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Panoramas, trails and lake hopping – biking in the Black Forest

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Panoramas, trails and lake hopping – biking in the Black Forest

Mountain Biking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

20

Tours

75:56 h

493 mi

65,900 ft

Tough climbs to blustery heights and flowy descents excite every mountain biker. The Black Forest, Germany’s highest low mountain range, has a lot to offer. Whether you fancy magnificent views, ingenious trails or jumping into a cold mountain lake – you’ll find what you’re looking for here. A day of biking in the Black Forest is finished off with a bite to eat in a rustic inn where you can replenish your energy reserves with delicious Black Forest specialties.

In this Collection, we’ve put together a fine selection of 20 mountain bike Tours for you. As the needs of mountain bikers are as varied as the sport itself our Tours are geared to three different wishes. The first 10 are panoramic Tours with particularly beautiful views of the Black Forest. Most of the Tours take you through the countryside on easy-to-navigate paths, which can sometimes be quite steep. Speaking of steep, five of our trail routes, which are primarily aimed at sporty and experienced mountain bikers, are steep and fun downhill rides.

After you’ve tired yourself out, you also need to relax. That’s where the last five Tours come into play. Here, we take you to the most beautiful swimming lakes in the Black Forest. Crystal-clear water under a blue sky – you can hardly wish for more after a sweaty MTB tour.

In the Tour descriptions, we give you tips on how to get to the various starting points and tell you where it’s worth stopping for a bite to eat along the way. With the Tours in this Collection, you could easily fill a several-week stay in the Black Forest. There are many hotels and guesthouses geared towards mountain bikers in the various towns and villages who will be happy to sweeten your stay. The rest is up to you – grab your bike and enjoy the trails.

More and more people want to explore and experience the impressive nature in the Black Forest – whether on foot, by bike or on a mountain bike. But, as humans, we are only guests here – the animals and plants are our hosts. That’s why we should all have #respectfornature. Only with respect can we preserve the Black Forests’ beauty for generations to come.

You can find out more about the #respectfornature initiative on our profile komoot.de/user/schwarzwaldtourismus or at respekt-schwarzwald.info.

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    32.4 mi
    6.1 mph
    5,200 ft
    5,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This panorama tour has it all: 1,580 meters in altitude over 52 kilometers are a clear message. Your heart rate won't just skyrocket because of the exertion, however. After all, every climb holds a reward. Breathtaking views await you that are only available in the Black Forest.

    

    It’s all about the Achertal

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    18.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Why look into the distance? This tour is pure enjoyment. No technical difficulties await you. It's just about enjoying the beauty of the Black Forest from the saddle of your bike.

    

    The tour starts in Furtwangen. On easy-to-drive forest and farm roads and asphalt, you climb into the mountains north of the

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    20.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,950 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    You will not soon forget this panoramic tour over the Herrenschwand high plateau to Ehrsberg. From the Holzer Kreuz you can enjoy a fantastic view over Schönau over to the Belchen. But also in many other places you have fantastic views over the Black Forest.

    

    Whether from Freiburg, Donaueschingen or L

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  • Difficult
    06:15
    35.5 mi
    5.7 mph
    5,875 ft
    5,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This panorama tour in the southern Black Forest is recommended for persistent cyclists who are looking for a good dose of vertical meters. You will be rewarded with fantastic views and summit happiness, because enjoyment is very important in the Black Forest.

    

    After just two kilometers you are standing

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  • Difficult
    04:29
    29.4 mi
    6.6 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kandel is one of the most famous mountains in the Black Forest. From its 1,241-meter-high summit, you can see for kilometers over the Rhine Valley to the Vosges. The sweaty Kandel tour is one of the most demanding you can do in the Black Forest.

    

    You start in Simonswald and drive steadily uphill for

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  • Difficult
    02:30
    18.5 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Finkenberg tour is the most varied and panoramic connection between Kniebis and Freudenstadt for mountain bikers with an affinity for altitude. It goes over many forest paths and one or the other single trail through the dense forest on both sides of the Forbachtal.

    

    Incidentally, the round can be

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    11.8 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Don't be fooled by the relatively short distance, this after-work lap has it all. Above all, there is no lack of panoramic views, so you will definitely want to stop here and there to enjoy the view.

    

    You can get to Oberkirch, for example, with the S-Bahn from Offenburg. At the beginning of the round you

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  • Difficult
    03:06
    20.9 mi
    6.8 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Black Forest Ultra Bike Marathon. The ascent of around 700 meters from Kirchzarten up to the Hinterwaldkopf separates the wheat from the chaff in this famous mountain bike race.

    

    Fortunately, you don't have to rush like the race participants, but can enjoy the panorama

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  • Difficult
    04:20
    26.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,950 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This varied panorama tour takes you from Gengenbach up to the Moosgebirge, which separates the Rech Valley from the Kinzig Valley. According to legend, this vast forest area is home to the Moospfaff - a devious forest spirit who likes to mislead hikers.

    

    The climb is long and demanding. On the last two

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  • Difficult
    04:43
    30.7 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour begins at the Bad Wildbad train station. You can reach the place, for example, with the Enztalbahn (tram line 6) from Pforzheim. Almost 50 kilometers in the wonderful nature around the Enz Valley in the Black Forest await you.

    

    A first crisp ascent leads you to the Meisternkopf. It continues at

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  • Difficult
    03:42
    21.4 mi
    5.8 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The name already gives it away: The tour over the Hirschkopf has a high proportion of trails. There are an abundance of narrow paths here. So grab your bike and off you go!

    

    It starts in Klosterreichenbach, very close to the train station. Right at the beginning you crank up a steep ascent to the Zimmerplatzh

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    14.3 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After work, do you fancy crisp trails and fantastic views? Then we have something for you. This tour starts at the Platz der Verfassungsfreunde in Offenburg and takes you up to the Brandeckturm with a fantastic view.

    

    You leave Offenburg and climb first through the vineyards, then through the forest. Over

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  • Difficult
    03:33
    18.6 mi
    5.2 mph
    3,925 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The trail tour from Freiburg up to the Schauinsland has everything a biker's heart desires - lots of vertical meters, fantastic views and, above all, trails, trails and even more trails.

    

    The tour begins rather harmlessly. You drive along above the valley and the slope is still very limited. If you want

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    14.3 mi
    5.5 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,525 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The trail tour around Todtmoos consists of two loops. After almost ten kilometers you will come back to the starting point in the valley village. So you can spontaneously decide to only drive one of the two loops.

    

    The southern loop leads you up a moderate ascent on the historic Glaträgerweg on the Glaserberg

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  • Intermediate
    01:02
    5.17 mi
    5.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Alpirsbacher Trail is a real icing on the cake for all mountain bikers in the Black Forest. Technically savvy drivers can really let off steam on the enduro track, but beginners will also feel at home here. They can improve their technique and simply avoid obstacles that are too severe for them

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    17.3 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 2-lake tour is the classic start of the season in the Black Forest. It leads around the beautiful Schluchsee without great technical difficulties. At the lake you will find several bathing places if you want to cool off in between on the tour.

    

    The traditional Schluchsee circuit also includes a stop

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  • Difficult
    05:57
    41.0 mi
    6.9 mph
    4,625 ft
    4,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This day tour takes you on some of the most beautiful sections of the summit trail. The focus is on the wonderful bathing lakes of the Black Forest. So it's best to take your swimming trunks with you, because there are several lakes waiting for you.

    

    From the train station in Neustadt you can quickly get

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  • Difficult
    04:51
    34.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Pack your swimming trunks! Biking and swimming is an unbeatable combination in summer. You can wonderfully combine both on this tour around Forbach. To get to the start in Langenbach, for example, you can take the S8 or S81 from Karlsruhe or Freudenstadt. Alternatively, you can also start in Forbach

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    27.9 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can combine biking in an idyllic setting, a stop in one of the rustic inns along the way and a dip in the cool water of a real mountain lake on this tour and spend an unforgettable day in the Black Forest.

    

    The Kirnbergsee is ideal for swimming. To reach its bank, you simply drive straight ahead in

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  • Difficult
    07:59
    54.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    7,275 ft
    7,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This day tour for fit mountain bikers takes you from Freiburg to the banks of the Schluchsee and back again. Thereby, 2,200 vertical meters are collected. The longest ascent of the day begins shortly after Kirchzarten - known among other things as the venue for the Black Forest Ultra Bike.

    

    Passing Feldsee

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Distance
    493 mi
  • Duration
    75:56 h
  • Elevation
    65,900 ft

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