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Raderlebnisrouten im Überblick

West Route:

Photo: Philharmonic Hall
Experience the city, culture and parks

North Route:

Photo: Zollverein
Experience countryside and industrial heritage

South Route:

Photo: Aerial photo of Lake Baldeney
Experience water, leisure and industrial history

Overview of cycling discovery routes

On the occasion of the Capital of Culture Year 2010, the programme "ESSEN.New ways to the water" created three discovery routes for cyclists and walkers, introducing visitors and residents to the many sides and faces of the city. The special path systems, most of which are away from road traffic, lead to many attractive and striking tourist attractions in the City of Essen, such as museums, parks, expanses of water, viewpoints, fascinating structures and neighbourhoods. Visitors can explore the discovery routes independently, with their own bicycles or with hired bikes. Guided cycling groups can also make the trip. Station signs and signposts serve for orientation along the routes. Route guides are available in flyer format from a number of locations (Town Hall, Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre(s)), hotels, Tourist Information, Grugapark Information Center) or are available for download here.

West Route

Along the 13 km circuit, arranged like a string of pearls, there are a great number of discovery locations that impressively stand for Essen and its structural change. City districts and green areas with different characters are linked together to form an exciting and interesting route, on which the past and future of the City of Essen come into direct contact.

North Route

In the form of a circular combination of cycle and footpaths, a route has been developed that is 16 km long and leads northwards from the city centre to the Zollverein World Heritage Site. On a supplementary stretch, also 13 km long, the North discovery route leads to the Rhine-Herne canal, and offers a detour into mining history with a visit to the Schurenbach slag heap. At the top of the 50 m high slag heap, there is a view over all of Essen and the northern Ruhr Area, formerly so shaped by the coal and mining industry.

South Route

The third circuit leads into the Ruhr valley around Lake Baldeney, Essen's most important local recreation area. There are also numerous tourist attractions around Lake Baldeney, such as the Villa Hügel, the Isenburg ruins, Schloss Baldeney, Haus Scheppen, and the section of the Hespertal railway on which historical steam engines still run. A detour into the cultural landscape of Deilbachtal offers insights into the early industrial history of the neighbourhood of Kupferdreh. Visitors to the Capital of Culture can reach Lake Baldeney by bicycle and/or suburban rail from the city centre. The circuit is 16.8 km long, and can be cycled in around 2 hours with short breaks.