Panorama bike path crossing on wagon bridge, © Stadt Heiligenhaus

Nieder­ber­g­bahn Pan­or­ama Cycle Track

Cyc­ling on flat ter­rain through nean­der­land

Train tracks have been re­placed by a cycle path to cre­ate a re­lax­ing route through nean­der­land.

Des­pite nean­der­land’s hilly land­scape, the Pan­or­am­arad­weg Nieder­ber­g­bahn (Nieder­ber­g­bahn Pan­or­ama Cycle Track) in the Mettmann dis­trict of­fers won­der­fully re­laxed cyc­ling. The route runs for ap­prox­im­ately 40 km along a former rail­way line con­struc­ted in the 1920s. The as­cents had to be gentle in or­der to trans­port people and goods without dif­fi­culty – a fact that now be­ne­fits cyc­lists on the trail.

This stretch, which was opened in 2011, leads from Hei­li­gen­haus to Haan via Vel­bert and Wül­frath and has plenty to of­fer every­one, not just nature lov­ers. Along the way, cyc­lists will dis­cov­er im­press­ive evid­en­ce of en­gin­eer­ing and ar­chi­tec­ture from the past 100 years, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous bridges and lis­ted via­ducts, which of­fer spec­tac­u­lar views of the sur­round­ing land­scape. In Hei­li­gen­haus, the cycle path also heads past the il­lu­min­ated Wag­gon­brücke (Wag­gon Bridge), a unique bridge made out of a rail­way car­riage.

The trail also of­fers a few worth­while de­tours. The towns along the route en­tice vis­it­ors with their scen­ic charms and range of cul­tur­al at­trac­tions. Young fam­il­ies can have a day out at the Freizeit­park Nord­stadt – a leis­ure park with a large play area – entry is free. Also worth a vis­it is the Zeit­tun­nel (Time Tun­nel) in Wül­frath, which sim­u­lates a jour­ney back through 400 mil­li­on years of geo­lo­gic­al his­tory. However, this is only open dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son as it serves as a roost­ing place for bats dur­ing the winter.

Bey­ond the re­gion, the Nieder­ber­g­bahn Pan­or­ama Cycle Track con­nects up with oth­er cycle paths such as the Ruhrtalrad­weg (Ruhr Val­ley Cycle Path) in Es­sen-Kettwig and the Korken­zieher­trasse (Cork­screw Trail) near Haan, and forms part of the 300 km-long trans­re­g­ion­al net­work of Pan­or­ama Cycle Tracks.

A com­pre­hens­ive bro­chure on the Nieder­ber­g­bahn Pan­or­ama Cycle Track with route de­scrip­tions, in­sider tips and ser­vice in­form­a­tion can be ordered from the web­site. The bro­chure and oth­er prac­tic­al in­form­a­tion can also be down­loaded.

More in­form­a­tion:
Wül­frath Zeit­tun­nel (Wül­frath Time Tun­nel): open from March to Oc­to­ber
Freizeit­park Nord­stadt (Nord­stadt Leis­ure Park): open all year

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Blick auf die historische Brücke in Heiligenhaus, © Stadt Heiligenhaus
Panorama bike path crossing on wagon bridge, © Stadt Heiligenhaus
Zeittunnel Wülfrath, © Stadt Wülfrath, Gellert

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