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Cycling on the Wied cycle path through beautiful river valleys

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  • Dreifelder Weiher
    / Dreifelder Weiher
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • / Bismarckturm Altenkirchen
    Photo: Maja Büttner, Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • / Wied-Radweg, Radtour Westerwald
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • / Wied-Radweg, Radtour Westerwald
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Westerwald Touristik-Service
  • / Wied-Radweg, Radtour Westerwald
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Westerwald Touristik-Service
m 600 500 400 300 200 100 80 60 40 20 km Wiedquelle Dreifelder Weiher Alvenslebenstollen Bismarckturm Handwerksmuseum
From the source at the Dreifelder Weiher to the mouth near Neuwied, this tour takes me from east to north and west through beautiful nature and past numerous sights.
Distance 97.1 km
7:30 h
278 m
666 m
I'm standing at the Rotenhain train station and decide to pay a visit to the nearby Stöffel Park first. The world's first mouse with an age of 25 million years was found in this quarry adventure park. Then I head back and my next destination is the Wied spring in the small village of Linden. I follow the markings to the Dreifelder Weiher, the largest of the seven reservoirs in the Westerwald lake district, and enjoy the wonderful natural landscape of the Wiedaue on the tour. Near Altenkirchen I come across the Bismarck Tower, which is about 100 years old and can be visited on the first Sunday of every month. In Burglahr, the Alvensleben gallery awaits. Ore was mined here until 1930, and today it is open to visitors. A guided tour is recommended. The Handicraft Museum, an old half-timbered house in Waldbreitbach next to an oil mill, also arouses my curiosity. I can visit it on Saturdays and Sundays and take a coffee break in the quaint rooms. The rest of the way takes me directly to Neuwied, where the Wied flows into the Rhine.

Author’s recommendation

In summer, bathing suits are a must, for example for swimming at the Dreifelder Weiher. The beach café in Niederbuchenau (Roßbach) is also particularly beautiful.
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Maja Büttner
Update: July 08, 2021
Highest point
472 m
Lowest point
56 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Landgasthof Zum Dorfkrug
Hotelpark Der Westerwald Treff

Safety information

Very good condition required. The tour can easily be done in two days.


Rotenhain train station (415 m)
50.601516, 7.894018
50°36'05.5"N 7°53'38.5"E
32U 421731 5606097


Neuwied, mouth of the Rhine

Turn-by-turn directions

The route is about 97 kilometers long. From Rotenhain station, it climbs toward Linden and then gently descends toward the pond. I keep to its northeast side and progress towards Steinebach an der Wied. In gentle bends, the route winds northwest to Ingelbach. Now I ride a large north and west arc to Widderstein, turn sharp right to the west and shortly after reach Michelberg and soon after Altenkirchen. Continuing southwest, the path tends to descend. Between Altenkirchen and Neustadt a small hill waits, other hilltops are also present. Shortly after Niederbreitbach, the route leads about 150 meters strongly uphill and just as steeply downhill. Otherwise, the tour leads me largely through the quiet Wiedtal, although I am also on old railroad tracks and occasionally on roads. Where modern markings are missing, I orient myself by old signposts, which guide me just as reliably.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

  • Hessische Landesbahn (Limburg - Diez-Ost - Westerburg - Altenkirchen - Au/Sieg): Rotenhain, Ingelbach and Altenkirchen
  • Right Rhine line (Cologne - Neuwied - Koblenz - Rüdesheim - Wiesbaden - Frankfurt): Neuwied

Getting there

  • To Rotenhain: via B255 to Langenhahn exit, continue on K8 to Rotenhain or B8 to Freilingen exit, continue on L304 and K61 to Rotenhain.
  • To Neuwied: via A48 to exit 11-Bendorf/Neuwied. Continue on B42 in the direction of Neuwied


50.601516, 7.894018
50°36'05.5"N 7°53'38.5"E
32U 421731 5606097
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Combination flyer bike/hiking, available here free of charge!


For bags and backpacks not only the back offers space on a bike tour - the weight of the equipment should be best distributed over several parts of the body and wheel. Driving wind, rain or sun can lead to very different temperature sensations on the bike - a cold can best be avoided with a professional bike clothing. You should always have a suitable change of clothes on hand on a multi-day tour to be prepared for any eventuality. Among other important equipment, the necessary tools and repair utensils should not be forgotten. At high speed, it is easy to take a wrong turn on a bicycle tour: For orientation, traditional and modern aids such as a bike map or a GPS device. You should always have a small emergency kit with you.

Questions and answers

Question from Birgit Blaum  · June 25, 2020 · Community
Wie ist die Wegbeschaffenheit von Neustadt/Wied bis Neuwied?
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Jens Wagner
August 26, 2017 · Community
erstmalig gefahren ab Altenkirchen bis Neuwied, dann noch weiter bis Bendorf - schöner Weg!!
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When did you do this route? August 09, 2016
E. Weber
September 16, 2016 · Community
Altenkirchen - Wiedmündung, schöne Tour.
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Norbert Schmitz
May 19, 2016 · Community
Hallo liebe Radler, wir haben am 17. und 18. Mai 2016 eine sehr schöne Radtour durch den Westerwald entlang der Wied unternommen. Start in Köln Hbf Abfahrt 10.23 Uhr nach Rotenhain zur Wiedquelle. Dann gut ausgeschildert durch Wiesen und Wälder über Altenkirchen (Pause) eine wunderbare Radtour bis nach Roßbach. Gesamtlänge 70 Km. In Roßbach haben wir gut gegessen und übernachtet im Hotel Strand-Café. Ein ruhiges Landhotel mit moderaten Preisen und sehr freundlichem Personal. Von Roßbach aus sind wir weiter nach Neuwied gefahren, haben aber vorher an der B 42 Brücke die Wied überquert und dem Wasser eine gute Reise mit dem Rhein in die Nordsee gewünscht. Nach einem kleinen Bummel durch Neuwied weiterfahrt stromabwärts. In Leutesdorf im Leyscher Hof unter großen Kastanien direkt am Rhein noch eine kleine Pause eingelegt. In Bad Hönningen wartete bereits das schöne KD Schiff LORELEY auf uns. Um 16.15 Uhr ging es dann auf eine entspannte Schifffahrt zurück nach Köln. An Bord konnten wir die gute Gastronomie, leckere Weine und freundliches Personal genießen. Ankunft in Köln pünktlich um 20.00 Uhr. Zwei sportlich schöne und kulinarisch reizvolle Tage gehen zu Ende.
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When did you do this route? May 17, 2016
Gesunde Landschaft
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Gesunde Landschaft

97.1 km
7:30 h
278 m
666 m
Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Family-friendly Geological highlights Botanical highlights Linear route


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