The cycle paths lead over gently rolling hills to beautifully situated towns and villages, past castles and palaces, steaming thermal baths and many bathing lakes. There is so much to discover in the Oberschwaben-Allgäu cycling region that one ride is often not enough. That's why this Collection introduces you to two cycle paths: the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path and the Oberschwaben-Allgäu cycle path.
The Danube-Lake Constance cycle path winds its way through the varied landscape in four stages, embedded in the magnificent Alpine panorama. The route begins in Ulm on the Danube, the city with the highest church tower in the world, and leads through the hilly landscape of Upper Swabia and Württemberg's Allgäu down to Lake Constance. Muscle power is required on individual sections, but there are plenty of opportunities to relax along the route: Swimming lakes, spas, and pleasant thermal baths invite you to linger. For cyclists, opportunities for longer breaks also arise when crossing numerous places of the Upper Swabian Baroque Road with its unique sights.
The Oberschwaben-Allgäu cycle path starts in Ulm and runs clockwise. The 223-mile (360-kilometre) long cycle route, which is divided into eight sections and continuously signposted, allows cyclists to get to know everything that Upper Swabia and the Allgäu region of Württemberg are known for. The ride takes you through a number of small towns and villages, with historical buildings and museums waiting for culture lovers, as well as baths and spas for those seeking relaxation. The Swabian hospitality is celebrated with regional specialties and traditionally brewed beer.
From the train station in Ulm you drive past the romantic fishing and tanning district from the birthplace of Albert Einstein and follow the Europafluss upstream. After 15 relaxing single-roll kilometers, the Danube-Bodensee cycle path turns south and meanders gently uphill through open fields.The first stop on the roadside is Laupheim, once the largest Jewish community in the Kingdom of Württemberg. The Museum of the History of Christians and Jews, housed in the Schloss Großlaupheim, deals with the coexistence of the two related religions on three floors.Then follows the cycle route off the main roads the course of the narrow river Riss, which is eponymous for the penultimate ice age in the Alps - the Riß-Kaltzeit. At his side we cross Schemmerberg and Warthausen towards the first stage destination Biberach. You steer through the Ulm Gate, whose beginnings go back to the year 1365 and roll in wonder in the heart of the former imperial city, which forms the geographical center of the idyllic district.
At first, it is still difficult to separate from Biberach with a beautiful marketplace ensemble, where the eye can not get enough - but the onward journey is worthwhile. So today you can look forward to magnificent nature passages, which lead you unerringly to Bad Waldsee.Ummendorf and Fischbach are the first stops of the stage. Afterwards, the first ascent rises to a height of 640 meters. A magnificent view and an intoxicating descent are the reward. With a wavy elevation profile it goes through the municipality of Eberhardzell and in zigzag through open summer meadows and green forest landscapes.After Haisterkirch you pick up speed and rushes down to Bad Waldsee, today's stage destination. Charmingly situated in the midst of two small lakes, the historic old town with its inviting squares, the 1426 completed town hall and the Heilig-Geist-Spital has a nostalgic charm. The today's Kneippkurort received 1956 the predicate "Moorheilbad". The heart of the health oasis is the Waldsee-Therme. The fluoride- and sulfur-containing thermal water is the best prerequisite for a relaxing stay, to make your tired cyclist's legs lively again.
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On the drive through the rural Upper Swabia it goes today from Bad Waldsee to Wangen im Allgäu. Small side roads lead you through quiet villages and interesting cities.You leave the basin-like valley framed by high forest hills and continue south. After a good distance, the cycle route dips steeply and curvely down into the wild and romantic valley of the Wolfegger Ach, where you will meet the farmhouse-museum Allgäu-Oberschwaben Wolfegg.The 10-hectare open-air museum with its 15 original farms illustrates the everyday work and living conditions of the rural population from three centuries. For lovers of old vehicles the Automuseum Wolfegg should have a great attraction, there are over 200 vintage cars to admire.Villages, flower meadows and large forest islands line the path to Kißlegg, which is picturesquely spread on the banks of the Zellersee. The city's impressive historic buildings include the three-storey Neue Schloss built between 1721 and 1727, as well as the Catholic parish church of St. Gallus and Ulrich. Another landmark of the city is the striking Vierseitanlage of the Old Castle with its high stepped gables.The journey takes in the Württemberg Allgäu past idyllic lakes and stately farms, before the Danube-Bodensee-Radweg approaches the city of Wangen in the Allgäu. The large district town presents itself in a fascinating urban development unit. This is a much quoted saying "In cheek remains ma hanga", which you best on a walk through the historic old town with its fountains, the city towers and the pretty baroque facades on the ground.
On the last section, the magnificent Alpine panorama is always present. There are some more hills to climb until you finally enjoy the final descent down to Lake Constance.On the western outskirts of Wangen im Allgäu the attractive meadow landscape takes you up. The cycle route dips into wooded valleys and then climbs to green heights. In a wide arc you cycle through Haslach and Neukirch, which are surrounded by several nature reserves, where picturesque ponds are embedded in lovely hills.A little later you cycle slightly up the gentle curves of the wild and romantic Argen, which has dug deep into the landscape at the hamlet of Summerau. In the village of Berg the terrain tilts and you can get intoxicated by the fantastic descent. Apples and cherries mature between the places, while in the favorable slopes and sunshine extensive rows of hops spread out. In between, sweet-looking grapevines pull down in rows down to the shores of Lake Constance, which benefit from the mild maritime climate and sun-kissed southern exposure.After all the different landscapes and the cultural highlights of Upper Swabia you roll into Kressbronn. In the resort, especially the Schlössle with its museum attracts attention. The exhibition presents historical ship models created in detail by Ivan Trtanj.Finally you walk through the small park and roll down to the shore. In the face of the poignant Bodenseepanoramas, over which the Alpine chain looms on the opposite bank, a more than 150-kilometer cycle tour on the Danube-Lake Constance cycle path ends dignified.
Ulm, attractively situated on the banks of the Danube, marks the beginning of the exciting circuit on the Upper Swabian-Allgäu cycle path as the former imperial city.From the station of the university town you first drive to the Danube and then move south along the river Iller. The bike route is gaining altitude and a few kilometers further you are looking at Laupheim. The city's nucleus was the Großlaupheim Palace, which today houses the Culture House and the Museum of the History of Christians and Jews.The exemplary developed bike path then climbs leisurely up the valley of the Rottum. On both sides of the dark green forest pushes to the river valley. In between are always large orchards and quiet villages such as Mietingen, Schönebürg or Reinstetten.Soon, a sublime monastery complex announces the first stage destination Ochsenhausen. The former Benedictine imperial abbey was built between 1615 and 1647 according to the Jesuit model and decorated in the early 18th century with a lush Baroque decor. The famous Gabler organ, the monastery museum, the observatory and the library hall are real gems.
The second stage takes you through lush meadows and tranquil villages. Highlights of the day are the Wurzacher Ried, the spa town of the same name and the town of Leutkirch in the Allgäu.Behind Ochsenhausen the bike path climbs the first hills of the day. In the next few hours the view sweeps from narrow country roads over scattered villages and green areas. In the west you can see the ridge of the up to 776 meter high Altdorfer forest and to the south build up the mighty Allgäu Alps with their impressive peaks, ridges and wild romantic valleys.Here you can let the bike roll joyfully and whiz down into the valley of the Wurzacher Ried. You owe this picture-book landscape to the huge ice streams that once covered the northern Alpine foothills. Several times, most recently in the Würm ice age, which ended 10,000 years ago, huge glaciers buried the terrain beneath their ice and boulder masses, modeling the hills and carving out valleys and lake basins. In the extensive marshland, the colorful Ried meadows and the countless moats of the 1,812 hectare nature reserve, 800 species of plants and 1,500 species of animals find ideal living conditions.In the nearby spa town you will find relaxation in the thermal bath Vitalium-Therme. An important stop on the Upper Swabian Baroque Road is the three-winged castle with its opulently decorated stairwell.Even in the city center of Leutkirch in the Allgäu, today's stage destination, you will instantly become a time traveler: cobbled streets are lined by handsome half-timbered and bourgeois houses, of which the 1379 completed Gothic House is one of the oldest in the region.
Today a contemplative section awaits you through undulating forest and meadowland. The historical framework form the cities Leutkirch in the Allgäu, Isny in the Allgäu and Wangen in the Allgäu.South of Leutkirch i.A. you cycle with pleasure through the idyllic Allgäu, as you know it from many photos: Crystal-clear brooks splashing through vigorously green meadows, which here and there make room for a village or a tranquil small town.Isny im Allgäu nestles close to the northern foothills of the Allgäu Alps and is the first highlight of the section. Today's climatic climatic health resort looks back on a nearly 1,000-year-long history, which is reflected in the old town with the high walls, towers and gates. As you get closer, the Nikolaikirche stands out, forming a harmonious union with the neighboring church of St. George and St. James and the buildings of the former Benedictine monastery.The following 25-kilometer section to Wangen in the Allgäu is pure cycling enjoyment: the impressive Pinnacle of the Alps is getting closer and seems close enough to touch. A winding lane winds its way into Eglofs. The harmonious village square is framed by stately inns, the lovingly painted town hall and the baroque church of St. Martin. An eye-catcher is the neo-Gothic fountain.The heart of the Württemberg Allgäu beats in the stage destination Wangen im Allgäu. Stone eyewitnesses from over five centuries are scattered in the historic city guarded by regionally painted towers. Every Wednesday in the listed center, the well-known weekly market is held, which was first mentioned in 1286.
With a view of the shining Lake Constance and the mighty Alpine chain beyond, you pass historically grown cities that shine with all sorts of sights.Following the river Upper Argen you cycle out into the rural hills. From Oberrussenried the landscape changes. The dark forest strips loosen up and make room for the fruit cultivation. In the first place, apples are harvested between the charming villages, which benefit from the mild climate of the lake and the sunny southern exposure. In addition, pears, plums, sweet cherries but also hops, grown in the region on about 1,200 hectares.The city of Tettnang, where the deep blue Lake of Constance shimmers, spreads itself on this romantic patch of earth. The silhouette of the New Castle built between 1712 and 1720 is very impressive. Behind the old walls, the magnificent Bacchus room, the imposing stairwell and the chapel of the castle underline the splendid courtyards of the Counts Montfort-Tettnang. The "hop city" welcomes its guests with magnificent bourgeois houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, which crowd close to the gate castle. How much the region has dedicated itself to the cultivation of the so important for the beer brewing plant, you will experience in the Tettnang Hop Museum, which is located in the district Siggenweiler.On a scenic journey across Meckenbeuren to the stage destination Markdorf, which spreads at the foot of the wooded, 754 meter high Gehrenberg. The "Pearl of Linzgau" can be best explored on foot. The Church of St. Nicholas, the Bishop's Castle and the historic wall towers are particularly attractive.
Today the cycle route meanders over promising mountain tops, dives into remote forest valleys and stops in quiet villages.At the beginning of the stage, the next ascent, which winds up steeply through a residential area. On a highland dominated by cornfields, the quiet side street tilts and the wheels roar down into the Rotachtal. You follow the elegant bows of the watercourse on a wide forest road and conquer altitude meters for altitude. Here, too, Upper Swabia shows lovely with small lakes, sparse forests and villages.Wilhelmsdorf is idyllically situated on the edge of the Pfrunger-Burgweiler Ried, the second largest bog area in south-west Germany with numerous rare animal and plant species. In addition to the impressive palace complex, the community of Altshausen with the baroque "Holy Sepulcher" has another outstanding attraction. The precious masterpiece was created in 1783 from two large painted canvases, panels and seven arches and is one of the last Heilgengräber in southern Germany.10 slope-free bike kilometers further you roll into the Kneipp spa town and today's stage destination Aulendorf. The nucleus of the settlement was Schloss Aulendorf. Since the first mention of the castle at the beginning of the 13th century, the building developed into a magnificent residential castle. After the eventful travel section, body and soul will find new strength and vitality in the 34-degree-Celsius-warm thermal waters of the Schwaben-Therme.
On the way from Aulendorf to Bad Buchau the Schussenried monastery and the old town of Bad Saulgau next to the Federsee lake and the Federseemuseum are the big attractions of the stage. Comfortable warmth is offered by the thermal baths in Bad Saulgau and Bad Buchau.The Upper Swabia-Allgäu Cycle Path leads you unerringly through the valley of Schussen, which is lined by green-wooded hills. After passing Bad Schussenried, climb two hills and roll down to Bad Saulgau.Here in the heart of Upper Swabia it is worthwhile to go for a walk. You can see next to lovingly tended half-timbered houses several churches.As the trail zigzags through fields and clumps of trees, you can enjoy the heavenly tranquility and sweeping views over the rolling countryside. Shortly before today's stage destination Bad Buchau, you roll into the Federsee nature reserve on a wooden plank path, which is accessible to visitors through nature discovery trails, footbridges and viewing platforms.
Today it goes from Bad Buchau to Ehingen through the villages of northern Upper Swabia and seemingly boundless expanse.From Bad Buchau you drive on the topfebenem cycle path around the protected area of the Federsee and can let your eyes wander over the open litter meadows. From Dentingen, the terrain rises significantly and your way goes straight to the 767 meter high mountain buses. Shortly before the summit of the "holy mountain of Upper Swabia", the cycle route turns to the east. The road curves, the panorama widens and the wheels start rolling by themselves.After fantastic downhill skiing you will come to Oberstadion, where a visit to the Nativity Scene Museum is worthwhile. Inaugurated in 2008, the museum presents around 160 cribs on an exhibition area of 600 m², making it one of the most important shows of its kind in Germany.On the last few kilometers of the day, you join the Danube cyclists and roll down to Ehingen, the stage destination of today's tour.
Shortly before the circle closes in Ulm, the last hills are to be conquered, which guarantee far-reaching views over the Danube valley.Ehenen's history goes back to the year 961 and thus forms a worthy starting point for the last section. In the town center, today's district court dominates the marketplace, which also houses the town hall, built in 1713. If you cycle through the Lower City, you will notice the towering Holy Spirit Hospital. The distinctive half-timbered building houses a collection of the municipal museum.After leaving the beer culture city with its five breweries steeped in tradition, you climb a first ridge. Quiet, gravelled corridors lead you to Oberdischingen, where you enter Herrengasse. On either side of the street, elongated French-Baroque mansard-style buildings line up seamlessly.Erbach is located five kilometers further east. As soon as you get closer, Schloss Erbach, built in several phases, attracts the eye. Upstairs, downstairs await the discoverer numerous salons, a restaurant and a theater in the basement. Also worth seeing is the neighboring parish church of St. Martin from 1767, whose interior is decorated with beautiful frescoes by the Swabian painter Franz Martin Kuen.The terrain climbs several times in the last part and so you cycle the loop of the Danube in a promising height. In front of you emerges the mighty Ulmer Münster, from which only a few pedal steps separate you. After more than 360 adventurous kilometers here in Ulm ends the bike ride on the Upper Swabia-Allgäu-Radweg, which could not have been more varied.