Monastery Gardens Route, © I. Jansen, Kulturland Kreis Höxter

Insider tips - Cycling

On a cycling tour of discovery

We have some more surprises on offer: our insider tips for cyclists offer new views and insights - into Roman history, industrial culture amd rural idylls. Simply get on your bike and cycle off - the tours are there waiting for you!

Have you already cycled the Vennbahn route from Aachen to Belgium and Luxembourg via Monschau, and do you know every palace along the 100 Palaces Route in the Münsterland region like the back of your hand? Then it's time for our insider tips for cyclists in Your NRW. The Water Palaces Route, for example, travels along the edge of the Eifel region and the “Kölner Bucht” through the region that boasts the largest number of water palaces and castles in Europe. The 470-kilometre route passes 120 castles and palaces, as well as various historic town centres, monasteries and mills.

Flamingos in the wild

During the spring and summer, the Flamingo Route in the Münsterland region is a special insider tip for cyclists. Even if newcomers might not believe it, the tour really does lead to flamingos. These long-legged birds have made the Zwillbrocker Venn fenlands their home, making them Europe’s northernmost flamingo breeding colony. Usually they can be seem from March to July, and in successful breeding years until September, and can be observed particularly well from turrets specially built for the purpose. The entire round cycling route extends over 450 kilometres, and like all cycle paths in the Münsterland region passes almost solely through the plains, making it easy for less well-trained cyclists. As well as the flamingos, the route also offers attractive towns and villages, palaces and stately homes.


A great destination for nature fans is the Bislicher Insel island near Xanten. The nature reserve is one of the last water meadow landscapes in Germany, offering a home to numerous kinds of birds and rare water plants. Cyclists can follow the 2.5 kilometre-long trail across the island. A bicycle ferry also stops close by, allowing the tour to be combined with other tours on the Lower Rhine.

By bike through the city

For people who prefer an urban environment, one option is the Bundesviertel-Route, or governmental district route, through Bonn. With its 20-kilometre length, it is ideal for a day trip - particularly since there’s still enough time to visit one of the many museums or simply enjoy the cosy flair of this beautiful city on the Rhine. The route itself connects numerous interesting, historic locations that have played a part in the Federal Republic of Germany past and present, such as the official Bonn residence of the Federal Chancellor and the President, the Palais Schaumburg and the Villa Hammerschmidt.


Here, you’ll find more insider tips for cyclists. Choose your route and explore Your NRW by bike.

balkantrasse-die-bergischen-drei, © Die Bergischen Drei

Balkantrasse Cycle Path

On the tracks of the Balkan Express railway

A convenient way to see the sights: the Balkantrasse leads cyclists to the Rhine lowlands along a disused railway line.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Waterfront break at the Möhnetal, © Sauerland Tourismus Stratmann

Möhne Valley Cycle Path

Flat cycling terrain through Sauerland

While cycling through Sauerland is generally demanding, the flat Möhnetal-Radweg (Möhne Valley Cycle Path), which follows a for-mer railway track, is not so.

Level of difficulty: easy

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Abteigaerten © I. Jansen Kulturland Kreis Hoexter, © I. Jansen Kulturland Kreis Hoexter

Monastery Gardens Route

A tour of monastery gardens including Schloss Corvey

Discover medieval secrets on a cycling tour of monastery gardens including Schloss Corvey and the Willow Palace in Rheder.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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River Eder Floodplains Cycle Path - grand tour, © Reiner Schild

River Eder Cycle Path

The entire length of the Eder from the source in the Rothaargebirge

With no major ascents, the River Eder Cycle Path is ideal for families and leisure cyclists.

Level of difficulty: easy

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Water Quintet in the land of dams, © Volker Barthel

Water Quintet Cycle Path

Five reservoirs on one cycle route

Low-gradient railway lines allow cyclists to discover Bergisches Land at a leisurely pace. The Water Quintet Cycle Path rewards cy-clists with beautiful views.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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Discover the castle Linnep in Ratingen by bike, © KME M.Chardin

Discover Ratingen by bike

Textile museum, palaces and castles

Palaces and castles, historic old towns and tranquil natural land-scapes – Ratingen has it all. Cyclists always have something new to discover on a choice of themed routes.

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Der Aasee in Münster, © Ralf Emmerich / Münster Marketing

Relaxed cycling in Münsterland

A cycling network of paths and zones

Cycling by numbers in Münsterland: this mostly flat network of cycle paths offers good signposting, a wide range of places to eat and many interesting sights.

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Blick auf die Niers, © Kreis Viersen

River Niers Cycle Path

A relaxing route for leisure cyclists and families

An ideal cycle route for families and leisure cyclists: exploring the entire length of the River Niers as it winds through the Lower Rhine region.

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Um weiterzufahren, muss man mit der Fähre auf die andere Seite transportiert werden, © Lippefähre Dorsten

Roman Lippe Route

Cycling in the tracks of the Romans

Themed cycle routes along the River Lippe: from Detmold through the Ruhr Area as far as the Lower Rhine, cyclists can take a water-themed tour or follow the tracks of the Romans.

Level of difficulty: intermediate

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