Düsseldorf, Germany

Rhine River Paths

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This is a classic European river path run. Multi-use paths and bike trails line both sides of the Rhine River, with options for various distances. The most popular ‘loop’ is between the Rheinkniebrücke (bridge) and the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke, which makes for a nearly 9.2 km (5.7 mile) loop. The Oberkasseler Bridge allows for variation or a shorter loop.

East Side: The paths skirt the Altstadt (old city), and run by several of Düsseldorf’s important buildings and cultural institutions. It is 1.4 km from Rheinknie Bridge to Oberkasseler Bridge, and another 2.4 km to the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke. It’s also possible to continue another 1.7 km along a bike path lining the river to the Botanical Garden, and another 1.3 km to the Wasserwerk spring.

West Side: The path runs through more meadow/park type terrain. From Rheinknie Br. it’s 1 km to Oberkasseler Br. through a grassy State Park and 2.7 km to Theodor-Heuss-Brücke. One can then continue for another nearly 2 km along a more rugged/remote path through Erholungsstätte Lörick.

On the east side, one can vary/add-on with other paths through Rhein Park, Hofgarten, and the streets of the Altstadt. See our other routes.

Essentials
  • Various options. Classic Bridge loop is 9.2 km (5.7 miles). Possible to run for 6.2 km (3.9m) on east side, 4.6 km (2.8m) on west side
  • Flat
  • Any spot on path
  • U-Bahn runs along Kaiserstraße on east side. Closer transport options on east side