From idyllic valleys to the Swabian Alb – Germany’s Hohenlohe-Ostalb Cycle Route
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If you don’t see yourself as an easy-going tourer, but tough alpine stages aren’t really your thing either, then listen up. The Hohenlohe-Ostalb Cycle Route is a great ride with just the right amount of sweat.
In this four-stage version, you cycle over 200 kilometres (124 mi), with 1,700 metres (5,500 ft) of elevation gain. You ride from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Ulm, crossing the idyllic Tauber and Jagst valleys, passing the Rhaetian Limes near Rainau and spending time in the beautiful city of Ulm at the finish line.
This adventure takes you through natural river valleys and historic towns, and ensures that your leg muscles are put to work. Between Aalen and Ulm, you cross the Swabian Alb, gaining quite some altitude.
You need to be relatively fit as every stage has some climbs, although they’re usually not too steep. You’ll mostly cycle on asphalt, so at least the road surface is smooth.
Getting there and back is easy – both Rothenburg and Ulm have regional public transport connections, so you can leave your car at home. Have fun!
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Last updated: September 24, 2022
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