It can be very enjoyable and most rewarding to hop on a bike, take a ride and discover the region. Plenty of cycle paths can be found along the banks of the Ruhr and Rhine rivers. Many smaller rivers and the canals also offer wonderful trips.
In fact, the whole state of NRW offers an almost perfect, broad network of circular cycling routes. Red-white or green-white coloured displays placed at the waysides show routes and their lengths. Short- and long-distance trains as well as trams are very helpful since they facilitate the transport of bikes.
The most liked and really beautiful landscapes one can explore nearby by bike are the Munsterland, the Lower Rhine and diverse routes from the Ruhr area to the Sauerland. Many of these pathways lead through nature parks and conserved landscapes. With an eye on streams, woods and cottages, it is possible to gain an impression of the region and the people living here.
Another example is the “Erlebnisweg Rheinschiene”, which leads along both banks of the Rhine for over 360 kilometres. Another is the Ruhrtal Radweg” covering 230 kilometres across flat terrain through cities and countryside.
Finally, a competition across Germany elects the friendliest city for cyclists every year. A visit to Munster reveals why this city has been chosen more than once. The finest facilities for cyclists are to be found everywhere and rumour has it, that there are more bicycles than inhabitants.