"We are South" - and not only the many hours of sunshine, but also wine, culture and culinary delights convey a Mediterranean attitude to life. Two of Baden-Württemberg's most beautiful long-distance cycle paths, the Kocher-Jagst and Neckar Valley cycle paths, lead you through narrow romantic river valleys that run through the sunny south in countless loops. They lead you past picturesque meadows stretching from the shores to the lush forests on the surrounding hills—and alongside the steep vineyards and rugged rocks that line the river banks.
Both cycle paths have been awarded 4 stars by the ADFC, which confirms the awesome infrastructure of the paths. This means that you are guaranteed to find things such as rest areas, restaurants, and accommodation along the paths, as well as a picturesque route, excellent signposting and a great riding surface.
Getting to the starting point is also a cinch: All of the various stages of the Neckar Valley cycle path are connected to public transport networks, meaning you can join—or finish—wherever you prefer.
On the Kocher-Jagst cycle path, you can cycle 332 kilometers (210 miles) over seven stages from Aalen via Schwäbisch Hall, Bad Friedrichshall, and Crailsheim. The cycle path takes you through the Kocher and Jagst valleys, through beautiful countryside, over impressive old wooden bridges, and through legendary medieval towns.
From Villingen-Schwenningen on the edge of the Black Forest, the Neckar Valley cycle path winds along the Neckar for about 370 kilometers (230 miles) to Mannheim in the north of Baden-Württemberg. On the way, from its origins to the Rhine, it passes not only spectacular landscapes but also beautiful cities such as Tübingen and Heidelberg—a route that you can cycle in seven stages.
In this Collection, we show you the two 4-star cycle paths through beautiful Baden-Württemberg.
Freshly rested, you continue your journey the next morning at the stove and follow its loops, which it pulls through the beautiful valley. Shortly before Braunsbach, one of the most impressive buildings in Germany opens up in front of you: the Kochertal Bridge. It is the largest bridge of its kind in all of Germany and impresses with its enormous height. As a cyclist, you suddenly feel tiny when you drive under it.
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From Forchtenberg, the Kocher-Jagst cycle path always takes you close to the river through the beautiful wine landscape of Heilbronner Land. Lush forests on shallow hills and idyllic green meadows that extend next to the bike path are part of the landscape again on this stage.On the way to the stage destination, you will repeatedly come across contemplative places where you can comfortably rest and stop, such as the pretty Neustadt am Kocher with its charming half-timbered houses.
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 that on this stage from Bad Friedrichshall to Dörzbach it is easy and continuously uphill.