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Castles, baroque architecture & gardens – discover Baden-Württemberg by bike

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Castles, baroque architecture & gardens – discover Baden-Württemberg by bike

Bike Touring Collection by SCHLÖSSER UND GÄRTEN BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG

5

Tours

17:22 h

161 mi

8,275 ft

With magnificent castles, baroque gardens, fairytale castle ruins, and Celtic places of worship, Baden-Württemberg is brimming with cultural heritage and surprises. Did you know that you can visit the ruins of the oldest city north of the Alps above the Danube River? You can even see four castles at once looking out from a bend in the River Neckar near the town of Neckarsteinach.

In this Collection, we want to take you on a journey of discovery through Baden-Württemberg’s cultural landscape. Over five cycle Tours, you can enjoy famous buildings such as Heidelberg Castle and the castle ruins on Hohenstaufen mountain and also discover a few gems that you may not have heard of before.

You can reach all Tours easily with public transport. All but one of the routes are circulars, so you don’t have to worry about how to get back after your ride. This Collection offers a good mix of rides to suit every ability, from half-day Tours to demanding full-day adventures. You can shorten the longer Tours by train to explore the region in full without burning out your legs. To totally relax and focus on the cultural sights along the way, you can also ride the routes on an e-bike.

Finally, the Tours don’t only portray Baden-Württemberg's outstanding culture, they also take you through the region’s beautiful nature. You ride through the southern foothills of the Black Forest, enjoy wide views over the Rhine Valley, cycle across the Vosges plateau, and explore the re-naturalised upper reaches of the Danube and the River Neckar, as it winds its way through the countryside before flowing into the Rhine. Your experience in the region is rounded off by delicious Swabian and Baden cuisine and the brewery restaurants which are well-supplied to replenish your electrolytes.

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    Difficult
    02:29
    21.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This half-day tour east of Stuttgart takes you in a moderate loop from the Remstal up to the Hohenstaufen and back to the Rems. Your starting point is in Schwäbisch Gmünd directly at the train station, which can be easily reached with the regional train from Stuttgart.

    

    On the German Limes Cycle Route

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  • Difficult
    03:38
    35.5 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It is worth planning a whole day for this tour through the Neckar Valley. Not only that there are many castles waiting to be explored along the way, if you don't just want to take a quick photo everywhere, it takes a good one to two hours to look at the huge, stately buildings - you should plan this

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    44.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This day tour on the edge of the southern Black Forest is quite a bit with just over 70 kilometers. Although the way back is exclusively on relaxed bike paths downstream of the Rhine, if you want you can just sit comfortably on the train and return to your starting point. This saves you a whole 32 kilometers

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    29.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round tour leads you first on a good section through the lovely Taubertal, then on the hill between Tauber and Jagst and from Niederstetten following the Vorbach back to your starting point in Weikersheim.

    

    After you have started the tour at Weikersheim train station, the first highlight is waiting

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  • Intermediate
    03:08
    29.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last tour of this collection takes you back in time. Baroque gardens and stately castles were looked for in vain. It is all the more impressive that the buildings have been preserved to this day. These are the oldest monuments of this size north of the Alps, created by the Celts during the Hallstatt

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    161 mi
  • Duration
    17:22 h
  • Elevation
    8,275 ft

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