The Ruhr Valley Cycle Route covers 230 exciting kilometres from the Sauerland to the Ruhr region. It is rated as a four-star premium route by the German Cyclists’ Federation.
Forests alternate with meadowland, castles give way to medieval townscapes, and interspersed amongst it all are the industrial monuments. Former winding towers, blast furnaces and gasometers now double as cultural venues and places of recreation. The banks of the Ruhr river are lined with impressive sights including Arnsberg with its medieval old quarter and classical district, the cradle of Ruhr mining in the Muttental valley, Lake Baldeney in Essen and, last but not least, the river docks in Duisburg, which have been converted into a complex of shops and restaurants.
Terrain: the vast majority of the route is traffic-free and runs alongside the river. Some steep climbs, mostly in the first 35km; the sections that follow are predominantly flat. Very good transport links.
Scenery: beautiful riverscapes, densely wooded uplands in the Sauerland, the Ruhr conurbation with monuments from the days of heavy industry and mining.