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  • Cycling Experience Day 2021 on the Small Railway Cycle Route
    Cycling Experience Day 2021 on the Small Railway Cycle Route
    Photo: Sophia Mauer - RÜD, Urlaubsregion Naheland
The Kleinbahn-Radrundweg leads along a former small railway line through the Soonwald Nahe Nature Park and through the Ellerbach and Gräfenbach valleys past steep cliffs.
Distance 35.9 km
3:00 h
300 m
300 m
391 m
122 m
Bockenau, which lies sheltered and surrounded by steep cliffs in the Ellerbach and Gräfenbach valleys, was once served by a small railway. From 1896 to 1935, trains ran steamily through the village and provided a connection to Bad Kreuznach, for reasons of cost on a narrow gauge. Today, the former narrow-gauge railway is part of a cycle path through the Soonwald Nahe Nature Park. It runs in sections along the former tracks of the narrow-gauge railway and overcomes the watershed between Allenfeld and Argenschwang over a range of hills. The starting and finishing point of the circular cycle route through the Rüdesheim / Nahe community can be, for example, the small railway museum in Bockenau, where a lock from 1920 is on display. The trail is scenic and runs away from the central development routes of the Nahe valley. It is 34 kilometres long and has ascents of 330 metres in altitude, which are rewarded with beautiful views towards the Soonwald.

Author’s recommendation

Take enough to drink and rest at the small railway museum in Bockenau. Or at other beautiful spots along the way!
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Update: May 25, 2023
Highest point
391 m
Lowest point
122 m
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Track types

Asphalt 23.65%Dirt road 45.39%Forested/wild trail 6.07%Path 2.62%Road 13.76%Unknown 8.48%
8.5 km
Dirt road
16.3 km
Forested/wild trail
2.2 km
0.9 km
4.9 km
3 km
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Rest stops

Der Waldkoch
Gasthaus St. Hubertus

Safety information

The route between Allenfeld and Argenschwang is on the little-used main road with many bends. You should be careful there.Observe the traffic rules, watch out for other road users and ride at an appropriate speed, especially on the descents. Be considerate of other cyclists and pedestrians.

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49.843725, 7.827927
49°50'37.4"N 7°49'40.5"E
32U 415729 5521914
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Requirements: Athletic strength or pushing required on the uphill section, otherwise suitable for all. The two co-guided sections without a cycle path clearly reduce the quality as a family-friendly cycle route, especially as the 2.8 km long section on the L238 between Allenfeld and Argenschwang has a steep difference in altitude of 115 m over a length of 2.4 km.

Route character:


25 km own paths   

2 km cycle paths   

6.5 km in town without cycle path   

3.5 km without cycle path (0.5 km L 108 before Bockenau and 3 km L 238 Allenfeld - Argenschwang)

Pavement quality:    Fully asphalted routes

The route in the cycle path network: The Kleinbahn cycle route connects the local region with the southern Soonwald in the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park.

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Public transport

Bad Kreuznach with a main railway station is located approx. 2.5 km from Rüdesheim/Nahe: Nahe route Saarbrücken - Idar-Oberstein - Mainz - Frankfurt

By road

You can drive directly to Rüdesheim via Bad Kreuznach and start the tour from there.


There are a few free parking spaces at the Lohr mill and in Industriestraße (small hikers' car park) and at the open-air swimming pool in Rüdesheim.There are also free (hikers') parking spaces in various local communities: For example, at the open-air swimming pool in Argenschwang, the hikers' car park in Allenfeld, Bockenauer Schweitz at the "Budche", Bockenau hikers' car park in the direction of Burgsponheim, at the old railway embankment in Hargesheim, in Gutenberg at the hall, in Wallhausen at the open-air swimming pool or at the hikers' car parks, in Dalberg opposite the St. Hubertus restaurant.


49.843725, 7.827927
49°50'37.4"N 7°49'40.5"E
32U 415729 5521914
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  • Helmet
  • Mobile phone with full battery
  • Cash, ID card
  • Navigation device, maps
  • Air pump / compressed air cartridge
  • Spare inner tube
  • Sufficient beverages
  • Energy bar / gel
  • Wind / rain jacket

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F. Müller
June 18, 2022 · Community
Sehr schöne Radrunde, die wir bestimmt nicht zum letzten Mal gefahren sind (mit Antrieb sind die Steigungen kein Problem). Abwechslungsreich und auch an heißen Tagen gut zu meistern, da die Strecke überwiegend schattig und vielfach in Bachtälern verläuft. Man kommt an mehreren Einkehrmöglichkeiten und schönen Rastplätzen vorbei. Die Beschilderung und die Wegbeschaffenheit sind durchgehend gut. Die hier angegebene Route weicht am Campingplatz Bockenau jedoch etwas ab. Der Radweg verläuft durch das Camping-Gelände. In Rüdesheim oder Argenschwang bieten sich Freibäder für eine Erfrischung an! Bei Bockenau gibt es ein schön gestaltetes Freizeitgelände mit Spielplatz und Wassertretbecken.
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Cpt. Cheesycrust
November 07, 2020 · Community
Wer eine kleine Rundtour in schöner Landschaft sucht und auch vor einem etwas größeren Anstieg nach Allenfeld nicht abgeschreckt wird, hat hier sicher seinen Spaß. Der Radweg verläuft besonders im Süd-Westlichen Teil oft auf Landstraßen außer Orts, welche aber schwach befahren sind. Wer also nur 2-3x im Jahr auf dem Bike sitzt und unsicher ist hat hier vielleicht nicht so den Spaß.
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Eckhard Freudenberger
September 19, 2020 · Community
Wir sind den Rundweg von Rüdesheim über Hargesheim gefahren. Teilweise sehr idyllische Abschnitte durch den Wald und über Felder. Leider aber auch große Abschnitte über Hauptstraßen. Auch ist die Beschilderung teilweise nicht übersichtlich genug. Daher nur 3 Sterne
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35.9 km
3:00 h
300 m
300 m
Highest point
391 m
Lowest point
122 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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