The Kocher-Jagst cycle path is a wonderful route along the Kocher and Jagst Rivers in Baden-Württemberg. It takes you along charming paths, far away from crowds, through the beautiful countryside of the Ostalb, Hohenlohe, and Heilbronn. The ADFC (German Cyclists’ Federation) awarded the route 4 out of 5 stars in 2014, and deservedly so.
The Kocher and Jagst rivers both spring in the Ostalb, only a few kilometres apart, near the town of Aalen. They flow in the Neckar near Bad Friedrichshall at almost the same point. This unique geography means you can ride a loop through natural river valleys and to impressive historic sites, with just a few climbs.
On the way, you can stop at medieval towns to take a well-earned rest and wander streets lined with charming half-timbered houses. The nature and history are wonderful in this region. Picturesque meadows extend from the banks of the rivers to thick forests below rolling hills. Magnificent palaces and castles tower high above, backdropped by this wonderful scenery, and waiting to be explored by you.
In this Collection, I’ve divided the 330-kilometre (205-mile) route into six pleasant stages. If you are short on time or if the route is too long for you, there are numerous possibilities to shorten it. The larger towns en route have rail connections so you can, for example, only cycle along one of the rivers from Aalen to Bad Friedrichshall and the return by train. Alternatively, you can use the 13 cross-country cycle paths between Kocher and Jagst to explore the landscapes in less time.
You will find plenty of accommodation along the route in both larger towns and villages. Numerous guesthouses and inns can be found close to nature, offering a particularly idyllic overnight stay. You also don’t need to carry much food in your panniers as you will be spoiled by the regional cuisine and home-cooked delicacies everywhere you go. In the Heilbronner Land, Germany’s first red wine region, dinner is served with a full glass.
If you want to extend your adventure, you can combine the Kocher-Jagst cycle path with the Neckar cycle path (komoot.de/collection/522) or a detour into the lovely Tauber valley (komoot.de/collection/936510).
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Last updated: August 1, 2023
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The circuit on the Kocher-Jagst cycle path starts in the former free imperial city of Aalen. Thanks to the good connection to public transport, you can easily take the train to the starting point. From there it's mostly downhill for 46 kilometers to Gaildorf.
From Aalen you cycle north to Hüttlingen…
Freshly rested, you continue your journey at the Kocher the next morning and follow its loops, which it draws through the beautiful valley. Shortly before Braunsbach, one of the most impressive buildings in Germany opens up in front of you: the Kochertalbrücke. It is the largest bridge of its kind in…
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From Forchtenberg, the shortest stage of the Kocher-Jagst cycle path continues through the idyllic Kochertal. In the spirit of nature, shady forests, wide meadows and former vineyard terraces alternate on this stage. Many of them are no longer cultivated today, but if you want to learn more about the…
In Bad Friedrichshall you say goodbye to the Kocher, which flows into the Neckar here, and welcome the Jagst in the Jagstfeld, a few hundred meters away, which also merges with the Neckar there. From today on you are on the way back to the starting point in Aalen and follow the Jagst upstream.
Starting from Dörzbach, you first cycle through the St. Wendel zum Stein nature reserve. Beautiful nature awaits you here with dense forests and steep rocks, in which the chapel St. Wendel zum Stein was built. Here you can take a short break and enjoy the peace and quiet right on the Jagst. Upstream…
From Crailsheim, today's stage start, the landscape of the Jagsttal changes a little. The valley is more open and wider and it no longer goes uphill, but almost flat all the way to Ellwangen. Here you can stroll through the pretty old town during a first break and discover the beautiful houses with their…
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