How to get to the Hessentag: by bicycle

Cyclists racing in OberurselOne of the most environmentally friendly ways to get to the forthcoming Hessentag in Oberursel is going to be by bicycle, and by doing so cyclists will certainly be doing their bit to make the event “zero carbon”.

To support this effort, there will be a number of bicycle stands around the town with a total capacity of 3,500 bikes!

The main bicycle stands are in the “Obere Zeil” (in the Drei Hasen area), “Nassauer Straße” (near the station), and in Bommersheim near the open air arena – these all have 1,000 spaces each.

Smaller stands have between 50 and 200 spaces, including one very central – and probably very popular – in the Holzweg.

But one of the biggest advantages of using a bicycle to get to the Hessentag is that you can get from one location to another.  A special route called the “Radspange” will be signposted to get you around the town, without having to go through the centre of Oberursel itself.

This takes you to within a short distance of all the important locations, and also connects up with cycle routes from Stierstadt, Weißkirchen, Bad Homburg and Kalbach.

But even if you do not bring your own bicycle and come a different way to the Hessentag, but would like try out the route, there will be electric bicycles called “Pedelecs” for hire at various places, as well as at the new Taunus Information Centre, located at the Hohemark.

Outside of the main area, the town has invested heavily in new cycle routes, and cycle paths along the main roads – especially the Hohemarkstraße between the Lahnstraße and the Hohemark itself.  It would be nice, if at least for the Hessentag the cyclists would observe the traffic lights when they are at red along that road!

A special map showing the bicycle stands and the Radspange can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Hessentag homepage.


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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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