The Erft Cycle Path is about 110km long and runs from the source of the river Erft near Nettersheim in the Eifel, to where it flows into the Rhein near Neuss. The Eifel Nature Center in Nettersheim is the perfect, environmentally friendly starting point with its cycle and hike train station.
Beautiful sights left and right
Eifel Nature Centre
The Erft flows through the scenic North Eifel and leads past the Eifel Nature Centre in Nettersheim. The Eifel Nature Centre is a national centre for environmental education with exhibits on nature and history of the region. This is also where you will find the tourist information centre.
Another highlight is the the town of Bad Münstereifel. The historically grown romantic town with its half-timbered houses and the City-Outlet offers ideal opportunities for shopping and leisure.
Cloth Factory Müller
Further along the way you come past another spectacular industrial monument in Euskirchen-Kuchenheim. When in 1961 the business of the Cloth Factory Müller started to deteriorate, the owner of the company simply locked the gates and left everything as it was and it has remained untouched to this day.
The region with the most moated castles in Germany
Next, the Erft Cycle Path leads you through Euskirchen and Weilerswist, where you will find a wide variety of establishments to stop for a bite to eat. Later you can cycle through the region with the most moated castles in Germany, where the route passes by defensive town fortifications and mighty castles from the age of chivalry, and magnificent castles from the glory days of Rhine nobility. Then you can enjoy a relaxed ride through the “Börde landscape” to where the Erft flows into the Rhine near Neuss.
A cycling tour along the Erft Cycle Path can hardly be more varied. You cycle almost the entire time next the the river, under topographically favourable conditions and you have many options for stops at restaurants along the way. By combining the Erft Cycle Paths with the Rhine Cycle Path and the Ahr Cycle Path you can create a 300km long Cycle tour called Three-River-Tour.