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Ride in Germany’s Zollernalb – Albtrauf and Hohenzollern mountains

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Ride in Germany’s Zollernalb – Albtrauf and Hohenzollern mountains

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb

8

Tours

19:19 h

169 mi

12,600 ft

Located in the beautiful southwest of Germany, the Zollernalb is one of the highest parts of the Swabian Alb. It comes as no surprise that you can look forward to fun climbs here with breathtaking, distant views as far as the Alps and the Black Forest. The impressive Albtrauf, with its rugged rocks, divides the Zollernalb region into the lovely Alb foothills on one side and the grand Alb plateau with its typical juniper heaths on the other.

You can discover more than 200 kilometres (124 mi) of circular bike routes through the region. In this Collection, we present eight signposted Tours that are between 17 and 56 kilometres (10.5 and 34.8 mi) long. On most of the rides, you are accompanied by views of the region's landmark, the lofty Hohenzollern Castle.

One of these routes is the Kornbühl Tour on the plateau near the village of Melchingen. Thanks to its gentle inclines, this ride is perfect for little cyclists. They’ll be happy testing their skills, exploring ruins and meeting alpacas. Another kids’ favourite is the fairytale Zollern Tour which takes you to lots of magical places around the gorgeous Hohenzollern Castle.

Do you like to work up a sweat? The Hochalb Tour on the heights of Meßstetten and the Mammut Tour across the Zollernalb are perfect for this – nomen est omen!

Each of the eight Tours has its own special charm – you can choose one or try them all. Along the routes, there are plenty of charging stations so you can easily ride an e-bike. Last but not least, a cold refreshment stop is included on every Tour, of course!

On Sundays and public holidays, you can catch the train back to your starting point or to skip out a climb. You can take bikes on the buses and trains free of charge. If you plan to stay a little longer in the Zollernalb, the bett+bike accommodations are ready to take care of you and your bicycle’s wishes.

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    Rosen-Tour zwischen Blütenpracht und historischen Orten – Zollernalb

    Difficult
    03:12
    27.2 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A tour full of flowers, which is especially appealing in spring and summer. For 43 kilometers, you always cycle your nose through the blooming landscape.

    

    It goes through wonderful orchards near Erlaheim. There you will even pass the fruit nature trail, which will enchant you with a multitude of apple

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  • Difficult
    03:00
    26.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    As the name suggests: the tour starts high up, more precisely in the highest town of Baden-Württemberg, Meßstetten. There are heights to climb and Alb to enjoy. One or the other hearty climb awaits you on the 43-kilometer tour - and with a little luck you will even be accompanied by a flock of sheep

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  • Difficult
    02:57
    26.5 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour takes you 42 kilometers with a moderate 530 meters of altitude from Hechingen through orchards, up to the Alb plateau near Beuren and with Hohenzollern Castle firmly in view back to the starting point. It is best to plan enough time to visit one or two delicacies on the way.

    

    The tour includes

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  • Intermediate
    01:28
    12.6 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Short bike tour through the former Hohenzollern country. Even little cyclists can keep up with the 20 kilometers and 350 meters of altitude. On the way you will find many reasons to take a little break: the fairy tale path, the Lindich-Arael, the indoor outdoor pool, the mini golf course and of course

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  • Intermediate
    01:15
    11.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You should still plan enough time for the slightly shorter slate tour with just under 18 kilometers, because here you will pass geological superlatives. The Swabian Alb Geopark can be experienced here with your own hands.

    

    The tour starts at the parking lot at SchieferErlebnis Dormettingen, where there

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  • Intermediate
    01:22
    12.7 mi
    9.3 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The perfect bike tour for smaller cyclists - not too difficult, with little incline and a lot of variety, it leads through the wonderful landscape around the Kornbühl.

    

    The tour starts in Melchingen along the Lauchert. After Salmendingen it goes uphill to the wooded Monkberg towards the Kornbühl. If you

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  • Difficult
    02:01
    18.0 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Short but crisp tour through the charming landscapes of the Swabian Alb: through the Upper Schischemtal with a view of the striking mountains of the Zollernalb and over the Alb plateau.

    

    The tour goes from the Schömberger Stausee with connected gastronomy via Ratshausen to Hausen am Tann, which you reach

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  • Difficult
    04:04
    34.7 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The mammoth tour goes over the Zollernalb. You collect a few vertical meters, which is why the tour more than deserves its name.

    

    It starts in Balingen at the train station. After you have left the city, you climb up to Zillhausen. Above the village you can enjoy a fantastic view of Balingen and the mountains

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    169 mi
  • Duration
    19:19 h
  • Elevation
    12,600 ft

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