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Germany’s Hohenzollern Cycle Path – 7 stages across the Swabian Alb

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Germany’s Hohenzollern Cycle Path – 7 stages across the Swabian Alb

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

2-4

days

3-6 h

/ day

117 mi

7,400 ft

6,975 ft

On the Hohenzollern Cycle Path, picturesque vineyards and quiet forests await you. Spectacular climbs take you to sparsely populated plateaus, breathtaking views of conical volcanoes, Lake Constance, the snow-covered Alps, the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb – it’s all here. Fairytale castles, magnificent palaces and one of the most important monasteries in Württemberg: the Hohenzollern Cycle Path truly has it all.

Covering 188 kilometres (116 mi), the cycle path isn’t particularly long but it’s still challenging due to the Swabian Alb’s many climbs. To ensure that amateur cyclists also enjoy this varied and uniquely beautiful cycle path, I present it to you in seven stages which are between 14-35 kilometres (8-21 mi) in length.

The journey to the starting point in Oberesslingen is particularly easy with the S-Bahn. While cycling, you'll find numerous accommodation options, such as guesthouses, holiday apartments or hotels at the end of each stage, although some of the stage destinations are fairly small. As a result, I recommend booking your accommodation in advance.

At the end of the ride, you can easily take the train to any large city from Ludwigshafen. Each stage destination is accessible by train too, meaning that should you want to shorten the ride for any reason, you can always jump on the train at the end of each day. So, there's nothing left to do except to get ready for an awesome adventure in the Swabian Alb!

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7,475 ft

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The stages of the Hohenzollern Cycle Path

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    Etappe 1: Von Esslingen am Neckar nach Dettenhausen – Hohenzollern-Radweg

    Intermediate
    02:30
    21.0 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,275 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The varied Hohenzollern cycle path starts in Oberesslingen at the train station. You can easily get to the starting point by S-Bahn. The first stage of the long-distance cycle route takes you almost 34 kilometers to Dettenhausen.

    

    From the starting point in Oberesslingen you cycle directly to the Neckar

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    17.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage, a beautiful route with one or the other ascent and a lot of forest awaits you. It is 28 kilometers that take you from Dettenhausen to Rottenburg am Neckar today.

    

    From Dettenhausen it goes straight to the Schönbuch Nature Park. After a first short ascent, you roll on a long descent

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  • Intermediate
    01:58
    16.4 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,300 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Rottenburg am Neckar it's 26 kilometers to Hechingen today. There is also the Hohenzollern Castle, which is the headquarters of the Hohenzollern.

    

    After you have thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful city of Rottenburg with its inviting market square, the start is pleasantly flat for a while on the Neckar

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    17.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    975 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage is almost 28 kilometers long and takes you from Hechingen to Schömberg. When you leave Hechingen you can still enjoy the fairytale view of Hohenzollern Castle, which sits enthroned on its conical mountain. Then it goes on the plateau of the Swabian Alb towards the southwest past beautiful

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  • Intermediate
    01:06
    9.00 mi
    8.2 mph
    850 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage goes even higher. From Schömberg you cycle on the shortest stage of the tour for 14 kilometers to Gosheim, which is not only the stage destination, but also the highest point of the stage at 850 meters.

    

    It starts very comfortably in Schömberg. Along the banks of the Schwarzenbach you cycle

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  • Intermediate
    01:20
    13.5 mi
    10.1 mph
    875 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    And it goes even higher: 990 meters is the highest point of the entire tour and today, on the 21-kilometer stage from Gosheim to Tuttlingen, you will reach it.

    

    Right at the beginning of the stage you will have the pleasure of pedaling again for this last climb. Once at the top, you have reached the highest

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  • Intermediate
    02:08
    22.1 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last and longest stage of the Hohenzollern Cycle Path. 35 kilometers bring you from Tuttlingen to Lake Constance, where the beautiful bike tour ends.

    

    From Tuttlingen, the journey to the Witthoh takes you uphill again briefly. On top of the mountain you can take a moment to enjoy the great

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    117 mi
  • Duration
    12:47 h
  • Elevation
    7,400 ft6,975 ft

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