Cycling in the land of 1,000 hills in southern Germany – Kraichgau-Stomberg
With rolling hills extending for miles, the Kraichgau-Stomberg region in south-west Germany is a dream for cyclists who enjoy gentle climbs. A network of excellent bike paths takes you through the magical hilly landscape, passing rivers and glistening lakes along the way. Time and time again, you can enjoy impressive panoramas over the sweeping scenery. Thanks to the region’s pleasant climate, you can also taste fine wines as you ride. The hillsides are flanked by picturesque vineyards and delicious grape varieties. Rustic wine bars and traditional taverns offer plenty of opportunities to try out regional delicacies whilst farm shops offer products from field to plate.
In this Collection, I present six of the 28 signposted routes in the land of 1000 hills. Each Tour has been carefully selected to include something for everyone whether you are a climbing fanatic, a family of cyclists, or a relaxed rider. You can easily reach these enchanting routes by train; the region is close to Mannheim, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart, Pforzheim, and Karlsruhe. In the region, you’ll find plenty of restaurants to keep you energised as you ride. With a full stomach, you can concentrate on the wonderful scenery as you ride through vineyards, along sloping valleys and winding rivers, into charming half-timbered villages.
The Vesper tour is the ideal opportunity to get to know the culinary side of Kraichgau-Stromberg. The towns you cycle through offer you a variety of cozy cafes and rustic restaurants. On the way you will find many places with a wonderful view, where you can enjoy a nice rest. On the 44-kilometer tour itself, you have to overcome some longer climbs - this is to ensure that the calories do not feel good for you in the long term.The Vesper tour starts in Sulzfeld, which you can easily reach from Karlsruhe and Heilbronn by S-Bahn. After you have driven through the town, the first climb to Ravensburg begins. From the top you have a fabulous view of the hilly landscape. After a long descent you come to Eppingen. In the picturesque city center with its many half-timbered houses, you will find several cafés and a small coffee roastery, which is known for delicious coffee and homemade cakes.It continues hilly. You always master longer climbs. Above you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas. Wine is also grown on many hills. The leaves produce a colorful play of colors in every season, especially in autumn, when you can also snack on the ripe grapes. Of course you can also taste the wonderful wine in the traditional broom inns along the way.
The tour around the "King of White Wines" begins in a district of Ubstadt-Weiher: Stettfeld, less than 15 minutes by train from Bruchsal. On the 45 km long circuit you will get to know the Riesling from the grape to the drop.At the beginning you cycle to Bad Langenbrücken. On idyllic, small streets you drive past grapevines that shine in bright colors, especially in autumn. Storks also feel at home here and with a little luck you will meet one of them.The next stop on the Riesling tour is Malsch. The place is picturesquely surrounded by vineyards and you will find some broom restaurants where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a delicious regional treat.The next few kilometers are a bit hilly. But there are always beautiful views. After a descent you reach Angelbachtal, which is a cultural highlight with two castles.Up to Odenheim you will overcome a long climb, partly on a former railway line. When you arrive in Odenheim, you can make a small detour to the Siegfriedsbrunnen: At the train station, turn right onto the main street, up at the swimming pool to the right, and after about two kilometers you will find the fountain on the left. Siegfried, the main character of the Nibelung legend, is said to have been stabbed here.It is less than ten kilometers from Odenwald to your starting point in Stettfeld. A visit to the Roman Museum is the perfect way to end the day!
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People have been living in the Kraichgau since the Stone Age. The ÖkoRegio tour takes you into this ancient cultural landscape and shows you everything the land of the 1000 hills has to offer: wine, orchards, castles, half-timbered houses and all this off the beaten path.The tour is quite long and hilly with over 75 kilometers. If you are sporty, you can do the tour in one day, otherwise the round is excellent for several stages. There are around a dozen train stations along the route, which is why you can comfortably arrive and depart as well as shorten, lengthen or interrupt the stages - according to your taste.From Jöhlingen it goes first to Weingarten. The waiting tower rises above the city, from where you can enjoy a great view. You drive through several towns with unique half-timbered houses. The villages have kept their charm for centuries. In between you master several climbs and from the top you can partially look up to the Vosges in Alsace.In Gochsheim you drive past the Graf Eberstein Castle, which towers over the Kraichbach in different architectural styles. Today, among other things, the largest iron exhibition in the world is located in the medieval walls.Oberderdingen enchants you with its well-preserved old town and the many wineries. A steep ascent leads you out of the village to the Derdinger Horn with a fantastic view over the vineyards. There you will also learn a lot of interesting facts about viticulture.The city of Bretten with its market fountain at the historic Melanchthonhaus is particularly worth seeing. Via Berghausen it goes back to Jöhlingen to the starting point of the EcoRegio tour.
The Lviv tour takes you uphill and downhill through dense forests, vast fields and romantic vineyards. You are in the largest red wine region in Germany and the rich Lviv is the star among the grape varieties.It starts in the idyllic small garden roof. First it goes steadily upwards to the Ottilienberg along the Grenzsteinpfad. This is followed by a rapid descent down to Eppingen. If you want to travel by train, you can also start the round there. The S-Bahn takes between 20 and 30 minutes from Heilbronn to Eppingen.You cycle up and down and again and again through small towns with pretty, medieval town centers, including Schwaigern. It is particularly worth leaving the cycle route and taking a lap through the alleys. This is followed by a decent increase. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the vineyards.After a great drive through the forest and through the vineyards you will reach Kleingartach again. There you can, for example, find out about the tradition of viticulture in the local museum or try a good drop.
On the Wine & Fruit Tour you embark on a journey of discovery to the best fruit and wine growing areas on the Neckar. The tour is quite short at around 26 kilometers, so you have enough time to try the delicious fruits and let the colorful colors work their magic along the tour.The small round starts in Walheim, right on the Neckar, just a quarter of an hour away by train from Heilbronn. So ideal for a day trip. The Romans already settled in Walheim. If you want to learn more about them, we recommend the exciting Roman Museum.At the beginning you cycle directly along the Neckar. The excellently developed bike path leads you to Kirchheim. On the way you will see the wonderful vineyards that rise steeply over the Neckar.You leave the river and cycle uphill to Freudental. On the way you drive past grapevines and orchards. As the seasons change, the fragrance and play of colors of the flowers, leaves and fruits will enchant you. Freudental is ideal for a short break. In the pretty village you will find a castle, a synagogue and of course a restaurant for a rest.From now on you cycle slightly downhill to Walheim. The route through the Baumbach valley is particularly beautiful. Here the vineyards shine behind the intact natural landscape around the small stream.
On the Enz-Metter tour, you will embark on a short journey through time by bike. The 50-kilometer tour in Mühlacker starts, which you can reach from Pforzheim in a few minutes by train. Right at the beginning you cycle through the Enzgarten with a beautiful view of the Löffelstelz castle.The charming Enzradweg takes you through the Enzwiesen along the river loops. A special nature reserve awaits you at the Enzschleife: the rock gardens. The colorful vines shine here in autumn and the fruit trees smell in summer. A fantastic route that you can enjoy with all your senses!You wind your way along the Enz until you come to Vaihingen. In the pretty town with its mighty castle, you can take a short break. You reach the valley of the Metter via a plateau. You follow the babbling brook and mostly drive slightly uphill through dense forests and across wide meadows.A true gem on your route is Lienzingen. There it is worth leaving the bike path for a short time and cycling into the old village center. The half-timbered houses do not seem to have changed in centuries. From Lienzingen it is only a stone's throw away until you have returned to your starting point in Mühlacker.