Weser - The short
Weser bike trail from Hann.Münden to Minden
Just a little longer than a weekend but feels like a complete holiday! This bike tour starts in Hann.Münden, a beautiful city full of half-timbered houses, at the confluence of the Werra and Fulda rivers. Follow the signs on the bike route along the river into the Northern German lowland to Minden.
1. day Arrival in Hann. Münden
Get here early to have a chance to see the 700+ half-timbered houses in the city, as well as renaissance-era city hall. There is parking at the hotel, and bicycles are also available for rent.
2. day Hann. Münden - Beverungen 55 km (34 miles)
The former Benedictine monastery at Bursfelde, and Oberweser with its open-air milling museum await you.
3. day Beverungen - Bodenwerder 59 km (35 miles)
Today your ride takes you along the border of Solling. You'll pass the Fürstenberg castle, where porcelain is made, before you reach the cloister at Corvey. After that, continue on to the next highlight of the tour: the palace at Bevern, one of the most impressive buildings of the renaissance in Weser.
4. day Bodenwerder - Rinteln 56 km (35 miles)
After leaving Bodenwerder, you'll be greeted by the picturesque Hämelschenburg, before being captivated by the Pied Piper of Hameln's song in - where else?? Hameln.
5. day Rinteln - Minden 42 km (26 miles), departure
You'll see Bad Oeynhausen, famous for its "Jordansprudel," the largest carbonated hot spring in the world. But things will get a bit tight (literally!) in the valley at Porta Westfalica, the gateway to Westphalia, before you reach Minden. Without overnight your bike tour ends today in Minden. If you want you can book in advance a transfer back to Hann.Münden (departure 3 p.m.).
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.
18.04. – 30.04.2020
21.09. – 11.10.2020
01.05. – 20.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
Prices are per person.
17.04. – 06.05.2021
27.09. – 17.10.2021
07.05. – 26.09.2021
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 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 Weser bike trail: the short
Below you will find specific information about Weser bike trail: the short. 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.
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.
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.
Corvey (also Korvey) is a former Benedictine abbey in Höxter in today's North Rhine-Westphalia. Corvey was one of the most important Carolingian monasteries and possesed one of the most valuable libraries in the country. A numerous bishops arised from that abbey. Corvey played a decisive role in the first missionary experiments in Scandinavia. Ansgar, the "Apostle of the North," was brought up here.
The Haemelschenburg Castle near Emmerthal in the Weserbergland between Hameln and Bad Pyrmont is regarded as the major work of the Weserrenaissance. With its art collections, gardens, water mill, economic buildings and the church it is one of the most beautiful renaissance constructions in Germany.
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.
The wedding house in Hameln
The wedding house in Hameln is a significant Weser renaissance building in Lower Saxony built out of sandstone. It is considered to be the last stone building built in this style in Hameln. The construction period was from 1610 to 1617.
Schaumburg museum of local history
The museum is one of the oldest municipal museums in the Weserbergland and was opened in Rinteln in 1908. Since 1938 it is located in the Eulenburg, except between 1942 to 1967. The Eulenburg was in the Middle Ages seat of the family von Rottorp, later in possession of the monastery Möllenbeck and from 1651 to 1821 (1866) seat of the Hessian-Schaumburg government in Rinteln.
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.
Cathedral St. Petrus and Gorgonius in Minden
The core of Minden is inter alia the old town, which is divided into the area around the early-Gothic cathedral from the 11th - 13th century with Romanesque westwork and so-called cathedral liberty.
Waterway crossing Minden
The waterway crossing Minden is a crossroads of two waterways in East Westphalia Minden, where the Mittellandkanal lays with two bridges across the Weser Valley and the Weser river, which is located 13 m below. 320 m respective 341 m long channel bridges lead across the river and the Weser meadows. This means 211 km free traveling for the navigation on the canal and the Weser. Connections via two lockways make a switch between the waterways at this intersection possible.