Weser River Bike Trail
"Where Tall Tales And Fairy Tales
Home of the Pied Piper
Cities we visit:
Hann. Münden (short for Hannoversch Münden, colloquially called Münden) is rich in tourist attractions like the Old Werrabrücke, one of the oldest stone bridges in the country, or the remains of the medieval 12th century city walls.
Just the old town itself consists of over 700 half-timbered houses from six centuries.
The magnificent half-timbered houses, defence towers, fortifications, Welfen castle, the stone bridge and the Renaissance town hall are reflections of a rich past as a waterside trading town.
Bad Karlshafen is a baroque, thermal salt spa town, situated where the Diemel and Weser rivers meet.
The town was founded in 1699 by French Huguenots fleeing persecution in France. Though initially named Sieburg, the town was later named Carlshaven after Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, who granted them refuge.
The German Huguenot Museum located here contains a picture archive, library, and family histories of the Huguenots in Germany.
In 1977 Karlshafen was awarded spa status, which includes the right to be referred to with the prestigious prefix 'Bad'.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Rattenfänger von Hameln) is the subject of a legend about a rat catcher that lured away the town’s children with his magic pipe when he wasn’t paid for his services.
The earliest known record of this story dates from around 1300 AD and was depicted in a stained glass window created for the church of Hamelin. Although the window was destroyed in 1660, several written accounts survived, later on spread as folklore by the Brothers Grimm.
The town of Rinteln is located in the valley between the Weser highlands and the North Lippe highlands and is a popular holiday destination due to its lovingly restored old town centre.
Whole rows of colourful 16th and 17th century half-timbered houses can be seen along the narrow streets and picturesque corners in the more than 750 year-old former university and fortress town.
In the centre the market square with its former town hall from 1583 is a magnificent example of the Weser Renaissance as is the church square with the market Church of St. Nicholas.
The Old Port in Rinteln recalls the days when the Weser still played a role in the economic life of the town.
The "Eulenburg" museum gives an overview of Rinteln history. One of the landmarks of Rinteln is the cliff tower, the “Klippenturm”, on the 300 meter high Luhdener cliff.
The town courts of the Schaumburg nobility are evidence that you have arrived in the famous Schaumburg country.
Strolling through Minden upper and lower town is as full of variety as the story of Minden itself.
In the narrow cobbled streets you can feel transported back in time to the Middle Ages, when the artisans and shopkeepers went about their business in the narrow half-timbered houses.
The more than 1,000-year-old cathedral, in which Romanesque and Gothic styles are harmoniously combined, is regarded as the most beautiful hall church in Germany. A sight definitely not to be missed.
A few steps away is the town hall with the oldest ceremonial hall in Westphalia. Vibrant shopping streets and shopping arcades alternate with quiet streets and wide squares. Many of the buildings which had been destroyed by war or fire were lovingly rebuilt and restored by the people of Minden.