Once on your bike around the mountainous southern Black Forest and without any major ascents - that's exactly what awaits you on the Südschwarzwald-Radweg. The highlight: the cycle path runs almost all the way through picturesque and tranquil river valleys with little incline, takes you along the banks of the Rhine close to the Swiss border and across the extensive meadows of the Rhine plain. On your way you will find dense forests and lonely mountain pastures, lively towns and sleepy villages and, of course, the calmly flowing Rhine. Because of the perfectly maintained and signposted cycle paths, the cosy accommodation and the famous Black Forest cuisine, the ADFC awarded the Südschwarzwald-Radweg with four stars.
The cycle path leads as a round tour from Kirchzarten in the middle of the Upper Black Forest in five stages once around the nature park Southern Black Forest. You will cover a distance of around 270 kilometres. First you cycle through the valleys of Gutach, Haslach and Wutach and then follow the quiet course of the Rhine on excellent riverside paths. From the Rhine plain you can enjoy the view of the distant mountains of the Black Forest. In between, you will visit old half-timbered towns, sophisticated Basel and Freiburg, the unofficial capital of the Black Forest. Since the bike tour is a circuit, you can of course get on at any point or go the other way round.
The first four stages are flat or even mainly downhill, making them real epicures. Only the fifth stage challenges you with the ascent to the Rinkelpass – but rewards you with an even more beautiful view and secluded nature. If the pass ascent instills respect in you, no problem: there are good connections to the railway at all stage locations, so you can skip individual stages or plan a shorter tour without any problems.
The second stage takes you from Stühlingen always near the Swiss border along the Wutach and then on perfect bike paths on the banks of the Rhine to Bad Säckingen. Since the stage is downhill almost the entire time on the stage, you can roll your bike quite comfortably. In addition you can expect pretty little towns and villages on the Rhine, which invite you to take a long break.
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Also on the third stage, the Rhine is your constant companion. The Southern Black Forest Cycle Route will take you along the mountainous foothills of the Black Forest for a short distance through Switzerland and through France, until you switch back to the German banks of the Rhine and cycle to the stage destination Bad Bellingen. The stage is pretty flat all the way and only small climbs await you.