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Around the Biggesee near Attendorn

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  • The Gilberg Island in Lake Bigge.
    The Gilberg Island in Lake Bigge.
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On this cycle tour we will cycle around the Biggesee in the southern Sauerland. In the summer months, the Biggetalsperre attracts numerous cyclists, water sports enthusiasts and recreation seekers from the surrounding area to its shores.

 

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Distance 25.4 km
1:30 h
210 m
210 m
349 m
298 m
The Biggesee is mainly used to store drinking water for the Ruhr area. However, its scenic location attracts many sports enthusiasts and sun-seekers, especially in the summer months. After all, there are countless recreational opportunities here. Cycling is just one option for exploring the surroundings. If you want, you can also discover the area on one of the two passenger boats. Shortly after starting our bike tour, we cross the 52-metre-high dam. When construction began in 1956, around 2550 people had to be resettled in the newly built villages of Neu-Listernohl, Sondern-Haernicke and Eichhagen. After riding along the well-maintained cycle path along the river bank, we come to an architectural feature shortly before Werste, the double-decker bridge. On the one hand, rail traffic and on the other hand, road traffic is guided over two levels. Via Sodern and Haardt we then reach the nature reserve that extends to Gilberginsel. In order not to disturb the birds nesting there, the island is not approached by passenger ships. We then reach the ruins of Waldenburg Castle, which was probably built around 1000 and can look back on an eventful history. There is also a Marian chapel in the immediate vicinity. This place of pilgrimage had to make way for the construction of the Biggetalsperre in 1965 and was rebuilt further upstream from its original location. During the Christmas season, there is a 35-square-metre nativity scene here with over 70 figures. Once we have arrived at the starting point of our tour, we can take a refreshing dip in the water at the Waldenburg lakeside baths 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miriam Frietsch
Update: January 14, 2022
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Highest point
349 m
Lowest point
298 m
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Attendorn

Bikearena Sauerland

 

Start

Camping site Waldenburger Bucht, Attendorn (325 m)
Coordinates:
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51.112240, 7.903370
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51°06'44.1"N 7°54'12.1"E
UTM
32U 423236 5662878
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We start the circular tour around Germany's fifth largest dam at the campsite "Waldenburger Bucht" and head towards the lake. At the shore, we turn right onto the path that takes us to the dam. We follow the route always directly along the water and cross the Biggesee shortly before Werste. We continue cycling straight ahead over a second bridge in the direction of Sondern. We then turn left, cycle around the small headland and cross the railway tracks at the station. The route now takes us to Eichhagen, where we cross another bridge to reach Stade. We continue to follow the shore road to Haardt and back to our starting point.

 

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Public transport

By train to Attendorn

 

Getting there

A45 to Olpe exit, continue on the B54 to Attendorn.

 

Parking

At the "Waldenburger Bucht" campsite, Attendorn

 

Coordinates

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51.112240, 7.903370
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51°06'44.1"N 7°54'12.1"E
UTM
32U 423236 5662878
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Helga Buckstegen
August 31, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 31, 2019
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Dick van Driel
May 31, 2018 · Community
When did you do this route? January 20, 2018

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
25.4 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
210 m
Descent
210 m
Highest point
349 m
Lowest point
298 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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