Cycling through Upper Swabia in Germany – beautiful paths & landscapes

Bike Touring Collection by Oberschwaben Tourismus

Exploring impressive cities surrounded by rolling hills; taking a refreshing dip in shimmering lakes; unwinding in a modern thermal bath – Upper Swabia in Southern Germany has a lot to discover by bike. A multi-day cycling Tour is the best way to get to know this region in depth. In this Collection, we present two cycle paths: the Danube-Lake Constance Route and the Upper Swabia-Allgäu Cycle Path.

The Danube-Lake Constance Route winds its way from the town of Ulm to the shores of Lake Constance in four stages. Along the 97-mile (156 km) route, you enjoy magnificent alpine panoramas and warm hospitality. From Ulm on the Danube, a town with the highest church tower in the world, you cycle steadily south. En route, you pass lots of highlights such as the town of Biberach, the Kneipp Spa in Bad Waldsee, the romantic Wolfegger Ach Valley, and the beautiful Kißlegg Castle. Each of the stages requires a fair amount of muscle power, but you find plenty of opportunities to relax on the way at a swimming lake, health resort, or soothing thermal bath.

The Upper Swabian Allgäu Cycle Path also starts in Ulm. On this 97-mile (360 km) circular route, you get to know the most beautiful areas in Upper Swabia and the Württemberg Allgäu over eight stages. The idyllic foothills of the Alps, with their quaint villages and wide meadows, are the backdrop for a picture-perfect adventure. Highlights include: the Ochsenhausen Monastery; the town of Wangen im Allgäu; the Federsee Nature Reserve; Aulendorf Castle; and the beer town of Ehingen. You can rest your tired muscles at the spas and thermal baths and traditional inns, which spoil you with regional delicacies.

Since the Danube-Lake Constance Cycle Route and the Upper Swabia-Allgaeu Cycle Route cross at three points (in Ulm, Laupheim, and Wangen in Allgäu), you can easily combine the two. At most of the stage locations, you have connections to the railroad network, so you can join or leave the tour at any time. In addition, the Danube-Lake Constance Cycle Path connects two well-known long-distance cycle routes: the Danube Cycle Route and the Lake Constance Cycle Route. So, as you can see, your cycling adventure has no limits.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:22
    33.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    725 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can already see the first highlight of the trip from the train station, the starting point of the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path - the church tower of Ulm Minster is the highest in the world. From the center you drive past the romantic fishing and tanning district from the birthplace of Albert Einstein and follow the Danube upstream. After six relaxing kilometers you can take a detour to Wiblingen Monastery. Then the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path turns south and meanders gently uphill through open arable land.The first stop on the way is Laupheim, once the largest Jewish community in the Kingdom of Württemberg. The museum on the history of Christians and Jews, located in Großlaupheim Castle, deals with the coexistence of the two related religions on three floors. On the southern outskirts, you can also experience exciting star shows in the planetarium.Afterwards, the cycle touring route follows the course of the narrow river Riß, away from the main roads, which gives its name to the penultimate ice age in the Alpine region - the Riß glacial period. At his side it goes via Schemmerberg and Warthausen towards the first stage destination Biberach. You steer through the Ulmer Tor, the beginnings of which go back to the year 1365, and roll in amazement into the heart of the former imperial city, which forms the geographical center of the idyllic region. You can find bike-friendly accommodation, for example, in the Hotel Kapuziner Hof.You can find more information about the first stage at oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/donau-bodensee-radweg-etappe-1-von-ulm-nach-biberach-28ff02fee7.

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    Intermediate
    02:01
    19.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    875 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At first it is still difficult to part with Biberach with its beautiful market place ensemble, which the eye cannot get enough of - but the onward journey is worthwhile. So today you can look forward to magnificent natural passages that will guide you safely to Bad Waldsee.Ummendorf and Fischbach are the first stops on the stage. In Ummendorf the beautiful Renaissance castle is impressive and the swimming lakes invite you to take a break. Then the first steep ascent extends to a height of 640 meters. A grandiose view and an exhilarating descent are the reward. With an undulating elevation profile, it goes through the municipality of Eberhardzell with its baroque town hall and finally through open summer meadows and green forest landscapes.The path begins to climb gently along the Haisterkircher ridge. In the east, the forest area of the Haisterkircher ridge is bordered by the Wurzacher Ried nature reserve, whose moors are absolutely worth seeing.Otherwise you roll down to Bad Waldsee, which is located in the middle of two small lakes. The historic old town exudes a nostalgic charm with its inviting squares, the town hall completed in 1426 and the Heilig-Geist-Spital. In 1956, today's Kneipp health resort was given the title of “mud spa”. The heart of the health oasis is the Waldsee Therme. The thermal water, which contains fluoride and sulfur, is the best prerequisite for a relaxing stay to wake up tired cyclists' legs again.As an overnight option, we recommend the bike-friendly accommodations Stadthotel Grüner Baum, Landgasthof Kreuz and Gästehaus Rössle.You can find more information about the second stage at oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/donau-bodensee-radweg-etappe-2-von-biberach-nach-bad-waldsee-45168da63c.

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    28.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the journey through the rural Upper Swabia, today it goes from Bad Waldsee to Wangen im Allgäu. Small side streets lead you through quiet villages and cities worth seeing.You leave the cauldron-like valley framed by high forest hills and cycle further south. After a good stretch, the cycle route descends steeply and curvy into the wild and romantic valley of the Wolfegger Ach, where you come across the farmhouse museum Allgäu-Oberschwaben Wolfegg.The ten-hectare open-air museum with 19 original farms illustrates the everyday working life and living conditions of the rural population from three centuries. For lovers of old vehicles, the Wolfegg Automobile Museum should be very attractive, as there are over 200 oldtimers to marvel at.Villages, flower meadows and large forest islands line the path to Kißlegg, which spreads out picturesquely on the banks of the Zellersee. The impressive historical buildings of the city include the three-storey New Castle, built between 1721 and 1727, and the Catholic parish church of St. Gallus and Ulrich. Another landmark of Kißlegg is the striking four-sided structure of the old castle with its high stepped gables.The journey leads past idyllic lakes and stately farms in the Württemberg Allgäu before the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path approaches the city of Wangen im Allgäu. The large district town presents itself in a fascinating urban unit. This is a much-quoted saying “In Wanga stays ma hanga”, which you can best get to the bottom of on a stroll through the historic old town with its fountains, the city towers and the pretty baroque facades. Particularly bike-friendly accommodations in Wangen are, for example, the Hotel Alte Post and the Hotel Blaue Traube.You can find more information about the third stage at oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/donau-bodensee-radweg-etappe-3-von-bad-waldsee-nach-wangen-017e01d46a.

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    Difficult
    02:20
    23.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the last section, the magnificent alpine panorama is always present. There are some more hills to climb until you can finally savor the final descent down to Lake Constance.On the western outskirts of Wangen im Allgäu you cycle through an attractive meadow landscape. The bike route descends into wooded valleys and then climbs to green heights. In a wide arc you drive through Haslach and Neukirch. The two places are surrounded by several nature reserves, in which picturesque ponds are embedded in lovely hills. After almost 18 kilometers, it is worth making a detour to Achberg Castle, which can be visited from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays.A little later you cycle slightly higher in the gentle curves of the wild and romantic Argen, which has dug deep into the landscape near the hamlet of Summerau. In the village of Berg the terrain slopes and you can get drunk on the fantastic descent. Apples and cherries ripen between the villages, while extensive rows of hops spread out on the favorable slopes and sunny locations. In between, rows of vines stretch down to the shores of Lake Constance, benefiting from the mild sea climate and the sun-drenched southern exposure.After all the different landscapes and the cultural highlights of Upper Swabia, you roll into Kressbronn. In the holiday resort, the Schlössle with its museum is particularly popular. The exhibition presents historical ship models that were created by Ivan Trtanj in a detailed work.Finally you cross the small park and roll down to the shore. In the face of the magnificent Lake Constance panorama, above which the Alpine chain looms large on the opposite bank, a more than 150-kilometer cycle tour on the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path comes to a worthy end.You can find more information about the fourth stage at oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/donau-bodensee-radweg-etappe-4-von-wangen-nach-kressbronn-cce534ece4.

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    Intermediate
    03:36
    32.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Ulm, beautifully situated on the banks of the Danube, as a former imperial city, marks the beginning of the exciting circuit on the Upper Swabian Allgäu cycle path.From the train station of the university town you first drive through the impressive center: There you can climb the highest church tower in the world and cycle through the picturesque fishing district. Then it goes to the Danube and further south along the river Iller. The bike route is increasing in height and a few kilometers further you can see Laupheim. The nucleus of the city was the Großlaupheim Palace, which today houses the cultural center and the museum for the history of Christians and Jews.The ideally developed cycle path then climbs leisurely up the Rottum valley. On both sides, the dark green forest pushes towards the river valley. In between there are always large orchards and quiet villages such as Mietingen, Schönebürg or Reinstetten.Soon a sublime monastery heralds the first stage destination Ochsenhausen. The former Benedictine imperial abbey was built between 1615 and 1647 based on the Jesuit model and decorated with lavish Baroque décor at the beginning of the 18th century. The famous Gabler organ, the monastery museum, the observatory and the library room are real gems. The Ringhotel Mohren is particularly bike-friendly.You can find more information about the first stage at
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    Intermediate
    03:12
    30.3 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage takes you through lush meadows and tranquil villages. The highlights of the day are the Wurzacher Ried, the spa town of the same name and the town of Leutkirch in the Allgäu.To the south of Ochsenhausen you will pass the former Benedictine monastery at the beginning of this day. The famous Gabler organ, the monastery museum, the observatory and the library room are absolutely worth seeing. Then the bike path climbs the first hills of the day. In the next few hours your gaze wanders from narrow country roads over small villages and green strips.In the west you can see the ridge of the up to 776 meter high Altdorf Forest and to the south the mighty Allgäu Alps with their impressive peaks, ridges and wildly romantic valleys build up. After a good twelve kilometers you will reach Füramoos, where you can take a break in the Rössle restaurant or at the idyllic wooden pond. The pond is a bit off the bike path - we have planned the detour for you right away.Then you can let your bike roll with relish down into the valley of the Wurzacher Ried. You owe this picture-book landscape to the huge ice flows that once covered the northern foothills of the Alps. Several times, most recently in the Würm Ice Age, which ended 10,000 years ago, huge glaciers buried the terrain under their masses of ice and debris, modeled the hills and carved out valleys. 800 plant and 1,500 animal species find ideal living conditions in the extensive moorland, the colorful reed meadows and the countless moats of the nature reserve.In the nearby spa town of Bad Wurzach you will find relaxation in the Vitalium-Therme thermal baths. An important stop on Oberschwäbische Barockstraße is the three-winged castle with the opulently decorated staircase.In the city center of Leutkirch im Allgäu, today's stage destination, you will instantly become a time traveler: Cobbled streets are lined with handsome half-timbered and town houses, of which the Gothic House, completed in 1379, is one of the oldest in the region.You can find more information about the second stage at oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/oberschwaben-allgaeu-radweg-etappe-2-von-ochsenhausen-nach-leutkirch-e4bab7b2f1.

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    Intermediate
    03:30
    35.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you can expect a contemplative section through undulating forest and meadowland. The cities of Leutkirch im Allgäu, Isny im Allgäu and Wangen im Allgäu form the historical framework.South of Leutkirch you cycle with pleasure through the idyllic Allgäu, as you know it from many photos: crystal clear brooks babble through lush green meadows, which here and there make room for a village or a tranquil small town.Isny im Allgäu nestles close to the northern foothills of the Allgäu Alps and is the first highlight of the section. Today's climatic health resort looks back on almost 1,000 years of history, which is reflected in the old town with its high walls, towers and gates. As you get closer, you will notice the Nikolaikirche, which forms a harmonious unit with the neighboring church of St. George and James and the buildings of the former Benedictine monastery.The following 25-kilometer section to Wangen in the Allgäu is pure cycling pleasure: the impressive zigzag band of the Alps is getting closer and seems close enough to touch. You cycle on to Eglofs through the landscape near Argenbühl crossed by streams. Before you arrive in Eglofs, the romantically situated castle pond in Siggen will definitely be tempting - we have already planned the seven-kilometer detour for you in the tour.The harmonious village square of Eglofs is framed by stately inns, the lovingly painted town hall and the baroque church of St. Martin. The neo-Gothic fountain is an eye-catcher.The heart of the Württemberg Allgäu beats in the stage destination of Wangen im Allgäu. Stone eyewitnesses from over five centuries are distributed in the historical city guarded by typical regional painted towers. The famous weekly market, which was first mentioned in 1286, is held every Wednesday in the listed center. Two particularly bike-friendly accommodations are the Hotel Alte Post and the Hotel Blaue Traube.You can find more information about the third stage at
    oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/oberschwaben-allgaeu-radweg-etappe-3-von-leutkirch-nach-wangen-51b88496ff.

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    Intermediate
    03:04
    31.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With a view of the shimmering Lake Constance and the mighty Alpine chain behind it, you pass historically grown cities that shine with all kinds of sights.Following the river Obere Argen you cycle from Wangen back out into the rural hill country. The first worthwhile stop is Neukirch, from where you can take a detour to Achberg Castle. From Oberrussenried the landscape changes: The forest strips loosen up and make space for fruit growing. Apples are primarily harvested between the charming villages, which benefit from the mild maritime climate and the sun-drenched southern exposure. In addition, pears, plums and also hops, which are grown in the region on around 1,200 hectares, ripen.The city of Tettnang spreads out in this romantic corner of the world, with the deep blue Lake Constance shimmering towards you. The silhouette of the New Palace, built between 1712 and 1720, is very impressive. Behind the old walls, the splendid Bacchus Hall, the imposing staircase and the palace chapel underline the splendid court rulings of the Counts Montfort-Tettnang.The "Hop City" welcomes its guests with magnificent town houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, which crowd close to the gate lock. In the Tettnang Hop Museum you can experience how much the region has dedicated itself to the cultivation of this plant, which is so important for beer brewing.In a scenic drive, it goes via Meckenbeuren to the stage destination Markdorf, which spreads out at the foot of the wooded, 754 meter high Gehrenberg. The “Pearl of Linzgau” can best be explored on foot. The church of St. Nikolaus, the bishop's castle and the historic wall towers are particularly attractive. We recommend the Hotel Wirthshof and the Gasthaus Bürgerstuben to stay overnight.You can find more information about the fourth stage at
    oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/oberschwaben-allgaeu-radweg-etappe-4-von-wangen-ueber-tettnang-nach-markdorf-d522ea647d.

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    Difficult
    03:36
    33.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today the cycle route winds over promising mountain tops, dives into remote forest valleys and stops in quiet villages.At the beginning of the stage you have to take the next ascent, which winds steeply through a residential area. From a plateau shaped by cornfields, you then roar down into the Rotachtal. You follow the loops of the flowing water on a wide forest path and conquer altitude meter by meter back. Here, too, Upper Swabia is lovely with small lakes, sparse forests and villages.Wilhelmsdorf is idyllically located on the edge of the Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried, the second largest moorland in southwest Germany with numerous rare animal and plant species.In addition to the impressive palace complex, the Altshausen community has another outstanding sight with the baroque Holy Sepulcher. The precious masterpiece was created in 1783 from two large painted canvases, picture panels and seven arches and is one of the last graves of saints in southern Germany.Ten relaxed bike kilometers further you roll into the Kneipp health resort and today's stage destination Aulendorf. The nucleus of the settlement was Aulendorf Castle. Since the castle complex was first mentioned at the beginning of the 13th century, the building has developed into a magnificent residential palace.After the eventful section of the journey, body and soul find new strength and vital energy in the 34-degree Celsius thermal water of the Schwaben-Therme. The Hotel Arthus and the Hotel Hofgut Tiergarten are particularly bike-friendly accommodations in Aulendorf.You can find more information about the fifth stage at
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    Intermediate
    02:53
    28.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the way from Aulendorf to Bad Buchau, the Schussenried Abbey and the old town of Bad Saulgau, along with the Federsee and the Federsee Museum, are the big attractions of the stage. The thermal baths in Bad Saulgau and Bad Buchau offer cozy warmth.The Oberschwaben-Allgäu-Radweg leads you from Aulendorf purposefully through the valley of the Schussen, which is lined by wooded hills. In Bad Schussenried the large monastery complex impresses with the artistic interiors such as the library hall. You can also make a detour to the Upper Swabian Museum Village Kürnbach, where you can immerse yourself in the life of past generations. Of course, the Schussenrieder brewery is ideal for a break - and after a rest in the beer garden, you can roll fast through the landscape again.Then you climb two hills and roll down to Bad Saulgau. Here in the heart of Upper Swabia, it is worth taking a walk. In addition to lovingly cared for half-timbered houses, you can see several church buildings. Nature lovers, on the other hand, stroll through the NaurThermenPark and culture lovers marvel at the baroque splendor of the Church of St. Markus of the Sießen monastery.A separate hall is dedicated to the most famous of the nuns: the Hummelsaal. Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel lived, drew and painted in the Monastery of Sießen and to this day she is famous for her Hummel children - happy children captured in play situations, which are also known all over the world as porcelain figures.While the further path meanders in a zigzag through fields and groups of trees, you can enjoy the heavenly peace and the wide view over the undulating land. Shortly before today's stage destination Bad Buchau, you roll onto a wooden plank path into the Federsee nature reserve. The nature reserve is part of the UNESCO World Heritage of prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps due to three sites in the Federseeried and is accessible to visitors through nature trails, footbridges and viewing platforms. A particularly bike-friendly accommodation is the Gasthof Zum Kreuz or you can relax for a night in the thermal hotel Gesundheits-Bad Buchau.You can find more information about the sixth stage at oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/oberschwaben-allgaeu-radweg-etappe-6-von-aulendorf-nach-bad-buchau-2b5e08b583.

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    Intermediate
    02:58
    30.3 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it goes from Bad Buchau to Ehingen through the villages of northern Upper Swabia and apparently limitless expanse.From Bad Buchau you drive on the flat bike path around the protected area of the Federsee and can let your gaze wander over the open littered meadows. Various observation towers invite you to observe the birds that live here. From Dentingen the terrain rises significantly and your way leads straight to the 767 meter high mountain buses near Uttenweiler. A detour to the summit of the "Holy Mountain of Upper Swabia" with the white church is a must.After wonderful kilometers of downhill skiing, you come to the Oberstadion, where a visit to the crib museum is worthwhile. The museum, inaugurated in 2008, presents around 160 nativity scenes on an exhibition area of 600 m², making it one of the most important shows of its kind in Germany.On the last kilometers of the day you join the convoy of Danube cyclists and roll down to Ehingen, the stage destination of today's tour. The picturesque city looks back on 1,000 years of history and is known as the Beer Culture City because of its five breweries. You can end the seventh stage of the Oberschwaben-Allgäu-Radweg with a cold beer. We recommend an overnight stay in one of the bike-friendly accommodations BierKulturHotel Schwanen, Hotel Zum Ochsen or Land-gut-Hotel Zur Rose.You can find more information about the seventh stage at
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    Intermediate
    02:07
    19.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Shortly before the Oberschwaben-Allgäu cycle path closes in Ulm, you have to conquer the last hilltops, which guarantee far-reaching views over the Danube valley.Ehingen's history goes back to the year 961 and thus forms a worthy starting point for the last section. In the center of the village, today's district court dominates the market square, where the town hall built in 1713 is also located. If you cycle through the Lower City, you will notice the towering Heilig-Geist-Spital. A collection from the city museum is housed in the striking half-timbered building.After leaving the beer culture city with its five traditional breweries, you will climb a first ridge. Quiet, graveled corridor paths lead you to Oberdischingen, where you drive into Herrengasse. On both sides of the street, elongated buildings in the French-Baroque mansard style line up seamlessly.Erbach is five kilometers to the east. As soon as you get closer, Erbach Castle, which was built in several stages, attracts attention. Upstairs and downstairs, explorers can find numerous salons, a restaurant and a theater in the basement. Also worth seeing is the neighboring parish church of St. Martin from 1767, the interior of which is decorated with beautiful frescoes by the Swabian painter Franz Martin Kuen.The terrain rises several times on the last piece and so you cycle along the loops of the Danube at a promising height. The mighty Ulm Minster appears in front of you, from which only a few pedal steps separate you. After more than 360 eventful kilometers, the bike tour on the Oberschwaben-Allgäu-Radweg ends here in Ulm, which couldn't have been more varied.You can find more information about the eighth stage at
    oberschwaben-tourismus.de/touren/oberschwaben-allgaeu-radweg-etappe-8-von-ehingen-nach-ulm-dafd5dbc43.

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  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    346 mi
  • Duration
    35:34 h
  • Elevation
    15,100 ft

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