Cycling trails

Unstrut cycle route- from the source to the mouth of the Unstrut

The Unstrut cycle route runs from the river's source in the Eichsfeld region near Kefferhausen to where it flows into the Saale river near Naumburg. As it is almost completely level, this route is particularly suitable for...

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The Unstrut cycle route runs from the river's source in the Eichsfeld region near Kefferhausen to where it flows into the Saale river near Naumburg. As it is almost completely level, this route is particularly suitable for families with children. The Unstrut passes the towns of Dingelstädt, Mühlhausen, Bad Langensalza, Sömmerda, Heldrungen, Artern, Roßleben, Nebra, Laucha and Freyburg. Visit Mühlhausen's historic town centre, the gardens in Bad Langensalza, Schloss Gebesee palace, the moated Heldrungen Castle or the model railway layout at Wiehe. You can look forward to well-known attractions such as the Nebra Ark, where the Nebra sky disc was found, the winery where Rotkäppchen sparkling wine is made, and the World Heritage Site Naumburg Cathedral.

Starting point head of the Unstrut river at Kefferhausen
End point Blossom Ground near Naumburg, where the Unstrut flows into the Saale river

Cycle routes in Thuringia - 05 -Unstrut-Werra cycle route

The 113km long Unstrut-Werra cycle route runs from the Unstrut to the Werra river. It starts in Artern. Via Bad Frankenhausen, the cycle route leads to the music and mountaintop town of Sondershausen, which boasts the world's...

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The 113km long Unstrut-Werra cycle route runs from the Unstrut to the Werra river. It starts in Artern. Via Bad Frankenhausen, the cycle route leads to the music and mountaintop town of Sondershausen, which boasts the world's oldest still open potash mine and can be toured. Beyond this, it leads past the leisure and recreational area Possen, which is worth a quick detour, via Ebeleben, which has a palace park that is worth seeing, and Schlotheim to the former "imperial city" of Mühlhausen, which has the attractions St Mary's Church and the Thomas Müntzer memorial to offer. At one point, Johann Sebastian Bach was the Divi Blasii church organist. The route then continues via Oberdorla, which is close to Germany's geographical centre and the "Opfermoor", a bog used for ritual or sacrificial killings in prehistoric times, to Langula. From there, it's worth making a short detour via the "Rote Radroute" red cycle route to the Craulaer Kreuz, and a short detour following the "Gelbe Route", the yellow route, to the tree tops trail. You'll be fascinated by the unspoilt nature and diverse wildlife. The tree tops trail affords amazing panoramic views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hainich National Park.

Back in Langula, you'll cycle through the Langula valley to the old railway station in Heyerode, the route's highest point. Near Heldra, you join the Werra valley cycle route until you reach Treffurt and the ruins of Normannstein castle.

The cycle route is suitable for families, nature and wildlife fans and touring cyclists. The Unstrut-Werra cycle route is almost completely level and runs along a former railway embankment. Long stretches of the route lead through the Kyffhäuser nature reserve.

Starting point Schönfeld near Artern
End point Treffurt

Leine-Heide-Radweg Etappe 1 von Leinefelde nach Göttingen

Der Leine-Heide-Radweg startet an der Leinequelle bei Leinefelde im thüringischen Eichsfeld. Bewaldete Höhenrücken, bunte Streuobstwiesen und malerische Städtchen prägen diese tausendjährige Kulturlandschaft. Im Norden erstreckt...

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Der Leine-Heide-Radweg startet an der Leinequelle bei Leinefelde im thüringischen Eichsfeld. Bewaldete Höhenrücken, bunte Streuobstwiesen und malerische Städtchen prägen diese tausendjährige Kulturlandschaft. Im Norden erstreckt sich mit der „goldenen Mark“ eine fruchtbare und flachwellige Beckenlandschaft. Das südliche Eichsfeld besteht in weiten Teilen aus einer teils schroffen, teils idyllischen Mit­tel­gebirgs­landschaft, welche von tiefen Tälern zerschnitten sind. Entlang der steilen Abbruchkanten wachsen artenreiche Laubwälder.

Historische Hauptstadt des Eichsfeldes ist Heilbad Heiligenstadtmit seinen Kur­an­lagen und der historischen Altstadt. Die Liste der Sehens­würdig­keiten ist lang: Besucher sollten nicht den Marktplatz mit der Aegidienkirche und dem barocken Rathaus versäumen. Am Westende der Altstadt erhebt sich der Stiftsberg, auf dem mit dem Bergkloster, dem barocken Kurmainzer Schloss und der Kirche St. Martin gleich drei der ehrwürdigsten Gebäude thronen. Die Route durch die leicht hügelige Flusslandschaft quert die ehemalige innerdeutsche Grenze beim Rittergut Besen­hausen und führt zum „Grenzdurchgangslager Friedland“. Vier Millionen Vertriebene, heimkehrende Soldaten und Kriegsflüchtlinge fanden bis heute von hier aus eine neue Heimat.

Fachwerk und Moderne beleben die sehenswerte alte Universitätsstadt Göttingen. Die Göttinger Altstadt vereinigt auf reizvolle Weise die Erinnerungen an die mittel­alterliche Kaufmannsstadt mit studentischem Flair. Im historischen Stadtkern findet man Fachwerkhäuser aus verschiedenen Epochen, die die Stadt in besonderer Weise geprägt haben.

Starting point Leinefelde
End point Göttingen

Red Route in the Hainich National Park

Both travel time and difficulty of the route depend on the direction in which one descends the route. Coming from the direction of Mühlhausen, you have a moderate to steeper climb throughout the route. Here the degree of... show more
Both travel time and difficulty of the route depend on the direction in which one descends the route. Coming from the direction of Mühlhausen, you have a moderate to steeper climb throughout the route. Here the degree of difficulty is medium to high. On the other hand, if you ride from the National Park in the direction of Mühlhausen, the route slopes gently. It is possible for trained cyclists to cycle from Mühlhausen to the National Park and back again within a day. The Red Route is connected to the Unstrut-Werra Cycle Route at Langula and to the Unstrut Cycle Route from Mühlhausen.

The Yellow and Red Routes meet in the heart of the National Park. Several smaller bike trails connect these long-distance bike paths with other destinations, such as the midpoint of Germany or the bird sanctuary in Seebach.

Some hiking trails in the national park are also open to cyclists. For mountain bikers, bike paths are designated outside the national park. The brochure "Cycling in the Hainich" and a leaflet with map provide further information.

Starting point Mühlhausen
End point Mühlhausen

Yellow Route in Hainich National Park

It leads mostly on little-used side roads and farm tracks. The route climbs on about half of the route partly moderately, but also partly very steeply. It therefore has a medium to higher degree of difficulty. The Yellow Route is... show more
It leads mostly on little-used side roads and farm tracks. The route climbs on about half of the route partly moderately, but also partly very steeply. It therefore has a medium to higher degree of difficulty. The Yellow Route is connected to the Werratal Cycle Path in Creuzburg. In Bad Langensalza you can continue cycling on the Unstrut cycle path.

The Yellow and Red Route meet in the heart of the National Park. Several smaller bike paths connect these long-distance bike routes with other destinations, e.g. the center point of Germany or the bird sanctuary in Seebach.

Some hiking trails in the national park are also open to cyclists. For mountain bikers, bike paths are designated outside the national park. The brochure "Cycling in the Hainich" and a leaflet with map provide further information.

Starting point Creuzburg
End point Bad Langensalza

Cycling tour to the Mühlhausen Swan Pond

The tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre Mühlhausen. Here you can get information about cycling tours, purchase maps or simply charge your e-bike.

 

 

In the immediate vicinity of the Tourist Information Centre...

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The tour starts in front of the Tourist Information Centre Mühlhausen. Here you can get information about cycling tours, purchase maps or simply charge your e-bike.

 

 

In the immediate vicinity of the Tourist Information Centre Mühlhausen is the Historic Town Hall, whose history goes back more than 700 years. The building complex has been extended again and again and therefore represents different style epochs. During a tour, you can discover the imposing town hall, the large council chamber and the Imperial City Archive with its extensive collection.

 

 

If you follow Ratsstraße in the direction of the lower town, you will come to Kornmarkt on the left with the former monastery church "St. Crucis", which is now also called Kornmarktkiche. Today, the Church houses the German Peasants' War Museum with an exhibition on the history of the Reformation. The romantic monastery garden, designed according to ideas by Albertus Magnus, adjoins the church and can be visited alongside the exhibition.

 

 

Through Linsenstraße, a picturesque little shopping street with local shops, you reach Untermarkt. This important square is dominated by the Church of Blaise the Divine, the main church of the Lower Town. It was the place of work of Johann Sebastian Bach from 1707-1708 and houses the Schuke organ built according to his disposition. Numerous concerts and cultural events take place here. Embedded in the Untermarkt are "time ribbons" that provide information about the most important historical events in Mühlhausen's town history.

 

 

Continue across Kristanplatz to the Museum of Cultural History, the main building of Mühlhausen's museums with exhibitions on the town's history, archaeology and Thuringian art of the 20th century. As a former grammar school, the building was erected directly on the historic city wall at the end of the 19th century.

 

 

After the passage to Lindenbühl, follow the Unstrut-Werra cycle path to the right and cross the road to the left into Spielbergstraße. Through Kettengasse and past the Mittelmühle mill, turn right at Obermühlenweg. On the left-hand side, Schwanenteichallee begins only 200m further on and leads you directly to the Swan Pond.

 

 

The local recreation area invites you to linger, offers fun for children and nature lovers also get their money's worth here. The outdoor swimming pool located there offers cooling off in the summer months. The Swan Pond can be completely circumnavigated by bicycle. Of course, if you continue straight ahead on the north side of the pond, you can make a short detour to the Popperöder spring with one of the most beautiful fountain houses in Germany.

 

 

The route then leads back along Schwanenteichallee to Obermühlenweg. Here you cross Wanfrieder Straße (at the crossroads) and follow Marcel-Verfaille-Allee to Johannisstraße with its stately villas. To the east you can already see the Äußere Frauentor, a 35m high tower that was part of the city's outer fortifications in the Middle Ages. Behind it stretches the Blobach, on the opposite side of which are the Inner Frauentor and the Rabenturm. They are part of the historcial city wall of Mühlhausen, which can be walked along for about 370 m from here. Behind the town gate, follow Herrenstraße on the right with its numerous historic half-timbered houses to reach St. Mary‘s, the "landmark" of Mühlhausen. After Erfurt Cathedral, this five-nave Gothic hall church is the largest church with the highest steeple (approx. 87m) in Thuringia. The building, which was secularised in 1975, has since served as a museum and Müntzer memorial. A separate exhibition area is dedicated to the life and work of the preacher Thomas Müntzer, who spread his ideas here. The elaborately designed south portal of the church is particularly worth seeing.

 

You return to the starting point of the tour via Ratsstraße.

Starting point Tourist Information Mühlhausen, Ratsstraße 20
End point Town Hall, Ratsstrasse 19

Kanonenbahnradweg - Eichsfeld - Thüringen

Erleben Sie auf dem Kanonenbahnradweg Bahngeschichte und Landschaft hautnah: Der ca. 33 km lange Kanonenbahnradweg startet am ehemaligen Bahnhof Dingelstädt und fasziniert durch seine einzigartige Mischung aus beeindruckenden...

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Erleben Sie auf dem Kanonenbahnradweg Bahngeschichte und Landschaft hautnah: Der ca. 33 km lange Kanonenbahnradweg startet am ehemaligen Bahnhof Dingelstädt und fasziniert durch seine einzigartige Mischung aus beeindruckenden Zeugnissen der Eisenbahngeschichte (fünf komplett befahrbare Eisenbahntunnel, zahlreiche Viadukte, Bahnhöfe und Haltestellen) und dem direkten Kontakt mit der herrlichen Eichsfelder Landschaft (Hochebenen, urwüchsige Natur, wilde Berge und Wälder, Flusstäler).

Erleben Sie am Radweg:

  • das ehemalige Franziskanerkloster Kerbscher Berg mit seiner herrlichen Parkanlage und dem eindrucksvollen Kreuzweg
  • Deutschlandweit einmalig! Fünf komplett befahrbare Eisenbahntunnel, u.a. mit dem Küllstedter Tunnel, dem deutschlandweit längsten Radwegetunnel (1.530 m)
  • zahlreiche Brücken und Viadukte, u.a. das imposante Viadukt in Lengenfeld unterm Stein (240 m lang)
  • Erlebnis-Draisinenbahnhof Lengenfeld unterm Stein mit Gastronomie/ Pension und Draisinenverleih
  • Radwegekirche „Der gute Hirte“ zur stillen Einkehr in Großtöpfer
  • das malerische Tal der Frieda
  • das Werratal mit herrlichem Rundumblick auf Hohen Meißner, Leuchtberge, Gobert und Plesse
Starting point Dingelstädt, am ehemaligen Bahnhof
End point Frieda (Werra)

Service on the route

Bicycle rental at the Brauhaus zum Löwen

Address

Felchtaer Str. 2-4
99974 Mühlhausen

Bicycle rental Fahrrad Ebert

Address

Karl-Marx-Str. 22
99974 Mühlhausen

Radhalle GmbH u. Co. KG

Address

Friedrich-Naumann-Strasse 75
99974 Mühlhausen

E-bike charging station at the Tourist Information Mühlhausen

Address

Ratsstr. 20
99974 Mühlhausen

E-bike charging station at Brauhaus zum Löwen

Address

Felchtaer Str. 2-4
99974 Mühlhausen