by Susan Melnyk
Biking in the Kaiserslautern, Ramstein, and Landstuhl areas are one of the best ways to see Germany up close and in person, while getting some exercise! The groomed paths and trails wind through the local towns and cities and are located well away from the road in almost all cases, so you can bring the kids with you easily.
The Kaiserslautern city website has an English section that give you information about the paths located between Kaiserslautern and Ramstein. The bike trails are very well marked and if you find yourself needing a break, stop for a picnic, or at one of the many cafes and restaurants you’ll be able to spot along the trail. Several of the towns also have bike shops, in case you end up with a flat tire and if you find yourself too tired to go on, a train station is often nearby.
If you would like to take your bike along to Trier, Heidelberg, or the German wine road (weinstrasse), purchase a special train ticket and walk your bike onto a train car with the symbol of a red bike on it. These cars have extra space for bicycles and you will often see Germans taking advantage of this on the weekends when the whether permits. Train stations throughout Europe also have plenty of space to park your bikes if you decide to go on foot once you arrive. To learn more about taking your bike on the trains in Germany, visit the DB Bahn website in English.
Is hiking more your style? Check out our article on hiking in the Kaiserslautern and Ramtein communities or visit the Kaiserslautern city website for information about hiking in the KMC.