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Explore the myths of the Swabian Alb – 20 fantastic bike Tours

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Explore the myths of the Swabian Alb – 20 fantastic bike Tours

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb

20

Tours

54:41 h

483 mi

33,750 ft

Imposing castles, palaces and ruins tower high above medieval villages on the Albtrauf, a northwestern facing escarpment in the Swabian Alb. Here, mystical streams ripple through dark forests whilst the skeletons of bears and bizarre stalactites live in the caves. It’s no wonder that there are so many legends surrounding the Swabian Alb. Of course, the best way to explore this landscape, which was formed over 150 million years ago, is by bike.

In this Collection, we’ve put together 20 fantastic bike Tours in the district of Reutlingen in the Swabian Alb. The rides take you through the beautiful nature of the Lauter Valley, to the baroque Zwiefalt Monastery, the fairytale Lichtenstein Castle and, of course, through the region’s characteristic hilly landscape. Along the way, countless highlights await, from rustic inns to special museums and hidden ponds. You certainly won’t get bored!

The Tours are between 15 and 60 kilometres (9.3 to 37 miles) long and hilly. However, once you’ve made it to the top of the climb, you can look forward to a relaxing bike ride. You can also combine or extend the Tours as you wish as the local cycling infrastructure is well developed. As a rule, there’s a train station at the start and end point or close by. This way, you can comfortably arrive by train and follow the myths of the Swabian Alb.

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    Lautertal-Radweg – Mythos Schwäbische Alb

    Difficult
    03:21
    31.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,625 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Following a river from the source to the mouth and watching its course is something wonderful! On this 50-kilometer tour you drive along the Lauter and explore the beautiful landscape that the river has dug into the Alb.

    

    The Lauter rises in Offenhausen, where you can get to by train. The source is a bit

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  • Difficult
    04:25
    37.8 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,000 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this 60-kilometer tour you make a pilgrimage with your bike from Reutlingen to Zwiefalten Monastery. Out of the pretty city you cycle on a bike path that was built on a former railway line.

    

    The Alb ascent begins in Honau. The trains used to go up the steep section with the help of a gear drive, you

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  • Intermediate
    01:38
    15.6 mi
    9.6 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A simple chapel stands on the 886 meter high Kornbühl near Salmendingen. It was built over 500 years ago and dedicated to St. Anne. On this short round trip you drive from Willmadingen to this special chapel and back again.

    

    After a short drive you can already see the striking Kornbühl. The best thing

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  • Difficult
    02:27
    20.7 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Swabian Alb is not only known for dreamy villages and lonely nature. Unique highlights await you here, some of which you can explore on this 33-kilometer, hilly round tour.

    

    It starts at the Karls- und Bärenhöhle. The name comes from the numerous cave bears that have lived here. The stalactite cave

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    21.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start this varied round at the Karls- und Bärenhöhle near Erpfingen. This impressive stalactite cave alone is worth the trip! After the visit, you roll down into the valley and then continue hilly through the lonely, quiet landscape.

    

    After 13 kilometers you will reach the Lauchertsee. Embedded in

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  • Difficult
    02:48
    26.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour not only takes you through a beautiful landscape, but also past many museums. These include the Felix Hollenberg Gallery, the Stud Museum, the Car Museum, the Farmhouse Museum and the Jewish Museum. So take enough time for this exciting round tour.

    

    It starts in Gomadingen, where you can travel

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  • Difficult
    03:20
    31.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This hilly tour is like a miniature with everything that the Swabian Alb has to offer: picturesque river valleys, exciting history, idyllic landscape and of course hills. You start in Münsingen, which you can reach by train and drive over the Fauserhöhe to the Grafeneck memorial with its dark history

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  • Difficult
    02:32
    23.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lautertal is a unique idyll in the Swabian Alb. On this almost 40-kilometer tour, you will get to know a particularly beautiful section. The starting point of the round tour is in Münsingen, where you can travel by train.

    

    At the beginning you drive on lonely roads over meadows and through small forest

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  • Difficult
    03:24
    31.4 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this 50-kilometer tour you will get to know the Lautertal and also a route away from the main paths. Together this results in a varied, beautiful round. It starts in Hayingen, but of course you can also get on in Gomadingen, for example, if you want to travel by train.

    

    Small, paved roads lead you to

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    20.5 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 30-kilometer round takes you through lonely areas in beautiful nature. It starts at the monastery in Zwiefalten, one of the most important late baroque buildings in Germany. Right at the beginning you work up a sweat, because it goes up to the Zwiefalter Alb.

    

    After the steep section, however, that

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  • Intermediate
    01:47
    15.0 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The Lauter is a real paradise, especially for nature-loving cyclists. On this round you go on a journey of discovery to the source of the river. The start is at the hikers' parking lot in the mountains at Upfinger Ried. But you can also start in Bad Urach or Gomadingen if you want to travel by train

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  • Intermediate
    01:40
    14.7 mi
    8.8 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This compact round takes you to a corner of the Swabian Alb that is off the beaten track. You will discover wide meadows, small villages and many stud farms. And the whole thing is only a stone's throw away from Reutlingen.

    

    You start directly at the Sankt Johann stud farm. Here you can watch horses, shop

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  • Difficult
    03:48
    32.2 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start this hilly tour in Bad Urach, where you can travel by train. The most strenuous ascent comes right at the beginning: You climb the Kaltental. The path through the beautiful nature is beautiful and makes up for every effort. You can take a short break on the banks of the Kaltentalsee.

    

    Once at

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  • Intermediate
    01:55
    15.5 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you will discover the Ermstal from several perspectives: from above, from the side and from below. You start in Metzingen and drive over a long slope through the forest. At the top you reach the Glems reservoir, which is embedded in a pretty backdrop. Here you can leave your bike for a moment

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  • Difficult
    02:55
    28.0 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 45-kilometer round takes you from Reutlingen out to the Alb to the Eninger Weide, to the car museum in Engstingen and back to the city on a former railway and rack railway. You start right in the center of Reutlingen, which you can easily reach by train.

    

    The first few kilometers are slightly uphill

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  • Difficult
    02:57
    25.7 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Take enough time for this wonderful excursion, because in addition to some inclines you will find many highlights along the way. You start in the middle of Reutlingen and drive out of the city on an old railway line. The Alb ascent begins after ten kilometers. A cog railway used to go up here, today

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  • Intermediate
    01:06
    9.27 mi
    8.4 mph
    725 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The state stud of Baden-Württemberg, which is one of four main studs in Germany, is located in Marbach. On this tour you will discover other horse pastures and farms in addition to the Marbach stud.

    

    You start directly in Marbach, which has a train station. Then you drive up to Grafeneck to the memorial

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  • Difficult
    02:33
    19.0 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The short, hilly stud bike path begins in Bad Urach, which has a pretty old town as well as a train station. You start with a longer ascent over several switchbacks.

    

    Once at the top you drive over wide fields and through small forests. You reach Gestüt Sankt Johann via the upper Glems reservoir. There

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  • Difficult
    02:59
    26.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    A fantastic, varied tour lies ahead of you. You start at Zwiefalten Monastery, whose minster is one of the most important late baroque buildings in Germany. After a few minutes of cycling you will reach the Danube, which meanders through the landscape here as a young river.

    

    A short detour takes you to

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    36.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The round tour to the pastures and farms of the main and state stud Marbach begins in Marbach at the train station. From here you climb a steep ascent to the Fauserhöhe. On the other side you then roll down into the Lautertal and then turn into the picturesque Pfaffental.

    

    Past meadows and forests it goes

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Distance
    483 mi
  • Duration
    54:41 h
  • Elevation
    33,750 ft

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