Secluded cycle paths lead between fragrant meadows and orchards; vineyards hug the sides of river valleys and fields are painted with poppies – cycling in Baden-Württemberg is beautiful, especially when you have the cycle path all to yourself.
In this Collection, we would like to introduce you to a small selection of insider tips that take you off-the-beaten-track through the beautiful landscape near the valleys of the Kocher, Jagst and Neckar rivers. These six varied cycling Tours help you to rediscover Baden-Württemberg on almost unknown paths.
If you have some time to spare or are looking for a short cycling Tour, the Odenwald-Madonnen-Radweg (Forest of Odes Madonna Cycle Route) from the town of Tauberbischofsheim to Speyer has a wealth of things to discover. Ambitious cyclists can complete the trail over a weekend. The Sculpture Cycle Path on the edge of the Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park is just as exciting. Here, the constant ups and downs alternate with impressive artworks en route. On the Literary Cycle Path near the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park, you can look forward to an enjoyable wine Tour. The small side valleys of the Kocher and Jahst rivers near the town of Möckmühl are also wonderful. Finally, in the Swabian-Franconian Forest near the city of Schwäbisch Hall, you can compete with a few mountains again.
As you can see, there’s a wonderfully wide range of Tours here that couldn’t be more different and follow cycle paths that are relatively unknown. By the way, you can also easily reach all the Tours with public transport, although you spare yourself the return journey on the circular routes. You can order a free set of cycling maps for the region along the Kocher, Jagst and Neckar rivers via the link at the bottom of the page.
If you're looking for more ideas for cycling Tours in Baden-Württemberg, you'll find all the information you need about the Kocher-Jagst Cycle Path and the Neckar Valley Cycle Path, as well as other day Tours, in the following Collections: komoot.de/collection/1109023 and komoot.de/collection/914307/zwischen-odenwald-weinbergen-das-radland-an-kocher-jagst-neckar.
In addition to our Tours, the Radfahren-BW cycle Tour portal offers many helpful tips and information for your holiday and travel plans, such as printed cycle maps!
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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The WälderTour awaits you for a wonderful round of shady forests and medieval highlights. With 67 kilometers and 760 vertical meters, the route is certainly a bit more exhausting, but you can also complete the tour on two days.The starting point of the tour is in the carnival stronghold Bühlerzell. If you arrive by train, Schwäbisch Hall is the starting point. From Bühlerzell it goes right at the beginning of a short steep up to the Ellwanger mountains. Then you will reach an idyllic section in the midst of a vast forest area. The path leads you through wonderful, natural brook landscapes along the valley of the blind red.On the top of the Hohenberg you can see the Jakobuskirche, a pilgrimage site of the Franconian-Swabian Way of St. James, on the edge of the forest. Here it is worthwhile to make a detour. Continue through forests and open countryside with always great views.
From the tranquil Tauberbischofsheim the Odenwald-Madonnen-Radweg takes you through the Madonnenländle. This bears his name, because here are particularly many wayside chapels, picture and, of course, Madonna portraits to admire. In the period of the Counter-Reformation, the area was an important center of the newly emerging Catholic faith. On your way to Buchen you cycle through small villages and towns and enjoy the view of the vast fields of the southern foothills of the Odenwald.From Tauberbischofsheim you cycle gently uphill through the Brehmbachtal. Behind Königheim, your paths separate and the Odenwald-Madonnen-Radweg continues uphill to Schweinberg. On the outskirts is worth a stop at the Sacred Heart Chapel. From here you can then roll your bike quite comfortably downhill to Hardheim.In Hardheim you can visit the St. Albank Church, which is also affectionately called "Erfataldom" due to its imposing size. If you like, make another round of Hardheim and head to one of the cafes or restaurants.
From Mosbach the Neckar meanders in a picturesque river valley through the Odenwald to Heidelberg. Today's leg of the Odenwald-Madonnen cycle path takes you right on the banks of the river through the impressive valley landscape. While a main road always runs through the valley on the right bank of the Neckar, the cycle path runs along almost the entire length of the left bank - so you can rest here and admire the idyllic nature.Along the river Elz you cycle through Mosbach and Neckarelz, until the small stream flows into the Neckar. A little later you cross the Neckar on a bridge and cycle along the left bank over a wide meadow. Here you are on the southern edge of the Odenwald and the Neckar valley is still wide and open - only further downstream the valley narrows and the slopes become steeper and steeper.