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Mittelland-Route (D-Route 4)

Bicycle Touring · Germany
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  • Aachener Dom
    / Aachener Dom
    Photo: Andreas Herrmann
  • / Historischer Ortskern Kornelimünster
    Photo: Dominik Ketz, CC BY-SA, Eifel Tourismus GmbH, D. Ketz
  • / Blick aufs Staubecken
    Photo: Dennis Winands, CC BY, Rureifel Tourismus e.V.
  • / Historischer Ortskern Kommern
    Photo: Ursula Peters, Eifelverein e. V.
  • / Burg Veynau
    Photo: Hans-Eberhard Peters, Eifelverein e. V.
  • / Hexenturm
    Photo: Ursula Peters, Eifelverein e. V.
  • / Schloss Drachenburg in der Dämmerung
    Photo: Arno Hoyer, CC BY, via flickr.com
  • / Blick vom Drachenfels Richtung Bonn
    Photo: Yves Loris, via flickr.com
  • / Oberes Schloss Siegen
  • / Siegener Altstadt
    Photo: Stadtmarketing Siegen GmbH
  • / Obernautalsperre
    Photo: Fotolia
  • / Ruine Brandenburg bei Lauchröden
    Photo: Andreas Kuhrt 2006, Werratal Touristik e.V.
  • / Schloss Neuenhof, Westfassade zur Werra
    Photo: Manuela Hahnebach 2016, Werratal Touristik e.V.
  • / Wartburg Eisenach Palas
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Burg Gleichen vom Tal aus - Wandersleben
    Photo: By CTHOE (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA, By CTHOE (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • / Dom und Severi in Abendstimmung
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Luftaufnahme aus Osten - Stadtschloss - Weimar
    Photo: Paul Hentschel, Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schloss Belvedere
    Photo: Klassik Stiftung Weimar, CC BY-ND, Klassik Stiftung Weimar
  • / Stadtmauerensemble mit Johannistor und Pulverturm
    Photo: Toma Babovic, JenaKultur
  • / Blick auf Ronneburg
    Photo: Archiv TVV / Sebastian Theilig
  • /
    Photo: Wolfgang Gärtner, Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen mbH
  • / Porphyrfächer
    Photo: Geopark Sachsens Mitte, CC BY-ND, Robert Michael
  • / Das Residenzschloss Dresden
    Photo: Frank Exß
  • / Stausee Sohland a.d. Spree
    Photo: Uwe Schwarz, Touristinformation Sohland a.d. Spree
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difficult
Distance 1,058.6 km
78:00 h
6,231 m
6,165 m
655 m
47 m

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Author
Wiebke Hillen
Update: June 18, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
655 m
Lowest point
47 m
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Tips and hints

Start

Aachen (niederländische und belgische Grenze) (170 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.774608, 6.082678
DMS
50°46'28.6"N 6°04'57.6"E
UTM
32U 294320 5628818
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Destination

Zittau (polnische und tschechische Grenze)

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Getting there

Parking

Coordinates

DD
50.774608, 6.082678
DMS
50°46'28.6"N 6°04'57.6"E
UTM
32U 294320 5628818
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Bicycle Touring

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Spoke wrench
  • Zip ties
  • Lubricant
  • Screwdrivers
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • Luggage system as required for length of journey: panniers with racks
  • Handlebar / frame / saddle bags   
  • Mudguards recommended

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
1,058.6 km
Duration
78:00 h
Ascent
6,231 m
Descent
6,165 m
Highest point
655 m
Lowest point
47 m
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