Long-distance cycle routes

Long-distance cycle routes are the designation for supra-regional cycle paths. They touch or cross several federal states and are usually characterised by the fact that they can only be completed in several daily stages.

Long-distance cycle paths are marked with a continuous and a road marking or signposting. So if you still need accommodation for your planned multi-day hike, you will find further information here.

Have fun cycling!

The 275 km long Hellweg-Weser railway-bike route begins in Soest, runs along the Hellweg through the spas of Sassendorf, Westernkottern and Waldliesborn and reaches the Gütersloh region with the towns of Rietberg and Rheda-Wiedenbrück, which are well worth seeing. This is characterized by beautiful avenues, wide meadows and historic town and village centres.

Bielefeld with its landmark Sparrenburg and its metropolitan flair is definitely worth a stop. We continue through Lippe – the land of Hermann – where Lemgo, Blomberg and Schieder with their historic old towns or Brake Castle are well worth a visit.

Along the Schiedersee you reach Lügde. From there it is only a few kilometres to the famous Lower Saxony state spa Pyrmont. The route follows the Emmer Valley to the Weser and soon Hameln, the end point of an eventful BahnRadTour is in sight.

The Weser-Lippe BahnRadRoute from Bremen via Bielefeld to Paderborn is by far the longest of the three BahnRadRoute, with a length of over 300 kilometres. It begins in the traditional Hanseatic city of Bremen, where the Roland and the City Musicians are already well-known sights along the route. Following old Hanseatic routes, the route runs right across the Lower Saxony district of Diepholz.

The charming Mühlenkreis Minden Lübbecke, the Wittekindsland Herford and the old linen weaving town of Bielefeld follow. Lippe – the land of Hermann – with the gentle hills of the Teutoburg Forest leads over to the Paderborn region. In most cases it is found in the flatter northern Germany and only rises above one or the other mountain top in the Harz mountains. The good 23 km long section of the R1, which leads you from Augustdorf through the beautiful Detmold to Holzhausen, is passable all year round.
In Detmold it is worthwhile to experience an extraordinary mixture of the landscape embedded in the Teutoburger Wald and cultural diversity.

The new Roman-Lippe-Route replaces the previous Roman route. It leads from the Herrmannsdenkmal in Detmold, to the sources of the Lippe near Paderborn, always along the Lippe, via Haltern am See to Xanten. Experience “history in the river” and cycle where the Romans once walked.

The Roman-Lippe Route begins at the Hermannsdenkmal in Detmold, accompanies the River Lippe from its source to its confluence with the Rhine and, up to its final destination in Xanten, links exciting Roman sites with soothing green water meadows and historically charming town centres over a distance of around 295 km.

The Lippe, the longest river in North Rhine-Westphalia, entices with its eventful past and invites you on a voyage of discovery of historical format. It has had a lasting effect on the areas and inhabitants along its banks throughout history and even the Romans recognized its importance. On its gentle course, the Lippe connects five regions in one of the most varied federal states in Germany: the Teutoburger Wald, the Sauerland, the Münsterland, the Metropole Ruhr and the Lower Rhine.

The Lippe, a river worth discovering, features the Roman-Lippe Route, a river-accompanying long-distance cycle path of the highest quality! This route is the new destination for cyclists, nature lovers and all visitors who are interested in Roman culture, water experiences and European history.

Drive the 295 km long main route in 4-6 daily stages and discover why the Romans did not move along the river Lippe by chance.