Baden-Württemberg

Right the Black Forest, left the Rhine – the Baden Wine Cycle Route

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Right the Black Forest, left the Rhine – the Baden Wine Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Baden-Württemberg

5-9

days

3-5 h

/ day

286 mi

13,975 ft

14,525 ft

Imagine cycling through idyllic vineyards and picturesque winegrowing villages, with vines growing to your right and the Rhine Valley on your left. In this Collection, we present the brand new Baden Wine Cycle Path in the sunny southwest of Germany. In eight stages, you ride from Grenzach municipality on the Swiss border through the five Black Forest wine regions. You cycle from Markgräflerland to the Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg hills, to the regions of Breisgau and Ortenau, before riding through Kraichgau to Laudenbach on the Badische Bergstraße winegrowing region.

We’ve divided the 285-mile (460-km) route into eight stages ranging in length from 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km). Rated medium to difficult, some of the stages are more challenging as they include lots of climbing. However, the paved roads make it easier to conquer the hills. You’ll experience the very heart of the wine country as you climb countless hills and cycle through vineyards. As you ride, you are rewarded by breathtaking panoramas over the Black Forest and across the Rhine Valley to the Vosges. If you would like a little help up the hills, why not consider an e-bike; the routes are well-set up for them.

In the small towns and villages of Baden which lie en route, you can tuck into delicious specialties at the countless restaurants. Why not stop off at one of the Straußwirtschaften, traditional wine restaurants, which are dotted throughout the region. Here, you can try a rustic vesper and delicious wines.

The Baden Wine Cycle Path is also brimming with cultural highlights such as the Corkscrew Museum in Vogtsburg-Burkheim, the Baden Wine Cellar in Breisach, and various small, local wine museums. The medieval towns, castles, and half-timbered houses en route are also especially charming.

The region has excellent transport connections so you can easily take the train to and from your adventure. Most of the stage destinations also have stations so you can easily shorten the stages or ride just part of the route. There’s plenty of accommodation in the towns en route ranging from campsites to guesthouses and luxury hotels. Just make sure you book in advance so you are well-prepared for your adventure.

After the first stage, you can choose between two options. The main route takes you west around the Kaiserstuhl, not far from the Rhine, or alternatively you can ride through the lively university town of Freiburg (komoot.de/tour/174226397). If you can't get enough of the Black Forest, we have lots more collections for you here: komoot.de/user/schwarzwaldtourismus/collections.

More and more people want to explore and experience the impressive nature in the Black Forest — whether by hiking, by cycling or on a mountain bike. But we as humans are only guests here in the Black Forest — and the animals and plants are our hosts. That's why #RespectForNature is mandatory for all nature lovers, because only with respect we'll preserve the Black Forest in its beauty for our descendants.

You can find out more about the #RespectForNature initiative on our profile page komoot.com/user/schwarzwaldtourismus or at schwarzwald-tourismus.info/erleben/wandern/respekt.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    05:01
    47.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,775 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your impressive journey through the Baden vineyards begins in the small town of Grenzach near Basel, a railway station from Basel's Baden train station. The first stage is both the longest and the most hilly of the entire tour. If you prefer to warm up a little more comfortably, you can easily divide this stage and, for example, spend the night in the beautiful Müllheim.

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    28.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today starts flat with a leisurely ride through the Rhine plain. To the right of you rise a few vineyards and to the left, not far from you, the Rhine …

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  • Difficult
    03:53
    35.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today a few meters of altitude await you again, because it goes up and down all day through the vineyards. Your calves are properly challenged, but the landscape is a …

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  • Difficult
    03:28
    33.0 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Another wonderful day lies ahead of you between the vines and full of views. For example, in Ortenberg you can look at the pretty castle, which now houses a youth …

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    30.2 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    During today's stage, you immerse yourself in a completely new landscape. So that you don't miss the start of the mountain too much, go straight to Bühl up a nice …

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  • Difficult
    04:18
    41.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After a somewhat more comfortable stage, you pedal properly again today. A varied day is ahead of you. You drive an arc around Karlsruhe and reach Durlach with its pretty …

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  • Difficult
    04:17
    40.4 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Did you miss the drive through the vineyards? Then you can particularly look forward to the penultimate stage. In the morning you start with a decent climb to the Derdinger …

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    28.7 mi
    10.2 mph
    900 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage of the Baden Wine Cycle Path is in front of you and it is quite comfortable. This gives you more time on the way to enjoy and …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    286 mi
  • Duration
    29:36 h
  • Elevation
    13,975 ft14,525 ft

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Right the Black Forest, left the Rhine – the Baden Wine Cycle Route