Look forward to Winterberg, the well-known holiday resort in the Hochsauerland near the source of the Ruhr, because Winterberg is not only beautiful in winter! Here you can start your active holiday right away, be it with Nordic walking, on the barefoot path or in the swimming pool. An excursion to the observation tower and the fascinating high heath on the Kahler Asten is also possible. Winterberg can be easily reached by train. If you want to travel by car, you can park directly at the hotel for the duration of the entire bike tour.
At the source of the Ruhr near Winterberg, at an altitude of 654 m, you start your varied journey along the Ruhr. From there it’s mostly cycling downhill through light forests with wonderful views to the award-winning rose village of Assinghausen. This place has been a officially recognized rose village since 2007 and on a worthwhile tour you will discover beautiful gardens and houses that are decorated with over 150 different types of roses.
At lunchtime, you can take a delightful break in the freshly selected Kneipp spa in Olsberg with its charming cafes and historic restaurants. Also worth seeing is the herb garden and orchard garden in the renatured Ruhr meadows. Finally, via Bestwig, it goes to Meschede with the pretty pedestrian zone. Here you can take a nice excursion to the Hennesee. The park-like Henne-Boulevard leads directly to the "Himmelstreppe", which leads up to the dam with 333 steps.
Today the Ruhr is framed by the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park. Right in the beginning the beautiful park of the Laer water castle offers a first photo stop. After a excursion to the Hünenburg you will reach the old town of Arnsberg, which is almost completely surrounded by the deeply cut Ruhr. Counts, electors, Hesse and Prussia have left their mark on this historic city with the imposing castle ruins, the Landsberger Hof with the Sauerland Museum and the classicism quarter in the well-preserved medieval timber-framed town. Many cafés and restaurants entice you to take a break. In the afternoon you continue following the Ruhr valley to Neheim with its neat half-timbered houses, the typical Burgmannshöfen and the striking “Sauerland Cathedral”. You can enjoy the end of the day in the spacious pedestrian zone or have a sporty tour around the Möhnesee.
Today you leave the Hochsauerland, the surrounding hills become gentler and the valley floodplain becomes wider and forms a scenic new section of the Ruhr valley cycle path. Small towns like Wickede or Fröndenberg invite for a break from the saddle. The route leads leisurely through wide meadows and fields to the old Hanseatic city of Schwerte, with lovingly tended half-timbered houses and the last historic mustard mill in Westphalia (tastings possible). In the afternoon, the Ruhr valley becomes narrower again and a sporty excursion up to the viewpoint of the Hohensyburg ruins is possible. However, the bike path leads flat directly along the banks of the Hengsteysee, a popular local recreation area, and on to the idyllic Herdecke with its new promenade on the Ruhr bank.
In the morning, the cycle path leads to the “cradle of Ruhr mining” and to the first foothills of the classic Ruhr area. But the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path mostly runs in the countryside and leads over long distances through popular local recreation areas directly on the old towpath on the river bank. First you cycle next to the Harkortsee, one of a total of six Ruhr reservoirs. Later you cycle via Wengern with the historic town center to Muttental, the cradle of Ruhr mining. Here the first chunks of black gold were brought to light almost 200 years ago. In the “Zeche Nachtigall” industrial museum, which is well worth seeing, it goes back to the time when horizontal tunnels were driven into the slopes for coal mining and the first shafts were dug into the depths later. Then you reach the Kemnader reservoir and from there it is not far to Hattingen, where a stroll through the historic old town is worthwhile. An ascent to the beautiful hotel in Burgaltendorf awaits you at the end of the stage.
In the morning, the cycle path leads idyllically along the river bank. It allows an excursion to the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum with its more than 180 old steam locomotives, wagons and rail buses. You can comfortably cycle along the Baldeneysee with its many refreshment stops and there you can take a tour of the Villa Hügel, found in 1873 by Alfred Krupp. A break in the half-timbered old town of Kettwig refreshes you for the next stage directly on the river bank to Mülheim to the award-winning Aquarius water tower with its multimedia museum on 14 levels. At the end the route continues on beautiful cycle paths to where the Ruhr flows into the Rhine. Here, at the end of the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path, stands the fascinating Rhine Orange, a luminous 25 m high landmark in the middle of the impressive panorama of the Duisburg harbor. In the evening you can end the beautiful trip in the renovated inner harbor in one of the numerous restaurants or bars.
The impressive tour on the Ruhr Valley Cycle Path with its diverse scenic and cultural impressions will certainly remain in your memory for a long time!
Prices / Dates
Services / Info
- 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
Below you will find specific information about the Ruhr valley bike tour from Winterberg to Duisburg in 7 days. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 0049 (0)6421 – 886 890.
Arrival by train
Winterberg is accessible from by train. You first go to Dortmund and from there a local train brings you to Winterberg within 2 hours. It is possible to take bikes with you on the train. Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Free public parking spaces are available in the immediate vicinity of the hotel; reservation in advance is not possible. You will receive detailed information about the parking options at the hotel booked for you with the detailed travel documents approx. Two weeks before the start of the journey.
Conditions of the bike paths
The Ruhr river bike trail leads mostly on sphalted bike paths without any traffic, paved paths or small roads with few traffic. The bike path is well signposted from Winterberg to the Rhine River. During the first 35 km you will have to climb some rises but after that the route is mostly flat. This bike tour is suitable as well for beginners, groups and families with children from 12 years.
Available rental bikes
If you would like a velocipede rental bike for the tour, we will bring it to your starting hotel and of course pick it up at your destination. You can choose from women's and men's bikes with either a 7-speed gear hub and coaster brake or 27-speed derailleur gears and free-wheeling. All women's bikes have a deep step-through and men's bikes are available in different frame sizes. Our women's bikes are suitable for all cycling enthusiasts from 150 cm in height and the men's bikes from 165 cm. Furthermore, 8-speed unisex e-bikes are available on request. Simply state your bike requirements when booking.
Back transfer to Winterberg
Every Sunday there is the possibility to return to Winterberg by transfer with a minibus (with bike transport trailer) at approx. 09:00 (arrival there approx. 11:30). The driver comes to your hotel and has room for you, your luggage and if necessary your private bike. He will drive you back to your starting hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without annoying transfers or lugging of luggage. If you bring your own bicycles, an additional fee will be charged.
To take advantage of the return transfer, you have the option of either booking an extra night in Duisburg at the end of the trip or taking advantage of the return transfer on the day of arrival before the start of the bike tour (check-in at your hotel in Winterberg is only possible from approx. 2 pm/3 pm, depending on the hotel booked). The minimum number of participants for this transfer is 2 people.
Extra costs which are not included in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the tour price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
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