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The Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg

Bike Touring Collection by Baden-Württemberg

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

191 mi

8,975 ft

7,975 ft

The Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg takes you from beautiful Heidelberg am Neckar over the gentle hills of the Kraichgau and through the unique Black Forest with its romantic valleys and heights. Past the Neckar Spring, the Danube Spring and Hohentwiel Castle, you will reach the shores of the picturesque Lake Constance in Radolfzell. From north to south you cycle through Baden-Württemberg and experience its diversity.

In this collection we present the six stages of the 305 kilometre Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg, which was awarded three stars by the ADFC.

The starting point is in Heidelberg, which you can reach easily by train or via the Neckar Valley Cycle Route. On the way south, there are six stages, which are between 30 and 60 kilometers long, with several climbs waiting for you. So take your time and take breaks again and again. The cosy places to stop along the cycle path or in the villages you cycle through offer you many opportunities to do so. If you want to shorten the stages, that's no problem, because there are many accommodations and some stations along the route, even outside the stage towns. In Radolfzell, at the end of the tour, the Mediterranean ambience of Lake Constance awaits you. Here you can finish your cycle tour with pleasure, before you take the train back home or even continue your journey on the Lake Constance cycle path.

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Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg

190 mi

8,950 ft

8,025 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Heidelberg nach Bretten – Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg

    Intermediate
    03:56
    38.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    875 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the Neckar in Heidelberg begins the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg. To get to the starting point, you can cycle on the Neckartal bike path or you simply take the train to Heidelberg.

    

    From the riverbank, it goes across the pretty city and out into the fields. South you cycle comfortably through

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    30.7 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,025 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the second stage, behind Bretten, a long climb will lead you through a sparse deciduous forest. Surrounded by pristine nature, you cycle leisurely uphill. Just before you reach the highest point, you drive out of the forest in an open field and meadow landscape and can enjoy the beautiful

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  • Difficult
    03:15
    29.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Calw you continue on the banks of the Nagold, which meanders in cheerful loops on the edge of the Black Forest. On the first kilometers of the third stage you cycle through unspoiled nature. The bike path on the Nagold is lined with meadows and forest - an impressive backdrop. On the way you will

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  • Difficult
    03:32
    31.3 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Horb you cycle from the Neckar valley to higher fields. The open landscape offers beautiful views over colorful fields and green meadows to wooded hills. Through this picturesque backdrop you drive between Black Forest and Swabian Alb further south. On your way you pass again and again small places

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    20.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    875 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Rottweil you cycle through a varied landscape of fields, meadows and forests. It is easy but continuous uphill. At regular intervals, you will come to cozy places where you can take some time on the short fifth stage to look around or have a relaxed break. In the immediate vicinity of the Neckar

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  • Intermediate
    04:03
    40.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    2,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, the last leg of the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg is on and you can really enjoy it: it's the longest of the six stages and on long stretches it's pleasantly downhill. A beautiful finale, then.

    

    On a flat stretch you cycle comfortably from Donaueschingen and dive into wide field and meadow

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    191 mi
  • Duration
    20:31 h
  • Elevation
    8,975 ft7,975 ft

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