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From the hilly landscape of Bergisches Land to the lowlands of the Rhine: the Balkan route is the perfect connection. The name is reminiscent of the Balkan Express, as the former railway line between Leverkusen - Opladen and Remscheid - Lennep was commonly known.

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The Panorama-Radweg Balkantrasse (panoramic bike trail Balkantrasse): Good to know…


Where trains ran from 1868 to the 1980s, you can now enjoy many picturesque views from the saddle of your bike: woods, meadows, quaint houses and beautiful gardens, and the town centres of Lennep, Bergisch Born, Wermelskirchen and Burscheid – here, you will find both city life and rural charm.  Milestones along the route remind us of the railway’s past, with many resting spots and restaurants to discover.


A big advantage of this former railway route is that there are hardly any inclines: this makes the Bergisches Land, which is known for its hilly landscape, ideal for exploring by bike. It is a wonderful new highlight – especially for families!


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The bicycle bus
During the summer months from 1st of May to November, the Bergischer FahrradBus bicycle bus runs between Leverkusen-Opladen and Marienheide on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Along the Panoramaradweg Balkantrasse, it stops in Opladen, Burscheid and Wermelskirchen. You can conveniently take the bus for the journey back or for a section of the trail. There is space for up to 20 bicycles on the trailer and the bus. For more information, please visit


Length 51,1km
Ascent 649 m
Descent 496 m
Duration 3,25 h
Lowest point 40 m
Highest point 351 m
Starting point
Tour in stages
Good views
Long-distance tour
GPS-Track: Opladen-Wuppertal
GPS-Track: Wuppertal-Opladen


Ein Haus in Wemelskirchen.
Sonnige Innenstadt.
Zwei Radfahrer schauen auf eine Karte.
Der Bergische Fahrradbus mit einem Anhänger voller Fahrrädern.