

Length: 358 km | Starts: Dren | Ends: Hasselt (Belgium)


Aachen 33 km | Brussels 70 km

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RurUfer-Radweg

Riverscapes & Germanys green borders


Follow the river Rur all the way from its source
in Belgium, across the Eifel in Germany and the
Heinsberg holiday region to where it joins the
Meuse in the Netherlands.

The route is as varied as the river, which either meanders gently


along or ows at great speed past the hills and peaks. The Hohes
Venn region of Belgium with its moors and heaths strikes a
captivating contrast to the Eifel hills with the new Eifel National
Park, before you come to the undulating landscape of the Brde.
As you leave Dren and Jlich behind, the historical winding
towers emerge into view in the Heinsberg holiday region. Just
before the Rur pours into the Meuse, the river splits in two. This
marks the end of the tour, which tracks the course of one river
through three countries leaving you with countless wonderful
memories.

Terrain: more than half the route is at. Hilly sections with some steep
gradients are found in the upper reaches of the river. The route is almost all
surfaced with asphalt or crushed brick/stone and is mainly traffic-free.

Scenery: narrow valleys, steep wooded hillsides, reservoirs and Bunter


sandstone. Then come the Brde regions around Zlpich and Jlich, followed by
riverbank meadows and the extensive plains of the Meuse river.

Length: 166 km | Starts: Botrange (Belgium) | Ends: Roermond (Netherlands)


Aachen 38 km | Dsseldorf 60 km

Webcode: AUR60 59

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Terrain: at, family-friendly route along
the banks of the Rhine. Predominantly
asphalt, some sections paved or on
crushed brick/stone. Mostly free of cars.

Scenery: the route follows the Rhine from


its source in the Alps to its estuary in
the North Sea, crossing a huge variety of
landscapes from mountains to plains.

Rheinradweg

A memorable tour along majestic Father Rhine


The Rhine has long been the at heart of life for
the people along its banks. On the Rhine Cycle
Route, you can explore the history and culture of
the river from its source in the Alps to its estuary
on the North Sea coast.

The importance of the Rhine is


regularly documented along its
riverbanks in the form of castles,
fortresses, churches and histor-
ical towns and cities. Many of
these are on the list of UNESCO
World Heritage sites. The Rhine
is also a major commercial
transport route in Europe.
Dozens of docks handle its busy
shipping traffic . The picturesque
Middle Rhine Valley, home to the
famous Loreley rock, is one of
many scenic stretches along the
route. As well as the delicious
local cuisine, you can enjoy wine
made in the vineyards on either
side of the valley and a host of
cultural attractions.

Length: 1,233 km | 971 km in Germany | Starts: Andermatt (CH), Constance


(Germany) | Ends: Rotterdam (Netherlands), Emmerich am Rhein (Germany)
Karlsruhe 230 km | Duisburg 21 km | Dsseldorf 39 km

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Terrain: family-friendly route on disused
railway lines, with hardly any notable
climbs. The paths are mainly on asphalt
and mostly traffic-free.

Scenery: the route crosses the Eifel region,


the Ardennes and the Hohes Venn
(High Fens) nature reserve, as well as
landscapes featuring hedge-framed
pastures, riverscapes and reservoir lakes.

Vennbahn

Bordering on perfection in the Venn and Eifel


The Vennbahn is the name of a railway that once
connected Aachen with northern Luxembourg.
Today cyclists follow the disused railway line
through the Eifel region, the Ardennes and the
Hohes Venn nature reserve.

With hardly any notable climbs, the railway tracks meander along the
German-Belgian border, which they regularly cross. Upland moors
and heaths dominate the landscape in the Hohes Venn (High Fens)
nature reserve. Around Monschau, Robertville and Weywertz, huge
hedges offer protection from
high winds. The route also
passes through the picturesque
Our valley with its gently rising
uplands and narrow ravines.
The Vennbahn Route is nothing
if not diverse with UNESCO
World Heritage sites in Aachen
and an idyllic old town in
Kornelimnster.

Length: 125 km | Starts: Aachen | Ends: Troisvierges (Luxemburg)


Kln 76 km | Trier 89 km

Webcode: AUR91 61

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Terrain: asphalt for most of its length, the
route runs through countryside that is
hilly at times, with some steep climbs to
negotiate along the panorama routes; not
always traffic-free.

Scenery: second-largest wine region in


Germany, foothills of the Palatinate Forest,
woodland, wine villages.

Radweg Deutsche Weinstrae

Vineyards as far as the eye can see


Cycling is as good for the body and soul as fresh
vegetables and fruit. Even a glass of wine or two
is said to benet your health. Our route through
the sunny Palatinate region gives you plenty
of opportunity to enjoy all of these wonderful
things.
The route guides you through one of
the largest wine regions in Germany,
where vineyards drape the terraced
slopes between the foothills of the
Palatinate Forest and the Rhinland Plain.
Prepare yourself for ups and downs
interspersed with the occasional steep
climb. Rewards come in the form of
taverns and wineries where you can
sample the excellent local wines,
which include rieslings, pinot blancs
and dornfelders. They are all perfect
complements to the regional cuisine,
which ranges from hearty fare to gour-
met dishes. The weather is good, too:
the Palatinate region enjoys around
1,800 hours of sun every year. Shade
can be sought in the Palatinate Forest
nature reserve one of Germanys
largest single expanses of woodland.

Length: 130 km | Starts: Schweigen-Rechtenbach | Ends: Bockenheim


Karlsruhe 40 km | Worms 15 km

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Terrain: consists of well-maintained paths
sometimes also on farm tracks between the
elds and mostly away from busy roads. It is
perfect for families, thanks to the predomi-
nantly at terrain. Some agricultural vehicles
are to be expected during harvest time.

Scenery: the cycle paths skirt orchards


and elds of vegetables, corn and tobacco.
The countryside also features meadows,
vineyards and winegrowing villages.

Kraut-und-Rben-Radweg

On the trail of the turnip


The Cabbage and Turnips Cycle Route explores
agriculture in the Palatinate region from
production and marketing through to the
enjoyment of excellent food and drink.

This agriculturally themed


route takes cyclists through the
vegetable elds and orchards,
cornelds and tobacco plots,
vineyards and forests of the
Palatinate. Between Bockenheim
and Schweigen-Rechtenbach
you cycle past one farm after
another, gaining a fascinating
insight into rural life in the
region. At various places along
the way you can stop off to
sample regional produce and
local specialities, or pick up some
freshly harvested ingredients
for your packed lunch. The
region also has a wealth of other
attractions for cyclists to enjoy.
This is a route that the whole
family will love.

Length: 139km | Starts: Bockenheim | Ends: Schweigen-Rechtenbach


Mannheim 39 km | Karlsruhe 41 km

Webcode: AUR28 63

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Terrain: an international long-distance
cycle route running predominantly
on asphalt paths, farm tracks and
old towpaths over mainly level
terrain. Also suitable for trailers from
Thionville (France) onwards.

Scenery: the Moselle countryside is


characterised by the rivers many twists
and turns, its steep valleys and its
terraced vineyards. The cycle paths run
between the banks of the river and the
vineyards and pass through winemaking
villages.

Mosel-Radweg

Twists and turns and ne wines


The Moselles meandering journey begins in the
southern Vosges mountains in France. The river
has many a fascinating tale to tell as will you
after enjoying this cycle route.

The German section of the international Velo Tour Moselle takes you
on a journey of richly varied scenery along predominantly level cycle
paths. Trier is home to a number of impressive Roman monuments.
At Schweich the Moselle starts cutting its way through the Rhenish
slate mountains, twisting and turning through the ever-narrowing
valley. Cultural high-
lights along the way
include the famous
wine ship in Neu-
magen-Dhron and the
Middle Moselle Roman
wine presses. Numer-
ous castles, including
Burg Arras and Burg
Metternich, are tucked
away in romantic side
valleys. The route ends
in Koblenz where the
Moselle ows into the
Rhine.

Length: 250 km | Starts: Perl | Ends: Koblenz


Trier 50 km | Koblenz

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Terrain: the route is largely at and runs
mainly on asphalt paths. Some sections
are along old towpaths. In this industrial
region, its hard to completely escape the
noise of traffic.

Scenery: river landscape along the Saar to


its conuence with the Moselle including
the Saar Bow. The Saar valley is framed
by gentle hills, meadows and woodland;
small medieval towns lie on the wayside.

Saar-Radweg

Germany at its most French


Designated as a four-star premium route by the
German Cyclists Federation, this family-oriented
cycling tour doesnt disappoint. Its level cycle
paths follow the Saar river from the French
border to Konz, where the river ows into the
Moselle.
Your journey starts in Sarreguemines in France, and takes you
to Saarbrcken old town perfect for a rest stop. Vlklingen
Ironworks offers an insight into 20th century iron and steel
production. A few hundred years earlier, Frances Sun King
Louis XIV was here, founding Saarlouis as a fortied stronghold
with a hexagonal layout. Next stop is Merzig, home to a park
and research centre
for wolves and the
Garden of the Senses.
Its not long then be-
fore the river doubles
back on itself to form
a bow-like loop. In
Mettlach you can nd
out all about how por-
celain is made, before
continuing to Konz
where the Saar meets
the Moselle.

Length: 98 km | Starts: Sarreguemines/Saargemnd (F) | Ends: Konz


Saarbrcken 17 km | Trier 9 km

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Saarland-Radweg

A great tour of a small region


Spectacular scenery, excursions to France, hilly
countryside and broad valleys are just some of
what the Saarland has to offer and one of the
best ways to explore it is on the Saarland Cycle
Route, rated three stars by the German Cyclists
Federation.
Setting off from Saarbrcken, the route leads into neighbouring
Lorraine and the town of Sarreguemines, along the Blies and into
the Oster valley. Lake Bostalsee, a popular holiday destination, is
then the perfect place to stop for a rest and Mount Petersberg
with its spectacular views. Near Mettlach youll catch a glimpse
of the famous Saar Bow. The winegrowing region in the area
where Germany borders France and Luxembourg is a great place
to stop for a break. After visiting the Vlklingen Ironworks, you
head back towards Saarbrcken. To make the tour more manage-
able, you can hire an electric bike from eVelo Saarland.

Terrain: the route runs through hilly stretches with occasional steep gradients.
Mainly asphalt trails but also old towpaths, mostly free of traffic. Part of the
route dips into France.

Scenery: densely wooded hills with meadows, river meadows and streams, Saar
Bow, Lake Bostalsee, Saar-Hunsrck nature reserve and the high ridges of the
Schwarzwlder Hochwald forest.

Length: 362 km | Circular route Saarbrcken

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Sdschwarzwald-Radweg

Rolling along on the Southern Black Forest Route


Cycling in the Black Forest with no hills to climb?
On the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route, rated
four stars for quality by the German Cyclists
Federation, you can enjoy idyllic scenery without
over-exerting yourself.

On the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route its about using the
hills to your advantage. The only real climb can be done by train,
after which its downhill to the southern Black Forest. Along the
way you can enjoy a number of scenic highlights such as Wutach
Gorge, the Markgrerland region and, with a detour to France,
the Petite Camargue nature conservation area. The many
small medieval towns, as well as Basel and Freiburg, provide
interesting cultural accents. A train takes cyclists up the hill from
Kirchzarten to Hinterzarten, traversing the beautiful Hllental or
hell valley.

Terrain: the cycle route goes right around the Southern Black Forest nature
reserve with very few climbs. Mainly asphalt paths that are virtually traffic-free.
Some short stretches run through Switzerland and France.

Scenery: the Upper Black Forest is a varied landscape of mountains, moors


and a mix of forest, mountain pastures, vineyards, centuries-old Black Forest
farmsteads and farmland.

Length: 240 km (+69 km of additional routes) |


Circular route Freiburg

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Terrain: moderate climbs over the
Black Forest hills; the only steep climb
can be avoided by taking the funicular
railway. The paths are mainly on asphalt,
otherwise crushed brick/stone.

Scenery: Black Forest uplands with forests,


moors and lakes, lots of stunning vantage
points. The route also runs along narrow
rivers through picturesque valleys on its
way to the Rhine.

Schwarzwald Panorama-Radweg

Cycling from view to view


From north to south enjoying one magnicent
view after another: thats what the Black Forest
Panorama Cycle Route is all about. And because
the high ridges are reached without too much
effort, this is a great option for less athletic
cyclists.
The route runs through the eastern
Black Forest and has no steep climbs.
From Pforzheim it follows the Enz river
to Bad Wildbad. In summer, to save
a 300-metre climb to the top of the
mountain, you can take your bike on the
funicular railway. From the summit, the
route switches between woodland and
elds as it continues through the Wildsee
moor and past Lake Hohloh. Next up are
ancient ponds and farms and numerous
panoramas, which give way to beautiful
valleys from Villingen. After Lake Titisee,
a great place to relax and enjoy the
views, you reach the Wutach river, which
you follow downstream to your nal
destination of Waldshut-Tiengen on the
Rhine.

Length: 280 km | Starts: Pforzheim | Ends: Waldshut-Tiengen


Baden-Baden 54 km | Donaueschingen 54 km

Webcode: AUR92 69

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Terrain: the route runs mainly on asphalt
paths, is otherwise surfaced with crushed
brick/stone and is usually traffic-free.
Hilly in parts with occasional challenging
climbs.

Scenery: beautiful long-distance cycle


route that passes through orchards and
hop elds and the foothills of the Alps;
skirts the Upper Swabian Baroque Route.
Lots of swimming lakes, spa resorts and
thermal baths.

Donau-Bodensee-Weg

From the Danube to Lake Constance by bike


The Danube-Lake Constance Route through
Upper Swabia and the Wrttemberg Allgu
region takes cyclists through gentle hills and
sweeping upland plains.

This link between the Danube and Lake Constance cycle routes runs
from Ulm on the Danube to Kressbronn on Lake Constance. After
stopping for a break on the market square in Biberach, you con-
tinue through meadows
and woodland to Bad
Waldsee. The route then
heads down into the valley
of the Wolfegger Ach
river, after which villages,
ower-lled meadows
and copses begin to line
the path. Kisslegg with its
historical buildings and
Wangen with its old town
both merit a visit. The nal
stage is a downhill section
to Kressbronn through
conservation areas, apple
and cherry orchards and
elds of hops.

Length: 152 km | Starts: Ulm | Ends: Kressbronn


Augsburg 82 km | Friedrichshafen 14 km

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Terrain: the route runs mainly on asphalt
paths, is otherwise surfaced with crushed
brick/stone and is usually traffic-free.
Hilly in parts with occasional challenging
climbs.

Scenery: beautiful orchards and hop


elds and the foothills of the Alps. Lots of
swimming lakes, spa resorts and thermal
paths; skirts the Upper Swabian Baroque
Route.

Oberschwaben-Allgu-Weg

Getting to know a region and its people


Tailor-made for cyclists to discover the Upper
Swabia-Allgu region, the people who live there
and the local attractions and scenery theres
no better way to get to know the region.

This amazing route features everything that makes Upper


Swabia and the Wrttemberg Allgu so popular: youll visit
historical buildings and museums, relax at spa resorts and
thermal baths, and enjoy a warm Swabian welcome as well as
local food and drink. The
tour begins and ends
in Ulm, and takes you
through pretty little
towns and villages such
as Laupheim, Wangen,
Markdorf and Aulendorf.
Very hilly at times,
but with lots of easier
sections too, the route
runs through the various
landscapes of an idyllic
region with so much to
see.

Length: 357 km | Circular route | Starts/Ends: Ulm

Webcode: AUR94 71

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Von Krater zu Krater

Tour through Earths history


Its all thanks to a meteorite that cyclists can
enjoy richly varied tours between the Nrdlinger
Ries and Steinheimer Becken craters and through
the Swabian Alb.

Some 14.5 million years ago, a meteorite smashed into the eastern
Swabian Alb, creating two craters with diameters of 25 and four
kilometres. In 2006 the area became the Ries National Geopark.
On the eastern route from Nrdlingen, you are taken across the
basin and up onto the rim of the crater near Kirchheim. Along
the western loop, you ride through an enchanting landscape of
juniper scrub and solitary oaks. Near Oberkochen you encounter
the source of the Schwarzer Kocher river. At the meteorite crater
museum in Steinheim you can learn all about the impact, before
stopping to visit a castle or take a swim in a lake on your journey
back to Nrdlingen.

Terrain: the route has an eastern and a western loop, is mainly on asphalt
and is mostly traffic-free. Flat stretches alternate with hilly sections and steep
climbs.

Scenery: the route links two meteorite craters in Ries Geopark, alternating
between at and hilly landscapes. Heathland, conservation areas and
riverscapes.

Length: 185 km | Eastern loop 61 km | Western loop 124 km | Circular route


Knigsbronn/Aalen 16 km | Nrdlingen/Donauwrth 30 km

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3-Lnder-Radweg im Odenwald

From state to state in the Odenwald Forest


Baden-Wrttemberg, Bavaria and Hessen are
particularly enticing for cycling holidays. Luckily
for you, there is the Three States Route. The
Three States Route takes you on a circular tour
through three of Germanys most beautiful
federal states.
From gentle riverside sections to challenging climbs, the
character of the route changes a number of times. While the
Odenwald Forest provides the backdrop, the rivers Main, Neckar
and Mmling point the way. Marvel at the beautifully restored
old quarter in Miltenberg and gaze up at the basilica towers that
dominate the townscape in Walldrn. The Eberstadt dripstone
caves near Buchen are also worth a visit. Breuburg Castle is
visible from some distance overlooking the Mmling river. Forests
alternate with river valleys and orchards, while uphill climbs such
as those to Rothenberg and the summit of Gotthardsberg are
rewarded with panoramic views and sweeping vistas.

Terrain: predominantly asphalt tracks, largely traffic-free. Level sections, but


also climbs and descents, some of which can be avoided by taking the train.

Scenery: in the Odenwald forest, the long-distance cycle route runs through
the valleys of the Neckar and Main valleys, which are surrounded by densely
wooded hills and feature enchanting medieval towns.

Length: 225 km | Circular route Within a 70 km radius of Heidelberg

Webcode: AUR31 73

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Kocher-Jagst-Radweg

A circular tour along two rivers


As the Kocher and Jagst rivers twist and turn
through north-east Baden-Wrttemberg, this
long-distance cycle route follows their every
bend, offering picturesque views.

The route covers 338 kilometres along the riverbanks, through


meadows and forests, and beside vine-clad slopes bearing the
promise of ne wines. In Aalen the Limes Museum provides a
glimpse of Roman history and life along the border fortications.
The thermal baths and spa towns lining the route are just what
are needed to revive weary legs. Time and time again, delightful
medieval towns emerge into view. Their castles and residences
provide an enchanting backdrop to open-air events in the
warmer months, most notably for the Hohenlohe Summer of
Culture with its annual programme of classical concerts.

Terrain: the Kocher-Jagst Cycle Route has a few challenging climbs. It runs
predominantly on asphalt paths, as well as on some gravel tracks, and is mostly
traffic-free.

Scenery: the route runs through the river landscapes of the Kocher and Jagst
between the eastern edge of the Swabian mountains, the Hohenlohe region
and the river Neckar with meadows, farmland, mixed forests and vineyards.

Length: 338 km | Circular route Heilbronn 15 km | Aalen

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tauber altmhl radweg

A tour for the connoisseur


The Tauber Altmhl Valley Cycle Route runs
between Wertheim and Kelheim, connecting
the Main, Tauber, Altmhl and Danube four
beautiful rivers in Franconia.

This long-distance cycle route begins in Wertheim and runs


through the vineyards of the Liebliches Taubertal region to Rothen-
burg ob der Taubers medieval centre, passing Bronnbach abbey
and Bad Mergentheim with its spa gardens on the way. The tour
then continues through the Romantic Franconia holiday region and
the Franconian Heights nature reserve, before meandering through
the Altmhl valley past Lake Altmhlsee in the Franconian Lakes,
the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Limes, a wealth of crags and
heathland, and Pappenheim Castle. The route goes through the
cathedral town of Eichsttt to Dietfurt and along the Main-Danube
Canal to Kelheim, where the canal joins the Danube.

Terrain: surfaced with crushed brick/stone for the most part, with some
asphalt paths. The majority of this family-friendly route is traffic-free and there
are only a few steep inclines.

Scenery: a landscape lled with vineyards, forests, meadows, rivers and


interesting rock formations. Crosses through the Liebliches Taubertal and
Romantic Franconia holiday regions, the Franconian Lakes and the Altmhl
Valley nature park.

Length: 350 km | Starts: Wertheim | Ends: Kelheim


Wrzburg 35 km | Regensburg 27 km

Webcode: AUR68 75

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Terrain: the sometimes hilly route runs
mainly on asphalt or crushed brick/stone
and is mostly traffic-free. There is also an
excellent infrastructure for visitors.

Scenery: this long-distance cycle route


is dominated by the valleys of the Saale,
Sinn and Streu rivers. Where it runs along
the edge of the Hohe Rhn hills, there are
some climbs to tackle.

Vom Main zur Rhn

From river valleys to open countryside


Castles and moated manor houses, medieval
half-timbering, river valleys and towering peaks.
Its easy to see why this enchanting route
from the river Main to the Rhn hills in Lower
Franconia has been awarded four stars by the
German Cyclists Federation.
Virtually the whole of the Rhn region opens up along the
Saale river in Franconia, on the banks of the Sinn and beside
the delightful little Streu. The Rhn hills provide some more
strenuous sections for which cyclists are rewarded with fantastic
panoramic views. The centuries-old cultivation of the land
between the river
Main and Rhn hills
has given rise to a
richly varied land-
scape characterised
by forests and copses,
villages, farmland
and orchards. This
long-distance cycle
route links a number of
attractions including
the ve spa resorts in
the Bavarian Rhn, the
most popular of which
is Bad Kissingen.

Length: 263 km | Circular route


Schweinfurt 50 km

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Terrain: mostly traffic-free on well-maintained,
mainly asphalt paths through primarily at
countryside. This cycle route rates highly in all
criteria and is extremely well suited to cycle
tours with children.

Scenery: Fichtelgebirge mountains, Franconian


Forest, Coburger Land region, Steigerwald Forest,
Hassberg hills, Tauber valley and Spessart-Main
region. Woodland and meadows alternate with
vineyards as the dominating feature of the
scenery on this meandering route to the lower
reaches of the Main in Hessen.

Main-Radweg

First-class cycling on the River Main Cycle Route


The rst route to be classied ve star by the
German Cyclists Federation offers high quality
from start to nish, with exemplary signposting,
outstanding scenery and lots of cyclist-oriented
accommodation.

The river Main begins in two places and so does this tour: you
can start either with the Red Main in the Franconian Switzerland
region or follow the White Main through the Franconian Forest.
The route then runs through the area known as Gods Garden
in the Upper Main Valley-Coburg region to Bamberg and its Old
Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Winding its way through
the Steigerwald Forest and Hassberg hills to Schweinfurt, the
river then enters Franconian wine country and the Liebliches
Taubertal holiday region. The tour continues through Frankfurt
and ends in Mainz, where the Main ows into the Rhine.

Length: 600 km | Starts: Bischofsgrn (source of the White Main), Creus-


sen (source of the Red Main) | Ends: Mainz Bayreuth 23 km | Mainz

Webcode: AUR33 77

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RegnitzRadweg

Valley or canal the choice is yours!


This riverside trail, awarded four stars by the
German Cyclists Federation, is ideal for those
who enjoy the ner things in life. Whether you
choose the valley or canal option, this leisurely
tour will take you to a number of cultural
highlights.
Follow in the footsteps of Albrecht Drer and rich patrician
families in Nurembergs old quarter, before following the river
Pegnitz to Frth. Two rivers converge at this point to form the
river Regnitz. At this point, you have to choose whether to take
the long-distance cycle route right through the Regnitz valley
or the section along the Main-Danube Canal that runs parallel
to the river and has very little traffic. The two routes can also
be combined or cycled as a circuit. Meadows and renaturalised
stretches of the river are features of the route up to Bamberg
where theres plenty of opportunity to relax and savour some
delicious regional specialities.

Terrain: route runs mainly on asphalt tracks with few climbs. Predominantly
traffic-free, the canal route is quieter and therefore ideally suited for groups
and family tours.

Scenery: the landscape is dominated by several nature reserves including the


Hassberg hills, Franconian Switzerland and Steigerwald Forest with its wooded
hills. Along the Regnitz youll nd riverside forests, sandy areas and cut-off
sections of the river.

Length: 85 km (valley route), 75 km (canal route) | Starts: Nurem-


berg | Ends: Bamberg/Bischberg Nuremberg | Bamberg

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Cycling through the
Coburg countryside

Pack up your bike and make your way to Coburg!


Whether from castle to castle, through picturesque villages to
relaxing in thermal spas, in the Bavarian city of dolls or a tour
through Rodachtal and the Coburg countryside with splendid views,
theres something for everybody. Come and discover the diverse
bike rides through the Coburg countryside.

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Terrain: the paths along the route are
mostly asphalt but some are covered with
crushed brick/stone, gravel or sand. The
route is level but with some hilly sections,
and paths are not always car-free.

Scenery: expect to see vineyards, valleys,


riverbank meadows and medieval
buildings in regions of southern Germany
such as Baden, the Palatinate, Franconia,
the Hohenloher Land and the Upper
Palatinate.

Paneuropa-Radweg

Euro-Vision
The countries of Europe are growing ever closer.
Now, you can cycle almost right across the
continent on the Paneuropa, which runs from
Paris to Prague on existing long-distance cycle
routes.

The German section of the route runs right across Baden-


Wrttemberg and Bavaria, from Kehl am Rhein to the Czech
border. Back in the Middle Ages the major trading route linking
Paris and Prague was known as the Golden Road. There are many
interesting regions, landscapes and rivers to discover along this
historical route, and the Paneuropa signs point the way. Diverse
countryside, pretty little medieval towns and the city of Nurem-
berg offer a range of experiences along the way. Who knows, you
might even be inspired to carry on all the way to Prague.

Length: 661 km | Starts: Kehl am Rhein | Ends: Eslarn/Tillyschanz


Stuttgart 150 km | Nuremberg 115 km

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Terrain: family-friendly route with few
climbs, following the Danube in Germany
from the source of the river to Passau.
Although only asphalted in places, it
is easy to ride on. Signposting is not
standardised.

Scenery: the Danube passes through a


number of picturesque backdrops such as
the Black Forest, Swabian Alb and Upper
Swabia, the Donauried basin, Franconian
hills and the Bavarian Forest.

Donauradweg

Following a river of legends


The Danube: songs have been written about
it, composers have dedicated pieces of music
to it and it has been the source of countless
stories. Along the Danube Cycle Route its easy
to see why this mighty river has proven such an
inspiration to so many.
Like every river, the Danube comes from small beginnings. It rises in
Frstenberg palace park in Donaueschingen only to seep
underground at the Danube Sink on 150 days of the year. But it
soon re-emerges before reaching Ulm, home to the world's tallest
church tower, and picturesque Donauwrth, on the Romantic
Road. It then passes through the spectacular Danube Gorge. In
UNESCO Wordl Heritage Regensburg, there are almost a thousand
monuments in the old quarter. The German Danube route, part of
the EuroVelo 6 European long-distance cycle route, ends in Passau.

Length: 609 km | Starts: Donaueschingen | Ends: Passau


Freiburg 57 km | Passau

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Terrain: the cycle route is at and largely
traffic-free. Some paths are asphalt, some
are paved or surfaced with crushed
brick/stone.

Scenery: varied landscapes of the Bavarian


Jura and the Franconian Alb with several
nature parks, rivers and streams, pastures
and rock formations.

Fnf-Flsse-Radweg

Romantic river routes


A family-friendly, circular tour taking in the
scenic highlights of the Bavarian Jura and the
Franconian Alb: the Five Rivers Route links
sections of several long-distance cycle tours.

The routes ve rivers are the Danube, Altmhl, Naab, Vils and
Pegnitz, and you also cycle along the Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal.
Historical buildings are abundant at a number of places along the
way, including Nuremberg, Amberg, Kelheim and the UNESCO World
Heritage town of Regensburg. They provide the perfect setting
for enjoying delicious Bavarian cuisine. A changing backdrop of
spectacular natural
sights, such as the
Danube Gorge
near Weltenburg
and the rock
formations of the
Upper Palatinate, is
complemented by
a host of architec-
tural monuments
its everything
you could ever want
from a cycling tour.

Length: 308 km | Circular route Nuremberg and Regensburg

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Terrain: some paths are on asphalt. There
are also sections on crushed brick/stone,
gravel or sand. The route is mostly car-free.

Scenery: foothills of the Alps with


mountain pastures, lakes and Alpine
panoramas. Neuschwanstein Castle and
other famous buildings are features of the
landscape.

Bodensee-Knigssee-Radweg

Picture-book backdrops
This long-distance tour from Lake Constance to
Lake Knigssee offers stunning views of the Alps
and the Alpine foothills. The route, however, is
not without its challenges.

Your tour features Alpine panoramas from start to nish, idyllic


lakes, towns and villages, and the fairytale castles of King Ludwig
II. But these are rewards that have to be earned by tackling the
many climbs that this route has to offer. From its starting point
in Lindau on the shores of Lake Constance, the route makes its
way to the Allgu past crystal-clear lakes and Hohenschwangau
and Neuschwanstein castles. After a long stretch of unspoilt
scenery, it ends at Berchtesgaden and Lake Knigssee, whose
beauty provides ample reward for all the many metres that have
been climbed along the way.

Length: 418 km | Starts: Lindau (Lake Constance) | Ends: Schnau (Lake


Knigssee) Friedrichshafen 26 km | Munich 165 km

Webcode: AUR97 83

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Terrain: the paths sometimes run on
asphalt; otherwise they are paved, on
gravel or surfaced with gravel and sand.
The route has only a few climbs and is
mostly free of traffic.

Scenery: family-friendly river route


characterised by views of the Karwendel
mountains and by riverside meadows in
the Alpine foothills, plus typical Upper
Bavarian towns and beautifully decorated
farmhouses.

Isarradweg

River meadows and Alpine peaks


The Isar river passes through Switzerland and
Austria en route to Germany where it offers
panoramic views of the Alps and picture-book
villages.

The Isar is Austrian by birth: it rises in the mighty Karwendel moun-


tains before owing through the craggy peaks, mountain pastures
and farmhouses of the Alpenpark Karwendel conservation area. The
towns and villages along the Isar are the epitome of Upper Bavarian
charm with their beer
gardens and beauti-
fully painted houses.
Medieval old quarters
and the wooden relief
in St. Johns Church in
Fischbach are among
the cultural highlights
to be found along the
way. Munich more than
merits a longer stay, and
is followed by a series of
riverside meadows that
extend from Plattling
to where the Isar meets
the Danube.

Length: 300 km (285 km in Germany) | Starts: source of the Isar near


Scharnitz (Austria) | Ends: Deggendorf/Thundorf Mnchen 165 km

84 www.germany.travel Webcode: AUR98

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A Cycling Paradise
between Lake Ammer and Lech
In the beautiful countryside between Lake Ammer and Lech is the
Lechrain, where seeing its magnicent Alpine panorama instills a
special zest for life in the visitors and encourages them to want to
explore the countryside. There are more than enough destinations
between Lake Ammer and Lech little-known dreamy paths offer
unique perspectives on the Alps, prehistoric sites, churches and
chapels, castles and sites of Christianity, all of which are waiting to
be rediscovered. The Lechrain is rich in ancient legends and stories
that are still preserved today. One needs to take time to experience
and enjoy this wonderful landscape with its own interesting history.
The spacious and varied landscape is very accessible and has a good
infrastructure. Nearly 300 kilometres of cycle trails open up the
region to cyclists and it is crossed from north to south by the famous
Romantische Strae (Romantic Road). The dense network of cycle
trails are well-marked and offer the optimum conditions for reliable
access to the peaceful sights of beauty away from the large trafc
routes. The Lechrain is ideal for cyclists who really get their moneys
worth as they can explore the region themselves thanks to the
excellent signposting.

Tourismusverband Ammersee-Lech
Hauptplatz 152
D-86899 Landsberg am Lech
Tel: +49 (0)8191/128-246 or -247
Fax: +49 (0)8191/128-160
info@ammerseelech.de
www.ammerseelech.de

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Production & picture credits

PRODUCTION CREDITS

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Im Altenschemel 21
67435 Neustadt/Weinstrasse, Germany
www.ninodruck.de

Layout and DTP/lithography


Venus.Werbeagentur GmbH
Elsa-Brndstrm-Strasse 2
94327 Bogen, Germany
www.venus-werbung.de

Cycle route descriptions and maps


Allgemeiner Deutscher
Fahrrad-Club e.V. (ADFC)
Hauptstadtbro, Friedrichstrasse 200
10117 Berlin, Germany
www.adfc.de

Content and photos may only be reproduced with the publishers permission.
All information has been supplied by the named organisations and compa-
nies. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. Last
revised July 2013

PICTURE CREDITS
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Unless otherwise stated, the photographs and logos reproduced in this
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of the relevant regional tourist organisation.

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In Germany I have discovered
a thousand different ways to get
away from it all.

Maarten, 32, from Edinburgh

BIKING@
MY
GERMANY

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The Swabian
Danube valley
something for everyone...

Explore the countryside, get to know the


region and its people and discover a few
surprises along the way!

On the trail of the Romans ...


The Via DANUBIA cycle trail follows the route
of an old Roman road along the edge of the
Danube valley. This cultural trail was once part
of the Roman South Danube Route and runs Regionalmarketing Gnzburg GbR
downriver through the Gnzburg region via Tel.: +49 (0) 8221/95-140
the Apollo Grannus temple in Lauingen and Fax: +49 (0) 8221/95-145
service@landkreis-guenzburg.de
Submontorium towards Donauwrth. The www.familien-und-kinderregion.de
Via JULIA offers another alternative for
cyclists with an interest in Roman history.
This cultural trail runs from Gnzburg
(Guntia) via Augsburg (Augusta) and
Salzburg all the way to Italy.
Following the rivers
Many of Germany's other river valleys also
have cycle routes running through them.
The three glacial river valleys through which
the Mindel, Kammel and Gnz rivers flow
are particularly recommended, as is the trail
which follows the River Brenz into the
Jurassic mountains of the Swabian Alb.
For more information on the riverside cycle
routes and other themed trails in the Swabian Dillinger Land e.V.
Danube Valley, visit: Tel.: +49 (0) 7325/92 24 143
Fax: +49 (0) 7325/95 19 59
www.donautal-radfahren.de
info@dillingerland.de
www.dillingerland.de

www.familien-und-kinderregion.de www.dillingerland.de

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