The best way to fully enjoy summer days is definitely a bicycle trip to the lake. For what could be better than to have the cool wind around your nose and then cool off with a big jump in one of the deep blue and turquoise lakes around Offenburg? In all directions there are great lakes just waiting to be discovered by you.
In this collection we show you seven cycling tours through the Ortenau, which will take you to the most beautiful bathing lakes. Do you want to reach the next and most beautiful bathing lake as soon as possible? Then grab a few friends and off you go to the Schutterwaldsee. The whole weekend is free, but where do you want to go? Try a camping trip to Lake Achernsee. If crossing borders is your thing, then the trip to the Forêt de la Robertsau is for you. And if you want to go high up and the Black Forest attracts you with its shady fir trees and fantastic views, then you should definitely take a look at our tours to the mystic Glaswaldsee and the Hornisgrinde.
From about seven to 45 kilometres everything is included. If you don't live in Offenburg, the Offenburg train station is easy to reach by public transport. On the way back, you can decide for yourself whether you want to cycle back, or take the bikes with you on the regional train and arrive back in Offenburg in less than an hour.
Here you will find the right route for every occasion and can only make the right decision. Cherry stone spitting, beautiful views, sandy beaches, lush green meadows and shady forests are included.
Summery little tour with increase, prospect and cooling complacent?
From Offenburg, you cycle relaxed along the Kinzig dam, traversing the lovely villages of Elgersweier and Zunsweier, and you're in no time at Berghaupten.Now it's up to the Silberköpfle. At the maximum increase of 30 percent, it is no shame to push the wheel. The way up is immediately rewarded with a magnificent view of the Kinzigtal.After the departure, the cooling wave in a beautiful little pearl beckons among the lakes, the Pappelwaldsee.To end the market barn right around the corner, here are regional products, delicious Vespers and coffee. The cakes are an absolute insider tip.
The Vältinsschollensee is not around the corner, but it attracts with its idyllic location and wild charm. The lake is located directly at a gravel pit and there are many sand hills that invite to mud bathing.There is a lot to discover along the way. As soon as you leave Offenburg behind you and cross Schutterwald, you reach the sculpture trail in Neuried. The works of art of the Neurieder artist Walter Henninger invite you to reflect, to marvel, to linger.Lastly, you pass through Ichenheim, the last opportunity for shopping, because there is no gastronomy on the lake.You have everything you need? Then let's go into the water!
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To cycle to Schutterwaldsee is worthwhile even after work. In less than half an hour you are already there from Offenburg and can jump directly into the water.The route leads over a secluded bike path without traffic, perfect for stopping off and relaxed biking.Would you like to come in after cooling down? Haus am See offers Baden-exotic cuisine as well as cultural offerings.
Let's go on the beautiful Kinzig bike path, where you cycle completely car-free through the idyllic landscape. Then you cross the nice village of Willstätt, past the fool's monument. Here's something to learn about the foolish carnival customs of the place.Only a few kilometers further on, you have arrived at the first destination: the Korker Baggersee. This beautiful bathing lake with excellent water quality is known for frivolous activities and naturist culture on the south side. But the family-friendly north side also offers plenty of space for relaxation and bathing fun.You could end your tour here, or you swing after the cooling again in the saddle, because our tour takes you on to the next river: the Rhine. Crossing the Rhine bridge by bike is a pleasure, and in Strasbourg you too can marvel at the great cycling infrastructure. Strasbourg is currently ranked number 5 among the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, Chapeau!It's up to you if you're going to make another round through the city center or drive on towards nature. Our route leads you directly into the Forêt de la Robertsau, a great city forest with cycle routes that invites you to pause and enjoy nature.We recommend that you make a stopover in Strasbourg to buy fresh baguette and fromage. Because our tour ends at a beautiful rest area with lake view. Whether you open a cool cyclist, uncork a red wine or stay by the water, in any case, Santé!
With this tour we have something very special for you, because you can drive it as a day trip, or make the perfect little camping trip out of it, which is suitable for the whole family.Once out of Offenburg, you reach the Plättleweg, which leads you away from the traffic through the idyllic landscape. Then the path leads through the vineyards with a great view over the Rhine Valley.On your way, you'll be brushing past tons of cherry trees, so it's a good idea to descend to find out who can spit the farthest cherries, and who manages to knot a cherry stalk with your tongue.With a view of the Hornisgrinde you continue to the small village of Önsbach, where there is a great farm shop, the Huber Hof, with fresh, local and home-made products. There are also fresh trout from the mountain water of the Black Forest. Since you can save the walk to the supermarket but smooth.From the farm shop, there are only six miles to the lake. The campsite is well equipped and has offers for all ages. Also, further excursions from here are possible, how about, for example, with the adventure playground in Achern?
Breathtaking views, fast descents and a mystical Karsee await you on this 45 kilometer tour through the Black Forest. If you fancy a wild romantic drive to a little visited forest lake, then this tour is ideal for you.Let's start at Offenburger Bahnhof, along the Kinzig and past Elgersweier, Zunsweier and Gengenbach. Then you leave the villages behind you and move between the shady firs of the Black Forest. Be prepared for wonderful views, which will get better with every elevation gain. After 18 kilometers you reach the Naturfreundehaus Korneben, which invites you to a rustic snack.After a little refreshment we continue through the firs and you can look forward to a four kilometer downhill ride. The pleasant thing about this tour is the constant alternation of ascents and descents, so you will not be bored. On the side of the trail, fresh water and fresh drinking water keep waving, where you can refresh yourself and refill your water bottles.On your way through Bad Peterstal-Griesbach, home of the Peterstaler mineral springs, you can stretch your legs in a publicly accessible Kneipp facility. Here's your last chance to go shopping before the final climb. After about eight kilometers, you reach the Glaswaldsee, whose dark waters are mysteriously shimmering through the firs. This wildly romantic and legendary place invites you to stop, slow down, enjoy nature and tranquility to the fullest. Over a small beach, you get into the water well and can treat yourself after the tour your well-deserved cooling.If you do not want to cycle back the whole way, you can once again enjoy the descent back to Bad Peterstal-Griesbach and climb into the Ortenau S-Bahn, which brings you back to Offenburg in less than an hour.
Summiteers and water rats beware: This 40-kilometer tour takes you to the Hornisgrinde, with 1163 vertical meters, the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest, which is located directly on the beautiful Mummelsee, just two good reasons to swing into the saddle. There are many things to discover on this full-day tour, so we recommend that you leave early.Behind Offenburg the path leads through the grapevines with a great view over the Rhine Valley, along the cherry trees, from which the famous black-forested kirsch is burned. There are many opportunities to buy or even harvest cherries during the cherry season. Take a look at the Hornisgrinde, as you will be cycling this mountain today.After leaving Oberachern behind you, it goes into the Black Forest. In Sasbachwalden we recommend you to take a break. Here you have numerous opportunities to strengthen you, buy and refill your drinking water, because from now on it is only uphill.On the next 15 kilometers, the view is getting better and better, so do not forget to take one or the other break on your way up. You will need a little bit of fitness to cycle up the sometimes steep climbs. On short sections it gets very steep - over 20 percent. Since you can push the bike with a clear conscience even a piece.Soon the Mummelsee will sparkle towards you, where you can cool down before the final altitude. From there it is only one kilometer to the top. The exciting geography of the summit with Grinden and Hochmoor invites you to a discovery tour. At the Mummelsee there is gastronomic offer and a pedal boat rental.On the way back, you certainly do not want to miss the departure. However, if you do not want to drive back the whole way, we recommend that you drive downhill for 16 kilometers to Achern and get on the regional train, which brings you back to Offenburg in 15 minutes.