In the middle of Germany — biking in the Odenwald Geo-Nature Park

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In the middle of Germany, there lies a region full of beauty, natural splendor, and small villages home to half-timbered towns, castles and palaces. Welcome to Odenwald, the home of the UNESCO geo-nature park—and the home of over 1,000 kilometers (630 miles) of epic mtb trails. To help you experience the best of the region, we have put together seven wonderful rides that will give you the best trail pleasure, perfect for a weekend visit or a longer trip.

We present you with seven particularly beautiful rides, which are limited to the outer part of the Odenwald (the Oden Forest) around the towns and communities of Fürth/Odenwald, Grasellenbach and Wald-Michelbach. Each ride is relatively short in itself and easy to do if you possess an average level of fitness and average riding technique. If that's too easy for you, you can raise the bar by combining the rides: The various routes often cross each other, allowing you to combine numerous rides or stages of rides into a larger Tour. For the same reason, you can also shorten rides should they prove too difficult. Therefore, from a relaxed afternoon trip with a break in the forest café or beer garden to a demanding day trip, everything is possible in the Odenwald.

Each of the seven towns and communities that serve as starting/end points are small pearls of the Odenwald in themselves. Here you can really switch off and enjoy the peace and quiet. That being said, these villages are fairly popular tourist destinations, so consider booking your stay(s) in advance. The culinary options in each of the villages is also a real treat, with the rustic and hearty delicacies of the Odenwald being something you shouldn't miss.

And that's it: The Odenwald is ready. All you have to do is pack your bike, hit the trails and enjoy the nature.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:49
    29.8 km
    10.6 km/h
    600 m
    600 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In Grasellenbach this "Tour of the Nibelungen" starts. Do not worry there are no dragons and nasty warriors. Grasellenbach is the epicenter of the Nibelungs, so to speak, the Nibelungensteig is well known among hikers. This short bike tour leaves the trail to the left but leads you to the Siegfried fountain. A bit of culture does not hurt on the bike either.First, it goes first steadily but moderately uphill. Past the oldest road sign in Germany and through an idyllic moor you reach after about eight kilometers the highlight of the tour, which is located on the 547 meter high Spessartkopf. Very close to the fountain, which is ideal for a break. Trails and gravel roads are mostly downhill to the picturesque Güttersbach. Another hurdle is waiting for you with the Kirchberg before you fly back to Grasellenbach via a flowing trail.

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  • Expert
    04:00
    42.5 km
    10.6 km/h
    1,100 m
    1,100 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    1100 vertical meters on 42 kilometers - this tour through the Odenwald offers you not only great trails and beautiful views, but also challenges you quite nicely. Here is the first climb past the county forest high on the Juhöhe only the warmup program. If you've forgotten your breakfast this morning because of excitement: Here you can make up for it, because there are several cafés that invite you to stop for a bite to eat.It continues in a funny up and down along the hills of the Odenwald. Here and there forces a small counter-climb from the saddle, otherwise this part of the tour is rather flowig and relaxed. Until traveling, it tends to go downhill. Again and again you come through small villages, so you can always strengthen, if you feel like it. At least in Geisenbach that would be a good idea. Here you have about half of the tour behind you and here the challenge of the day awaits you: the drumming.The Tromm is the sixth-highest mountain in the Odenwald and offers you at 577 meters altitude a magnificent view of the entire surrounding area. Unfortunately, the wooden observation tower is ailing and thus closed. Nevertheless, up here is a nice place for a break, several restaurants on the Tromm supply you with energy if necessary.What follows now is the hammer: waiting for you an eight kilometer long descent back to Mörlenbach, which has it all in itself. Technically demanding trails require a certain driving technique, some places are marked as danger spots, which you look at better before you drive them. Safety first. Then you will have a blast and roll the last few meters back to the starting point with a big grin on his face.

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    25.6 km
    10.7 km/h
    560 m
    580 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This short bike tour is a great match for nature and local history. It is technically and conditionally quite simple, you can do it easily with normal basic fitness in two to three hours. There is time to find out a bit about the beautiful Odenwald, which you can do right at the starting point of the tour in the "Geopark Information Center". It is mainly about the geology of the Odenwald and about the mining of granite and sandstone, the two most important mineral resources of the area.The practical part follows. Now you look at how it can drive on the floor of the Odenwald. A short ascent to warm up, then meandered the route first relaxed partly on asphalt, partly on gravel through the beautiful valley of Ulfenbach to Unter-Schoenmattenwag. From there, a longer ascent follows the high Geiersberg (485 meters) to the 518 meter high small Meisenberg. On the way you will roam the small village of Raubach. In the event that you are after a little refreshment, worth a small turn to the right: The Landgasthof Raubacher height is among bikers and hikers a popular break destination.Towards the end of the tour, a few beautiful trails await you again. Past the Rossbrunnen it goes uphill for a last time, before you spit out a trail through the beautiful meadows back in Aschbach. Since you are definitely hungry, we have put the end of the tour right in front of the local pizzeria. Buon Appetito!

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  • Expert
    02:55
    29.3 km
    10.1 km/h
    780 m
    770 m
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    In contrast to the Middle Franconian city of Fürth, the municipality of the same name in the Odenwald, with just over 10,000 inhabitants, is a tranquil resort, where you can live well and have a great time around the city. This community is today the starting point for a short but crisp mountain bike tour with three regular climbs. Characteristic of this round is that you mostly drive uphill on easy-to-ride forest roads, while the descents lead rather over technically demanding singletrack. A really nice bike fun awaits you on the next 30 kilometers.Rise number one leads you up to the 484 meter high Erzberg, which comes up with the first reward: It follows a fun single trail back to the edge of the forest of Fürth, from where you can enjoy the beautiful view. And again it says: climb. Rauf after Aldermen, not quite as long but quite crisp. Shortly before the end of this ascent, we have built a small dangling into the tour, which leads you to the forest restaurant Altlechtern and you should take, of course, only if you feel like a break in the beautiful nature of the Odenwaldes have.A flowy trail later comes the meanest climb of the day. Bite once and you've made it: The Wagenberg is with its 535 meters the highest point of the tour. Up here is a cool solid rock bench with great views. To stop for a while, to sit on the cooling rock and to enjoy the view into the valley - that's how much time you have to spend. Besides, it does not hurt to breathe for a while so that you can take full advantage of the last part of this tour. Almost five kilometers of clean descent are waiting for you. It goes up technically, the singletrack promises a lot of fun. Shortly before Fürth still a tiny little rise awaits you. The last trail of the day spits you out right in the picturesque resort.

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    22.2 km
    11.0 km/h
    410 m
    410 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Although Hammelbach has only 1340 inhabitants, but still offers everything that needs a decent starting point for a nice bike tour. There are several restaurants and pubs to keep you hungry, a bakery, a supermarket and even an outdoor swimming pool - perfect for cooling off in summer. But most of all, there are lots of real trails around it.The tour starts directly at the parking lot of the swimming pool and leads first out Hammelbach, up in the direction of donkey stone. Lonely trails combined with great views make even uphill enjoyment. On the way, small highlights are waiting for you, bringing you closer to the culture and history of this beautiful area. For example, the gruesome place at the fire tailor's cross, where according to legend, the witches once drove their mischief or at the old sandstone quarry of Litzelbach, where you can learn how here before the sandstone was mined.Of course, a few worthwhile food recommendations may not be missing. We have one of the highest beer gardens in the area in the program, where you can take not only refreshing drinks, but also rustic food. If you are after something sweet, then the pastry chefs of the Waldcafé Bauer should have just the right thing for you.All this is associated with beautiful trails, all of which are fun but you will not face any technical problems. This tour is easy with a normal dose of basic condition and average driving technique feasible. Everyone can come here to enjoy a great, intense nature experience in the middle of the Odenwald.Incidentally, if the tour is too short, you can easily extend it, because it crosses both the Fürth and the Gras-Ellenbacher round our Odenwald Collection.

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  • Intermediate
    02:48
    29.1 km
    10.4 km/h
    700 m
    700 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This approximately 30-kilometer tour through the Odenwald around Rimbach is characterized by the wonderful views that you have from different heights of the surrounding countryside. In good weather you can even see from the foot of the Ireneturm to the Vosges. So it pays to take a break from time to time and let your eyes wander.The tour starts and ends in the municipality of Rimbach, which is the ideal starting point for your bike tours thanks to a wide range of accommodation and gastronomy. The playground of today's round is the "Tromm", a ridge which, with its 577 meter high Tromm, represents the sixth highest mountain in the Odenwald. And that's exactly where it's going today.The first ascent leads up to the "Schlangenweg", whose name is the program: This easy-to-drive farm trail meanders in many serpentines slowly towards the Trommer Höhenweg; on top, one of the highest-altitude beer gardens attracts with cold refreshments. Alternatively, you can enjoy some art. The "Sculpture Meadow" makes it possible without obligation and while driving by.Go on. A bit down, a bit high but on the whole you stay on the drumb, take a small extra loop and reach after about 15 kilometers the highest point on which the Ireneturm towers. Although unfortunately not allowed to be climbed, the view from up here is great. Nature lovers are happy about the milk filling station a bit further, where you can tap fresh raw milk. You know: milk makes tired men (and tired women) happy.The last descent is not difficult but not boring, because what she may leave in terms of driving demands, she brings out the fantastic view of Zotzenbach back out. After passing through this small hamlet of Rimbach, it only takes a few minutes to get to the starting point.

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    27.4 km
    11.3 km/h
    590 m
    590 m
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour around Wald-Michelbach has some demanding climbs and a lot of beautiful trails in the program. It starts in the center of the small community directly in front of the "Überwälder Einhaus", one of the most important sights of the community. Maybe after the tour you have time to see this typical 19 th century Odenwald farmhouse.But before pedaling. The Hilsberg is the first summit of the tour, which you can reach by well-traveled, wide paths. It follows up on beautiful trails along idyllic stream valleys, until it then up to the Tromm to Schardhof, a pub with beer garden, again a little longer uphill. Here you have reached about half of the tour - a good opportunity for a break. By the way, here are some ways to extend your ride, as here the Wald-Michelbach Tour crosses several tours of our Odenwald Collection.Over a steep path you will reach next the Ireneturm and thus the highest point of the tour at 577 meters. On the following descent down to Gadern you can relax a bit, before the despair awaits you on the Schimmelberg. Up there you have a breathtaking view down to the Rhine plain, a good reward for every pedal turn. The beautiful descent back to Wald-Michelbach is the cream cover on top.

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