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Routes in the Ruhr area

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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The 10 Most Beautiful routes in the Ruhr area

Unterhalb des Beyenburger Stausees fließt die Wupper duch die Innenstädte von Wuppertal, Leichlingen und Leverkusen dem Rhein entgegen.
Long distance hiking trail · Bergisches Land
Wupperweg
Premium content Difficulty moderate
3
125.8 km
45:00 h
1,311 m
1,688 m
The Wupper Trail takes us mostly along the course of the river Wupper. We experience nature and culture of a special kind.
Kölner Dom und Groß St. Martin
Pilgrim trail · Bergisches Land
Way of St. James Wuppertal-Aachen
Premium content Difficulty moderate
4
156.5 km
42:00 h
1,470 m
1,342 m
The Wuppertal-Aachen Way of St. James leads pilgrims from the Wuppertal district of Beyenburg via Cologne to the German-Belgian border near Aachen.
Förderturmm der Zeche Zollverein
Hiking trail · Ruhrgebiet
Von der Zeche Zollverein in Essen zum „Tetraeder“ auf der Halde Beckstraße in Bottrop
recommended route Difficulty easy
1
14.2 km
3:40 h
130 m
135 m
Auf mehrheitlich grünen Wegen durch die Industrifolgelandschaft des Ruhrgebietes - vom UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe „Zeche Zollverein“ in Essen zum „Haldenereignis Emscherblick“
Kupferdreh Culinary Station
Bicycle Ride · Germany
Cycling tour through the Ruhr region: from Mülheim through Essen, Werden and Kettwig
Premium content Difficulty moderate
1
50.4 km
3:20 h
171 m
171 m
The beautiful „Stadt-Land-Fluss“-Radtour takes us through the Ruhr region. We start in Helge Schneider's birthplace Mülheim and cycle on through Essen, Werden and Kettwig – always down the Ruhr, along Lake Baldeney and through lots of greenery.
Gradierwerk I Bad Westernkotten
Bicycle Ride · Ruhrgebiet
Westfälische Salzroute
recommended route Difficulty moderate
1
88 km
7:51 h
310 m
277 m
Salzproduktion und Salzhandel haben in der Hellwegregion eine Vielzahl kulturhistorischer und industriegeschichtlicher Zeugnisse hinterlassen.
Die Burg Altena
Long distance hiking trail · Ruhrgebiet
Plackweg
Premium content Difficulty difficult
1
140.6 km
39:00 h
3,773 m
3,558 m
Even the Romans used the Plackweg to transport their goods through the Arnsberg Forest. Even today, we can still see traces of the old trade route on the hiking trail maintained by the Sauerland Mountain Association. It leads for long stretches along the ridge of the Plackweghöhe, which is up to 581 m high, and therefore has some challenging climbs in store for us - but for which we are rewarded with magnificent views, impressive castles, large caves and mysterious monasteries.
Historisches Rathaus Münster
Pilgrim trail · Osnabrücker Land
Way of St. James Osnabrück-Wuppertal
Premium content Difficulty moderate
1
202.4 km
70:00 h
2,088 m
1,953 m
On the Osnabrück-Wuppertal Way of St. James, we make a pilgrimage right across Westphalia. After crossing the Teutoburg Forest, we walk through the flat Münsterland region to the eastern Ruhr area. Here we cross the Ruhr and reach our destination in Wuppertal-Beyenburg via the hills of the Bergisches Land.
Ruine Hardenstein an der Ruhr
Bicycle Ride · Ruhrgebiet
Two Lakes Circuit in the Ruhr Valley
Premium content Difficulty moderate
4
50.3 km
3:30 h
229 m
229 m
Two lakes and the Ruhr
Schloss Sandfort in Olfen-Vinnum
Long distance cycling · Münsterland
On the Castle and Palace Tour through Münsterland
Premium content Difficulty moderate
136.8 km
9:20 h
380 m
376 m
Biking from castle to castle: The 135 km-long bike tour includes numerous beautiful castles and palaces. The route leads through the beautiful parkland of Münsterland and past architectural treasures.
Die Grundmauern der Ruine Isenburg.
Long distance hiking trail · Ruhrgebiet
Graf-Engelbert-Weg
Premium content Difficulty moderate
1
118.3 km
32:00 h
2,843 m
2,803 m
The Count Engelbert Trail is one of the most important northern Süd routes through the Bergisches Land and leads the hiker in the footsteps of Count Engelbert in six day stages from Hattingen on the Ruhr to Schladern.
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Runde durch den Dortmunder Süden by Norbert
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Photo: Norbert Siegel, Community
Photo: Norbert Siegel, Community
Photo: Norbert Siegel, Community
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February 04, 2023 · Community
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