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Winter.Gravel.Sweat – gravel and sauna fun in Germany’s Swabia

Diana Grodnick

Winter.Gravel.Sweat – gravel and sauna fun in Germany’s Swabia

Bike Touring Collection by Diana Grodnick

14

Tours

67:14 h

516 mi

40,650 ft

Forests are very special places in winter. Thick hoarfrost covers the trees and freshly fallen snow transforms the landscapes into a white dream. Don't be put off by the cold – you’ll have the finest gravel roads all to yourself. If you want to treat yourself to a wellness reward afterwards, you can finish your Tour near a sauna.

All the gravel loops in this Collection start and end at a spa with a beautiful sauna.This means that you can enjoy a sauna or steam bath after your gravel Tour. Your cold hands and feet will quickly warm up as you let your body relax – a real treat after a wintry gravel Tour.

I’ve selected 14 beautiful Tours with a varied mix of fast gravel roads, quiet side roads and great bike paths. Occasionally, there are also a few easy trails. On these Tours, you explore the vineyards around Stuttgart, lonely valleys and rustic villages of the Swabian Alb as well as the densely forested northern Black Forest. You can look forward to great views, historic castle ruins, imposing rock formations and much more. You will be amazed at what the Swabian region has to offer and which hidden corners you can reach with your gravel bike.

Even if you're not a sauna fan, the Tours are fun without them, I promise. And if it's too cold, a sip of tea from your thermos – even during your ride – will help keep you warm.

If, on the other hand, the prospect of a spa keeps you motivated, then pack your slippers, towel, bathrobe and a dry change of clothes.

Let's go, there is no reason to let your gravel bike grow cobwebs in winter. Pack well and look forward to a great winter gravel experience.

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  • Difficult
    05:02
    35.7 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,675 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this round you will explore fine gravel paths, picturesque valleys and enchanting river landscapes in Germany's largest nature park. The Black Forest Middle / North Nature Park is particularly varied thanks to its diverse flora and fauna and, with its dense network of forest trails, an ideal terrain

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  • Difficult
    04:29
    29.9 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your Black Forest adventure starts at the Siebentäler Therme in Bad Herrenalb. On the round you can expect an exciting mix of beautiful gravel roads and asphalt side roads in the middle of dense forests.

    

    The first eight kilometers you roll comfortably through the Alb valley to the north. On this section

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    39.8 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You start the round at the Palais Thermal in Bad Wildbad, where sauna fun with an oriental flair awaits you after the tour.

    

    But first take some of the finest gravel paths in the northern Black Forest under your tunnels. You roll off comfortably and switch from the Große Enz to the Kleine Enz in Calmbach

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    36.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start this gravel tour at the Panorama Therme in Beuren. After you've explored some of the most beautiful gravel roads and lonely back roads in the Swabian Alb, a wonderful sauna landscape awaits you here.

    

    Thanks to the many vertical meters that you will cover, you will also be warm during the ride

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  • Difficult
    04:22
    43.2 mi
    9.9 mph
    3,175 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round you will get to know the Swabian Alb around Bad Urach. The starting point is the large parking lot at the Alb Thermen Bad Urach.

    

    Shortly after the start, the first ascent of this tour begins. A long gravel road leads you through the idyllic Trailfinger Gorge up to the Alb plateau. You cycle

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  • Difficult
    03:14
    28.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start this round at the Filderado in Filderstadt, where you can relax in the wonderful sauna area after the tour.

    

    Let's go to Stetten and on in the direction of Echterdingen. Shortly before you reach the village, turn onto Alte Poststraße, which takes you directly to Siebenmühlental.

    

    If you already

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  • Difficult
    05:44
    39.2 mi
    6.8 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It starts at the Quadrium in Wernau, where a wonderful wellness landscape with Moroccan flair awaits you after the tour.

    

    You start this gravel tour comfortably in the direction of Reichenbach an der Fils, before you tackle the first long ascent after about nine kilometers. It becomes noticeably quieter

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    17.0 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This gravel tour is not particularly long, but still really beautiful. You start at F3 in Fellbach. A large sauna area with various sweat opportunities invites you to relax afterwards. Here you can also let yourself be pampered with a massage. But don't forget to reserve your massage slot in advance

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  • Difficult
    03:45
    30.0 mi
    8.0 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start this gravel adventure at the Merkel'schen Bad in Esslingen. Cobblestone par excellence awaits you on this tour. And by the way, there are permanently wonderful views of the surrounding vineyards.

    

    After a short detour to the old town of Esslingen, it starts immediately: you roll on cobblestones

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  • Difficult
    05:36
    45.3 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,925 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You start this round at the thermal baths in Bad Überkingen. It starts along the Fils on the Tälesbahn bike path, which always takes you slightly uphill to Bad Ditzenbach. This section is ideal for warming up. Because there is now a strenuous stretch up to the Alb plateau. Once at the top, you will be

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  • Difficult
    04:41
    38.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On this round you will discover the idyllic valleys of the Murrhardt Forest. It starts at the Wonnemar parking lot in Backnang.

    

    For the first ten kilometers you roll on a flat stretch to Sulzbach an der Murr. Here you branch off at the end of the village into the Fischbachtal. On a quiet, paved path you

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  • Difficult
    04:34
    35.1 mi
    7.7 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round there is an exciting mix of urban flair, creative works of art and fun gravel paths.

    

    The starting point is at the mineral thermal baths in Böblingen. On a moderate ascent you crank out of Böblingen. On the Aichtal cycle path you can then admire the works of art from the Sculptoura exhibition

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  • Difficult
    07:01
    51.7 mi
    7.4 mph
    4,250 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This hilly round leads you right through the wonderful Welzheimer forest. As the name suggests, fantastic forest paths and pure nature await you!

    

    The starting point of the tour is in Schorndorf at the parking lot of the Oskar-Frech-Seebad. For the first few kilometers you can still feel the urban hustle

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  • Difficult
    06:59
    47.0 mi
    6.7 mph
    4,225 ft
    4,225 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On this gravel tour you will explore the eastern edge of the Swabian Alb. You start at the Limes thermal baths a little above Aalen and at the beginning always roll along the slope towards Himmlingen and on to Braunenberg. On this route you can catch fascinating views of the Swabian city on the Kocher

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    516 mi
  • Duration
    67:14 h
  • Elevation
    40,650 ft

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