Touristikgemeinschaft Odenwald

Rivers, forests and mills – the most beautiful rides in the Odenwald in Germany

Touristikgemeinschaft Odenwald, Ch. Frumolt

Rivers, forests and mills – the most beautiful rides in the Odenwald in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Touristikgemeinschaft Odenwald

Many charming cycle paths lead through the Odenwald, winding between the Main, Neckar and Jagst rivers. They take you into the hills and through river valleys where quaint mills dot the landscape. A low mountain range that sprawls across Hesse, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in Germany, the Odenwald welcomes you with deep forests, silence and unique nature. You’ll cycle across wide meadows and characteristic spelt fields, admiring distant views and making unforgettable memories.

In this Collection, we show you the ten most beautiful day Tours in the Odenwald. Ranging in length from 23 to 77 kilometres (14 to 47.8 miles), they offer cycling fun for every taste. Families will feel as much at home here as ambitious cyclists who are on the hunt for elevation gain in the Odenwald mountains.

On the Bahntrassenradweg Wanderbahn (Wanderbahn Railway Cycle Path), you cycle leisurely through the Odenwald’s beautiful nature, enjoying wide views over the hilly landscape and vast forests. Themed routes such as the Grünkern-Radweg (Green Spelt Cycle Route) or the Salz & Sole Radweg (Salt & Brine Cycle Route) give you fascinating insights into the history and special features of the region, while on the Skulpturenradweg (Sculpture Cycle Route) you can discover amazing installations that combine art and nature. The idyllic river valleys are also wonderful places to ride. Here, you can cycle past old water mills, immerse yourself in untouched nature and gaze upon the gushing rivers.

No matter which Tour you choose, you'll always have the opportunity to stop for a bite to eat and tuck into regional specialities. Our tip: Try the different varieties of Grünkernbratlinge, green kernel that is spelt and made into patties.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:17
    23.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    625 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Erftal-Mühlen-Radweg begins in the tranquil Erfeld. From here you cycle for around 31 kilometers mainly downhill through the picturesque Erftal to Bürgstadt.On the way you can enjoy wonderful views of the beautiful landscape of the Odenwald and down into the Erftal from the bike path. In parts you drive right along the river and can let your gaze wander over the rushing water.In the course of the further route you will also pass numerous mills that are lined up along the river. In the upper Erftal you first pass the Beichertsmühle. At Bretzingen you will pass the Upper, Middle and Lower Mills. Then you will get to know the double mill and the people's and gardener's mill near Hardheim.More romantic mills await you in the lower Erftal too, such as the excursion restaurant Wohlfahrtsmühle, where you can take a well-deserved break before you finally continue to Bürgstadt, where you reach the destination of the tour.

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    Intermediate
    01:43
    14.5 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this beautiful round tour, which is suitable for the whole family, you will find out everything about the inventor of the draisine: Karl Friedrich Christian Freiherr Drais von Sauerbronn, also known as Karl Drais.It starts at the Katzenbuckel thermal bath. From here you cycle to Waldkatzenbach, where Karl Drais lived from 1839 to 1845. After a little dangling through the Waldbrunn district, you first drive over wide fields and meadows, then through romantic forest around the 626 meter high Katzenbuckel.Then you pass Waldkatzenbach again and then continue through the Waldbrunn districts of Strümpfelbrunn and Mülben. Past the glider airfield, it goes in a wide arc to Schollbrunn and then back to the starting point at the thermal baths.

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    36.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The varied Main-Neckar cycle path leads from Miltenberg am Main in Bavaria to Mosbach-Neckarelz am Neckar in Baden. It thus connects two beautiful river landscapes.It starts in Miltenberg. Here you cycle a bit directly along the banks of the Main before you turn south and follow the Mud to Amorbach. It continues via Kirchzell-Buch and through the idyllic Mudbachtal to Mudau. Here you have reached the highest point of the tour at 456 meters.From now on, it's almost all downhill, via the beautiful hiking trail. Today a great bike path runs along the route of the former narrow-gauge railway from Mudau to Mosbach am Neckar, the destination of the tour.

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    Difficult
    03:48
    32.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The beautiful round tour through the Neckar, Elz and Seebach valleys begins in Mosbach, which you can easily reach with the S-Bahn. Of course, you can also join the bike tour in all other places along the route.Immediately behind Mosbach you dive into the beautiful, natural Elz Valley and cycle past countless mills. In Limbach you leave the Elz and reach the Seebachtal via Krumbach and Robern.Here you pass the idyllic Roberner See and then roll along the Seebach through deep forests to the Neckar Valley to Neckargerach. In the place the Seebach flows into the Neckar.On the beautiful Neckaruferweg you follow the loops of the river and enjoy wonderful views of the water, the bank slopes and wide fields around you. At Neckarelz you reach the Elz estuary and attach yourself to the small river that brings you back to Mosbach.

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    Intermediate
    02:23
    23.9 mi
    10.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this round tour everything revolves around salt and brine. On 15 information boards you will find information about the history of the “white gold” that has been mined in the central Neckar area for more than 2,000 years.The bike tour starts in Bad Rappenau. You leave the city through the Salinenpark with graduation tower and cycle to the Neckar. Here you can take a first break in Bad Wimpfen and visit the beautiful old town.Then it continues on the Neckar to Bad Friedrichshall, which is on the other side of the river. From here you drive to Gundelsheim. You always have the Neckar in view. You can also enjoy wonderful views over wide fields.After you have taken a lap through Gundelsheim's old town and paid a visit to Horneck Castle, you cross the Neckar again and immerse yourself in the wild and romantic Fünfmühlental. A little later you will reach Bad Rappenau again, the starting point of the tour.

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    Intermediate
    02:15
    18.0 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hiking railway is a family-friendly cycle path that leads from Mosbach to Mudau. The Odenwald Express used to run here. Today you can cycle on the old railway line through an idyllic landscape.The route is easy but continuously uphill. You drive sometimes over wide fields and meadows, sometimes through deep forests, where you can enjoy the nature of the Odenwald to the fullest.On the way you will come across old train stations again and again. From small shelters in the open country to magnificent train station buildings in pretty towns, everything is included.When you arrive in Mudau, to round off your tour, you can pay a visit to the old steam locomotive that once served the beautiful route.

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    Difficult
    05:10
    49.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This cycle path is very special because it combines art and nature. Along the sculpture cycle path you will find 25 art installations that were set up by the art academies in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Halle (Saale).The starting point of the approximately 77-kilometer circular route is in Buchen (Odenwald). From here you cycle happily up and down and in several dangling and loops through the wonderful landscape of the Odenwald. You alternate between idyllic fields, lush meadows and quiet forests.Embedded in the picturesque nature, the sculptures appear along the way. With their futuristic or industrial appearance, some of them represent a strong contrast to the surroundings. You can read about the ideas behind each installation on information boards.

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    Intermediate
    03:23
    32.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the Grünkern cycle path you roll through the home of the Grünkern. On this route you will immerse yourself in the history of the green spelled grain and experience wonderful landscapes along the way.It starts in Gottersdorf at the Odenwald Open Air Museum. Here, at the beginning of the tour, you can let yourself be carried away into the cultural history of the region and the green core.Then you cycle over picturesque field and meadow landscapes and through romantic forests via Walldürn to Altheim. Here you roll through the listed "Darrenstraße" with its 13 Darr houses lined up.Surrounded by a beautiful panorama and beautiful nature, you finally reach the Kessach Valley. Finally you follow the Kessach to Aries, the destination of the tour.

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    Difficult
    03:39
    35.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The second Grünkern route begins in Walldürn. It is a little longer than the first route and also a little hilly, but the landscape is all the more beautiful.From the starting point you roll downhill to Hardheim. Through the natural Erftal you then drive slightly uphill to Erfeld, where you leave the valley and drive into the hills of the Odenwald. Sometimes you are surrounded by wide fields, sometimes you cross refreshingly cool forests.Then it goes rapidly down to the picturesque Schüpfbachtal. Along the stream you roll to Unterschüpf surrounded by a wonderful backdrop. Now there is another climb waiting for you, which will be rewarded with a refreshing descent before you reach Rosenberg, the destination of the tour.

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    Intermediate
    02:14
    21.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    750 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This idyllic bike path leads you from Seckach through the Schefflenztal and along the Jagst to Bad Friedrichshall. The route mainly leads downhill and is easy to ride, so the Schefflenztal cycle path is suitable for the whole family.From Seckach you cycle a little uphill to Großeicholzheim, where you meet the Schefflenz. From now on it is mostly downhill and you roll relaxed through the beautiful landscape that spreads to the left and right of the bike path. At the beginning you mainly drive past fields and meadows. The further you dive into the valley, the more often you are surrounded by wild and romantic forest.Finally, the small river flows into the Jagst and you drive a bit along its banks until it flows into the Neckar again. Here you have reached Jagstfeld and finally cycle to the adjacent Bad Friedrichshall, the destination of the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    287 mi
  • Duration
    30:45 h
  • Elevation
    14,150 ft
Touristikgemeinschaft Odenwald

Rivers, forests and mills – the most beautiful rides in the Odenwald in Germany