Blick über das Sauerland, Warstein, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Up- and down­hill

Routes for ath­let­ic chal­lenges

Some cyclists find the flat countryside boring and would rather forego it for action and great athletic performance. This is no problem at all on the following hilly routes. The best part of it is that anyone who climbs up high is typically going to be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the valley.

Mountainbiker unterwegs im Sauerland, © Sauerland-Tourismus/Wipp Art

Ac­tion in nature

Mountain bikers are sure to find the right tour for them among the hilly routes in different degrees of difficulty along the lake shore, to red sandstone rocks, or across the Hürtgenwald plateaus in the Ruhr-Eifel region. Hürtgenwald also has a mountain bike park with shuttle service.

The mountains and valleys of the Sauerland region are ideal for plenty of mountain bike fun. On top of varied tours, bike parks, and the trail centre, there is a number of mountain bike events, including Europe’s largest freeride festival, the Dirtmasters in Winterberg.

Kermeter, Urft- und Obersee in der Eifel , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Cyc­ling with a view

Rivers, lakes and small cit­ies

The Eifel-Höhen route cycle path is particularly diverse. Breathtaking panoramic views alternate with a great variety of landscapes and romantic little towns along the demanding tour. The Eifel water landscape is particularly impressive, with three reservoirs connected to each other at Einruhr and offering an ideal place for a stopover.

Up and down between the valleys of the Ruhr and Eder rivers, the Ruhr-Eder geo cycle path leads through the mountainous landscape of the Sauerland region to northern Hesse on an exciting journey across 400 million years of Earth history. Winterberg, one possible starting point for a trip on this route, is not far from the Bruchhauser Steine, an enormous rock formation up to 92 meters high that formed after a volcanic eruption.