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Family-friendly stage on the Rhine Cycle Route: Neuwied-Engers - Bad Hönningen

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  • Schloss Engers in Neuwied-Engers
    / Schloss Engers in Neuwied-Engers
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rheinradweg bei Leutesdorf
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / Pfarrkirche St. Georg in Hammerstein
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Beschilderung RömerWeltWeg
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Spaß in der RömerWelt
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH
  • / RömerWelt in Rheinbrohl
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Wachturm Nummer Eins, Rheinbrohl
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / Rheinanlagen Bad Hönningen
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
  • / The Rhine Cycle Route is part of the cooperation "Germany's Top River Routes"
    Photo: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
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Romans, knights, Rhine and vines: A varied stage awaits us!
We cycle on mostly flat paths past several castles and palaces, idyllic vineyards and pass small villages with Roman heritage. The Rhine Cycle Route is signposted throughout with the EuroVelo 15 logo.
moderate
Distance 24.1 km
1:43 h
39 m
40 m
We start in the Neuwied district of Engers on the well-kept lakeside promenade, directly at Engers Castle, a "gem of late baroque architecture". We are passing the imposing railroad bridge and with a view of the nature reserve "Urmitzer Werth", we cycle for a while along a tree-lined path along the shore. Shortly before Neuwied, we pass through a small industrial area, first to the right, later to the left of the flood protection dike. On the dike, not far from the water level tower, there is an interesting information center.
Further on, the Rhine cycle path leads us under shady trees through the spacious park of Neuwied Castle. The park offers many opportunities to take a break and enjoy a relaxing picnic. We cross the small river Wied, which flows into the Rhine here, dry-footed thanks to a narrow bridge. We continue along the B42 (about 3 km, be careful, there is no separation to the road), we can see the town of Andernach on the left side of the Rhine and finally reach the pretty wine village of Leutesdorf. Passing the modern youth hostel, we ride along the banks of the Rhine for a bit before the Rhine cycle path turns right and goes uphill for a short distance through a residential area, then over the railroad and finally through the vineyards. We then ride along the B42 for a short distance and see the Hammerstein ruins high above us before we reach the small village of the same name. The parish church of St. George is particularly worth seeing here. After a good 2 km we reach Rheinbrohl, the next wine village. Here the Rhine Cycle Path leads past watchtower No. 1, the beginning of the Upper Germanic-Raetian Limes, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. Shortly after, we reach the spa town of Bad Hönningen, known for its healing waters but also for the bright yellow Arenfels Castle, which lies above the town amidst the vineyards.
The return journey is comfortable by train, in about 15 minutes we are back in Neuwied-Engers.

Author’s recommendation

A detour to the adventure museum RömerWelt is worthwhile! From the Limesturm near Rheinbrohl, simply follow the signs to RömerWeltWeg (approx. 1.5 km uphill).
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Author
Katharina Schattner
Update: April 26, 2021
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Highest point
92 m
Lowest point
55 m
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Safety information

There can always be bumps due to root breakups on the bike path, especially in the area of the "Urmitzer Werth" nature reserve north of Neuwied-Engers. When the Rhine Cycle Path passes through towns and villages, it does not run as a separate path but is carried along by the roads.

Tip: Keep an eye on the level of the Rhine! During high water, some paths may be flooded. Current information is available from the flood warning service.

Tips and hints

Bicycles can be taken on regional trains free of charge from 9:00 a.m. Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. (In Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. If capacities allow).

Start

Engers Castle, Neuwied-Engers (60 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.422166, 7.544056
DMS
50°25'19.8"N 7°32'38.6"E
UTM
32U 396575 5586583
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Destination

Rhine promenade, Bad Hönningen

Turn-by-turn directions

Requirement: Suitable for all without restrictions.

Route character: Out of town exclusively on dedicated paths. In towns, bike paths or road with no bike lane. Except for a few sections, the route is on asphalt. Out of town exclusively on own paths.

Signposting: The Rhine Cycle Route/EuroVelo 15, which follows the Rhine from its source to its mouth over approx. 1,233 km through 4 countries, was certified as the 1st long-distance cycle route by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) and is continuously and uniformly signposted with the EuroVelo 15 signet.

Further information on the Rhine Cycle Route from the source to the mouth: www.rhinecycleroute.eu

The route in the cycle path network: The Rhine Cycle Path is one of the 7 long-distance cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate and is a section of Route No. 8 in the D-network. The Rhine Cycle Path provides connections to many cycle paths in Rhineland-Palatinate as well as to Baden-Württemberg and Hesse. Source and further info: https://www.radwanderland.de/

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there

By car: A well-developed highway network connects the metropolises of Rhine-Main and Rhine-Ruhr with the Romantic Rhine. The A 61 (Cologne-Ludwigshafen), the A 3 (Cologne-Frankfurt), as well as the A 48 (Trier-Montabaur/Dernbach) as connecting routes bring you to the Rhine Valley from all directions. In the Rhine Valley itself, the federal highways 9 (on the left bank of the Rhine) and 42 (on the right bank of the Rhine) are the pulsating traffic arteries.

By train: A multitude of train stations on both banks connect the Romantic Rhine to the major centers such as Cologne/Bonn and Mainz/Wiesbaden. Koblenz itself is an IC stop, nearby Montabaur with an ICE stop is served by express buses from Koblenz.

Coordinates

DD
50.422166, 7.544056
DMS
50°25'19.8"N 7°32'38.6"E
UTM
32U 396575 5586583
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The cycling map for the region "Romantic Rhine" as well as service manual & overview map for the entire Rhine Cycle Route/ EuroVelo 15 are available from:

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
An der Königsbach 8
56075 Koblenz
GERMANY
Tel. 00492619738470
info@romantischer-rhein.de
https://www.romantischer-rhein.de/en/
www.rhinecycleroute.eu
 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24.1 km
Duration
1:43 h
Ascent
39 m
Descent
40 m
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