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Picturesque valleys on Germany’s Württemberg Valley Cycle Path

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Picturesque valleys on Germany’s Württemberg Valley Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Baden-Württemberg

3-5

days

3-5 h

/ day

169 mi

6,650 ft

6,950 ft

The Württemberger Tälerradweg (Württemberg Valley Cycle Route) takes you along quiet, well-surfaced cycle paths that lead through picturesque river meadows and over the idyllic hills of the Swabian Alb. You ride through the diverse natural landscapes of Baden–Württemberg – a wonderful cycling experience. Over 272 kilometres (169 mi), you cross the unique hills of the Swabian Alb. The route is never too steep, though, as it follows river valleys most of the way.

In this Collection, we present the cycle path in six stages. Each day is around 50 kilometres (31 mi) long, giving you plenty of time to discover the region’s special places. You can look forward to excellent cycle paths – from disused railway lines to riverside trails and quiet stretches through wide meadows and fields.

The stages always end in towns that are well worth seeing, where you can relax after your hard day's work and find various accommodation options to suit you. The starting point in Crailsheim is easy to reach by train from Nuremberg, Stuttgart and Heilbronn. The destination Schwäbisch Gmünd is also well-connected to the Deutsche Bahn network. Nothing stands between you and an unforgettable cycling holiday.

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Württemberger Tälerradweg

169 mi

6,675 ft

6,975 ft

Last updated: September 6, 2022

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    Stage 1: Crailsheim to Aalen – Württemberg Valley Cycle Route

    Difficult
    03:25
    33.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Your cycle tour through the picturesque Württemberg river valleys begins in the Franconian town of Crailsheim. You can easily reach them by train, for example from Nuremberg, Stuttgart or Heilbronn.

    

    Your path will take you along wonderfully idyllic and guaranteed quiet paths through the hilly landscape

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    30.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    900 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage is an absolute pleasure tour with almost 50 kilometers and hardly any vertical meters worth mentioning. You ride on real quality cycle paths from Aalen along the Kocher to Oberkochen.

    

    After about 20 kilometers you will reach the Itzelberger See, which invites you to take a short break

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  • Intermediate
    02:42
    29.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Another pleasure ride is coming up: today you cycle dead straight to the banks of the Danube in Ulm. First you follow the course of the Brenz to Sontheim-Brenz, where your paths separate. The route now takes you to the idyllic Nautal - on hot days it is a blessing to cool off your feet in the small Nau

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  • Difficult
    03:05
    27.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Ulm you drive almost 50 kilometers today, which will take you to the idyllic small town of Laichingen in the Swabian Jura. It's 530 meters uphill, the gradient is constant for the second half of the route and never particularly steep.

    

    Today the blue channel and the blue determine your path. On the

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    26.8 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    2,550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today it's 43 kilometers to the beautiful spa town of Bad Boll. Gentle inclines and a long descent also make this stage an absolute cycling pleasure. From Laichingen you can expect the best surface through wide meadows and fields.

    

    About halfway along the route you will pass the ruins of the Reußenstein

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    21.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    800 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The last stage takes you over the gentle chain of hills at the foot of the Swabian Alb - but it remains very moderate at only 250 meters in altitude. From Bad Boll it goes gently downhill and you meet the banks of the Pfuhlbach.

    Behind Faurndau it goes slightly uphill again and you drive on a former

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    169 mi
  • Duration
    16:58 h
  • Elevation
    6,650 ft6,950 ft

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