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Timber-framed houses and river landscapes – Rems Valley Cycle Path

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Timber-framed houses and river landscapes – Rems Valley Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb
2-3 days
2-3 h / day
67.5 mi
2,575 ft
1,950 ft

Between the Kocher and the Neckar, a small stream meanders through a fertile valley – the Rems. It rises between Lauterburg and Essingen, very close to Aalen. On its banks, you find pretty towns which have preserved their medieval charm in their well-kept half-timbered buildings. This Collection guides you along the Rems Valley Cycle Path, a wonderful route in southern Germany.

As you cycle down the Rems Valley, you find exciting contrasts such as historical houses next to futuristic buildings like the ‘Forum Gold and Silver’ in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Riding along well-developed cycle paths, you pass large swathes of river that were re-natured during the garden show in 2019. Great playgrounds, dredging lakes, rest areas, and bathing spots also lie en route, ensuring that both the little and big kids stay happy. As the 68-mile (109-km) route is relatively flat, the Rems Valley Cycle Path is ideal for families. Don’t forget to look out for local events in the villages, too, especially during the garden show.

This extremely beautiful bike path, which was awarded 4 stars by the ADFC (German Cyclists’ Federation), does not start at the source of the river, but in the Lower Rems Valley in Endersbach. From there, you ride through vineyards, enjoying wonderful views over the Rems Valley scenery. Next, you follow the River Neckar to the rems Estuary. Here, you cycle along the river as it twists and turns through rocky landscapes. Following the Rems upstream, you cross beautiful countryside and visit pretty towns such as Waiblingen, Schorndorf, and Schwäbisch Gmünd.

You leave the banks of the Rems in Essingen, where you reach the highest point of the Tour at just over 500 metres (1,600 feet). If you take a small detour here, you can also ride to the source of the Rems. To finish, you cycle to Kocher and finally Aalen, a medieval town that will welcome you with its half-timbered charm.

We have divided the Rems Valley Cycle Path into four short stages. If you are a bit more athletic, you can also finish it in two days. A railway line runs through the valley so you often have the option to take a train.

Both the end point in Aalen and the starting point in Endersbach can be easily reached by train. If you don’t want to take your bike with you, you can rent a bike or e-bike at several places en route. For more information, see:

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Tours & Highlights

    20.4 mi
    10.1 mph
    800 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage through the idyllic Remstal lies ahead of you. For around 33 kilometers you will explore the diverse landscape in the area around the Rems estuary. That's right, the bike path leads from the confluence to the source. The starting point of the first stage is Endersbach station, just 20 minutes by S-Bahn from Stuttgart main station. But even if Endersbach is located on the Rems, the first few kilometers do not lead you directly along the river - first you make a big detour to view the Lower Remstal from above. From the vineyards around Rommelshausen you can enjoy a fabulous view over the Remstal. The route is slightly hilly and scenically interesting, and then downhill through Fellbach to the Neckar, which you reach at the Fellbacher Landungsbrücke. You drive along the Neckar for a good three kilometers and cross it on a lock. Then you reach the Rems estuary and thus the bike path directly on the bank of the river. The Rems meanders through a beautiful natural backdrop, surrounded by high rock walls. The first stage ends in Waiblingen. Here the Rems forms several river islands. The medieval old town with its neat half-timbered houses and the small parish garden is an ideal place to relax.

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    12.9 mi
    10.5 mph
    250 ft
    150 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage is extremely easy to drive. Flat, short and well developed. But you won't get bored here, because the stage between the two half-timbered towns of Waiblingen and Schorndorf takes you through a beautiful natural landscape.It starts in Waiblingen. You follow the Rems out of town. Maybe you make a little detour to the Talauesee before you continue on the romantic bike path. Large parts of the cycle path have only recently been renovated, so it is very easy to drive.Shortly before Winterbach, after you have crossed the Rems several times, a particularly beautiful section awaits you. Here the river was renatured. The newly created gravel banks in the river bed invite you to splash around in summer. In Winterbach you don't drive directly along the river, but through the center. A short detour to the river is worthwhile, however, because it is crossed by the interesting Struvebrücke, a wooden bridge. After a good 20 kilometers, this stage ends in Schorndorf. In addition to the extremely pretty half-timbered houses and the historic market square, the late Gothic town church with its flamboyant details is a real eye-catcher.

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  • Intermediate
    15.1 mi
    9.2 mph
    525 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this stage you follow the Rems two dozen kilometers upstream. Start is in Schorndorf. You drive through the pretty city park with its small lake and a great playground. After you have left the city behind you, you will reach the Rems again. After just under half an hour you will have arrived in the picturesque town of Plüdershausen with its interesting half-timbered houses and the sculpture garden. Immediately after Plüdershausen there are some great quarry ponds on the left and right of the Rems. You can swim a few laps here, and about the middle of the stage you manage a small ascent. From above you have a great view of the Remstal and Lorch, which is known for its impressive monastery.On the beautifully laid out bike path you continue along the Rems. Shortly before Schwäbisch Gmünd, your stage destination, parts of the Limes were reconstructed. A board informs you about the famous Roman fortifications. The stage ends in Schwäbisch Gmünd. The Rems flows right through the village. The magnificent city garden lies on its banks. There the Josefsbach flows into the Rems and next to the city garden, the beautiful green area on Josefsbach invites you to stroll.

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    19.2 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Let's go to the last stage on the Remstal cycle path. On the way out of Schwäbisch Gmünd, a short detour to the old town with its beautiful gabled houses and the Marienbrunnen on the market square is worthwhile. As part of the 2019 garden show, the banks of the Rems were partially redesigned and renatured. This makes it even more fun to cycle along the river. On this stage the path is mostly slightly uphill and the Rems becomes more and more a babbling brook. The interesting sculpture trail begins in Böbingen. The wooden sculptures were made from storm wood. On the bike path, you will later discover another work of art: the Rems waves. The blue waves mark one kilometer each of the Remstal cycle path.As soon as you reach Essingen, you leave the course of the Rems. Here you have also reached the highest point of the bike tour. If you want, you can make a small detour to the Remsursprung, which is about four kilometers southwest of Essingen. Now it's just under ten kilometers slightly downhill into the valley of the Kocher, in the beautiful Aalen. From here you can take the regional train back to Stuttgart in an hour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    67.5 mi
  • Duration
    06:58 h
  • Elevation
    2,575 ft1,950 ft

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Timber-framed houses and river landscapes – Rems Valley Cycle Path