Radler auf dem Weser-Radweg in Oberweser, © Weserbergland Tourismus e.V / M. Gloger
© Weserbergland Tourismus e.V / M. Gloger

Weser Cycle Route

Ascent
1034M
Descent
1171M
Distance
521km
highest point
174M
This Tour is suitable for
Touring bike
Type of tour
Distance
Suitable for
Children

The four-star Weser-Radweg cycle route passes through seven regions, which could hardly be more different. This 520 kilometre route runs from the Weserbergland to the North Sea without encountering any major hills and by following it, you will discover why it has long been one of the most popular long-distance cycling routes in Germany. 

Route and sights

The Weser-Radweg starts in Hann. Münden, where the Werra and Fulda join to form the Weser river. The first stage along the Upper Weser runs through the Weserbergland, where numerous historic towns, castles, palaces and abbeys can be found along the route and are strung together like pearls on a necklace. Alongside the imposing buildings of the Weser Renaissance style and colourful half-timbered houses, the Weserbergland are also renowned for magical characters like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Cinderella and Baron Munchausen. Just before Minden, Porta Westfalica is the Weser river’s gateway to the North German Plain. Along the Middle Weser, you cycle through Nienburg, Verden, marsh and moorlands, passing picturesque windmills and watermills. Further north in the Hanseatic city of Bremen, the largest conurbation on the Weser-Radweg, is the start of the Lower Weser. In Bremen, it is well worth taking a detour to visit the town hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the statue of Roland and the historical old town. In Bremen, you cycle along the Weserdeich (Weser embankment) in the cultivated land of Teufelsmoor and take a detour to the river island of Harriersand. The main route continues through one of the largest continuous areas of grassland in Europe, the Wesermarsch. As the boats and boatyards get bigger and bigger, the maritime influence becomes more apparent. You have a choice in Nordenham: either you can take the ferry to the coastal town of Bremerhaven and follow the main Weser-Radweg route or you can cycle over the Butjadingen peninsula to Eckwarderhörne. The main route passes the coastal town of Bremerhaven with its Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Centre), Klimahaus (weather and climate-based museum), Überseehäfen (overseas harbours) and many other attractions. After Bremerhaven, in Cuxland, you are within reach of the North Sea and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site, before reaching the official end of the Weser-Radweg at the Kugelbake (Ball Beacon) in Cuxhaven.

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Logo Weser-Radweg

Signage

The Tour is continuously signposted with this standardised logo.

Information


Arrival and departure

There are rail stations at the start point and final destination and in most towns along the route, so it is easy to get to and from the Weser-Radweg by train. You can find detailed information on connections and timetables (in German) at Deutsche Bahn. Bicycles can generally be taken on regional and InterCity trains. However, we would recommend booking in advance and checking availability. Tip: Take advantage of Deutsche Bahn's Niedersachsenticket deal.

The specifics of the tour

Virtually all of the Weser-Radweg has a main route and alternative route, so you can travel along both sides of the Weser river. One highlight of the route is the detour to the Butjadingen peninsula, which runs away from the Weser river and is therefore an additional section. There are numerous ferries running along the Weser-Radweg. For operating times, closures and information about building work or diversions, please visit the Weser-Radweg website.

Further reading and suggested maps

Weser-Radweg service booklet: you can order this free practical companion from the Weser-Radweg information centre.

You can download the Weser-Radweg app along with the latest maps from the Weser-Radweg website.

bikeline Radtourenbuch: Weser-Radweg von Hann. Münden nach Cuxhaven
Esterbauer- Verlag
16. Auflage 2017
ISBN 978-3-85000-035-2

your contact

Weser-Radweg Infozentrale

Deisterallee 1
31785 Hameln
Phone: +49 (0) 5151 / 930039

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