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In the last century, the railway line of the Niederbergbahn boosted economic development and settlement in the region. Today, you can cycle, skate, or hike along the gently sloping old railway line through the Neandertal area.

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The PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn: Good to know


The PanoramaRadweg (panoramic cycle trail) niederbergbahn is a 40 kilometre-long cycle path that leads from Heiligenhaus via Wülfrath and Velbert to Haan through neanderland, a district of the city of Mettmann. Even though the neanderland landscape is quite hilly, this cycle path is incredibly relaxing, as the PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn leads along a former railway line, built in the 1820s with a low slope, so it could be used to transport people and goods.


Nowadays, the route offers impressive testimonies to the engineering skills of the past 100 years and offers stunning views of the beautiful landscape. There is also the illuminated waggon bridge in Heiligenhaus – a unique sight in Germany! The Abtsküche in Heiligenhaus with its historic monuments, the Mariendom (cathedral) in Velbert, the Zeittunnel (time tunnel) in Wülfrath or the village of Gruiten in Haan are all well worth visiting.


The PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn forms a cross-regional link between the Ruhrtal cycle route in Essen-Kettwig and the Korkenziehertrasse (corkscrew route) in Solingen and is thus part of the 300 kilometre-long panoramic bike trail network. Sports and leisure enthusiasts can cycle from the Ruhr area through the neanderland to Sauerland. Thanks to its paved surface and its width of 3 metres, the PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn is mostly barrier-free. This also gives pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, hikers, and families with pushchairs the opportunity to experience the route with all its attractions.


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At a Glance

Length 44 km
Ascent 539 m
Descent 384 m
Duration 2,55 h
Lowest point 43 m
Highest point 268 m
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Tour in stages
Good views
Long-distance tour