The Stromberg Murrtal Bike Path – 7 stages of nature and culture

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Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg

'Ländle' is what the locals call Baden Württemberg, the Southern German state through which the Stromberg-Murrtal cycle path cuts — bringing you right to the heart of this wonderful region. And this is not only meant geographically. On your ride from Karlsruhe in the west to Gaildorf in the east, you will discover both the scenic and cultural diversity of northern Baden-Württemberg. The cycle path leads through the hilly landscape of the Stromberg to the Neckar valley, from where it takes you through the idyllic Murrtal valley to your final destination. As you go, you'll cycle past small half-timbered towns, impressive castles, magnificent palaces, and breathtaking monasteries, as well as innumerable natural wonders, including quiet river valleys, wide vineyards, and hilly orchards. As you can see, the Stromberg-Murrtal cycle path is always a good place for a variety of experiences. Thanks to the beautiful landscape and the various cultural highlights, the cycle path was promptly awarded three stars by the ADFC.

The full path is just over 90 miles (150 kilometers) long as is best ridden over seven stages. As the individual stages are only between 9 and 18 miles (15 and 30 kilometers) and mainly follow flat cycle paths, the ride is also perfect for leisurely cyclists and families with children. Athletic riders can simply combine numerous stages and complete the route at their own pace. What's more, as each individual stage destination is home to a train station, you can also ride sections of the full route and spend one day in the saddle. In the small towns you'll ride past as you go, you'll also find plenty of guesthouses and restaurants.

Simply browse through all of our rides on the Stromberg-Murrtal cycle path below and put together your personal ride "across the Ländle".

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    00:54
    9.08 mi
    10.2 mph
    175 ft
    100 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first leg of the Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg is a comfortable 14 kilometers long. So you have enough time for a discovery tour through the fan city Karlsruhe before the start of the tour. Zoologischer Stadtgarten, castle, castle garden, old town - there is much to marvel at here.Then you cycle from the main station on the tracks along out of the city. After a short time you reach the district Durlach. Prior to the founding of Karlsruhe in 1718, Durlach was the residence of the Margraves of Baden. In 1938, the initially independent city was incorporated into Karlsruhe. From the residence time still comes the impressive old town with the magnificent buildings.Along the banks of the Pfinz you continue cycling. On quiet roads and well-developed bike paths, it goes along the river through Grötzingen, Berghausen and finally to Pfinztal. Here in the district Söllingen lures the small local museum in the community center.From Söllingen station, you can easily take the S-Bahn line 5 back to Karlsruhe. The timetable can be found at vpe.de/fahrplan/linienfahrplaene/bahnlinien.

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    18.5 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,075 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage spoils you with beautiful nature on the banks of the Pfinz and the Kämpfelbachs and with magnificent views over the hills of the Stromberg.From Pfinztal you cycle upstream on the tree-lined banks of the Pfinz to Singen. Here you leave the Pfinz and instead change over quiet roads to the bank of the Kämpfelbachs. Right behind singing, it's a bit over fields and meadows, then you cross the streets on the neighboring towns Königsbach and stone, both invite you to a longer break with cozy old towns.After leaving Stein behind you, you cycle over wide meadows and fields. It goes gently uphill and over a falchen, wooded ridge, before you cross the small communities Göbrichen and Bauschlott. Shortly after Bauschlott you can take a break at the beer garden near the Böllstrich lakes. Then the bike path leads you through wide orchards and fields to the stage destination Maulbronn.From the nearby Maulbronn-West station you can take the S-Bahn line S9 to Mühlacker Bahnhof and change there to the S5 to Karlsruhe. The timetables can be found at vpe.de/fahrplan/linienfahrplaene/bahnlinien.

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  • Intermediate
    01:36
    15.5 mi
    9.7 mph
    575 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the third stage, the Stromberg-Murrtal cycle path takes you through the vast meadows and fields of the Metter valley.You leave Maulbronn to the east and after a short stretch of road, the cycle path branches off on a quiet dirt road. Away from the traffic you cycle over wide fields and enjoy the magnificent view of the Mettertal and the surrounding, wooded ridges. Soon you will reach the small village Zaisersweiher. Afterwards you cycle through a forest parallel to the railway tracks, which you finally cross on a bridge.Now the bike path leads you on quiet roads and paved bike paths across the wide fields of the Mettertal. On the way you cycle again and again through small, sleepy villages. In the town of Horrheim you can get off the bike again and take a stroll through the medieval center. Here you finally leave the Mettertal and follow the Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg to the southwest to the stage destination Vaihingen an der Enz. Here you will find a picturesque, lovingly restored old town with narrow streets and alleys - a perfect place for a final stroll.If you have planned this stage as a day tour or would like to end your cycling tour here, then you can easily take the S-Bahn line S5 or the R5 regional train to Karlsruhe or via Mühlacker station back to the starting point Maulbronn. All timetables can be found at vpe.de/fahrplan/linienfahrplaene/bahnlinien.

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  • Intermediate
    01:52
    18.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    575 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage of the Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg takes you across vast, seemingly endless fields and meadows on the edge of the Enztal and finally through the Neckar valley to Marbach.The first half of this stage is the dream of every cyclist: On perfectly paved bike paths you will roll off the road across wide fields. The path goes gently downhill and spoils you with great views - just perfect. After about 13 kilometers you reach the city limits of Bietigheim. Here you cycle on quiet roads to the shore of the Enz and under the striking railway viaduct into the city center. For the old town with its pretty half-timbered houses and narrow streets, you can easily connect your bike and go on foot.Afterwards it comes out of the city and on forest roads to the neighboring village Großingersheim. The place is located directly on the Neckar, whose course you follow to the stage destination Marbach. Marbach also bears the name Schiller City, because here was born the great poet. If you are interested in its legacy, you should look at the exhibition in his birthplace and the museum on the Schillerhöhe.From Marbach, take the S-Bahn line S4 to Ludwigsburg, where you can change to the train to Vaihingen or Karlsruhe. Timetables are available at vvs.de/vvs and vpe.de/fahrplan/linienfahrplaene/bahnlinien.

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  • Intermediate
    01:29
    13.5 mi
    9.1 mph
    875 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After leaving behind the hills of the Stromberg on the fourth stage on the Neckar, the fifth tour takes you through the Murrtal, the second namesake of the cycle path. Always close to the meandering river you cycle over meadows and through small forest to Backnang.From your starting point in Marbach it is only a few minutes by bike, until you reach the confluence of the Murr in the Neckar. On the former route of the Bottwartalbahn you cycle directly along the banks of the Murr and enjoy the view over the water. At Steinheim an der Murr, the cozy old town invites you to take a detour to the other side of the river before you continue your tour.On bike paths and roads you cycle further up the river Murr. After a short hike over Burgstall and Erbstetten, which are a bit off the Murr, you will reach your destination Backnang. The old town is a real feast for the eyes. Our tip: Be sure to climb the city tower, the symbol of the city, and enjoy the view.Like all other stages of the Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg, Backnang has its own train station. With the S-Bahn lines S3 and S4 or the Regional Express R5 you can easily get to Marbach, Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg and Karlsruhe. Timetables can be found at vvs.de/vvs and vpe.de/fahrplan/linienfahrplaene/bahnlinien.

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  • Easy
    01:18
    12.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    400 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixth stage takes you from Backnang through the narrow Murr valley to Murrhardt. The bike path always follows the course of the river and leads you in many places directly along its shore.On the Uferstraße, the Stromberg-Murrtal cycle path on the Murr leads you out of Backnang. Soon you will switch to a bike path that leads you off the cars through idyllic nature. You cross the town of Zell and shortly thereafter you reach the moated castle Oppenweiler. The castle is now used as a town hall and can not be visited, but only the magnificent castle garden is worth a break.The next worthwhile stop of this stage is Sulzbach an der Murr. In addition to the friendly market place, a very special goal awaits you here: In the castle brewery, exquisite beers have been brewed since 1690 - which you can of course taste locally. If you've got the taste, maybe even a few extra bottles will end up in your bike bag. From Sulzbach, the bike path finally leads you through fields and through small villages to the stage destination Murrhardt.From Murrhardt, the regional train R3 takes you to the starting point Backnang or even further to Stuttgart. From Stuttgart you can take the R5 to Karlsruhe, if you started your tour on the Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg. Timetable information is available at vvs.de/vvs.

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  • Intermediate
    01:28
    13.4 mi
    9.2 mph
    650 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Three rivers accompany you on the last leg of the Stromberg-Murrtal-Radweg. First you cycle a bit through the Murr Valley, then switch to the shore of the red and follow her to the mouth in the cooker. There you can expect the last destination of your beautiful bike tour with Gaildorf.Murrtal, surrounded by wooded slopes, leaves Murrhardt. The path will take you along quiet roads along the river and through peaceful residential areas. On the outskirts, the so-called Hunnenburgweg awaits you. The well-maintained bike path runs through the forest and offers you beautiful views at different places. At Fornsbach worth a short detour from the main route, because southeast of the village center you will find the recreational area Waldsee with swimming area, restaurant and even camping - so do not forget your swimming clothes on summer days.Shortly after Fornsbach it goes over a small hill, which is also known as a ski jump. Treat yourself to a short break at the highest point, the view is magnificent. Then you roll downhill and hit the red, which accompanies you further towards the final destination. Just before their confluence with the Kocher your ways separate. The bike path leads you north and finally you reach the tranquil timber-framed Gaildorf. Push your bike here as the end of your tour through the well-kept streets and lanes, before you start the journey home.From Gaildorf the regional train R3 takes you to Stuttgart or to the starting point Murrhardt. From Stuttgart you can easily travel with the regional line R5 to Karlsruhe. Timetable information is available at vvs.de.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    101 mi
  • Duration
    10:41 h
  • Elevation
    4,325 ft
    3,600 ft

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