River Weser Cycle Path), © Peter Hübbe

Weser Cycle Path

Along the river through the Weser Up­lands to the North Sea

Hit the north! Idyll­ic river­side paths and low-moun­tain sec­tions lead cyc­lists from the Weser Up­lands to the North Sea.

Over 500 kilo­metres of well-con­struc­ted tracks link the Weser Up­lands and the North Sea on one of Ger­many’s most pop­u­lar long-dis­tance cycle paths: the River Weser Cycle Path. More than 150,000 bi­cycle tour­ists use this route every year, from re­cre­ation­al cyc­lists and young fam­il­ies to ex­per­i­en­ced long-dis­tance cyc­lists.

The Weser Cycle Path is char­ac­ter­ised by the huge vari­ety of its scenery: from idyll­ic river­side paths to low moun­tain ranges and the windswept North Sea for am­bi­tious cyc­lists who fol­low it all the way to the end.

The en­tire route from the Weser Up­lands to the North Sea is well-main­tained and largely avoids busy roads. It is di­vided in­to 15 stages so that cyc­lists can choose the sec­tion that ap­peals to them and suits their level of fit­ness. The first six stages take in 185 kilo­metres of the Weser Up­lands. Here, cyc­lists can ad­mire and vis­it the many half-timbered towns, castles and palaces.

The on­ward stages head north, with the route passing dir­ec­tly by the UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Site of Schloss Cor­vey. Shortly be­fore Minden, the Porta West­falica opens its gates for the Weser to flow in­to the North Ger­man Plain. Con­tinu­ing along the middle course of the Weser, cyc­lists pass the towns of Ni­en­burg and Ver­den, cross marsh and moor land­scapes, and pass pic­tur­esque wind­mills and wa­ter mills. Fur­ther north, the Hanseat­ic city of Bre­men is well worth a de­tour to see the Rathaus (City Hall), an­oth­er UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Site, and the his­tor­ic old town. The route then con­tin­ues north­wards as far as Cux­haven on the North Sea.

Those who wish to en­joy the di­verse Weser land­scape with less leg­work can make use of the ex­tens­ive net­work of 21 bat­tery-chan­ging sta­tions and 40 rent­al sta­tions for e-bikes. An en­vir­on­ment­ally friendly al­tern­at­ive to driv­ing, these bikes run on elec­tric power and can also sup­port the cyc­list’s nat­ur­al ped­alling ac­tion. Nu­mer­ous cyc­list-friendly ac­com­mod­a­tion pro­viders and inns dot the route.

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Blick auf das Unesco-Welterbe Corvey, © Kulturkreis Hoexter-Corvey gGmbH
River Weser Cycle Path, © Peter Hübbe

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