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Ruhr area: Essen radial tour with charme, 6 days

Cross and cross through the pot

Bike tour
6 Days / 5 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
869.00 €
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869.00 €

Let yourself be surprised by Essen, European Capital of Culture 2010, and its surroundings. In the past, coal was mined here and steel was boiled. Former production sites – some of them listed as historical monuments – have become industrial cultural sites worth seeing. Waste heaps turned into green recreation areas, disused railway lines turned into cycle paths, dirty mining settlements turned into desirable residential areas. Grey turned green. They mostly cycle on very good cycle paths without car traffic. Their cycle stages also lead over disused railway lines, along rivers and canals. Short stages have to be mastered even on moderately used roads. If your cycling day becomes too long due to too many worthwhile stops, the nearest train station is not far and your hotel in Essen will be quickly reached.

This trip is perfect for:

  • Culture vultures. The Ruhr region offers a unique industrial culture that can be discovered on various guided tours and visits. Duisburg was awarded the title of Capital of Culture in 2010
  • Wellness enthusiasts: you will be pampered on this charming hotel tour.
  • Sightseeing enthusiasts: Great sights and interesting guided tours await you on this tour.


UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein Essen
During its active industrial period, the Essen Mine was the largest coal mine in the world, the coking plant as large as no other in Europe.

Essen, Zeche Zollverein

Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord
The ironworks was founded in 1901. Blast furnaces 3 and 4 were demolished in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Blast furnaces 1 and 2 were closed down in 1982, leaving only Blast Furnace 5, built in 1973, in operation. In 1985, it was also shut down after only 12 years of operation because of overcapacity on the European steel market.

Duisburg, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Villa Hill Essen
South of Essen, Villa Hügel dominates the Ruhr Valley. Built between 1870 and 1873 as the headquarters of the Krupp industrial family, it is now open to the public with its unique architecture, art treasures and spacious park.

Essen, Villa Hügel

Aquarius Water Museum Mülheim
One of the most beautiful water towers in the Ruhr area is located in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

Mühlheim, Aquarius Wasserturm

Inner Port of Duisburg
During the boom of the Industrial Revolution, the inner port of Duisburg was the central port and trading centre of the Ruhr region city for over a century. Duisburg is "the" city on the water and has even more bridges than Venice!

Duisburg, Innenhafen


Ruhr area: Essen radial tour with charme, 6 days

easy to moderate
Bike tour
6 Days / 5 Nights
individual tour
869.00 €
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Your Hotel
Schlosshotel Hugenpoet 5 Star Superior

The Schlosshotel Hugenpoet is located in the green Kettwig district of Essen. The Wasserschloss with its 36 individually furnished rooms and suites, a villa, a restaurant and a bar belongs to the circle of the best hotels in North Rhine-Westphalia as a member of the "Fine Privathotels"

and "QL Hotels & Restaurants". You can relax in the huge castle park before having dinner in one of the restaurants 1831 or BARonie in the evening. From Restaurant 1831 you have a wonderful view of the beautifully landscaped and well-kept castle park.

Schlosshotel Hugenpoet


Look forward to food and take advantage of the first afternoon to visit the Folkwang Museum, the cathedral with its treasury or the adjacent synagogue.

Today you cycle to the Gelsenkirchen Nordsternpark. Much of this is reminiscent of the former mine that used to be here. Numerous mine buildings were integrated into the park, where the Federal Garden Show took place in 1997. This park is dominated by the 18 m high 'Hercules von Gelsenkirchen'. The Hercules of Gelsenkirchen is a monumental statue that stands on a former mining tower of the former Nordstern mine. It is regarded as a symbol of industrial and regional structural change in the Ruhr Area. The tour takes you through two other heaps, which are also home to modern sculptures. Enjoy the exciting and beautiful view of the surroundings from the Haldenhöhen.

One of the most extraordinary exhibition halls in the world is waiting for your visit today and is the first stop on your tour. Look forward to the Gasometer in Oberhausen. The Gasometer Oberhausen is an industrial monument and at the same time the highest exhibition and event hall in Europe! The gasometer is located directly on the Rhine-Herne Canal. With a storage volume of 347,000 m³, a height of 117 metres and a diameter of almost 68 metres, it was Europe's largest operating disk gas container until 1988. After the renovation, the first exhibition in the Gasometer will show the beauty of nature and the influence of man on its environment. After a worthwhile visit, cycle along the Rhine-Herne Canal to the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park, where another industrial cultural highlight awaits you. Since 1994, a disused metallurgical plant has been gradually transformed into a metropolitan oasis with an average of one million visitors per year. Former factory halls have been prepared for corporate and cultural events, Europe's largest artificial diving centre was built in an old gasometer, former ore storage bunkers have been transformed into an alpine climbing garden, a high-rope course has been set up in a casting hall and an extinct blast furnace has been expanded into an observation tower. Leisure, recreation and sports are important on the 180-hectare area. You can stroll through the landscape park on foot, explore by bike or join an interesting public tour. With certainly great impressions you cycle back to the hotel afterwards.

You cycle quickly to Mülheim via the fast cycle path. Now follow the well-signposted Ruhr cycle path past the Saarn monastery with its herb garden and pleasant café. You then cycle to the much-used Baldeneysee lake, which is a wonderful local recreation destination. The castle-like Villa Hügel, the former home of the Krupp family of entrepreneurs (1873 - 1945), stands imposingly on its shores. With its 269 rooms in the middle of a 28-hectare park, it is far more than just the former residence of a well-known business family. It is a symbol of the age of industrialization in Germany. Numerous historical rooms and the Krupp Historical Exhibition can be visited. Afterwards, you can take a break in one of the numerous beer gardens on Lake Baldeney or along the Ruhr before cycling back to the hotel in Essen.

This tour is all about mining. You cycle to Bochum, where you can go underground in a coal mine. Afterwards, you cycle along the Erzbahntrasse to the Zollverein mine, probably the most beautiful mine in the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Discover industrial history in a place that is synonymous with superlatives like no other: get to know the once largest and most powerful coal mine in the world and the largest central coking plant in Europe. Every day, the 100-hectare grounds invite you to experience the world of coal, coke, art and culture in the heart of the Ruhr area.

After breakfast your surely beautiful and also instructive star bike tour ends in Essen. We are happy to book additional nights for you to get to know the interesting region even better.

For the guests of the Schlosshotel Hugenpoet, the bike tour begins on day 2 at Essen Central Station, on days 3 and 5 at the Hotel the niu Cobbles Essen. The journey there is at your own expense. Essen-Kettwig Train Station is just 2 km from the Schlosshotel.



Prices per person in EUR


All-carefree service
    • Overnight stay with breakfast
    • room with D/bath/WC
    • luggage transport
    • Cycling map with marked route
    • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
    • Tips for trip preparation
    • Tourist information
    • 7-day hotline service
further included services
  • Mini-bar filling with soft drinks
  • 1 multi-course dinner on the day of arrival
  • 1 welcome drink on the day of arrival
Things to know about your trip:

Below you will find specific information about the Ruhr area cycling tour Sternradtour Essen. If you have any further questions about this trip, just give us a call: Tel. : 06421 - 886890.

Access by train
Essen is easily accessible by train from all major cities in Germany. The Schlosshotel Hugenpoet is about 2 kilometres from Essen-Kettwig train station. The best way to reach the hotel is a short taxi ride.
Up-to-date timetable information and price information from DB can be found conveniently at: Bahnauskunft

Parking at the hotel
There is a limited number of parking spaces available at the hotel, reservations are not possible.

Nature of cycle paths
They mostly cycle on very good cycle paths without car traffic, on disused railway lines or along rivers and canals. Short stages are on moderately busy roads, but usually you are on bike paths. If the day becomes too long due to the many worthwhile stops, the nearest station is usually not far.

Available rental bikes
If you wish to hire a bike for the tour, it is available at the hotel. You can choose from women's and men's bikes with either 7-speed hub gear or 21-speed chain gear, as well as electric bikes (unisex) with rear pedal. All women's bikes have a deep passage and men's bikes are available in different frame sizes, so please state your height when booking. Simply indicate your bike preference when booking

Extra costs not included in the travel price
A possible tourist tax is not part of the travel price and must therefore be paid at the hotel on site.

7 days hotline service
If the bicycle chain is broken, floods make it impossible to continue or other nasty surprises await you: We are available 7 days a week for you and will organise help as soon as possible.

Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements for this trip.

Travel insurance
The statutory insolvency insurance is already included in the travel price. In addition, after receiving your confirmation of travel, we recommend that you take out a travel cancellation insurance to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of cancellation, travel interruption, illness or accident.
Travel cancellation insurance: Further information and online insurance

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