On the Hohenzollern Cycle Path picturesque vineyards and quiet forests await you. Spectacular climbs that take you to sparsely populated plateaus. Breathtaking views of conical volcanoes, Lake Constance, the snow-covered Alps, the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. Fairytale castles, magnificent palaces and one of the most important monasteries in Württemberg. The Hohenzollern Cycle Path has it all.
Covering 188 kilometers (116 miles), the cycle path might not be particularly long—but it is still challenging due to the many climbs up to the Swabian Alb. To ensure that amateur cyclists also enjoy this varied and uniquely beautiful cycle path, we present it to you in seven stages, which are between 14-35 kilometers (8-21 miles) in length.
The journey to the starting point in Oberesslingen is very easy with the S-Bahn. While cycling, you'll find numerous accommodation options, such as guesthouses, holiday apartments or hotels in the stage destinations, although some of the stage destinations are fairly small. Therefore, we recommend you to book your accommodation in advance. At the end of the ride, you can easily take the train to any large city from Ludwigshafen. Moreover, each stage destination is accessible by train, 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. Therefore, there's nothing left to do, except to get ready for an awesome adventure in the Swabian Alb!
In Oberesslingen at the station, the varied Hohenzollern bike path starts. To get to the starting point, you can easily get on the S-Bahn. The first leg of the long-distance cycle route takes you to Dettenhausen on just under 34 kilometers.From the starting point in Oberesslingen you cycle directly to the Neckar. Here it is a short walk along the banks of the river, until you turn south and start the ascent to the Fildern. It goes alternately through refreshing forest and extensive fields. Especially on the passages with open landscape you have a beautiful view. Depending on the weather you can look really far and even see the Swabian Alb.Afterwards a pleasant descent down to the Aichtal awaits you. Here you follow the Aich, until their confluence with the Sheikh. Through the Schaichtal you then cycle uphill to the final destination Dettenhausen. It always goes through beautiful forest, in which there are many small wells, where you can refresh yourself on the way.
On the second stage another beautiful route with one or the other climb and a lot of forest awaits you. It is 28 kilometers to get you from Dettenhausen to Rottenburg am Neckar today.From Dettenhausen it goes straight into the nature park Schönbuch. After a first short climb you can let yourself roll on a long descent through the idyllic deciduous forest. At the lowest point you come to a fork in the road. Here you can think about whether you want to make a little detour to the beautiful Tübingen, which is just a stone's throw away on the Neckar, or whether the tour for you without detours continues through the forest to Bebenhausen. Here you can stop over and visit the magnificent monastery and castle.From Bebenhausen you can pedal harder again and master another ascent. On top of the highest point you can enjoy the view of the Ammertal valley and even have a good view of the Black Forest. In a rapid descent, it goes back down into the valley and out of the woods. On a relatively flat stretch you then cycle through wide fields to the final destination Rottenburg.
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From Rottenburg am Neckar today it goes on 26 kilometers to Hechingen. There is also the castle Hohenzollern, which is the headquarters of the Hohenzollern.After enjoying the beautiful city of Rottenburg with its inviting marketplace, it's a pleasant flat walk along the Neckartal Cycle Path. In Bad Niedernau you leave the Neckar and follow the course of a small tributary, the Katzenbach. On its shore, it is mostly through shady forest and slightly uphill.From Dettingen then begins the climb to the Swabian Alb. As usual for the northern side of the Swabian Alb, Kornberg is also very steep. Once at the top, you can then enjoy a pleasant route through the forest and come through the village Bodelshausen, where you can take a little break.From Bodelshausen you cycle a long way and meet the Starzel, which is a tributary of the Neckar. It will take you directly to Hechingen, today's stage destination. In Hechingen you can end the day with a visit to the castle Hohenzollern and learn more about the history of the namesake of this bike ride.
Today's stage is almost 28 kilometers long and takes you from Hechingen to Schömberg. When leaving Hechingens you can still enjoy the fairy-tale view of the castle Hohenzollern, perched on its conical mountain. Then it goes on the plateau of the Swabian Alb southwest past beautiful fields.Half way there is a rest in Balingen. There are many restaurants and cafes that invite you to stop off and enjoy good Swabian cuisine. Freshly strengthened you are then ready for the lay relatively flat rise, which brings you up to a height of 670 meters. On the high plateau you then cycle the remaining kilometers to the stage destination Schömberg, where you can jump to the end of the day in the large reservoir and refresh yourself while bathing.
Today's stage is even higher. From Schömberg you cycle on the shortest stage of the tour on 14 kilometers to Gosheim, which is not only the stage finish, but also with 850 meters the highest point of the stage.It's off to a comfortable start in Schömberg. Along the banks of the Schwarzenbach, you cycle gently but continuously uphill to Schörzingen. If you want, you can stop here to be fit for the upcoming climb. It is quite steep from Schörzingen to an altitude of almost 850 meters. If you are 17% slope too steep, you may also like to dismount and push. You can then enjoy the beautiful view to the fullest and shoot one or the other photo of the picturesque landscape.Once on the high plateau, it's even downhill to Wehingen, where you can still make a well-deserved rest before it goes on the last few miles that bring you to the final destination to Gosheim.
And it goes even higher: 990 meters is the highest point of the entire tour and today, on the 16-kilometer stage from Gosheim to Tuttlingen, you reach him.Right at the beginning of the stage you will be able to pedal properly for this last climb. Once at the top, you have reached the highest point of the tour. From now on it is almost only downhill. On the plateau of the Große Heuberg you can let yourself be rolled through the beautiful forest and meadow landscape to Böttingen. Here you can rest and strengthen yourself, because from now on it goes far away from villages and cities through the sparsely populated landscape of the high plateau. Past lush meadows, wide fields and lush forests you cycle south.Shortly before Tuttlingen the high plateau ends and in a rapid descent it goes down into the Danube valley, where the stage destination Tuttlingen is waiting for you.
Today, the last and longest leg of the Hohenzollern cycle path is on. 35 kilometers take you from Tuttlingen to Lake Constance, where the beautiful bike ride ends.From Tuttlingen it goes on the drive on the Witthoh again briefly uphill. On top of the mountain you can take a moment to enjoy the great view of the volcanic cones of the Hegau and Lake Constance. With good visibility you can even look up to the Bernese Alps.Through the Wasserburger valley you cycle downhill past green meadows, grazing horses and through romantic forests. After you have passed the picturesque castle Langenstein, it slowly becomes flatter again and the last kilometers of the exciting bike tour start, which take you to the destination of the tour to Lake Constance.In idyllic Ludwigshafen on Lake Constance you can end the day while bathing in the lake or relaxing on the beach and review the beautiful tour of the Swabian Alb, before you return home by train.