Always follow the apple

 

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Today we want to take you on one of our favourite cycling tours: The Rhenish Apple Route is 124 km long and shows you the beauty and diversity of the largest fruit and vegetable growing region in North Rhine-Westphalia. You can divide the total route into two to four daily stages, depending on your taste and fitness level. So in addition to cycling, there is still enough time for farm tours, a slice of apple pie, a coffee or one or two longer breaks.

The route leads along orchards, vegetable fields and regional farm shops and is especially recommended for pleasure cyclists and families. Along the way, 12 newly designed rest areas with experience elements invite you to rest and discover, which convey the topic of agriculture and cultural landscape in an interactive and playful way.

For us, Meckenheim with its beautiful old town and many gastronomic and shopping opportunities is the ideal starting and ending point of the route - whether you arrive by train or by car. And if you still haven't had enough of cycling at the end, you can make a detour on the Meckenheim side loop, which leads 32 km along the tracks of the old Meckenheim fruit and rose route.

The tour is divided into six great thematic focuses

Meckenheim

Variety of diversity, living quality and regionality. Insights into the further processing of the fruit and vegetables grown here.

In Meckenheim, urban life meets fruit growing. The apple is not only part of the town's logo but can be found everywhere - on the numerous fruit farms and in the farm shops.  Around the town you can cycle through the extensive apple orchards. Meckenheim is also known for its tree nurseries, which lie to the right and left of the route and where you can discover an impressive variety of tree species and shapes.

Bornheim

From meadow orchard to plantation - a filling fruit blossom landscape

The northernmost town in the Rhine-Voreifel region is the only municipality in the region with a connection to the Rhine. In Bornheim, the route leads from the banks of the Rhine across extensive asparagus and strawberry fields to the heights of the foothills with picturesque views as far as Cologne Cathedral.

Alfter

Who lives where? Underestimated and industrious - the wild bee

Picturesquely situated on the slopes of the Ville and in the plains around the former federal capital Bonn, lie the numerous sub-villages of the municipality of Alfter.

Here you can experience the interplay between the Ville with its numerous orchards and the large vegetable fields in the plains.

Wachtberg

From the plantation to the plate, fruit orchards and honeybees

Wachtberg impresses with its volcanic hilly landscapes and fascinating views over

views over bright berry fields and old fruit trees to the Siebengebirge. Wachtberg's unofficial landmark - the white round radar dome of the Frauenhofer Institute (Radom) - towers over the Rhine-Voreifel region, visible from afar.

Swisttal

Tasks for church and state, fruit transport in agriculture

Swisttal offers impressive views in all directions over fields, meadows, streams and castles to the heights of the Eifel. Picturesque castles, beautiful moated castles and numerous historic buildings characterise the districts.

Rheinbach

How the apple came to Rheinbach, Klein-Altendorf Campus

With the Tomburg ruins in the background, picturesque Rheinbach lies at the foot of the Eifel. The townscape, characterised by historic buildings, bears witness to a long and eventful past. In Rheinbach you can experience the interplay between the Middle Ages, Roman times and the modern developments of agriculture against the backdrop of the Eifel Rise.

Family friendly - holidays in the region

Further tips and sights invite you to stay longer!

Burg Lüftelberg
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Don't miss a visit to Lüftelberg Castle in Meckenheim.  The baroque moated castle is partially open to visitors. Be sure to take a look at the garden hall and the baroque gardens.

Local farm shops
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Numerous farm shops, farm cafés, fresh food vending machines and mobile sales stations look forward to your visit. Just stop in and enjoy a regional treat or two.

The Meckenheim side loop - great with small children

5If you don't want to cycle the whole 124 kilometres or are travelling with small children, then just start with the Meckenheim side loop of the Rhenish Apple Route (approx. 32 km). It follows the tracks of the old apple and rose route in Meckenheim and takes in the various facets of the town. The Meckenheim side loop links urban elements with the extensive orchards and the diverse nursery fields in numerous variations.

Rheinbach after-work market

In Rheinbach, a weekly after-work market takes place every Thursday from 16:00-19:00! Regional, sustainable family businesses and environmental initiatives offer their products on the church square of the Catholic parish church of St. Martin. There is something delicious for everyone!

Apple blossom time

6Especially during the apple blossom season in April and May, guests come from near and far to admire and celebrate the blossoming fruit trees on hikes, bike tours or dances. The Rhenish Apple Route ties in with the region's special tradition and offers the opportunity to experience North Rhine-Westphalia's largest fruit and vegetable growing region with all the senses from the field to the plate, from blossom to harvest.

Plenty of space and child friendly

The themed cycle route leads along low-traffic and well-surfaced paths in the region. On most of the route you can enjoy nature in a relaxed way on wide farm tracks without traffic nuisance. The main route is more than 90 % asphalted and thus offers a lot of comfort in any weather.

E-bike charging stations

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Charging stations offer the opportunity to recharge your battery at numerous points. You don't have to wait in the cold, but can sample regional delicacies or enjoy the sun with a piece of cake and a coffee. You can find all charging points along the apple route on the map.

E-bike and bicycle rental

The City-Hotel Meckenheim has 2 e-bikes for rent. Furthermore, there are 6 locations in the region that rent e-bikes day and night. More information at www.nextbike.de/de/rvk. Near Bad Neuenahr at the base camp you can rent bikes and also have them delivered directly to the hotel at https://www.basislager.com/fahrrad-verleih.html.
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Apfelroute9

Distance: 124 km

Elevation: 688 m

Travel time: 14 Std.
Meckenheim Schleife10

Distance: 31,3 km

Elevation: 168 m

Travel time: 4:00 Std.

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