Experience cultural stories by bike
On the German section of the Europaradweg R1, the D-Route 3, you can make from the Münsterland over the World Heritage region Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg to the Oderbruch a lively time travel through European cultural history!
The "cultural stories" combine thematically matching, successive stages and can be cycled as 2-3 day tours. They lead past regional cultural highlights and historical sites that bring European history to life.
From Zwillbrock to Münster you drive through the idyllic Münsterland park landscape, which is perfect for cycling with its impressive castles.
A constant change of city and countryside characterizes the way to Detmold in East Westphalia-Lippe, where the bright sandstone buildings and imposing half-timbered houses "tell" from the rich past of the historic cities.
Direction Goslar you then cycle along the ridges of the Teutoburg Forest and through the Weserbergland rich in legends with its important castles in the Weser Renaissance style, before prominent half-timbered towns such as Einbeck and Bad Gandersheim.
From Goslar to Dessau, you can then get to know different types of gardens and dream and stroll in Saxony-Anhalt's historic parks. While the onward journey along the edge of the Harz National Park and through the Lower Saale Valley Nature Park promises deceleration, the seven palace and park complexes of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Kingdom impress as a total work of art of the Enlightenment. Zusammen mit der Bauhausstadt Dessau, dem Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe und den Luthergedenkstätten in Wittenberg bilden sie das UNESCO-Welterbedreieck Luther | Bauhaus | Gartenreich | Elbe - das Herzstück der Region.
In the sparsely populated nature park Hoher Fläming is first rest and recharge your batteries, before Potsdam with its 18 magnificent castles and parks is reached.
The journey continues to Berlin, where European cultural history is of course omnipresent. Just as the former border between West and East Berlin is invisible, the transition to rural Brandenburg is fluid. While Berlin celebrities sought refuge in Buckow in the Märkische Schweiz Nature Park at the turn of the century, artists today find a home primarily in the flat Oderbruch region. The final point is then the German-Polish twin city of Küstrin-Kietz/Kostrzyn nad Odrą.