Cycling on historical tracks
The Orange Bicycle Route runs through cities and regions that have been connected with the Princely House of Orange-Nassau for centuries. The route leads through varied landscapes, mostly along the river and through historic town centres such as Nassau, Diez, Braunfels and Dillenburg. You will find peace and quiet and relaxation as well as cultural highlights on your journey along the Lahn and Dill rivers.
The first stage of the Orange Route begins in the castle town of Nassau. Surrounded by the Nassau Nature Park, the town lies between the heights of the Taunus and the Westerwald. The route continues to Diez an der Lahn. Along the rivers you cycle very comfortably. The destination of the next stage is Braunfels with its castle, majestically enthroned on the basalt hill with its many towers and battlements. From Braunfels the route leads to the half-timbered town of Dillenburg. The cradle of the Dutch royal family stands in Dillenburg. It was here, in the castle, that William of Orange saw the light of day.
Stage 1: Nassau - Diez, 32 km
Stage 2: Diez - Braunfels, 59.5 km
Stage 3: Braunfels - Dillenburg, 52 km
The entire route is well passable and runs on Rhineland-Palatinate and Hessian long-distance cycle paths. There is a steeper gradient to overcome at the beginning, the terrain is generally uphill. The Orange Bicycle Route runs mostly off the beaten track except for the cross-town sections.