The Externsteine rocks rise ruggedly into the blue sky. The ruins of a Roman campsite are visible afew kilometers away. The River Lippe keeps flashing between the green meadows. The Römer-Lippe route between Detmold and Xanten, on the border of the Ruhrgebiet and Münsterland, invites bikers to discover the historical Roman culture and unique water experience over a distance of almost 500 kilometers.
However, how is that possible with a disability? Unforseen slopes, bollards or barriers as well as steps to restaurants and car parks prevent a stress free trip. The Römer-Lippe route is the first German bike route, in the whole of Germany, to be officially certified as „Travel for Everyone“.
„We are very pleased that the Römer-Lippe is Germany’s trailblazer in this area,“ explains Axel Biermann, the manager of Ruhr Tourismus GmbH. „The idyllic and natural bike route along the river, with the many historical places, museums and monuments, is an experience for everyone.“
While, at the moment, not every building and every street on the route is completely barrier free, anyone interested can find the barriers, slopes or road surfaces given in detail on an online map. Barrier free car parks, public conveniences, famous sights, bus and train stops are also marked, using small symbols. The overall route is signed throughout with place names and kilometer details and offers many possibilities for stops for coffee and cake or a green spot for a rest and a picnic. So, whoever wants to set off to be sporty or relaxed in order to discover the beautiful landscape on the edge of the northern Ruhrgebiet, with its many sights, should follow the call of the river and give the Römer-Lippe route a try – and that goes for everyone!
Photos: Römer-Lippe-Route /Dennis Stratmann