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Discover Germany by bike

Long-distance routes and tour tips

Hessen Railway Cycle Route - Keep on track!

Well connected: the Hessen Railway Cycle Route consists of various trails following disused railways, offering a wealth of unspoilt scenery dotted with cultural highlights. The German Cyclists’ Federation gives it a four-star quality rating.

The route starts in Hanau, birthplace of the Brothers Grimm. You can then choose to follow the long-distance cycle route through the Wetterau region or along the edge of the Spessart hills, past palaces and Celtic barrows. Along the disused tracks of the Oberwald railway, you ride through the Upper Vogelsberg nature reserve and into the medieval town of Lauterbach, past the palaces in Ortenberg, Gedern and Eisenbach. The royal palace and cathedral in Fulda are also well worth a visit. The ruin of Gelnhausen Palace, once a residence for Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, is a must-see on the way back to Hanau.

Terrain: the route runs along disused railway lines with some hilly sections. The Hessen Railway Cycle Route is well-maintained and uses asphalt paths. Mostly traffic-free.

Scenery: the route, characterised by riverside meadows, beech forests and panoramic views, runs from the Rhine-Main region through the Hessian hills and through the Spessart, Upper Vogelsberg and Hessian Rhön nature parks.

  • Length: 245 km
  • Starts: Hanau
  • Ends: Bad Hersfeld
  • Frankfurt 18 km | Kassel 68 km
  • About the route: hilly in parts, easily managed by children, majority of route suitable for trailers

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