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Long-distance routes and tour tips

Diemel Cycle Route - A leisurely ride through river scenery

History is tangible at almost every turn along the Diemel Cycle Route, sometimes dating as far back as the Bronze Age. This is combined with a wealth of idyllic, unspoilt countryside.

Shortly after the tour starts in Willingen, you come to Lake Diemelsee, a paradise for fishing and water sports surrounded by wooded slopes in the Upland region – and the perfect backdrop for the Diemel river cycle route. Next is Marsberg with its medieval old quarter, followed by the old Hanseatic town of Warburg. Near Liebenau you can see some Bronze Age burial mounds, and there are plenty of castles. Trendelburg Castle watches over the town of the same name, and in the Diemel valley you can see the moated castle at Wülmersen and Castle Krukenburg. The route ends in Bad Karlshafen on the Weser river.

Terrain: the Diemel Cycle Route runs alongside the river on well-maintained, mostly asphalt paths. It is easy to negotiate with hardly any steep climbs. Traffic volumes are very low throughout.

Scenery: the route runs past Lake Diemelsee nature reserve, around the Diemel reservoir and through often densely wooded, gently rolling hills and uplands to where the Diemel flows into the Weser.

  • Length: 110 km
  • Starts: Willingen/Usseln
  • Ends: Bad Karlshafen
  • Korbach 15 km | Kassel 45 km
  • About the route: mainly flat, easily managed by children, majority of route suitable for trailers

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