Getting to know the Weser River in a sporty pace
Let the Weser take you on an especially pleasurable bike trip! Follow the river on the most worthwhile part of its course. You will discover Hann.Münden and Hameln with their neat Old-Towns, Corvey castle, the chinaware manufacturer in Fürstenberg and the castle of Bevern, a real treasure of the Weser Renaissance. At the end of your trip, you will get to meet the “Town Musicians of Bremen” on a visit of their interesting hometown.
1. day Arriving in Hann. Münden
We recommend bringing enough time to visit the city hall dating from the Weser Renaissance and the more than 700 half-timbered houses of the town. Parking facilities and rental bikes at the hotel.
2. day Hann. Münden - Beverungen 55 km
Onto the bicycles! The former Benedictine monastery Bursfelde is the first sight waiting to be visited. Next on your list are the worthwhile open-air museum with its numerous mills and Bad Karlshafen.
3. day Beverungen - Hameln 82 km
The periphery of the Solling, Northern Germany’s second largest continuous wood-covered surface, will accompany you today! Fürstenberg castle, known world-wide for its chinaware manufacture, lies on your way to Corvey castle. After a short visit, you will follow your route to Bevern castle, one of the Weser Renaissance’s most impressive buildings. Allow yourself to take a break in Bodenwerder, home of the famous Baron Münchhausen, before the medieval atmosphere captures you in the Pied Piper’s town Hamelin.
4. day Hameln - Petershagen 77 km
Leaving beautiful Hameln means discovering other new places. Visit the town of Rinteln, it also has a lot to offer: The magnificent Old-Town from the Weser Renaissance, the ancient harbor and the historical steam railway. Bad Oeynhausen is North-Rhine Westphalia’s only national spa. It attracts the numerous visitors with its 36°C warm "Jordansprudel" – the world’s greatest sparkling thermal spring shooting up into 42 metres of height from 720 metres below the earth out of its own force. The valley gets a little narrower nearby Porta Westfalica, where the Weser and the numerous cyclists have to push their way through the Wiehen- and Weser mountains. A number of interesting museums (coffee museum, Prussian museum, button museum, doll museum) and nice cafes wait in Minden, so that the last 9 km will be accomplished easily.
5. day Petershagen - Hoya 80 km
From today on, the landscape will be different: You enter the North German Plain. Discover the Old-town of Nienburg on a special way: All you have to do is follow the bear-track to leading you to the historical sights! Afterwards, small villages with brick-colored houses seam your way to Hoya.
6. day Hoya - Bremen 70 km
You will reach today’s first stop in no time: the horsemen’s town Verden. A wide panorama, meadows like green carpets, wind mills and farms scattered here and there invite to take many pictures along the route. Past a stork haven you get closer and closer to Bremen. If you are lucky, the Town Musicians of Bremen already greet you from the distance, but you should in every case make a stop in front of the bronze statue by the city hall.
7. day Departing from Bremen
Your rental bikes can be left at the hotel. It is possible to travel back to Hann. Münden by train or to book our return transfer by minivan.
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.
Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels
Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels
For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.
Prices are per person.
- 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
- 25% reduction for children under 14 years of age in a room with two people paying the full price
- 15% reduction for children under 14 years of age in their own room
Worth knowing about the Weser bike trail: sportive
Below you will find specific information about the Weser bike trail: sportive. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by train
Hann.Münden is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train.We recommend to take a taxi from the train station to get to our partner hotels in Hann. Münden.
Current schedule information and price information can be found at: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Our partner hotels in Hann.Münden have only a limited number of parking spaces.
You can park your car for the duration of the trip in the car park at the “Tanzwerder”.
Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive by mail together with the detailed travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
The Weser bike trail is one of the best cycle routes in Europe. In surveys conducted by the Allgemeiner Deutscher fahrrad-Club (ADfC - General German Cycling Club), the Weser cycle path has become the most popular cycling route in Germany!
Most of the time the bike trail runs parallel to the Weser waterway: especially between Hann.Münden and Rinteln it makes the special charm of this bicycle route.
Large sections of the Weser bike track are well developed, paved bike trails, farm roads, or at least roads with separate routing paths. Occasionally short sections lead over country roads with less traffic. There are hardly any sections where you have to drive on unsurfaced roads.
Often there are bike trails along both the banks of the Weser River. Especially between Hann.Münden and Werder you can pick the site and take the ferry to switch banks. However, the official Weserradweg bike route leads only on one side of the river.
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
Daily at 3pm there is the possibility to transfer back to Hann.Münden with a small bus (with bike trailer). 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.
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.
Hann. Münden is rich in restored half-timbered houses (more than 700 in the historical town center) with nice medieval churches (St. Blasius, St. Aegidia) and buildings of the so-called Weserrenaissance. Worth mentioning in particular are the Welfenschloss and the historic town hall.
Some parts of the medieval city wall including the defense towers are preserved. The wall was already built with the city's foundation in the 12th century.
The Blasius church is a three-nave Gothic hall church in the center of the old town. The construction began at the end of the 13th century, built on the foundation walls of a Roman basilica.
The stone bridge across the Werra connects the town center with the suburban flower. It was built before 1329 and is one of the oldest stone bridges in Lower Saxony.
Downtown you find the town hall, whose core is a gothic hall dating from the 14th century. In the years 1603 to 1618, the building was reconstructed by the Lemgo architect Georg Crossmann and received its still preserved decorated façade.
The first Münden castle was completed in 1501 by Herzogich I (Calenberg-Göttingen) as a gothic building. It was a residence castle with administrative seat.
As a memory of the Siege of Münden by general Tilly in 1626 a watch out tower was built in the Reinhardswald above the town.
On a hill high above Hann. Münden and Weserstein, the Weser-song construction is located on the right side of the river Weser. Reminiscent of the poet of the Weser song (Franz von Dingelstedt) and the composer of the song (Gustav Pressel). The Weser-song construction offers a wide view over the city.
Castle of Beverungen
The castle of Beverungen is a partially preserved water castle at the river Weser in Beverungen. In 1332, the Paderborn bishop began the construction of the Wasserburg to secure navigation on the Weser.
The Hoya Castle is a former castle, already mentioned in 1233. Together with the church it was situated on a Weser island, which was united with the city at the end of the seventeenth century by filling up the Weser arm. The castle was seat of the Niedergrafschaft, a line of the counts of Hoya. After their extinction, Nienburg became the seat of the Counts of Hoya. In 1582 the county fell back to the Dukes of Brunswick. Since then the castle was an offical seat and important in the Thirty Years' War last. In 1859 it became the seat of the magistrate's office.
The house of the pied piper in Hameln
The house of the pied piper is one of the most famous houses in the Old Town of Hameln and one of the most magnificent buildings of the Weserrenaissance. It is located at the junction of Bungelosenstraße and Osterstraße. Its present façade was built in 1602.
Church St. Bonifatius
The Cathedral of St. Boniface is an evangelical Lutheran former monastery church in Hameln. It is located on the south-western edge of the historic old town close to the river Weser. The church is an element of the municipal city arms of Hameln.
German fairy-tale and legend museum
The fairy-tale and Weser-legend museum is located in Villa Paul Baehr, a splendid art nouveau villa, at the spa gardens of Bad Oeynhausen. Arised from the private foundation of Dr. Karl Paetow, who died in 1992, the museum offers insights into the wide field of the old folk art and deals with the visualization of fairytale and legend motifs.
The Petershagen Palace is a water castle built around 1306 as a water castle, which in the 16th century was converted into a castle in the style of the Weser renaissance. It comprises several buildings which accreteed to today's castle complex.
The Bremen Roland is a statue, which is located on the market square between town hall and Schütting, its view is directed to the cathedral. Together with the Town Hall it was declared a World Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2004 and is one of Bremen's landmarks.
The "Schnoor" (also called "Schnoorviertel"; low-german Schnoor, Snoor = cord) is a medieval quarter in the old town of Bremen. The district owes its name to the old ship's craft. The corridors between the houses were often related to professions: there was an area where ropes and strings were made (string = Schnoor), and an area where wire and anchor chains were made (Wieren = wire).