Railway line cycling
Railway line cycling

Erzbahntrasse (mine railway track), “Rheinischer Esel” (“Rhine Donkey”), etc.

They are the backbone of radrevier.ruhr: the railway lines which have been transformed into cycling routes! Freight trains used to transport commodities to the large factories, and heavy goods rolled off the production line and into the wider world along this route. Today, relaxed groups of cyclists make their way along the former railway lines, away from the traffic, from one industrial monument to another, with hardly any gradients.

Connection paths between industrial monuments

From the HOAG Trail, Erzbahntrasse, Rheinischer Esel or one of the other former railway lines, each line offers an insight into the history of the region. It directly passes impressive industrial monuments, and offers cycling fun at its best. The former railway line is not always identifiable, but sometimes old signal boxes, large signalling systems or traces of the track itself provide insights into the original use of the route. The old, industrial Ruhr region depended on the railway network. The new Ruhr Metropolis uses this extraordinary heritage to enable new forms of mobility. The structural changes in the Ruhr region make it completely accessible for all in an impressive way.

Erzbahnschwinge

The Erzbahntrasse

From Bochum to Gelsenkirche, the Erzbahntrasse – one of the best-known railway routes in the Ruhr region – covers around ten kilometres leads slightly downhill. The former railway line has been fully redeveloped and leads from the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum to the spectacular Grimberger Sichel bridge, which has a span of 150 metres and goes over the Rhine–Herne Canal. In the Westpark in Bochum, you can cross the striking 130 metre long Erzbahnschwinge bridge, one of the best-known bridges in the Ruhr region, and pay a visit to the ZOOM Erlebniswelt zoo, which is located on the other side.

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Lake Niederfeld

The Rheinische Bahn

The Rheinische Bahn – one of the best-known railway routes – stretches through the western Ruhr region, between Essen and Duisburg. As a central arterial road parallel to the A 40 motorway, the Rheinische Bahn is also a cornerstone of the Radschnellweg Ruhr (Bike Freeway – RS 1) in the western part of the Ruhr region. The 21 kilometre Rheinische Bahn Route will lead you from the edge of the university district in Essen, through Mülheim an der Ruhr, and to the Rheinpark in Duisburg. The first construction phases in Essen and Müllheim have already been completed. Thanks to several bridge structures, a virtually intersection-free cycling tour should be possible.

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Nordsternpark

The Nordsternweg Route

At the heart of the radrevier.ruhr district, the Nordsternweg route covers a distance of around 5 kilometres from the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site in Essen to Nordstern Colliery in Gelsenkirchen. With just a few intersections, the former railway line is ideal for cyclists. Opened in 2010, the Capital of Culture year, the Nordsternweg Route connects two of the most beautiful mine dumps in the Ruhr Metropolis. The Nordsternweg Route runs alongside the former railway line, and also passes the Schurenbachhalde mine dump. It is worth the journey, because the Haldenplateau can be reached in just a few minutes by bike, and the panoramic view of the central Ruhr region is very rewarding.

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HOAG-Trail

The HOAG-Trail

At around 12 kilometres long, the HOAG Trail leads from Oberhausen to Duisburg, and connects Oberhausen with the Walsum district of Duisburg. Freight trains used to transport coal from Sterkrade Colliery in Oberhausen to the Rhine Harbour in Duisburg-Walsum along this route. Today, relaxed groups of cyclists may their way along the former railway lines, away from the traffic. The cycling route was opened by Regionalverband Ruhr (Ruhr Regional Association) in 2007, and is now a key part of radrevier.ruhr in the western Ruhr region. Many bridges have been renovated, so that cyclists can enjoy a tour which has the lowest possible number of intersections.

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