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Bike tour across the Ruhr region in Germany

2 days by bike along the pearls of industrial culture in the Ruhr area with overnight stay in Essen-Heisingen

by anika_around_the_worldAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeGermany2 days / July 2022

Highs & Lows

Lake Baldeney in the morning sun - when hardly any other people are around

The bathing place in Bochum-Dahlhausen which is situated directly under the power pylons ;)

Itinerary Overview

I started my super nice bike tour in the Ruhr region in Mülheim an der Ruhr along the first completed section of the RS1 high-speed cycle route to Essen. At the height of the University, you can easily switch to another bike path that connects the pearls of industrial culture Zeche Zollverein in Essen and Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. In Bochum you have a connection to the Springorum route - a former mining route, which nowadays leads very pleasantly down to the Ruhr in Dahlhausen. From there I followed the Ruhr and got accommodation in Heisingen.

Heisingen is the perfect starting point for trips to the nearby Lake Baldeney - just roll down the steep hill! The next morning I took advantage of this to be at the lake early in the morning and following the Ruhrtal cycle route without the usual weekend tourist caravans. Pretty half-timbered towns like Werden and Kettwig lie along the route and are worth a visit. From Kettwig, the path leads somewhat away from the Ruhr through fields and paddocks finally back to the starting point Mühlheim.

  • 1 Night: Heisingen
    Overnight stay during a 2 day bicycle tour
  • 1 Night: Mülheim
    Rest at the Ruhr during a 2 days bicycle tour

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Start early in the morning, so you have enough time left to visit Zeche Zollverein in Essen and hop into the Ruhr at the end of your first day. In my case, it rained in the morning, so waited for the weather to improve first.

  • How was the food?

    In Heisingen, I went for dinner at "Zur Alten Schmette" - simple, but good food, easy going atmosphere and a good spot to get in contact with the locals who are drinking shots there ;)

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Take a break in Essen-Kettwig on your first day - rather than in Werden. Kettwig is a small old town, has some cute shops and a church worth a visit because there is also a great viewing point nearby.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Take the S1 to Mühlheim an der Ruhr main station, which goes every half an hour from both directions - Solingen and Dortmund. The RS1 high-speed cycle route to Essen starts directy at the main station - just follow the signs.

  • Booking details?

    Jörg from b2bbird doesn't have WhatsApp - the easiest way to book is to just call him. Then you also get a first impression of his kindness ;)


  • I spent one night in the beautiful Heisingen in the bnbbird of the warm hosts Gabi & Jörg. The two are also happy to travel by bike, especially in Holland, and have experienced a lot of hospitality, which they would like to pass on. It felt like visiting good friends while sitting with them in their wonderful garden with a welcome drink ;)

  • The hotel with restaurant and beer garden Franky's Wasserbahnhof is located in Mülheim-Saarn along the Ruhrtal cycle route. Here you will find a huge meadow directly at the Ruhr -here you can swing yourself into one of the deck chairs in the sun to chill and enjoy the river view.