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
    01:54
    15.9 mi
    8.4 mph
    975 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The 25-kilometer bike tour on the Bähnle bike path is not only perfect for connoisseurs and nature lovers, but of course also for railway fans. Because along the disused railway line there are many relics and eyewitnesses to marvel at.The tour starts in Neustadt in the Black Forest. You drive through a pretty forest and can take a look at the impressive Gutach Gorge on the way. As soon as the Gutach and Haslach merge to form the Wutach, you make a detour to Lenzkirch. The town center and especially the town hall is very beautiful.You continue to follow the bike path through quiet forests to Bonndorf. The railway cycle path ends there and you can either cycle back to Neustadt or if you are not afraid of vertical meters, the trip to Schluchsee is highly recommended. From there you can take the train back home.

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    36.1 mi
    10.4 mph
    1,175 ft
    2,550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting in Baiersbronn down to the former residential town of Rastatt, the path leads past idyllic corners and picturesque places and harmoniously combines culture, landscape and tradition. In addition to extensive forests and open valleys, the “Tour de Murg” winds past magnolia trees, chestnut, fir and deciduous forests.The approximately 58-kilometer tour down the valley is particularly recommended for families with children, as the gradient on the entire route is more than 500 meters in altitude, making it much easier to get there. On the other hand, the tour up the valley is a sporting challenge. In the warm season, you can refresh yourself in the baths along the route or linger at numerous barbecues, rest areas and playgrounds. The entire route is well signposted both down and up the valley. The bike path is mostly paved, some sections are forest roads that are easy to drive.

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    55.6 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With the Kinzigtal bike path you have made a lot of plans. On this varied tour, your calves are challenged, on the one hand, there are some highlights to admire on the way. The best thing to do is take the train to Freudenstadt and cycle through the pretty city center first.You can also take the train to Loßburg and start directly at the Kinzig spring. Then you save yourself a decent climb, but miss a great ride through the forest.From now on you always follow the Kinzig through the narrow valley. Real postcard motifs are always waiting for you. In addition to imposing castles, the towns with their impressive half-timbered houses are real eye-catchers.The longer you ride, the wider the valley and the bike path becomes flatter. Should you still get out of breath or if a visit to a tavern is not enough to fill up your energy reserves, you can simply get on the train that runs parallel to the bike path through the beautiful Kinzig valley.

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    48.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push 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
    02:24
    18.2 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 29-kilometer witcher tour through the Renchtal begins in Lautenbach and leads you past the Schliffkopf through small Black Forest villages with their original Black Forest charm. The Witcher Tour is part of the e-bike and touring bike project “Sagen und Mythen der Ortenau”. The tour got its name because a man who could witch lived on the Sohlberg near Lautenbach. He made the cattle sick. When he was asked by a neighbor, he drowned himself in the pond.The round starts in Lautenbach at the sports field. From there you cycle through the Renchtal along the Rench to Oppenau. From here you follow the Lierbach, which leads you to the mountains with a continuous ascent. About halfway up you come to the All Saints' Waterfalls, the largest in the Northern Black Forest.From there it goes up to the student rock. At the viewpoint you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Lierbach valley. After you have cycled a small arc afterwards, you can let yourself roll back on a nice long descent back to the starting point in Lautenbach.

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  • Difficult
    02:40
    24.2 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This 40 kilometer circular tour takes you through numerous wine villages in the Ortenau region, which are known for their outstanding wines throughout the region. The wine tale tour is part of the e-bike and touring bike project “Sagen und Mythen der Ortenau”.It starts in Kappelrodeck. Immediately after the start, the first climb awaits you, where you drive through beautiful vineyards. After the long descent to Oberkirch you drive on a relatively flat route along the Rench to the northwest. In Renchen you leave the river and head for the mountains that lie in the northeast.There the second big climb is waiting for you, which will lead you through beautiful vineyards and a beautiful view. At the highest point you can take a break at the schnapps fountain. But don't drink too much of the good drop, because there is still a fast descent waiting for you that will bring you back to the starting point in Kappelrodeck.

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    42.7 mi
    7.3 mph
    3,375 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Seenradweg is a circular route that starts at Seebrugg station. One of the first highlights awaits you right at the start - the dam wall of Schluchsee, the largest lake in the Black Forest. The route takes you over the dam to the southern bank path.On the way to Altglashütten you graze the lonely Windgfälweiher. Via Bärental, the place with the highest railway station in Germany, you can reach the tranquil nature reserve of Seebachtal. Following the beautiful valley you come to the idyllic Feldsee. Passing the time-honored Raimartihof inn, you will reach the Rinken pass, which is the “highlight” of the tour at 1196 meters.Via Hinterzarten and past the Hinterzarten bog you reach the Titisee - perfect for a boat trip or a dip in the cool water. The tour takes you along the famous lake promenade along the eastern lakeside path to the southernmost point of Lake Titisee. From here you cycle back to Schluchsee. This time it goes along the northern bank through the village Schluchsee to the starting point Seebrugg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    29.5 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This almost 50 kilometer bike tour around Offenburg invites you to swim, discover and enjoy. Forest, vines, lakes - the name of the tour says it all. The tour starts in the pretty city center of Offenburg.You cycle out of the city and after you have crossed the Kinzig, you drive through the Willstätter forest. In the middle there are a few lakes waiting for you to cool off in, for example in the Schutterwaldsee.In a zigzag you pass a few lakes and you cross the Kinzig again. The strenuous part of the tour begins shortly after, as you drive through the vineyards. You will be rewarded with fantastic views. And if you want to work out first and then cool off, you can simply turn the lap around.P.S .: Thanks to the note, Uwe, we have adapted the route guidance. Now you don't have to stop unnecessarily, just to enjoy the view. ;)

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  • Intermediate
    02:05
    19.4 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,375 ft
    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, climbs up to Epfendorf in the picturesque valley of the Schliches and leads from Irslingen via the Heidelberg Black Forest Lake Constance cycle path back to Rottweil.The tour starts at the train station in Rottweil. From there it goes north along the west bank of the Neckar through the beautiful Neckar valley. Shortly before the confluence of the Neckar and Schliches, you turn east and follow the river for a few kilometers. Around Irslingen you cycle south and follow the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee cycle path until you have returned to Rottweil.

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    37.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    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
    17.8 mi
    10.9 mph
    325 ft
    800 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Just a stone's throw from Freiburg is the Elztal, a real gem. The best thing to do is take the S-Bahn to the terminus in Elzach, where your 28-kilometer tour begins. Since you follow the course of the river and there are hardly any climbs, the tour is very easy and also - but not only - suitable for occasional cyclists and families.You cycle through a typical Black Forest idyll, to the left and right of the Elz are gentle, forested hills. The excellently paved path leads you along both sides of the rippling river.Many pretty villages are along your way and in almost everyone you will find a fool's fountain. They are a testimony to the regional customs of the Fasnet, but also not to be despised artistically.The Elztalradweg ends in Gundelfingen. From here you can continue cycling to Freiburg or get on the train.

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  • Intermediate
    01:46
    14.3 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    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
    01:49
    17.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 27-kilometer circuit offers you beautiful panoramic views of the highest Black Forest mountains and lots of places to stop off along the route, especially in the four Dreisamtal communities Kirchzarten, Oberried, Buchenbach and Stegen.It starts at the Himmelreich train station on the bike path towards Buchenbach. After about a kilometer, turn sharply right and continue cycling northwest. On the way you can make a detour to the Wiesneck castle ruins. At the edge of the forest you cycle towards Freiburg. The route then crosses the Dreisam in Ebnet. Passing the golf course and a riding stable, the tour always leads you uphill to the lively center of the Dreisamtal in Kirchzarten. The detour is also worth it because of the delicious ice cream in the ice cream parlor. When the weather is nice: don't forget your bathing suit and off to the three-seater bath in Kirchzarten.From Kirchzarten you drive a nice dangling towards Oberried. Then it goes back to the starting point in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    31.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is about 50 kilometers from Badenweiler via Heitersheim and Bad Krozingen to Staufen and back again. You cycle almost the entire tour on beautiful bike paths.It starts in Badenweiler below the ruined castle, which towers over the city. From there you cycle a curve around the castle past the beautiful spa gardens towards Müllheim. There you turn north and drive via Heitersheim, where you can visit the Maltese Castle, to Bad Krozingen. The place halfway is ideal for a rest, because the pretty city center invites you to a leisurely stroll and the many restaurants and cafes invite you to stop.Freshly strengthened, the bike tour goes over Staufen im Breisgau back to the starting point in Badenweiler.

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  • Difficult
    03:16
    26.5 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This delightful 42-kilometer bike tour in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape initially leads you comfortably along the Forbach and the Murg. Past the idyllic Buhlbachsee it goes up to the famous Black Forest high road with fascinating panoramic views of the Black Forest heights and valleys.It starts in Freudenstadt on the market square. From there you follow the “Tour de Murg” bike path along the Forbach via Christophstal and Friedrichstal to Baiersbronn. From here, the bike path along the Murg runs upriver via Mitteltal to Obertal and on to the Buhlbach floodplain. This is where the long and promising climb starts on the Black Forest cycle path to the Black Forest high road.Then you cycle to Kniebis, where one of the most beautiful highlights of the tour is waiting for you: the grandiose view of the Ellbachsee, over the Mitteltal to the Hornisgrinde, the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest. We continue to Kniebis-Dorf from where the bike path leads through the Forbach valley to Langenwaldsee and from there over the Bässler bridge back to Freudenstadt.

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  • Difficult
    04:13
    37.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour takes you over 60 kilometers from Bad Wildbad via the Enzquelle to Pforzheim. From the beautiful Bad Wildbad you cycle south along the Great Enz to Gompelscheuer to the Enz source.You can now enjoy all the vertical meters that you made on the way there on the way back through the enchanting Enztal valley. The Enztalradweg takes you back to Bad Wildbad, from where the bike tour continues downhill to the north.At the confluence of Eyach and Großer Enz you have the opportunity to stop in a cozy garden restaurant. Freshly strengthened, we continue along the river, which is now called Enz after the confluence of the two bodies of water, to Pforzheim, the destination of the tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    471 mi
  • Duration
    52:26 h
  • Elevation
    25,850 ft

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