The Black Forest — Cycling in the realm of the "Bollenhüte"

Bike Touring Collection by
Schwarzwald Tourismus

Extensive ridges with breathtaking views of wide valleys. Countless lakes, majestically stretching for miles or surrounded by idyllic forests in hidden places waiting to be discovered. Wide river valleys that meander through the beautiful forest landscape and picturesque places that invite you to linger.

The Black Forest is one of the most attractive cycling regions in Germany. Because where mountains rise, there are of course also valleys. And so "Germany's most beautiful gourmet corner" can actually be cycled with pleasure. Even junior pedal knights have their fun there. From Karlsruhe and Pforzheim in the north to the Upper Rhine in the south, from the Upper Rhine in the west to the valleys of the Nagold and Neckar in the east, cycle paths lead criss-cross through the valleys and along mountain paths through the region.

The climbs are usually not the reason for dismounting, but rather the tempting inns and views. Around 320 small towns and villages with countless gems are waiting to be discovered. In the diverse Black Forest you have the choice and can cycle through sunny vineyards, in shady forests or between flower and fruit tree meadows.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:03
    25.7 km
    12.5 km/h
    300 m
    220 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The 25-kilometer gourmet tour on the Bähnleradweg starts in Neustadt am Bahnhof. From there you follow the Gutach through the peaceful valley. Topfeben it continues below Kappel to the idyllic Lenzkirch, which invites you to a small break. Then you follow the historic railway line over the Klausenbach viaduct to Holzschlag. There you cycle past Pferdeweiden above Gündelwangen and enjoy a beautiful view of the Wutachschlucht. The last part to Bonndorf runs far away from any hustle and bustle through quiet forests.

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    58.1 km
    16.7 km/h
    360 m
    780 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting in Baiersbronn down to the former residence city of Rastatt, the path passes idyllic corners and picturesque places and harmoniously blends culture, landscape and tradition. In addition to vast forests and open valleys, the "Tour de Murg" meanders past magnolia trees, chestnut, fir and deciduous forests.For families with children, the approximately 58-kilometer tour down the valley is particularly recommended, as the gradient on the total distance is more than 500 meters in altitude and thus makes it much easier to move forward. On the other hand, the tour up the valley is a challenging sport. During the warmer months, you can refresh yourself in the baths along the way, or linger in numerous barbecue areas, rest areas and playgrounds. The entire route is well signposted both up the valley and up the valley. The bike path is mostly paved, some sections are easily passable forest roads.

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    89.6 km
    15.1 km/h
    490 m
    1,070 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kinzigtal cycle path has a length of about 95 kilometers from Freudenstadt to Offenburg. For the most part, it has its own, separate bicycle lanes and only a few short sections in busy city crossings, which invite you to take a break with bistros, cafes, ice cream parlors and restaurants.It is advisable to take the Kinzigtal cycle path from the source to the mouth, so the biggest differences in altitude on the first 24.5 kilometers between Freudenstadt (720 m above sea level) and Alpirsbach (440 m above sea level) in a brisk, beautiful descent to be able to enjoy. The rest of the route is now gently downhill. For example, on the 48 kilometers between Wolfach (264 m above sea level) and Offenburg (160 m above sea level) you have a "top level" route, ideal for families and touring cyclists. By the way, you mostly drive on paved roads, a few sections have well maintained water-bound pathways.

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    78.1 km
    15.3 km/h
    670 m
    670 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This 78 kilometer circuit will take you from Lörrach via Bad Säckingen and Rheinfelden back to Lörrach.Let's start the round in Lörrach at the station. From there, you will cycle in an easterly direction to the east, where the first and biggest ascent will be waiting for you. At the top of the hill you have a great view of the surrounding countryside with the beautiful meadow and forest landscape. After a long descent, it goes uphill again and then rapidly down to Bad Säckingen. There you cycle along the banks of the Rhine to Rheinfelden, where you turn north and take a curve back to the starting point to Lörrach.

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  • Difficult
    02:23
    29.1 km
    12.3 km/h
    730 m
    730 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 29-kilometer sorcerer's tour through the Renchtal begins in Lautenbach and leads you past the Schliffkopf past small Black Forest villages with their original Black Forest charm. The Witcher Tour is part of the e-bike and touring bike project "Legends and Myths of Ortenau". The name was given to the tour, because probably lived on the Sohlberg at Lautenbach a man who could witch. He made the cattle sick. When he was asked by a neighbor, he drowned himself in the pond.Start of the round is in Lautenbach on the sports field. From there you cycle through the Renchtal valley along the Rench to Oppenau. From here you follow the Lierbach, which leads you with a continuous rise in the mountains. About halfway up, you come to the All Saints Waterfalls, the largest in the Northern Black Forest. From there you continue up to the student rock. At the lookout you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Lierbachtal. After you have cycled a small bow, you can roll back in a nice long descent back to the starting point to Lautenbach.

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  • Difficult
    02:50
    40.7 km
    14.4 km/h
    550 m
    560 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 40-kilometer circular tour takes you through the numerous wine villages of the Ortenau, which are known for their outstanding wines throughout the region. The Weinsagen Tour is part of the e-bike and touring bike project "Legends and Myths of Ortenau".It starts in Kappelrodeck. Immediately after the start the first ascent awaits you, where you drive through beautiful vineyards. After the long descent to Oberkirch, you drive along a relatively flat stretch along the Rench to the northwest. In Renchen you leave the river and take course on the mountains, which lie in the northeast. There, the second big climb awaits you, which leads you back through beautiful vineyards and has a nice view for you. At the highest point you can take a break at the Schnapsbrunnen. But do not drink too much of the good drop, because there is still a rapid descent waiting for you, which brings you back to the starting point to Kappelrodeck.

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    68.7 km
    11.7 km/h
    1,030 m
    1,030 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lake Bike Trail is a circuit that starts at Seebrugg station. Right at the start one of the first highlights awaits you - the dam of the Schluchsee, the largest Black Forest lake. Over the dam the route takes you to the southern shore path. On the way to Altglashütten, you wander the secluded Windgfällweiher. About Bärental, the place with the highest station in Germany, you get into the tranquil nature reserve Seebachtal. Following the beautiful valley you come to the idyllic Feldsee. Past the time-honored Raimartihof guesthouse you will reach the Rinken pass, which is the "highlight" of the tour at 1196 meters altitude.About Hinterzarten and past the Hinterzartener Hochmoor you reach the Titisee, which has numerous recreational activities, such as boat trips and of course bathing fun to offer. Over the well-known lake promenade the tour takes you along the eastern lakeside path to the southernmost point of the Titisee. From here you cycle back to Schluchsee. This time it goes along the northern shore through the town Schluchsee to the starting point Seebrugg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    46.7 km
    13.7 km/h
    450 m
    450 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This approximately 46-kilometer bike tour invites you to swim, discover and enjoy. The medium circuit offers a mix of flat terrain and several easy and steep climbs in the vineyards. The route leads continuously through cycle paths, farm roads or quiet side roads.The starting point of the bike tour is Offenburg. From there it goes to Rammersweier on the well-signposted Ortenau cycle path. After a bend you cycle south through the Gottswald past the Waltersweierer and Burdascher Baggersee to the Schutterwaldsee. Passing other lakes and the airport, it then goes on the "Offenburger wine trail" through the mountains. Here are some beautiful slopes and descents waiting for you. Afterwards you drive on the Ortenau cycle path back to Offenburg.

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    31.2 km
    15.0 km/h
    410 m
    420 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circuit leads from Rottweil on the Neckar Valley Cycle Path past imposing castle ruins, rises in front of Epfendorf in the picturesque valley of the mysterious and leads from Irslingen on the Heidelberg-Black Forest-Lake Constance cycle path back to Rottweil.Start of the tour is at the train station in Rottweil. From there it goes along the west bank of the Neckar along the beautiful Neckar valley to the north. Shortly before the confluence of the Neckar and Schlichem you turn to the east and follow the river for a few kilometers. At the height of Irslingen you cycle southwards and follow the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Lake Constance cycle path to Rottweil, the starting point of the tour.

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  • Difficult
    04:06
    59.6 km
    14.5 km/h
    480 m
    480 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The name of the Quellenland-Runde in the Black Forest opens up to you at the beginning of the tour, where you cross the Donauquellfluss Brigach for the first time from Villingen station after a few meters. This is repeated in the further course in the Brigachtal, before you meet in Wolterdingen for the first time on the second and longer Danube source river, the Breg. This will accompany you again from Bräunlingen via Hüfingen until you reach the idyllic castle park in Donaueschingen with the world-famous source of the Danube. Here also merge at the confluence Brigach and Breg to the Danube.If you continue the tour via Bad Dürrheim and Schwenningen, the source of another, important river joins the Neckar spring and the Neckar spring in the Schwenninger Moos.

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  • Easy
    01:38
    28.4 km
    17.4 km/h
    100 m
    250 m
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 28-kilometer tour along the Elztal Cycle Path runs largely on tarred paths along orchards and vineyards to the entrance to the valley near Buchholz.Down the valley leads the way along the Elz in the lively up and down through Ober- and Niederwinden to the organ city Waldkirch. Along the Buchholz vineyard, it continues to Gundelfingen.For relaxing rest and to linger on the way there are numerous opportunities - for example, Waldkirch, with its cultural and recreational activities or a walk on the forest adventure trail in Gutach-Bleibach, which is very interesting especially for children.

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  • Intermediate
    01:47
    23.1 km
    12.9 km/h
    450 m
    450 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 23-kilometer circuit takes you from Schonach over the beautiful heights of the Black Forest through wonderful nature with a unique landscape.Start of the tour is at the house of the guest in Schonach. The health resort Schonach with its high density of biotopes and nature reserves nature lovers will get their money's worth. From there you drive south, where the first ascent awaits you. At the top you have a beautiful view of the picturesque landscape, which is made up of hills, green meadows and dense forests. Next, the route leads over the climatic health resort of Schönwald, which is one of the highest-lying closed localities in Germany. The Katharinenhöhe and the unique Blindensee are further stations before you come back to the starting point to Schonach.

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  • Intermediate
    01:52
    27.3 km
    14.6 km/h
    250 m
    250 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 27 kilometer long round offers you beautiful panoramic views of the highest Black Forest mountains and many rest stops along the route, especially in the four Dreisamtalgemeinden Kirchzarten, Oberried, Buchenbach and Stegen.It starts at the station Himmelreich on the bike path towards Buchenbach. After about one kilometer, turn sharply right and continue cycling northwest. On the way you can make a detour to the castle ruin Wiesneck. At the edge of the forest, you continue to cycle towards Freiburg. In Ebnet the route then crosses the Dreisam. Passing the golf course and a riding stable, the tour takes you slightly uphill to the lively center of the Dreisamtal - Kirchzarten with the pedestrian zone and the various shopping possibilities. In addition, worth the detour alone because of the delicious ice cream in the ice cream parlor. In good weather: do not forget swimwear and off to the Dreisambad in Kirchzarten.From Kirchzarten you drive a nice dangling direction Oberried. Then it's back to the starting point in heaven.

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    49.8 km
    15.0 km/h
    410 m
    410 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour, it's about 50 kilometers relatively flat from Badenweiler about Heitersheim and Bad Krozingen to Staufen and back. You cycle almost the entire tour on bike paths.It starts in Badenweiler below the castle ruins, which towers over the city. From there you cycle around the castle at the beautiful spa park in the direction of Müllheim. There you turn north and drive via Heitersheim, where you can visit the Maltese Castle, to Bad Krozingen. The half-way town is ideal for a rest, because the pretty city center invites you to a leisurely stroll and the many restaurants and cafes for a stop.Strengthened the bike tour goes over Staufen im Breisgau then back to the starting point to Badenweiler.

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    42.6 km
    13.0 km/h
    620 m
    620 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This delightful 42-kilometer cycle tour in breathtakingly beautiful scenery will take you comfortably along the Forbach and the Murg. Passing by the idyllic Buhlbachsee, you will reach the famous Schwarzwaldhochstraße with fascinating panoramic views of the Black Forest heights and valleys.It starts in Freudenstadt on the market square. From there you follow the bike path "Tour de Murg" along the Forbach over Christophstal and Friedrichstal to Baiersbronn. From here, the cycle path runs along the Murg river upstream over Mitteltal to Obertal and on to the Buhlbachsaue. There starts the long and promising climb on the Black Forest bike path to Black Forest High Road. From there you cycle to Kniebis, where one of the highlights of the tour awaits you: the magnificent view of the Ellbachsee, Mitteltal and Hornisgrinde, the highest mountain in the northern Black Forest. Continue to Kniebis-Dorf from where the cycle path leads through the Forbachtal to Langenwaldsee and from there via the "Bässler Brücke" back to Freudenstadt.

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  • Difficult
    04:13
    60.1 km
    14.2 km/h
    660 m
    850 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On 60 kilometers, this bike ride takes you from Bad Wildbad via the Enzquelle to Pforzheim. It starts in the beautiful bath Wildbad. From there you cycle south along the Great Enz to Gompelscheuer to Enzquelle.On the way back through the enchanting Enztal valley, you can now enjoy the entire altitude difference you made on your way there. The Enztalradweg takes you back to Bad Wildbad, from where the bike tour always goes downhill to the north.At the confluence of Eyach and Großer Enz you have the opportunity to stop off in a cozy garden. Strengthened then it continues along the river, which is now called after the confluence of the two waters only Enz, to Pforzheim, the destination of the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    759 km
  • Duration
    53:19 h
  • Elevation
    7,950 m

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