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  • Das Ruhrtal bei Witten
  • Ruhrtal-Radweg
  • Arnsberg Altstadt
  • Ruhrtal-Radweg im Sauerland
  • Duisburg
  • Duisburg Innenhafen
  • Villa Hügel Zufahrt durch den Park
  • Duisburg Innenhafen
  • Duisburg "Rheinorange" an der Mündung der Ruhr in den Rhein
  • Hattingen Altstadt
  • Auf der Henrichshütte Hattingen
  • Herdecke an der Ruhr
  • Im Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord
  • Meschede Altstadt
  • Mülheim Aquarius Wasserturm am Ruhrtal-Radweg
  • Marktplatz Neheim
  • Halbzeit auf dem Ruhrtal-Radweg
  • Ruhrtal-Radweg bei Mülheim
  • Duisburg Hafenrundfahrt
  • Unterwegs auf dem Ruhrtal-Radweg

tour description

Enjoying nature and culture.

In 7 days from the spring to the estuary.

On the 230 kilometers from the source near Winterberg to the confluence with the Rhine near Duisburg, the Ruhr connects the original landscape of the Sauerland with the exciting and eventful Ruhr Metropolis. In the Sauerland it is mostly downhill through the expanse of mountains and forests, before the valley in the Ruhr area is framed by industrial monuments, castles and half-timbered towns. Here the river is dammed up several times to form large lakes, which serve as attractive leisure and recreational areas and are lined with beautiful bike paths. One of the most varied and versatile rivers in Germany invites you to discover an entire region with its riverside paths. No other river combines culture and nature in such a small area.

1. day Winterberg Arrival

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.

2. day Winterberg - Meschede 41 km

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.

3. day Meschede - Neheim 43 km

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.

4. day Neheim - Herdecke 52 km

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.

5. day Herdecke - Burgaltendorf 44 km

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.

6. day Burgaltendorf - Duisburg 59 km

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.

7. day Duisburg Abreise

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!

Possible additional day + return transfer

To use our back transfer on Sunday, you need to book an extra night in Duisburg. On this additional day, you can take a cycling tour (25 km) to the Duisburg Nord Landscape Park, take part in a public guided tour of the huts and enjoy a harbor tour in the afternoon. Or you go on a day tour to Düsseldorf (50 km) and at the end of the day take the train back to Duisburg.

prices & services

Ruhr Valley Cycle Path: 7 days
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Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.

Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.

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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.

In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.

So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.

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Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

prices 2023

Prices are per person.

Season 1

09.04. – 15.04.2023



Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Cat. Charme: hotels with a special ambience

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 729,00 €
Single room 949,00 €

Season 2

16.04. – 06.05.2023

01.10. – 14.10.2023


Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Cat. Charme: hotels with a special ambience

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 779,00 €
Single room 999,00 €

Season 3

11.06. – 01.07.2023

17.09. – 30.09.2023


Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Cat. Charme: hotels with a special ambience

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 809,00 €
Single room 1.029,00 €

Season 4

07.05. – 10.06.2023

02.07. – 16.09.2023


Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

Cat. Charme: hotels with a special ambience

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. A
Double room 829,00 €
Single room 1.049,00 €


99,00 €
electric bike
239,00 €

bookable additional nights

Winterberg Cat. A
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 109,00 €
Duisburg Cat. A
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 109,00 €

bookable additional services

Return transfer every Sunday 9 AM (2 persons minimum)
99,00 €
Return transfer of your own bike in addition
30,00 €
Travel services
All-carefree service:
  • accommodation incl. breakfast
  • room with shower/bath/WC
  • luggage transport
  • map of bike trails with marked route
  • detailed route description
  • GPS tracks on request
  • tips for tour preparation
  • touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service


worth knowing

Worth knowing about your trip in the Ruhr Valley

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:
Train schedule information

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.
Velociped rental bikes

Back transfer to Winterberg

Sundays at 9 AM there is the possibility to transfer back to Winterberg with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at round about 11.30 AM. The price is 80,00 Euro per person. If you bring your own bicycles, an additional fee of 19.00 euros is due. The mini bus driver picks you up at the last hotel and takes you back to your first hotel, This service is available only on sundays for a minimum number of 2 participants. You need an extra night in Duisburg to use the return transfer.

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, health regulations

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.

Information on current decisions of the German Federal Government can be found here:

Current information on entry requirements to Germany can be found here:

You can also find more information on our website at:
Corona virus and holiday planning

Travel insurance

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.

tour highlights


Nature, sport and culture characterise the holiday region Winterberg and Hallenberg - you will encounter them at every turn. The charming high heath landscape on the Kahlen Asten or the "New Hagen" near Niedersfeld will always remain in your memory - no matter whether you come to visit in summer or winter. Blossoming mountain meadows, nature reserves, premium and theme trails will bring you wonderful moments in nature. Discover clear waters, historic buildings, the charming Winterberg old town or the Hallenberg half-timbered backdrop. 


Assinghausen Village of Roses

Assinghausen is a picture-book village. Well-kept, black and white half-timbered houses with ornate facades and the slate roofs so typical of the Sauerland represent the backdrop for a very special spectacle: the residents have transformed the place into a fantastic rose garden. From about May to September, visitors indulge in bewitching scents and admire the lavish variety of colors of the "Queen of Flowers". More than 150 varieties of roses not only fascinate botanists and garden lovers. Rare varieties such as Yellow Angel, Black Madonna or Heidefeuer thrive in the front gardens. Four rose paths lead through the middle of the village.
In addition to the residents, the Rose Association takes care of the staging, maintenance and guided tours. Assinghausen is one of only six certified rose villages nationwide - that is an obligation.



Discover the vibrant regional administration and university town of Meschede! From hours spent relaxing on the Hennesee lake to the easygoing hustle and bustle in the pedestrian zone: Meschede combines all of these. Meschede is the administrative centre of the Hochsauerlandkreis region and is located directly at the foot of the Hennesee lake. The landscapes of the Arnsberger Wald forest nature park and the Homert hill surround the attractive shopping town. The region around the Hennesee lake is fascinating at any time of the year due to the wonderful location in the middle of extensive forest areas. 



Arnsberg is the historic gateway to the "land of a thousand mountains", the Sauerland. Here swinging landscapes, clear lakes, green forests, lush meadows and sparkling clean half-timbered houses characterize the landscape. And Arnsberg, too, with its districts and villages is romantic, varied and close to nature in a beautiful, wooded landscape. The well-preserved medieval old town with imposing castle ruins and the classicism district are unique in the wide area and invite you to stroll and linger.


Lake Harkortsee

The northern shore of Lake Harkort is particularly popular: The attractive boardwalk, which runs along the lake from Herdecke, is used by walkers, cyclists and skaters alike. The Ruhr Valley cycle path also runs here. Its inviting culinary offering, mini-golf, boat rental and leisure pool (a natural pool) await visitors and the passenger ship MS "Friedrich Harkort" encourages you to take a trip around the lake. Harkort lake is a lake popular among young and old alike and therefore quite busy.

Lake Harkort

Witten, Nightingale Mine

The Nightingale Mine is located at the entrance to the idyllic Mutten Valley in Witten. This is where mining in the Ruhr began more than 300 years ago. Initially horizontal galleries were driven into the hillside to get to the "black gold", and subsequently vertical shafts were also built. In the low galleries in our visitor's mine you can relive the special working atmosphere in the past. After the mine ceased operations a quarry and brickworks business moved on to the site. Our exhibitions allow you to immerse yourself in the world of raw materials and the pioneering days of mining.

Witten, Nightingale Mine


Hattingen Old Town is very popular as a tourist destination. With its picturesque Old Town and its attractions, Hattingen is situated in the south of the Ruhr region. You amble through serpentine alleyways and marvel at the quaint half-timbered houses with their striking black and white appearance. About 150 of this type of house have been lovingly restored surrounding the small St.-Georgs-Kirche in the town centre. If you require a short break, you can refuel in one of the many restaurants or small cafes. The Old Town is especially atmospheric before Christmas when the popular Christmas market takes place. Don’t forget to see the historic Bügeleisenhaus in the middle of the Old Town: Today it houses a museum and here you can not only marvel at the richly decorated facade, but also at the interesting exhibits of the last 100 years in ‘Made in Hattingen’.


The Villa Hügel

The Villa Huegel in Essen was home to the industrialist Krupp family from 1873 to 1945. With its 269 rooms, set in the middle of a 28-hectare park overlooking Lake Baldeney, it is far more than simply the residence of a famous entrepreneurial family – it is a symbol of the Age of Industrialisation in Germany.

This is a symbol that you can visit, enter and experience ‒ because the Villa Hügel and the park, with its many paths and sculptures, are open to the public. A permanent exhibition in the so-called Small House  tells the story of the family and the Krupp company. It also houses the Krupp Historical Archive which, thanks to its extensive inventory, serves as a resource for researchers from Germany as well as abroad.

Essen, Villa Hügel

Essen, Lake Baldeney

An ordinary summer’s day in Essen: hop on the bike and off down to the Baldeneysee (Lake Baldeney). Here in Essen’s far south the city is at its best. Down on the "See", as locals call the eight kilometres of reservoir for short, there is a holiday mood. And even if it be only for one afternoon – tennis balls plop, golf balls click and the gentle wind blows the sails of the many dinghies that cross to and fro between rowing boats, kayaks and surf boards. The fact that the lake is more than just a favourite spot for water sports can be put down to the well-constructed cycle path that hems its banks. There are no difficult hills here - and racing cyclists share the smooth asphalt of the 14-kilometre round course with inline skaters and cycling families with small children. And neither the anglers on the banks nor the ducks and swans are taken in by all this.

Baldeney White Fleet
The Baldeney White Fleet sets sail from April to October – for tours of Essen’s home waters and for cruises along the Ruhr River to the neighbouring city of Muelheim – shore leave in Essen-Kettwig included upon request.

Essen, Lake Baldeney

Aquarius Water Museum Mülheim

In 1893 August Thyssen erected the Styrum water tower to supply his rolling mills and collieries with water. In 1912 the industrialist parted company with his water activities on the river Ruhr, and the tower became the property of the newly established RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH. After its closure in the 1980s RWW decided to preserve the industrial monument and develop it into a place of knowledge about water. The Aquarius Water Museum was opened in 1992.

Aquarius Water Museum Mülheim

Landscape Park Duisburg Nord

North Duisburg Landscape Park is one of the Ruhr Area’s most iconic industrial heritage monuments, now transformed into a leisure park for the whole family.

A truly amazing transformation has taken place in Duisburg in the last few decades. Up until 1985, the chimneys here were still belching smoke and workers were enduring sweltering heat to produce crude steel. But all that belongs to the past. Today, a green leisure park has sprung up, providing recreation for locals and tourists alike. The old blast furnace site, which was in danger of becoming an ugly industrial wasteland, has been transformed into North Duisburg Landscape Park (Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord), and is now regarded as a symbolic landmark of the city.

The industrial heritage monument in Duisburg-Meiderich is one of the most iconic symbols of the booming industrial age in the Ruhr Area. This is where Thyssen produced steel for the whole world – until overproduction in the European market led the company to close its long-established site. It was feared that the smelting works would fall into decay after decommissioning. In actual fact, there is more going on today than ever before: concerts and theatrical performances are staged in the former workshop halls, the old gasometer is home to Europe’s largest man-made diving centre, the former ore bin has been transformed into an Alpine-style climbing garden, and a decommissioned blast furnace is now a freely-accessible 70-metre-high observation tower.

Landscape Park Duisburg Nord

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