You may know Frankfurt am Main for its famous skyline, but Frankfurt is an incredibly green city, with many forests, parks and even meadows. The extensive network of cycle paths leads to breathtaking nature and offers a complete contrast to city life or a busy day at the Eurobike Show.
These are our top 5 cycling routes in Frankfurt that take you through picturesque landscapes and to cool off in beautiful lakes.
Mainuferweg Skyline & Dunes
The popular Main-Radweg cycle path stretches a total of 500 kilometres along the banks of the river Main, and the section in Frankfurt offers fantastic views of the impressive Frankfurt skyline. Start your tour at "Eiserner Steg" and cycle leisurely along the Schaumainkai.
You'll be surprised by green meadows, idyllic parks and many places to stop for refreshments, such as the Mainkai Café (be sure to try the cinnamon buns!). When you reach the Schwanheimer Düne, take a short break and let yourself be enchanted by this unique dune landscape. The nature reserve was even the inspiration for the title of the book "Hinter Frankfurt das Meer" (Behind Frankfurt, the Sea) and is the perfect opportunity to stop and take a deep breath before returning to the lively city centre via Schwanheimer Wald.
Duration: 1h45 with 23km
Niddaroute Regional Park
The idyllic Nidda cycle route takes you over a hundred kilometres along the river Nidda from its confluence with the river Main in the Höchst district to its spring on the Vogelsberg (Vogelsberg Volcano Region Nature Park). The route is well-maintained and offers a relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. You will pass floodplains, green meadows, forests and quiet villages while enjoying the peace and nature.
If you only want to do a short loop along the first part of the route, you can cycle to Vilbel Castle in Bad Vilbel and then plan your way back to Frankfurt.
Duration: 3h15 with 46km (to Burg Vilbel)
This cycle route takes you through Frankfurt's charming Osthafen (east harbour) area and along the River Main. Start at the "Osthafenbrücke" and you'll also find the famous Hafenpark, a beautiful park perfect for relaxing with its shady avenues, ponds and gardens.
Explore the diverse architecture, the historic warehouses and the modern loft buildings of the harbour while enjoying the magnificent views of the Main River. If you fancy taking your bike for a short ferry ride across the Main, then our route in and around the Osthafen is perfect for you!
Duration: 1h40 with 22km (includes ferry ride)
Rumpenheim Castle and Vogelsberg Lake
This loop is a combination of nature and culture! The Vogelsberg Lake is an enchanting lake in the former Dietesheim quarries and a popular destination for nature and water sports lovers.
You can relax on the shore, swim, go boating or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It's a perfect place for a short break from the routine of city life. On our way there, we will again cycle along the banks of the Main and take a quick detour to Rumpenheim Castle, which impresses with its beautiful façade and parks.
Duration: 3h15 with 43km
Grün-Gürtel Cycle Path
The Grün-Gürtel (Green-Belt) is a true paradise for cycling enthusiasts! This green oasis is an extensive belt of parks, forests and meadows that surrounds the city and is perfect for cycling. If you like to go for a relaxing bike ride, the green belt is definitely a must!
During your ride, you will come across many highlights such as the Goetheturm. This tower in Frankfurt's city forest offers a breathtaking view of the city. The tour takes you partly along the Niddaradweg, where you can also take a break in the beautiful green oasis of the Niddapark. If you feel like cooling off, there are also several lakes along the green belt where you can swim. The cycle paths in the green belt are well signposted and will help you explore corners you might not have included in your planning…
Duration: 5h with 70km
So grab your Beeline Velo 2, pack your suntan lotion and water and let's go explore Frankfurt!