On the Hohenzollern Cycle Path, picturesque vineyards and quiet forests await you. Spectacular climbs take you to sparsely populated plateaus, breathtaking views of conical volcanoes, Lake Constance, the snow-covered Alps, the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb – it’s all here. Fairytale castles, magnificent palaces and one of the most important monasteries in Württemberg: the Hohenzollern Cycle Path truly has it all.
Covering 188 kilometres (116 mi), the cycle path isn’t particularly long but it’s still challenging due to the Swabian Alb’s many climbs. To ensure that amateur cyclists also enjoy this varied and uniquely beautiful cycle path, I present it to you in seven stages which are between 14-35 kilometres (8-21 mi) in length.
The journey to the starting point in Oberesslingen is particularly easy with the S-Bahn. While cycling, you'll find numerous accommodation options, such as guesthouses, holiday apartments or hotels at the end of each stage, although some of the stage destinations are fairly small. As a result, I recommend booking your accommodation in advance.
At the end of the ride, you can easily take the train to any large city from Ludwigshafen. Each stage destination is accessible by train too, meaning that should you want to shorten the ride for any reason, you can always jump on the train at the end of each day. So, there's nothing left to do except to get ready for an awesome adventure in the Swabian Alb!
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Last updated: July 27, 2022
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The varied Hohenzollern cycle path starts in Oberesslingen at the train station. You can easily get to the starting point by S-Bahn. The first stage of the long-distance cycle path takes you almost 34 kilometers to Dettenhausen.
From the starting point in Oberesslingen you cycle directly to the Neckar…
On the second stage, a beautiful route with one or the other climb and lots of forest awaits you. It is 28 kilometers that will take you from Dettenhausen to Rottenburg am Neckar today.
From Dettenhausen it goes straight into the Schönbuch nature park. After a first short climb you roll on a long descent…
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From Rottenburg am Neckar, today's route is 26 kilometers to Hechingen. There is also Hohenzollern Castle, which is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family.
After you have thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful town of Rottenburg with its inviting market square, the start is a pleasantly flat stretch…
Today's stage is almost 28 kilometers long and takes you from Hechingen to Schömberg. When you leave Hechingen, you can still enjoy the fairytale view of Hohenzollern Castle, which is enthroned on its conical hill. Then it goes on the plateau of the Swabian Jura in a southwesterly direction past beautiful…
Today's stage takes you even higher. From Schömberg you cycle on the shortest stage of the tour over 14 kilometers to Gosheim, which is not only the stage destination, but also the highest point of the stage at 850 meters.
It starts very comfortably in Schömberg. Along the banks of the Schwarzenbach you…
And it goes even higher: 990 meters is the highest point of the entire tour and today, on the 21-kilometer stage from Gosheim to Tuttlingen, you will reach it.
Right at the beginning of the stage you can enjoy pedaling again for this last climb. Once at the top, you have reached the highest point of the…
Today is the last and longest stage of the Hohenzollern cycle path. 35 kilometers take you from Tuttlingen to Lake Constance, where the beautiful bike tour ends.
From Tuttlingen, the trip to the Witthoh is a short climb again. At the top of the mountain you can take a moment to enjoy the great view of…
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