Cycling trip along the Wupper

Industrial remains, river banks, half timbered houses, gastronomy (closed due to COVID), up and down, obstacles, cherry trees and a bridge. Also a lot of hills.

Cycling Trip to Cherry Blossoms and Lilac

Bonner Münster, Südstadt, Kessenich, Konrad Adenauer Brücke, Limperich, Beuel, Schwarzrheindorf, Mondorf, Fähre Mondorf, Graurheindorf, Nordstadt, Bonner Münster

Very nice trip, mostly sunny

Railroad Track Cycling No 2

Another leg of the same track we took earlier this week.

NW 1.02a Viersen-Dülken – Schwalmtal-Waldniel – Brüggen

Glorious sunshine, the wind was still fairly cold. The track followed the river Schwalm. Green meadows, small towns. A pleasure.

Railroad Track Cycling

Over the last two years we discovered the joy of converted railway lines. Yesterday we went from Kaldenkirchen to Kempen, one leg of the BahnRadweg Kreis Viersen, and back again. N1.02.

The weather was great, the route scenic, typical Niederrhein, and Kempen seems quite a nice town to visit post pandemic.


Nice cycling trip. We crossed the Rhine with the ferry at Langel and returned to our bank via the Leverkusen bridge. Nice views over the river.

At St Amandus on the way back we had some Tee from the thermos.

Great weather during the first halve of the trip. Now grey in grey, though warmer than at the start of the week.

Good (Friday) cycling tour

We cycled to Schloss Hülchrath today. Nice tour, but after 4 days of glorious sun today it was overcast and cold. But we took hot tea, so everything was fine.

Another one done from the list

Photo not from today

We took out the bikes. Glorious sun, spring having sprung. But it was COLD. Good to be cycling again, though.

There’s a bit of a moral dilemma this morning. I’d like to take the bike for a spin. The sun is shining. But, still -3 C outside.


Cycling is no fun if you alternate sweating with freezing.

Compromise with a hike?

Quite chuffed

… and the year isn’t quite over yet …



Schloss Eicherhof

Schloss Eicherhof

Crossed the Rhine with the ferry at Langel and then up to Leichlingen in the Bergischen Land. Couldn’t get close to the Schloss, closed due to covid.

After lunch in the sun we went back the way we came.



Good day

  • 40 km cycling trip with my wife, got home just before the rain
  • made 21 Rouladen with the daughter for Christmas
  • sourdough in the fridge ready for baking tomorrow


Schlösser Cycling Tours

On our hunt for nice cycling tours we found a list on listing all the Schlösser 1in the Rhineland 2, there is even an IOS App, which shows the distance 3 from your current position.

As our e-bikes have increased our reach, the list of Schlösser provides easy inspiration.

Completed Tours 2020

Completed Tours 2021

Still to come

  • Altes Schloss, Grevenbroich, 18 km
  • Schloss Türnich, Türnich, previously visited, 19 km
  • Schloss Gymnich, Gymnich, previously visited, 21 km
  • Schloss Strauweiler, Odenthal, 21 km
  • Burg Bergerhausen, Bergerhausen, 22 km
  • Schloss Augustusburg, Brühl, previously visited, 23 km
  • Schloss Dyck, Jüchen, previously visited, 23 km
  • Hotel Dycker Weinhaus, Jüchen, 23 km
  • Hofgarten, Düsseldorf, previously visited, 23 km
  • Schloss Jägerhof, Düsseldorf, 23 km
  • Schloss Gracht, Liblar, 24 km
  • Schloss Falkenlust, Brühl, previously visited, 24 km
  • Bezirksregierung, Düsseldorf, 24 km
  • Schloss Bensberg, Bensberg, previously visited, 25 km
  • Schloss Liedberg, Liedberg, 25 km
  • Schloss Buschfeld, Bliesheim, 25 km
  • Schloss Wahn, Wahn, 26 km
  • Schloss Eulenbroich, Rösrath, 29 km
  • Schloss Rösberg, Rösberg, 29 km
  • Schloss Bornheim, Bornheim, 31 km
  • Schloss Rankenberg, Dersdorf, 31 km
  • Schloss Georgshausen, Hommerich, 32 km
  • Schloss Auel, Wahlscheid, 34 km
  • Schloss Alfter, Alfter, 34 km
  • Schloss Ehreshoven, Engelskirchen, previously visited, 37 km
  • Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert, 38 km
  • Bonner Schloss, Bonn, previously visited, 38 km
  • Schloss Heiligenhoven, Heiligenhoven, 38 km
  • Schloss Poppelsdorf, Poppelsdorf, 38 km
  • Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Bonn, 38 km
  • Schloss Hückeswagen, Hückeswagen, 39 km
  • Schloss Miel, Miel, 40 km
  • Kommende Ramersdorf, Beuel, 41 km
  • Wasserschloss Müttinghoven, Müttinghoven, 42 km
  • Schloss Gimborn, Gimborn, 46 km
  • Schloss Drachenburg, Königswinter, previously visited, 48 km
  • Stiftung Naturschutzgeschichte, Königswinter, 48 km
  • Schloss Merten, Merten, 50 km
  • Schloss Homburg, Nümbrecht, previously visited, 52 km
  • Burg Blankenheim, Blankenheim, previously visited, 66 km
  • Wasserschloss Crottorf, Friesenhagen, 69 km
  • Der Kappelenweg, Wissen, 70 km

I guess this will keep us busy. Also there are castles, abbeys, stately homes, mills, …


  1. Schloss as in „palace“, representative (fortified) place of residence [return]
  2. Rhineland as in the Rhine bit of Northrhein-Westphalia. Basically from slightly south of Bonn to where the Rhine crosses into The Netherlands [return]
  3. as the crow flies [return]

Another tour, another Schloss

Today we took the Zons ferry and cycled on to Schloss Benrath

Again, only 20 km from home.


Cycling to Schloss Frens

Another Schloss, again within 20 km from home.

Renessaince (Dutch style) architecture. Not open to the public.


There seem to be quite a few of them

A cycling trip to Schloss (Museum) Morsbroich. Ca 20 km from home on the other side of the Rhine.

Thankfully the cycling path on the Leverkusener Brücke is still open. (The bridge is going to be replaced).


Cycling to Schloss Loersfeld


Bicycle Tour from castle to castle along the Erft

Saturdays tour started at Schloss Bedburg and followed the Erft up to Schloss Paffendorf and on to Bergheimerdorf.

Wonderful weather, unfortunately our Thermos broke before we had any hot drink.


Yesterday's tour: NW 4.05 Kohlenbahn: Wuppertal-Wichlinghausen – Sprockhövel – Hattingen

Very cool tour, map, 22 km one way. We went Wuppertal - Hattingen - Wuppertal.

There would have been some nice cafes in old railway stations, but due to Covid we took our own lunch.

Here is the other tunnel


Cycling on an old railway line

Build to transport coal / iron from Hattingen to Wuppertal and Solingen where it all was turned into cutlery, knives and tools.

One of the tunnels, closed at night during parts of the year to protect the bats.


Cycling Trip Saturday

We drove East to the Rhine, then followed it downriver, skipping some of the bends. Worringen, Zons, … until we hit the mouth of the river Erft. Wie followed the Eft upwards, going West. We left the Erft in Allerheiligen and turned south towards Knechtsteden Abey, then Home via the Chorbusch.

Sunny day, though not warm. Just short of 60 km.


The mighty River ErftErft & Rhine

Cycling vacation

Now that we both have e-bike’s our driving radius got a lot bigger and the fun increased with it.

We also found out how much fun converted railway lines are. First stop is Bahntrassenradeln where German and also (some) European routes are listed with descriptions, maps, and gpx-trails.


Circumcycling Baldeney See

#baldeneysee #cycling

Cycling to Zons


Strategic Railroad Embankment

Never used for trains, build between 1904 and 1916

Now a walking and cycling path


(c) - 2021