Dumplings, potash and culture
From the heights of Rennsteig the picturesque Werra makes it’s way, jammed between the Rhone and the Thuringian forest. On its way to Hann. Münden where it unites with the Fulda to form the Weser, the Werra flows past picturesque half-timbered towns, health resorts, residence- and famous culture cities. On 320 km of fully developed bike paths with little acclivity and uniform as well as brilliant signposting, you can entirely enjoy cycling and culture.
1. day Meiningen arrival
Your journey starts in the historical theatre town of Meiningen (arrival possible by German railway/parking garage close to the hotel/rental bike at hotel). The lovingly restored old town, Castle Elisabethenburg and many museums and theaters expect you!
2. day Meiningen - Bad Salzungen 43 km
After the cycling section today, you see Wasungen with its half-timbered town surrounded by dam walls and you still have enough time to indulge yourself in the health resort Bad Salzungen. Feel the vitalising effect of the unique Celtic bath (the only one in Germany). In the evening you can go and discover the lovely Old Town.
3. day Bad Salzungen - Dankmarshausen 40 km
Today you cycle further between the southern slopes of the Thuringian forest and the impressive round end of the Rhone. Have a break in the historical Old Town of Vacha. You will reach Heringen quickly, which is famous for the Werra-potash-museum. Here you can do trips on the "Monte Kali", the widely visible rock salt heap. Your hotel in Dankmarshausen is located next to the base of this impressive "sugar loaf".
4. day Dankmarshausen - Eisenach 37 km
Many lakes and nature preserves will be on your way along the winding Werra and after a short ride you will reach Eisenach. Take your time for the Wartburg and visit the domain of the famous sons of the town, for example in the house of Luther or Bach.
5. day Eisenach - Eschwege 58 km
It is quite lovely how the river meanders through a splendid low mountain landscape. You pass upright looming potash cliffs and medieval villages and towns. In Creuzburg and Treffurt you should walk through the romantic alleys of the monumental protected Old Town. Eschwege displays a special half-timbered charm, and is your accommodation for today.
6. day Eschwege - Hann. Münden 59 km
Art along the bike lane: sculptures of well-known artists are lined up next to the bank in the Werra-Meißner-land. Have a break in the brine bath of Bad Soden-Allendorf. You cycle through the "land of cherries" around Witzenhausen to Hann. Münden. Hann. Münden offers a closed medieval townscape and aristocratic castle. You may finish your day with a stroll through the town.
7. day Hann. Münden departure
After breakfast your journey along the Werra ends in Hann. Münden. If you want to you can prolong your trip along the Weser or Fulda.
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.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
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.
Prices are per person.
19.04. – 03.05.2020
27.09. – 11.10.2020
10.05. – 20.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Special dates possible with at least 6 persons
- in Dankmarshausen accommodation in Category B
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Werra bike trail
Please find more information about the Werra bike trail below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Arrival by train
Meiningen is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Meiningen always provide parking possibilities. Sometimes even free, for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available, no pre-reservation is necessary. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
Most of the time you cycle on well-paved like trails or asphalted rural roads and small side roads. Only a few short sections you have to cycle on dirt roads but in most cases it is possible to avoid thoses sections by cycling another way around. The entire route is largely flat and is well signposted. Further information can be found at:
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we bring it to your first hotel and pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 27-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
Transfer back to the starting point of the journey
Saturdays at 9am there is the possibility to transfer back to Meiningen with a small bus (with bike trailer). Arrival at 12.00pm. The driver comes to pick you up at your hotel and has much room for you, your luggage and where required your own bicycle. The bus takes you back to your first hotel, thus ensuring a perfect return service without transfer and the hassle of hauling luggage.
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefor it is payable locally at the hotel.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, 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.
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.
Throughout the city, numerous charming half-timbered houses delight the traveler's curious eyes. Particularly beautiful are: Schlundhaus of 1906 in Schlundgasse 2 (reconstruction of the cloister of 1597), Büchnersches rear house from 1596 in the Georgstraße 20, Pfaffenrothsches house from the time around 1600 in the Ernestinerstraße 14 and the Baumbach house from 1779 in the Burggasse 22.
Steam locomotive, Meiningen
If you would like to schedule an additional day at the beginning or at the end of the trip (guided tours only Saturday) and are interested in historical technology, you will have to pay for it here.
Founded on March 2, 1914, the Meiningen steam locomotive is now a fully functional repair facility for all types of steam locomotives of all types of track and, in the meantime, of nostalgic passenger trains and freight cars on the market for maintenance services Rail vehicles established ..
Old town Wasungen
The historical city center of Wasungen remained essentially unchanged in its original topography for centuries. The old town is dominated by stately aristocratic buildings and proud burgher houses. Numerous buildings of modern times are also evidence of tradition. They show typical old forms and elements "Franconian-Hennbergian" half-timbered construction.
In 1590 the first grading houses were built in Bad Salzungen. They significantly increased their earnings. There were 24 grades on either side of the Werra, some of which were about 400 m long and 8 m high. The salt mist that forms during the precipitation has a healing effect in respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis.
The Gradierwerk is not only an architecturally unique building, but offers a variety of different inhalation possibilities, using the acknowledged natural remedies, the Bad Salzunger brine (1% to 27%). The facility is unique among all the baths in Germany and Europe.
As part of a guided tour, you can get to know the fascinating world of miners. The conveyor carries you to a depth of 500 meters. At the bottom, you will find a seemingly endless labyrinth of stretches and excavation chambers, which only reveals the size of the mine field. On site, you can learn about the history, technology and development of potash mining. See the largest paddle-wheel excavator in the world and explore the legendary Reichsbank treasure in the historic Gold Room. The highlight of the guided tour in 800 meters depth is the crystal grotto with sparkling salt crystals of a world-wide size.
With many original machines, equipment, models, photos, films and computer animations, the museum allows a trip through more than 100 years of pottery in the Werra Valley. The "Monte Kali", Heringer's landmark, is one of the most unusual mountains in Germany , Which owes its origins to the potash mining industry, which has shaped the region for over 100 years.
The Wartburg near Eisenach was founded by Ludwig the Springer after the legend in 1067 and has always been a place of great events with significance for German history. It is one of the most historically interesting castles in Germany and was declared a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1999.
Old town Eschwege
Eschwege's half-timbered buildings are highly interesting, as they are situated in a stylistic transitional area between the Franconian, Lower Saxon and Thuringian wood architecture, and the influences of all these styles have been condensed into a landscape-typical and unmistakable architecture since the middle of the 17th century.
Border museum Schifflersgrund
The border museum is located in the original place, where until 1989 the German-German border system ran. The construction of the former border security systems can be inspected, as well as numerous military vehicles, but also helicopters, which have been used on both sides at border control. A container serves as a cinema here is among other things. A movie about the wall. Individual examinations are also reported by means of escape attempts.
On the market square in the middle of the historical town center with about 700 half-timbered houses is one of the most beautiful representative buildings of the Weserrenaissance: the Münden town hall. Since the Middle Ages, the local government has been the seat of the local authority over the community, and has retained this function to this day. The town hall was rebuilt in the years 1603 to 1618 and received its distinctive jewelery façade today. The core is a 14th-century Gothic hall. On the north side of the town hall there is a clock play every day at 12.00, 15.00 and 17.00 clock, whose circumnavigation shows a scene from the life of the world famous Dr. Johann Andreas Eisenbart.