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THE RUWER-HOCHWALD CYCLE ROUTE – AND MORE

The Ruwer-Hochwald Cycle Route shows what can be done with old railway lines after the trains have stopped running. For eighty years from 1889 onwards and in parts for longer, wagons used to roll out along this track from Trier through the Ruwer Valley bound for Hermeskeil. Nowadays it is an attractive leisure facility for cyclists and skaters and hikers alike. On the roughly 50 km long trip from Trier through the Ruwer Valley to Hermeskeil via Kell am See, the route goes along the former railway and shows off the beautiful scenery in the region from a perspective which previously could only be enjoyed from out of a train window.

 

The major advantage of this is that where the tracks once were is mostly flat, which makes the trail especially family-friendly, with gentle climbs along the Ruwer through vineyards, meadows and forests as well as idyllic villages right in the heart of the Ruwer Valley and the Hochwald.

 

On many weekdays and weekends during the season, those who want to take things a bit easier can use the special RegioRadler Ruwer-Hochwald bike bus between Trier and the tops of the Hochwald, which will bring both themselves and their bikes to the other end of the cycle route the easy way. Timetables and the chance to reserve places can be seen at www.regio-radler.de.

 

The Ruwer-Hochwald Cycle Route isn’t just a wonderful cycle route which should be enjoyed to the full; it’s also very well connected and gives users the option of exploring the Hunsrück via the extension to the Hunsrück cycle route or the Saarland or Nahe cycle routes in Hermanskeil via the Primstal cycle route, as well as reaching the Mosel and Saar valley cycle routes in the west.

 

The Ruwer-Hochwald Cycle Route shows what can be done with old railway lines after the trains have stopped running. For eighty years from 1889 onwards and in parts for longer, wagons used to roll out along this track from Trier through the Ruwer Valley bound for Hermeskeil. Nowadays it is an attractive leisure facility for cyclists and skaters and hikers alike. On the roughly 50 km long trip from Trier through the Ruwer Valley to Hermeskeil via Kell am See, the route goes along the former railway and shows off the beautiful scenery in the region from a perspective which previously could only be enjoyed from out of a train window.

Description of the tour

 

 Length: 48 km

 

 Elevation change: Ruwer to Hermeskeil: 450 metres, Hermeskeil to Ruwer: 95 metres

 

Start/endpoint: Ruwer / Hermeskeil

 

The route: entirely on the disused railway line between Trier and Hermeskeil, not always by the river banks but always in the direction of the river, a tributary of the Mosel.

 

Trail condition: The trail is completely on tarmac and is used exclusively by cyclists, hikers and skaters. Intersections with public roads are highlighted with structural measures and appropriate signing.

 

Suitability: With an average climb of about 1 percent along the total 48 km length the trail is very family-friendly and also suitable for less regular cyclists.

 

Public transport links: Regio-Radler Ruwer-Hochwald, www.regioradler.de