Dream rides through big mountain scenery in the Tyrolean high valley
TVB Tannheimer Tal/Achim Meurer
The Tannheim Valley is considered the most beautiful high valley in Europe. No wonder, because with scenic attractions it is not stingy: lush green meadows, beautiful lakes and an impressive mountain scenery accompanied you on your road rides — no matter whether you are a professional cyclist or a leisure sportsman.
Among cyclists, the Tannheim valley has been known for a long time, because in 2001 the team of cyclists from Austria rode through the valley. And even the professionals noticed the scenic attractions of this unique region. Since then, the valley of Tannheim has become an ideal region for targeted training or extensive rides. Tannheim is an ideal starting point for long racing bike tours to the surrounding regions such as Lake Constance or the Arlberg. But also recreational athletes get their money's worth on a large number of short laps.
The fact that professionals and hobby cyclists feel at home in the Tannheim valley is certainly due to the picturesque landscape of the 10-mile (16-kilometer) long high valley. The dreamlike mountain panorama, lush green meadows, crystal blue mountain lakes and peaceful villages characterise the picture. In addition, there is very little traffic in the Tannheim valley and not even a single traffic light. Another advantage is the easy accessibility. The high valley lies directly behind the border from Bavaria to Tyrol, so that you can arrive stress-free. Ideal conditions - after all, you want to spend your free time on the bike and not in the car.
The highlight of the cycling season in the Tannheim valley is again this year's cycling marathon, which this year will take place for the 10th time on July 7,2019. For the marathon, where, in addition to the supreme discipline of 136 miles (220 kilometers) and 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) in altitude, there are also lighter alternatives with 80 miles (131 kilometers), 60 miles (92 kilometers) and the new 36 miles (58 kilometers), you should bring along good physical fitness.
The road bike weeks from 8 to 15 May and from 1 to 6 June 2019 are the ideal opportunity to optimize your fitness with targeted endurance training and to get some valuable tips from the experts. The training runs are not about seconds and places. There is a relaxed atmosphere in which time for discussions remains - among others with the former road cycling pro Marcel Wüst, who is always involved in the excursions.
Whether you are a professional or recreational athlete - in the Tannheim Valley you will find the perfect combination of sport and recreation. This is also ensured by the 13 racing bike-friendly restaurants, from family-run guesthouses to elegant wellness hotels, which offer many useful services.
This short road bike tour over the neighboring Pfronten, through the valley of Reutte and back over the Gaichtpass is wonderful as warmup and introductory round of the "most beautiful high valley in Europe".Whether you are an experienced racing cyclist or hobby cyclist, it does not matter. The picturesque landscape framed by the beautiful mountain scenery will make sure that you feel right at home in no time at all. The fantastic mountain panorama, lush green meadows, crystal blue mountain lakes and tranquil villages characterize the picture.The Gaichtpass is perfect for "coming in". The moderate climb and the manageable height difference are also no problem for occasional racing cyclists, so that you can concentrate fully on the enjoyment on this tour.
On this short road bike tour, the hilly alpine foreland presents itself from its most beautiful side and is also ideal for less experienced racing cyclists, since the climbs are moderate and manageable.Instead of steep passes waiting for this round a great landscape and some special highlights to enjoy. How about a little break in the idyllic market Nesselwang or a dip in the cool waters of Haldensee? If you still have enough power at the end, you can dranhängen a detour to Vilsalpsee at Tannheim or make a detour to Zugspitzblick, from where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Tannheimer Tal.
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On this road bike tour, you can sniff a pass air without spending your time completely exhausted. The Jochpass is the culmination of the round with a really great view of Bad Hindelang. Here you will drive through nine switchbacks and slowly screw yourself to the highest point of the tour, which is located at 1187 meters altitude. Of course you will get a little sweaty. Nevertheless, the Joch Pass is also feasible for less experienced racing bike drivers.Before it gets high, a real pleasure trip is on the program. Along the rippling brook and through green valleys, the Allgäu presents itself from its most beautiful side and will particularly inspire you on its famous, traffic-free Königssträssle around the Grünten. A promising route with countless refreshments awaits you.
This tour is suitable for those who like to enjoy real alpine feeling, but without having to master too hard alpine challenges. Not that we understand each other wrong: This tour is not quite "without" with about 1000 meters of altitude on 95 kilometers. But apart from the Gaichtpass at the end of the round, it is more of a pleasurable up and down, which leaves you enough air to enjoy the great scenery and the amazing views of the Alps.You roll mostly on wonderfully lonely country roads with a moderate slope there, so you can calm a little distracted by the great panorama around you. It is almost magical, as soon as you reach the Foggensee. The beautiful lakeside and the passage through the picturesque old town of Füssen are only topped by the unique view of the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle.In the end you will pedal again. The Gaichtpass is the culmination of this moderately difficult road bike tour, which brings you exhausted and happy to the starting point in the beautiful Tannheim back.
On this moderately difficult road bike tour you will get to know the special flair of the district Reutte. It starts in the Tannheimer valley down over the Gaichtpass, which catapults you with momentum into the first highlight of the round. The Lechtal is something very special, because here you drive through the last natural wild river landscape north of the Alps. Enjoy the beautiful nature and the completely wild river course with its numerous gravel banks and the turquoise waters.After this natural spectacle, you are ready for the sporting highlight of the tour. Through the Namless valley you push yourself up to 1358 meters - of course also framed by the great panorama of the Tyrolean Alpine foothills. The next descent is a dream that you can crown in Reutte, the capital of the homonymous district, with a short break before heading back home.
Low-traffic roads, azure lakes, lush mountain meadows, a breathtaking alpine panorama and a picturesque little town. This tour really treats you to everything that the Tannheimer Tal area has to offer. Over 96 kilometers, you will hardly come out of wonder.At the latest, if you take a break at the Bannwaldsee and see the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein in the background, you might think that you are in a racing bike dream. That it is not so, you can easily check by taking the time for a small visit to the castle. Both Neuschwanstein and the nearby castle Hohenschwangau we can recommend to you very much.This tour is a bit longer, but not too heavy, as it runs quite flat over large parts. Only at the end are some meters of altitude waiting to be destroyed by you. But you can also look forward to it, because the quiet street from Pfronten back to Tannheimer Tal is already a highlight in itself.
Even a king has dreams. Ludwig's was a fairytale castle like Neuschwanstein Castle. On this tour you will find out for yourself if his dream came true. Therefore, you start from the beautiful Tannheim first in the direction of Pfronten, the city outside whose gates is the Falkenstein Castle, which was commissioned by King Ludwig at the end of the 19th century. A beautiful, steep road leads up to the ruin on the Falkenstein, where at 1268 meters the highest castle in Germany is waiting for you. Take good note of what it looks like here, so you can check later if Ludwig could fulfill his dream.Continue down the Burgstraße and after a rapid descent for a while on quiet, flat roads past the beautiful Weißensee in the direction of Füssen. Here you still cross the Lech and you are already heading for the submission of King Ludwig's dream of owning a home. We do not want to offend the monarch, but we fear that Neuschwanstein was one size too big. But judge for yourself. The king does not care - he died before even one stone of his castle was set.
The highlight of the cycling season in the Tannheimer Tal is the cycling marathon, which will take place for the 11th time on 7th July 2019. For the marathon, where there are the elite discipline with 220 kilometers and 3500 meters altitude, the lighter alternatives with 131, 92 and new with 58 kilometers, you should bring a good physical fitness.All information about the event can be found here: rad-marathon.atStart and finish are in the Tannheimer Valley, right in the center of Tannheim. From there, the 220-kilometer route leads through the Allgäu and then onto the highest pass road in Germany - the Riedberg Pass at 1407 meters above sea level. With a length of 8.7 kilometers and 620 vertical meters, it has it all. From Obermaiselstein the road is very steep and winding - just a real pass road. That makes him a real challenge. This is followed by a long descent into the Bregenzerwald before the next slope starts from Egg - as it were, into the high mountains.A total of 42 kilometers increase from Egg on you, with the final climb to the Hochtannbergpass over 13 kilometers and 900 meters in altitude with a maximum of 14 percent slope.The 220-kilometer distance continues via Warth into the Lechtal valley to the Gaichtpass, where the last hurdle before the finish line in the Tannheimer Tal awaits you. "The 220-kilometer track is really demanding," confirm former cycling pros Marcel Wüst and Gerrit Glomser, who have been regulars at the cycling marathon for years.
This exhausting road bike tour takes you from Tannheim in the Tyrol to the neighboring Austrian province of Vorarlberg. At 192 kilometers with 2850 vertical meters, you can let off steam and so you do not shoot your powder right at the beginning, it starts first gently. The first 60 kilometers through the beautiful Lechtal are your warm-up program to enjoy. But with the Hochtannbergpass it's all right and up to 1675 meters.It follows the obligatory departure, which in this case is particularly beautiful and very long. On wonderfully quiet roads you finally reach the large Alpsee and Immenstadt in the Allgäu - at least here you have earned a little break. The old market square is the ideal place for it.Once again it will be exhausting. Via Sonthofen and Bad Hindelang you come to the Oberjochpass - the last significant climb for today, before you roll exhausted and satisfied back to Tannheim.