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Dhünnweg (Dhünn Trail)

Characteristics

Distance 26,3 km
Roundtrip: no
Signage: along the route
start Leverkusen, Rheindorfer Deich
end Lindscheid, Große Dhünn-Talsperre

This cycle route takes you through the rich cultural and natural landscape along the Dhünn river. The Dhünn is the biggest tributary to the Wupper, rising in the Bergisches Land and flowing into the Rhine with the Wupper at Leverkusen.
After leaving Neuland Park, you cycle by the "Alleedhünn" in Stadtpark and the BayArena through the Dhünnpark landscape with Morsbroich Castle at its centre.

Further along the Dhünn through the centre of Leverkusen-Schlebusch, you leave the urban surroundings in the direction of Odenthal past the former Osenau weir. By the Parish Church of St. Pankras, you cycle upriver and see Schloss Strauweiler in the distance.

Before you come to the monastery landscape of Altenberg, the remains of what was the ancestral castle of the Count of Berg and thus the cradle of the Bergisches Land lie hidden at the foot of the Bülsberg. Visit the cathedral with the largest church window north of the Alps in Altenberg or the German fairytale forest and stop off at one of the many restaurants and cafés along the way.

The route then takes you further along the Dhünn to Schöllerhof. Here, you can experience the beautiful Helenental valley with traces of the former powder mill, past the conference hotel and restaurant Maria in der Aue until you come to the dam walls of the Große Dhünntalsperre. Enjoy the view of the second largest drinking water reservoir in Germany and the surrounding nature conservation area.

(Images: Klaus Stange, www.avttention.de, Klaus Stange, www.avttention.de, David Bosbach, Guido Wagner)

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Highlights

Route Description

Neulandpark Leverkusen, Alkenrath, Schlebusch, Hummelsheim, Odenau, Odenthal, Altenberg, Schöllerhof, Lindscheid, Staudamm Dhünntalsperre