On the Kocher-Jagst cycle path, narrow romantic river valleys await you. Here, as you cycle 200 miles (330 kilometers) from Aalen to Bad Friedrichshall, you'll discover picturesque meadows, lush forests, and old castles enthroned on sides of the valley, from where they overlook the beautiful villages and medieval towns.
In this Collection, we present you the complete circuit on the Kocher-Jagst cycle path in seven stages. If you don't have seven days to spare, however, you can truncate the adventure and push it over three or four days — you'll just have less time to enjoy the views. And whether you choose to follow the Kocher or the Jagst rivers is up to you: Both rivers originate near Aalen and run almost parallel to each other until they flow into the Neckar near Bad Friedrichshall-Jagstfeld.
So you can start the moment you arrive, we have set your starting point at the main train station in Aalen. If you'd rather ride a shorter version of the full Tour, Bad Friedrichshall is also well connected to the train network. As you ride, you'll find plenty of places to stay overnight, with holiday apartments, guesthouses, and hotels offering rooms in all of the towns/villages you'll ride through en route.
As a little tip, you can combine the Kocher-Jagst cycle path with the Neckar Valley cycle path, should you want to extend your ride. The Neckar Valley cycle path can be found here: komoot.com/collection/522/the-neckar-valley-cycle-path-in-7-days-from-the-black-forest-to-the-rhine
The Kocher-Jagst cycle path is recommended in the brochure "Deutschland per Rad entdecken" by the ADFC (German Cyclist's Association) and is ranked as a quality cycle route with four stars. More information (in German): adfc.de/artikel/radurlaub-als-sternstunde
In the former free imperial city of Aalen, the circuit starts on the Kocher-Jagst-Radweg. Thanks to the good connection to public transport, you can easily take the train to the starting point. From there it goes on 46 kilometers mostly downhill to Gaildorf.From Aalen you cycle north to Hüttlingen, where you turn west and drive through the picturesque Kochertal valley. The cycle path meanders through the valley following the course of the river. In many places you roll right next to the shore of the Kocher, on other sections you drive through beautiful countryside with lots of forest, lush meadows and above all a lot of pure nature.On the way along the cycle path, there are some unusual highlights waiting for you, such as the "Silent Room", where you can take your time to relax, enjoy nature or just take a break. At Laufen am Kocher you have the opportunity to change to a bicycle trip or at least take a look at the extraordinary vehicle.After driving past Sulzbach am Kocher, you head straight for the stage destination Gaildorf. Here you can end the day in one of the many charming restaurants or visit the Old Castle, where you can see the exhibition "Witches, hangmen and scoundrels". In the summer there is an open-air cinema in the courtyard, also a great thing to end the first day of the tour.
Today's stage takes you on 52 kilometers from Gaildorf to Künzelsau. There are exciting sections and many highlights waiting for you.Right at the beginning behind Gaildorf you can look forward to two small climbs, which then end in a rapid descent to Schwäbisch Hall. As soon as you drive into the city following the stove, you'll have a picture-perfect view of the old town, which is definitely worth a break. The market square is one of the most beautiful in Germany and the church of St. Michael impresses with the outside staircase, where every year the open-air plays take place. Nice street cafés and restaurants invite you to stop off in the beautiful medieval Schwäbisch Hall.Strengthened, you then continue your journey at the Kocher and follow his loops, which he draws through the beautiful valley. Shortly before Braunsbach, one of the most impressive buildings in Europe opens up in front of you: the Kochertal bridge. It is the largest bridge of its kind in Europe and impresses with its enormous height. As a cyclist you suddenly feel very tiny when you drive underneath.In Braunsbach you then have the opportunity to switch to a canoe and continue your journey on the water. As a special service, your bike will be brought to the exit point. But the Kocher-Jagst-Radweg is also beautiful and therefore you can easily continue riding as usual until you arrive in Künzelsau, today's stage destination. Here you can spend the rest of the day, for example, in the free Kocherfreibad right on the river.
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Today it is on the 49 kilometers from Künzelsau to Bad Friedrichshall again largely downhill, so you can enjoy the day's stage without much effort to the fullest.From Künzelsau the Kocher-Jagst-Radweg winds its way first into the wine town of Forchtenberg. From there it is always in the immediate vicinity of the river through the beautiful wine landscape of Heilbronn country. Lush forests on shallow hills and idyllic green meadows, which extend next to the bike path, are also part of the landscape at this stage.On the way to the stage goal you come again and again through contemplative places where you can comfortably rest and stop, as for example the pretty Neustadt am Kocher with its charming half-timbered houses.In the stage destination Bad Friedrichshall you can use the rest of the day to take a canoe trip on one of the three rivers Kocher, Jagst or Neckar, which all converge here in the vicinity. Alternatively, you can also make a detour to the Neckar Valley Cycle Path before you follow the Jagst on the Kocher-Jagst Cycle Path the next day.
In Bad Friedrichshall you say goodbye to the cook, who flows here in the Neckar, and is called in a few hundred meters away Jagstfeld welcome the Jagst, which also unites there with the Neckar. From today you are back on the way back to the starting point Aalen and follow the Jagst upriver, which means that on this 41-kilometer stage from Bad Friedrichshall to Jagsthausen it's easy and continuous uphill.Behind Jagstfeld, the bike path meanders through the picturesque Jagsttal and passes beautiful villages, including Möckmühl. In Möckmühl you have already cycled over half the stage, which is why the beautiful city is ideal for rest. In a medieval ambience, you can fortify yourself here in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants.After you have cycled further sweeping loops through the tranquil Jagsttal, you have already reached the stage destination Jagsthausen. Here you can not only go in the footsteps of the Romans and admire the remains of a Roman bath in the open-air museum, but also admire the Götzenburg, which was the ancestral castle of Berlichingen. There is also a hotel in the castle where you could spend the night for the crowning glory.
Even today, the 51 kilometers from Jagsthausen to Bächlingen on the way through the beautiful Jagsttal lead you steadily uphill, as it continues upriver.Just behind the starting point Jagsthausen you cycle through Berlichingen, where you will learn more about the Berlichingen and especially the knight Götz von Berlichingen. Afterwards you drive past the monastery Schöntal, where you can already take a break and visit the impressive complex. Then we continue through the pretty landscape in the Jagsttal and through tranquil places like Westernhausen and Krautheim.Through the nature reserve St. Wendel to the stone you will then cycle through beautiful nature with dense forests and steep rocks. You will also pass the one or other pilgrimage chapel, where you can pay a visit to a small rest stop.Continue in several turns through the valley, which is lined by lovely wooded hills to the stage destination Bächlingen, a district of Langenburg. A detour into the city is worthwhile, because in contrast to Bächlingen it lies at the height and from there you have a fantastic view of the Jagsttal. Langenburg also attracts with many cozy cafes, restaurants and its beautiful castle. If you still have excess energy, you can let off steam in the forest climbing park.
From Bächlingen the Kocher-Jagst-Radweg winds its way further southeast through the beautiful Jagsttal. On 56 kilometers you will get to know the section between Bächlingen and Ellwangen today.On the first kilometer to Crailsheim, the cycle path meanders through the dreamy narrow valley. At the beginning you usually drive along the Jagst and cross the river on impressive old bridges. Later, the bike path sweeps away from the river and leads you over beautiful mountains, which offer you in many places a beautiful view over the valley and the surrounding villages.In Crailsheim you have made half the stage and earned a break in the beautiful city and one of the many cafes or restaurants. From there, the landscape of the Jagsttal changes a bit. The valley is more open and wider and it is not so much uphill, but almost even to the final destination Ellwangen. Here you can stroll through the beautiful old town at the end of the day and discover the beautiful houses with their magnificent facades.
Today, the last leg of the Kocher-Jagst-Radweg is already underway, taking you from Ellwangen back to the starting point in Aalen for almost 37 kilometers. Since this is the shortest of the stages, you can take your time on the many highlights and enjoy them to the fullest.From Ellwangen you drive along the fairly flat cycle path along the Jagst until you come to the Bucher reservoir, where the river was dammed to a lake with 27 hectares of water. The lake invites you to swim on the long sandy beach. If you are interested in birds, you will get your money's worth in the nearby bird sanctuary "Vorbecken Buch".After enjoying the lake extensively, continue on the Kocher-Jagst cycle path. As soon as you discover the Kapfenburg on your hill, you can adjust yourself to the upcoming climb, because shortly thereafter, it goes quite steeply up to the heights. Here you cycle for several kilometers on a plateau through cool forests and wide meadows, until you leave it with a fast descent and then comfortably on the downhill bike path to the finish of the bike ride to Aalen rollst.Here you can end the day in the beautiful city, for example, by paying a visit to the market place and letting the ambience take effect on you in one of the cozy sidewalk cafés. Do not let yourself be disturbed by the Aalener Spionle, who smokes his pipe in the old town hall tower and watches over the town of Aalen. He only enjoys his fame as a folk hero and is only a statue anyway.With great memories of the seven-day tour and countless stories about folk heroes and legends in your luggage, you can then comfortably start your journey home from Aalen Central Station.