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Your gravel adventure — Black Forest Cycle Route

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Your gravel adventure — Black Forest Cycle Route

Bike Touring Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

233 mi

25,000 ft

24,475 ft

This unique gravel adventure takes you on fine gravel roads all the way across Germany's highest low mountain range. You’ll explore the heights of the Black Forest with all its facets: moss green forests, crystal clear lakes and lush meadows impress just as much as the beautiful views of the Rhine plain and the delicious Black Forest delicacies.

We’ve divided the Black Forest Cycle Route into six stages. You’ll follow the signs with the red rhombus and the bicycle symbol on peaceful forest paths and cover a total of 375 kilometres (233 mi). On the route, you will gain almost 8,000 metres (26,250 ft) of elevation, which is why you should have a good level of fitness.

As both the start and the finish are conveniently located at a railway station, getting there and back is straightforward. So, now all you have to do is grab your gravel bike and start cycling.

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 respekt-schwarzwald.info.

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Schwarzwald-Radweg

233 mi

25,175 ft

24,600 ft

Last updated: March 21, 2022

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    Stage 1: Karlsruhe to Gernsbach — Black Forest Cycle Route

    Difficult
    04:59
    38.9 mi
    7.8 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your gravel adventure on the Black Forest Cycle Path begins at the south exit of Karlsruhe Central Station and is relatively flat for the first few kilometers. A few moderate climbs follow, which are ideal for warming up.

    

    After you have curled up comfortably, you crank up the first long climb to the spa

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    34.7 mi
    6.6 mph
    4,150 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage takes you through the beautiful Murg Valley, one of the largest and deepest valleys in the Black Forest. After this wildly romantic and almost flat section along the Murg, your calves will be challenged again.

    

    After Raumünzach, a long climb begins that takes you to the Black Forest High

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  • Difficult
    05:47
    44.6 mi
    7.7 mph
    2,925 ft
    4,175 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The third stage begins with a fantastic ascent through the Buhlbachtal. Arrived in Kniebis you have already completed the longest climb of this stage. It continues on paved bike paths to the village of Zwieselberg.

    

    Here follows a real gravel paradise: On a secluded gravel path you cycle with lots of curves

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    41.0 mi
    6.5 mph
    5,550 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The fourth stage begins with an idyllic ascent through the Buchental, which leads past lonely farms and gets really steep at the end.

    

    Arrived at the top of the Landwassereck, it is wavy, but much more relaxed. There follows a section through charming moss-covered forests where you will meet few other

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    30.9 mi
    6.1 mph
    4,775 ft
    4,075 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The fifth stage is characterized by frequent changes between steep climbs and descents. From Titisee-Neustadt, the Black Forest Cycle Path leads up towards Hochfirst. From here you have great views of Lake Titisee.

    

    Then you take the pretty Bärental under your tunnels and turn off just before the Feldsee

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  • Difficult
    06:41
    43.1 mi
    6.4 mph
    4,000 ft
    6,425 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The sixth and last stage is much more downhill than uphill, but don't underestimate the last few meters of altitude: they're really tough.

    

    Immediately after you start at Wiedener Eck, Gravel fans will get their money's worth. The passage over the Eisenbläueweg is a dream. As the route continues, you will

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    233 mi
  • Duration
    34:08 h
  • Elevation
    25,000 ft24,475 ft

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