From the heights of the Black Forest you can look over the wooded hills, which are still covered by a mysterious veil of mist early in the morning. But the sun does all the work and bathes the magnificent low mountain range landscape in a warm light that penetrates into the deep, picturesque gorges of the Black Forest valleys and makes the small villages along the way look even more cosy. Welcome to the Black Forest, the land of cuckoo clocks, the cherry cake — and the ingenious views. And these are precisely the motto of this tour, which is not called the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Route without reason. In five stages we present you Germany's highest low mountain range from its most beautiful side. So beautiful that even the ADFC has chosen this tour as a quality cycle route with three stars.
The start is in Pforzheim, from where you can enjoy cycling along the eastern edge of the Black Forest to Waldshut am Rhein. The gradients are mostly moderate. Only the first stage has something to offer — but to make sure that not only experienced touring cyclists have fun, we will show you an alternative which, thanks to the mountain railway in Bad Wildbad, is also a pleasure for occasional cyclists. On the way, you usually roll along asphalt cycle paths and low-traffic side roads. From time to time, there are also well-designed gravel paths.
Especially in the stage towns there are many sights to discover. You will also find plenty of accommodation there. Not every town has a railway connection, so not all stages of the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Route are recommended as individual tours. As an alternative to starting in Pforzheim, you can also travel by train to Bad Wildbad, Freudenstadt, Villingen-Schwenningen or Titisee and join the tour there.
Tip for e-bikers: Along the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Route there are regular charging stations where you can refresh your batteries. Here you can find a list of all e-bike charging stations in the Black Forest for your planning: schwarzwald-tourismus.info/entdecken/Rad-und-MTB/Tourenrad-Genussrad/e-bike/Service-fuer-E-Biker
On the first leg of the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Path it's straight to the point. Because before you drive through the Black Forest, you have to go in or up. That's why a lot of altitude meters are on the program on the 75 kilometer stage. Therefore, this entry into the tour is more suitable for experienced touring cyclists who in return can enjoy a scenic route with many great vantage points.
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Stage 2 on the Black Forest Panorama cycle path leads you across meadows and through forests at many old villages and farms and uses beautiful cycle paths, natural gravel roads and really quiet side roads. Today, not a single, long climb waits for you, but many small ones. So the ride is a bit demanding, but very varied. In addition, the tour lives up to its name: beautiful viewpoints offer you the finest panoramic views of the Black Forest mountains.
The third stage on the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Path starts in the beautiful old town of Villingen and leads you first relaxed and without major climbs through the valley of the Brigach. Here and there you have a nice view of the small river and the wide landscape. Especially idyllic is the ride, if you roll over the straight Brigachtalradweg through the countryside.
Before you start into the fourth stage, you can still take a look over the Titisee, which looks particularly beautiful in the morning light. Then you cycle via Neustadt back to the Gutach, in the valley of which you will enjoy the gently sloping bike path. The small river flows through a gorge, which is lined by wooded valley slopes and becomes narrower as the route progresses.
The fifth and last stage on the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Path is the shortest stage of the tour and, with very few exceptions, goes downhill through the beautiful Wutachtal, which connects the start in Stühlingen with the finish in Waldshut. On the way you can fully enjoy the beautiful landscape of the southern Black Forest and enjoy Swabian hospitality in one or the other place on the way.