A simple but varied round-trip that follows the railway line from the Rhine to the first foothills of the Rhine Hessian hills. When the Rhine Hessian rail network opened in the 19th century, even the villages in the east of the region had their own railway lines and these were affectionately referred to as ‘Amiche’. Today, these railway lines are used as cycle tracks.
A simple round-trip on a former railway line, from the Rhine to the hills of Rhenish Hesse. In the 19th century, when railways were becoming more established, there were also tracks linking Bodenheim and Alzey, and, on a different stretch, Nierstein and Köngernheim. It wasn’t long before the locals had given the railways the nicknames ‘Amiche’ and ‘Valentinche’.These tracks have been long since demolished and a pleasant cycle route, which also goes by the nickname ‘Amiche’, runs in their place.From your starting point at the Bodenheim railway station, the route initially takes you along the Rheinstraße through the older part of town and across the old ‘Mommenheimer Weg’ path over a hill to Harxheim. From here, the first stretch of the former railway runs through flat landscape along the low-level railway embankment for a total of 6.1 km.The incline on the way to Selzen is noticeable but manageable and, as you climb, you will be rewarded with a view of the eastern edge of Mommenheim. The route continues to follow the former railway line as it proceeds through Selzen but it has to make use of the (equally comfortable) cycle paths and farm tracks from there onwards, as the railway line is no longer passable between Hahnheim, Köngernheim and Friesenheim. From Friesenheim onwards, you are back on the railway line for a second time, this time for 7.5 km. This path takes you via Dexheim to the outskirts of Nierstein. To make your way back to your starting point in Bodenheim, which is 12 km away at this point, cross through the old centre of Nierstein and, from there, take the Rhine Cycle Route and then the Rhine Terrace Route.
There are many rest stops along the sections of the route that follow the railway line, including a rest stop by a wetland when you exit Hahnheim to the south, as well as a rest stop with a playground before you reach Dexheim.
The ‘Amiche’ is suitable for any occasional cyclist, as long as they are used to cycling long distances. This off-road route allows you to glide along safely and enjoyably. Care must be taken at the six crossroads and particularly when joining and leaving the Rhine Cycle Route in Nierstein.