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Mountain bike adventures in the westerly Allgäu

Mountain Biking Collection by
VAUDE

In this Collection, we take you and your mountain bike on hidden single trails known only to locals and old trade routes, along idyllic river valleys and old factory canals around Ravensburg, Lindau and Kempten. Here, you can find highlights such as the world-famous Lake Constance, Ravensburg’s picture-book old town and the Allgäu Alps south of Kempten, and much more. So get on your saddle and out into nature.

We have put together seven routes with different difficulty ratings for you. We have also planned a special highlight for you: a three-day route from Ravensburg via Lindau to Kempten. Discover the Württemberg Allgäu with all its facets, from the wild and romantic Argental to the blue Lake Constance and the mountainous Alpine foothills around Kempten. Be sure to pack your swimsuits in summer!

You can do most of the routes in this Collection with a roadworthy hardtail. However, you may want to ride a full suspension bike for the Salmaser Höhe and all the routes rated “difficult” as the singletrail is somewhat higher here.

All routes start and end at a train station so you can easily arrive by train for any city in the region. If you come by car, there are plenty of parking spaces and multi-storey car parks in Ravensburg, Lindau and Kempten where you can leave your car overnight.

Since our routes take you to remote rural regions, please always take enough food and drink with you. In addition, you should always bring a spare innertube and tools for basic repairs. Also, don’t forget to check the weather forecast before your set off and take protective clothing against the sun, rain and wind.

Tip: you can also find suitable clothing and equipment for your trips in our VAUDE Stores in Kempten, Lindau & Ravensburg!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:59
    17.1 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is the perfect mix of three tour components: A crisp, longer climb, flowing MTB trails with fantastic alpine panorama and relaxed cycling through the beautiful Allgäu countryside.You start the tour at the station in Oberstaufen and crank up the first 400 meters of altitude first uphill. Shortly before the Salmaser altitude you push your bike over a wurzligen path and an alpine meadow uphill to enjoy the well-deserved views over the surrounding mountains. The good news: From now on flowig continues on the ridge, you have the most altitude now behind you. You can expect trails with the difficulty S1-S2, where all the tricky passages are problem-free to deal with pushing.The last descent is technically not very demanding, but steep and fast. Once at the bottom, a relaxed pleasure ride awaits you on paved bike paths back to Oberstaufen. On the way you can also stop several times well.A few general notes: At the weekend many hikers and families are on the way, please take care and get out in case of doubt. There are also some cattle tracks to cross - please close them behind you when they are closed.Up on the Salmaser heights there are always alps that supply you with food and drink. Nevertheless, you should definitely pack enough to eat and drink so that you are independent in case of doubt. Also, the most beautiful viewpoints are often along the way - to fully enjoy these, a small snack is ideal.

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    21.6 mi
    6.5 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour focuses on landscape and culture. Alone Ravensburg with its picture-postcard old town is already worth the journey. Complemented by nature in the surrounding countryside and by the idyllic Schussen this day trip is something for connoisseurs who place less emphasis on altitude than on the nature experience.You start at the train station in Ravensburg and explore the old town, including the Veitsburg, as you drive by. Then it's pretty quick on a simple trail out of the city. Next, the Flappachbad is waiting for you, for which you should take a little time in nice weather. Here it is wonderful to relax, swim and eat an ice cream.The tour takes you through the Ravensburger surrounding countryside to Meckenbeuren, on various roads, trails and subsoil. Sometimes you are deep in the forest in a ravine, sometimes you cruise through the Allgäu cultural landscape past sleepy villages. Towards the end, you thread yourself along the Schussen back to Ravensburg, where the old town with its numerous cafes and a deserved final drink awaits you.This tour may not have a lot of altitude or total kilometers, but you should make sure that you have enough food, water and a basic technical equipment with you. You are sometimes very far off the beaten track, it may well be that you can reach a bike shop so quickly with a plate or a broken derailleur hanger. So pack a replacement tube, repair kit and a tool.If you want to leave halfway (or your bike), you can comfortably take the regional train from Meckenbeuren back to Ravensburg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    26.4 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Saubadtrail is known and loved by locals - and that's no wonder. The long, technically quite challenging trail reaches on the singletrack scale S2 and brings from small steps over roots and steep passages with everything, which makes the trail biker happy. So that you get on the way to the trail and back even more driving pleasure and much nature offered, we have picked out this beautiful day trip for you.Let's start in Wolfegg, where you can get from Ravensburg by bike or train. The first highlight is the Rohrsee, a bird sanctuary where there is a lot to see - and hear - especially in spring. After another 16 kilometers through the beautiful Ravensburger surrounding area you will reach the Saubadtrail, where you can really let it go for the next 20 minutes. Then it goes on to the castle ruins Neuwaldsee and the Mahlweiher, which invites you to linger just before the end.On this tour there are few or no restaurants. Please note this in your route planning and take enough food and drink with you! Especially after the Saubadtrail you will certainly be able to tolerate a strengthening. The same applies to a basic technical equipment without which you should not drive the tour. If you have a plate or minor technical difficulties, you should be able to repair your bike at least to a makeshift degree. There are no bike shops on the track.

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  • Intermediate
    04:47
    33.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you fancy trails, an almost unreal beautiful river valley and finally the world-famous alpine scenery of Lake Constance, this tour is perfect for you. Even if it is moderately moderate moderate, the Trail density is high and the downhill fun endless. As an extra candy we throw two suspension bridges into the mix and hope you enjoy biking!Let's go to Lindau, where the first ingenious Trail (S1) awaits you shortly after the city gates. After that, it stays calm and quiet for a while, as you approach the Argental.Once there, the landscape magic really starts. You follow the course of the river via easy-to-navigate river trails and over the promised suspension bridges, until you make a small detour into the surrounding hills for the Tettnang trails.There it goes to about 3 kilometers downhill to the point. The trails are all S1-S2 and for bikers with basic technology pure joy. If you do not believe that, you can simply bypass the trails with a look at the map.From the mouth of the Argen then you follow the bike paths along Lake Constance and you can find your perfect place to relax and enjoy the view before you arrive in Lindau.In the Argental itself there are plenty of opportunities to take care of your physical well-being. For the ride to there you should still pack enough snacks and drinks, so you at no time on dry land. Even a basic technical equipment such as spare tires, repair kit and a bike tool should always be in your backpack.

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  • Difficult
    04:50
    29.8 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The high mountain tour is not for the weak calf - the majority of the height to be managed happens in one go! Once you have reached the top, however, you will be rewarded with a fantastic mountain landscape including Lake Constance, rustic mountain inns and a dairy.You leave Lindau along Lake Constance in the direction of Bregenz. You drive through the city and then turn in the direction of the mountains - and then you start the climb. You soon leave the traffic behind you and crank yourself at a waterfall and through a magnificent forest table to the summit. The view here is great even without the Uphill endorphins.Now you expect pure alpine idyll. You drive on forest roads and small trails (S0-S1) around the Hochberg. You can also skip the little detour to the Skywalk, if you are more into driving. The Berggasthof Stadler and especially the mountain dairy Lutzenreute with their homemade cheese are almost mandatory. Now only a great descent awaits you, either over the road or over the planned trails (S0-S2).This tour takes you to alpine terrain. We can not stress enough how important it is to pack enough water and some snacks for such a tour. There are some places to stop for a bite to eat, but you should not rely on them when you start up. Equally important is to carry a basic technical kit that will allow you to mend a panel and carry out minor repairs yourself. There are no bike shops on the Hochberg.

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  • Difficult
    05:13
    35.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This tour leads from Kempten in the direction of the Alps along two rivers, the beautiful Rottachsee and the Old Salt Road. At 53 kilometers and 560 meters altitude you can discover the beautiful Allgäu foothills of the Alps. The focus of this tour is not on technical singletrack, but on track and nature. You do not have to have a fully-equipped bike - a hardtail with moderate travel should be enough.First, the trail leads you out of Kempten along the idyllic Durach, before you turn towards Rottachsee. Before the first steeper rise, you can recharge your batteries in the quaint Waldschenke. On the next ten kilometers, it's time to pedal up to the Rottachsee. This is definitely worth a break, not only because the lake is beautiful, but also the view of the Grünten and the Allgäu Alps.Then it continues on the Old Salt Road, a dirt road, which was embedded in idyllic nature in the Middle Ages, a trade route between Munich and Lake Constance. Shortly before Immenstadt you reach a bridge over the Iller, which is your turning point to Kempten. Here you can once again marvel at the beautiful view of the Alps before relaxing on the way back along the Iller river.There are not many refreshment stops on this tour. Especially in the second half, you are dependent on what you have with you. Please take enough water and snacks with you. You should also have a replacement hose, repair kit and tools for small repairs, as you will not pass any bike shop on this tour. Please also think of sun protection and a headgear (helmet is of course!).

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    28.9 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour leads over beautiful paths and a few easy trails (S0-S1) past the Waldburg to Süh lookout point. This is a very popular hiking and biking destination with a picturesque view of the countryside.It starts at the station Niederbiegen. After a short time you will reach the first, flowing singletrack through the forest at Köpfigen, which you can also drive with a hardtail without any problems. After a fun descent you continue on normal trails until the Waldburg comes into view. Unfortunately, you can not visit them without an appointment, but to make a rest it is ideal.After another ten kilometers you will reach the Süh lookout point, which at 725 meters is the highest point in the area. The panorama is accordingly enchanting. The Süh also marks the turning point of our tour. From here it goes on beautiful paths and paths through the forest back to Niederbiegen.This tour has it despite the classification "medium heavy" in itself: There are 600 meters in altitude and 46.5 kilometers track to master. Please take enough drinks and snacks with you on the tour. The supply options on the way are rather sparse. You should be able to rely on what you have in your backpack. The same applies to a basic technical equipment with replacement hose and tool.

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    29.4 mi
    7.1 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is the first leg of the VAUDE three-day tour of the Allgäu. She leads you from Ravensburg to Lindau on Lake Constance.On this first leg from Ravesnburg to Lindau, it's time to make the track. The tour is not overly demanding from the elevation profile and the road conditions, but it already has some scenic highlights - above all, of course, the world-famous Lake Constance.First we start in the picture-book town of Ravensburg, which should be a first highlight for all those interested in culture with its old buildings, turrets and the imposing Veitsburg.Then it goes out into the country, past the Flappachbach (bathing suit!) And through the beautiful Allgäu cultural landscape to the Argental, from where you follow this picturesque river to the mouth of Lake Constance.Lake Constance probably does not need much imagination: The endless blue, framed by the overwhelming Alpine scenery in the distance, has been inspiring travelers, tourists and artists for centuries. Lindau, our stage destination, is also a cultural gem. Here you can spend a good night, discover the old town and put your feet up for a good night's drink.After Ravensburg you can easily reach by train or car. If you arrive by car, we recommend that you park your car in a secure parking garage, as this tour is not a round trip. From Lindau you can travel comfortably by train back to Ravensburg - or the next morning the second leg of our tour to Grünenbach compete.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    23.1 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,125 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The second stage of the VAUDE three-day tour from Ravensburg to Lindau leads from Lindau to the tranquil Grünenbach in the Allgäu. After the rolling hills around Ravensburg around it is now increasingly alpine - both scenic and from the height profile ago.You start fresh rested (or by train and car arrived) in Lindau and soon follow side and forest roads in the northeast. after ten kilometers you can expect a singletrack downhill at Sigmarszell, which you can handle but with a view of the map easily, if you want.Then you drive on through the beautiful Allgäu countryside. Behind Adelberg you can expect a very crisp climb with up to 17 percent gradient, which marks the beginning of the now clearly alpine terrain. But we can reassure you: when you have it behind you, most of the altitude difference of today is done.From now on it goes gently up and down through nature. If the weather is good, the pool at Lake Waldsee will lure you before you can master the remaining kilometers to Grünenbach.There are several accommodation options in Grünenbach, but you should book in advance as a precaution - depending on the season, the rooms could be scarce.

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    21.1 mi
    5.3 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    This is the final stage of the VAUDE three-day tour from Ravensburg to Kempten. It leads from Grünenbach to Kempten and is the hardest part of the tour. Today you can expect crunchy uphills, many single trails and fantastic views of the Alps and the Allgäu.The good news: the steepest climbs on the tour await you in the first half, when you're fresh and rested on the bike. At the summit of the Riedholzer Kugel, you will not only enjoy the deserved break but also the great view over the Allgäu - and the anticipation of the upcoming singletrack runs (S1-S2). In the alpine buttercup you can relax with a cold drink from the first of the two mountains to be conquered.Then it goes on into the valley and then up to the Sonneck. This increase is as steep at the beginning as on the ball, but is flatter from the Alttrauchburg. Here is worth a break to breathe and explore the ruins.As soon as you reach the Sonneckgrat, you have conquered most of the altitude and you can now look forward to flowing trails along the ridge, the Sonneckalpe with another excellent Einkehmöglichkeit and then on the final descent towards Kempten.From here you can return to your car by train to Ravensburg or take a train to Munich, Augsburg or Ulm.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    266 mi
  • Duration
    39:58 h
  • Elevation
    20,125 ft

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