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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

10

Tours

30:45 h

287 mi

14,150 ft

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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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Collection Stats

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

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