The most beloved racing track for cyclists at Kassel, Germany, seems to be the one from Kassel to Hann. Münden along river Fulda. It is one of the few tracks that is rather flat and long, it leads to a beautiful town with a city centre full of half-timbered houses and you will pass a valley with nice forests next to the water. One way the length is about 25 kilometres which you can do within 1.5 hours if you’re going fast or about 2 hours if you’re riding more relaxed or have a break in between. It is a good option to easily spend a day on tour.

Old town seen from the Pionierbrücke, Hann. Münden
Old town seen from the Pionierbrücke, Hann. Münden

The route is also good as you won’t get hungry or thirsty – along the way you will find different beer gardens, restaurants and eateries (that serve you if it is not Coronavirus time). The first step is to get to river Fulda at Kassel, a rather easy task. Along the river, you will find a continuous bicycle path that is sometimes a bit hidden and sometimes you have to drive around a building – but you will definitely find your way if you follow the river downstream.

A good starting point is the river mouth of river Ahne at the city quarter Wesertor. Following the Schützenstraße (where the first beer garden, ‘Zum Schützenplatz‘ is located) you can get to the river and follow it. Sometimes the route takes a detour through the fields – if the weather is nice you will enjoy beautiful scenery that you won’t expect so close to the city. The next good stop is the hotel and restaurant Roter Kater & Graue Katze (red tomcat & grey cat). It is an outdoor terrace and a good self-service restaurant.

Following the river further on you will underpass two train bridges – one for high-speed trains and one for regional trains. On the other side of the river, you will then see the Gut Kragenhof, an exclave of Kassel. Afterwards, you will reach Wahnhausen (belonging to Fuldatal) with a watergate and the restaurant Zum Fuldablick. On the other side of the Fulda, hidden in the forest, you can sometimes spot trains. When you see a white horse on a half-peninsula: it is the Niedersachsen-Eck at Staufenberg-Speele belonging to the federal state of Lower Saxony.

The next village is Wilhelmshausen (also Fuldatal) where you will find again a watergate and a rather improvised eatery (Grill im Fuldatal). I would go on a little bit and check out the beer garden at the watergate. It is a cosy place and you can discuss a little bit with the owners from Alabama. Sometime you will see a sign telling you that you left Hesse and are now at Lower Saxony, the path shifts directly next to the water and then you will already enter Hann. Münden. You will see the Hochbad (an elevated outdoor pool), the soccer stadium at the Rattwerder and then the route passes a lot of gardens.

When you see a bridge you should turn left and leave the route. Here you can turn left again and visit the Eiscafé Renata or turn right to pass over the Pionierbrücke to the city centre (don’t go further on to pass the small blue bridge, it is currently closed). When you passed the Pionierbrücke you can either go left and visit the Weserstein or go straight ahead to park your bike next to the Rotunde. What to do while you are there? Climb up to the Tillyschanze? Visit the Weserliedanlage? Get some food from the knight of the black pudding? Search for the grave of Dr. Eisenbarth?

Trust me. I was living there for a while. You can do the same way upstream again (which is as flat and relaxed as your way downstream) or return by train. The train station can be found southeast of the city centre. Abellio trains go to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe, Cantus trains to Kassel Hauptbahnhof / Kulturbahnhof.

Kassel – Hann. Münden

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