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Relaxed river riding in Germany – Kocher-Jagst Cycle Path

Kocher-Jagst-Radweg

Relaxed river riding in Germany – Kocher-Jagst Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb

6

Tours

20:34 h

208 mi

8,125 ft

The Kocher-Jagst cycle path is a wonderful route along the Kocher and Jagst Rivers in Baden-Württemberg. It takes you along charming paths, far away from crowds, through the beautiful countryside of the Ostalb, Hohenlohe, and Heilbronn. The ADFC (German Cyclists’ Federation) awarded the route 4 out of 5 stars in 2014, and deservedly so.

The Kocher and Jagst rivers both spring in the Ostalb, only a few kilometres apart, near the town of Aalen. They flow in the Neckar near Bad Friedrichshall at almost the same point. This unique geography means you can ride a loop through natural river valleys and to impressive historic sites, with just a few climbs.

On the way, you can stop at medieval towns to take a well-earned rest and wander streets lined with charming half-timbered houses. The nature and history are wonderful in this region. Picturesque meadows extend from the banks of the rivers to thick forests below rolling hills. Magnificent palaces and castles tower high above, backdropped by this wonderful scenery, and waiting to be explored by you.

In this Collection, I’ve divided the 330-kilometre (205-mile) route into six pleasant stages. If you are short on time or if the route is too long for you, there are numerous possibilities to shorten it. The larger towns en route have rail connections so you can, for example, only cycle along one of the rivers from Aalen to Bad Friedrichshall and the return by train. Alternatively, you can use the 13 cross-country cycle paths between Kocher and Jagst to explore the landscapes in less time.

You will find plenty of accommodation along the route in both larger towns and villages. Numerous guesthouses and inns can be found close to nature, offering a particularly idyllic overnight stay. You also don’t need to carry much food in your panniers as you will be spoiled by the regional cuisine and home-cooked delicacies everywhere you go. In the Heilbronner Land, Germany’s first red wine region, dinner is served with a full glass.

If you want to extend your adventure, you can combine the Kocher-Jagst cycle path with the Neckar cycle path (komoot.de/collection/522) or a detour into the lovely Tauber valley (komoot.de/collection/936510).

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Kocher-Jagst-Radweg

207 mi

7,975 ft

7,975 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

The stages of the Kocher-Jagst cycle path

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    Etappe 1: Von Aalen nach Schwäbisch Hall – Kocher-Jagst-Radweg

    Intermediate
    04:01
    41.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circuit on the Kocher-Jagst cycle path starts in the former free imperial city of Aalen. Thanks to the good connection to public transport, you can easily take the train to the starting point. From there it's mostly downhill for 46 kilometers to Gaildorf.

    

    From Aalen you cycle north to Hüttlingen

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    27.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    900 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Freshly rested, you continue your journey at the Kocher the next morning and follow its loops, which it draws through the beautiful valley. Shortly before Braunsbach, one of the most impressive buildings in Germany opens up in front of you: the Kochertalbrücke. It is the largest bridge of its kind in

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    23.9 mi
    10.9 mph
    500 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From Forchtenberg, the Kocher-Jagst cycle path takes you through the former wine landscape of the Heilbronn region, always in the immediate vicinity of the river. Most of the former terraced vineyards are no longer farmed nowadays, between

    However, there is a show vineyard in Hardthausen-Kochersteinsfeld

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  • Difficult
    04:06
    41.6 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Bad Friedrichshall you say goodbye to the Kocher, which flows into the Neckar here, and in Jagstfeld, a few hundred meters away, you welcome the Jagst, which also unites with the Neckar there. From today you are on the way back to the starting point Aalen and follow the Jagst upstream, which means

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  • Difficult
    03:43
    35.2 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting from Dörzbach, you first cycle through the St. Wendel zum Stein nature reserve. Beautiful nature awaits you here with dense forests and steep rocks, in which the chapel St. Wendel zum Stein was built. Here you can take a short break and enjoy the peace and quiet right on the Jagst. Upstream

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    38.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Crailsheim, today's start of the stage, the landscape of the Jagst Valley changes a little. The valley is more open and wider and it is no longer uphill, but almost flat as far as Ellwangen. Here you can stroll through the pretty old town with a first break and discover the beautiful houses with

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    208 mi
  • Duration
    20:34 h
  • Elevation
    8,125 ft

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