Imagine cycling through idyllic vineyards and picturesque winegrowing villages, with vines growing to your right and the Rhine Valley on your left. In this Collection, we present the brand new Baden Wine Cycle Path in the sunny southwest of Germany. In eight stages, you ride from Grenzach municipality on the Swiss border through the five Black Forest wine regions. You cycle from Markgräflerland to the Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg hills, to the regions of Breisgau and Ortenau, before riding through Kraichgau to Laudenbach on the Badische Bergstraße winegrowing region.
We’ve divided the 285-mile (460-km) route into eight stages ranging in length from 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km). Rated medium to difficult, some of the stages are more challenging as they include lots of climbing. However, the paved roads make it easier to conquer the hills. You’ll experience the very heart of the wine country as you climb countless hills and cycle through vineyards. As you ride, you are rewarded by breathtaking panoramas over the Black Forest and across the Rhine Valley to the Vosges. If you would like a little help up the hills, why not consider an e-bike; the routes are well-set up for them.
In the small towns and villages of Baden which lie en route, you can tuck into delicious specialties at the countless restaurants. Why not stop off at one of the Straußwirtschaften, traditional wine restaurants, which are dotted throughout the region. Here, you can try a rustic vesper and delicious wines.
The Baden Wine Cycle Path is also brimming with cultural highlights such as the Corkscrew Museum in Vogtsburg-Burkheim, the Baden Wine Cellar in Breisach, and various small, local wine museums. The medieval towns, castles, and half-timbered houses en route are also especially charming.
The region has excellent transport connections so you can easily take the train to and from your adventure. Most of the stage destinations also have stations so you can easily shorten the stages or ride just part of the route. There’s plenty of accommodation in the towns en route ranging from campsites to guesthouses and luxury hotels. Just make sure you book in advance so you are well-prepared for your adventure.
After the first stage, you can choose between two options. The main route takes you west around the Kaiserstuhl, not far from the Rhine, or alternatively you can ride through the lively university town of Freiburg (komoot.de/tour/174226397). If you can't get enough of the Black Forest, we have lots more collections for you here: komoot.de/user/schwarzwaldtourismus/collections.
Your impressive journey through the Baden vineyards begins in the small town of Grenzach near Basel, a railway station from Basel's Baden train station. The first stage is both the longest and the most hilly of the entire tour. If you prefer to warm up a little more comfortably, you can easily divide this stage and, for example, spend the night in the beautiful Müllheim.From Grenzach you take a short detour through Switzerland and get to know the Rhine right at the beginning, which will accompany you for quite a while. Back in Germany you can see why it is called “mountain”: a short walk through the middle of the vines leads you to a wonderful panorama and then down again.The route usually leads you along the border of the Upper Rhine Plain. Again and again you drive up to vineyards and enjoy an all-round view of Alsace. When the weather is nice, you can even see the Vosges in all their glory. In between, you often drive through pretty, original villages, sometimes with beautiful half-timbered houses. Your stage ends in Schallstadt, where you can have a glass of wine in a rustic inn.
Today starts flat with a leisurely ride through the Rhine plain. To the right of you rise a few vineyards and to the left, not far from you, the Rhine flows. In Ihringen it is also worth taking a short detour to Breisach am Rhein or even a little further to Neuf-Brisach in the unique fortress town.In Ihringen, a long climb of over 100 meters begins behind the donkey fountain. Once at the top, a unique view of the vines awaits you. When there is fog in the Rhine Valley, you feel like you are cycling above the clouds.The next few kilometers mostly go downhill with a few small gradients. The streets are surrounded by grapevines and great views await you. Small wine villages decorate the landscape. The chapel on the Eichert, just behind Jechtingen, is particularly romantic. From there it is only flat. Shortly before your stage goal in Riegel you drive through Endingen. A short detour through the old town is highly recommended!Note: For this stage we have developed a variant that will take you via Freiburg to Riegel: komoot.de/tour/174226397.
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Today a few meters of altitude await you again, because it goes up and down all day through the vineyards. Your calves are properly challenged, but the landscape is a feast for the eyes and the glass of wine for dinner tastes twice as good.A few kilometers after the start of the stage, your route will take you past Kenzingen. A small dangle into the old town, which is located on an artificial Elz island, is highly recommended. We continue on very beautiful paths through an area in which Jewish life once played a major role and relics are still visible today, to Ettenheim. The baroque city center is exceptional and the time is ideal for a coffee break.Then it gets quite hilly. You drive up and down through the vineyards and enjoy beautiful panoramas, for example of the Haselstaude. The bike-friendly city of Lahr is ideal for a rest and a snack. The route continues to the pretty town of Gengenbach. Shortly before the stage, the Pappelwaldsee invites you to cool off.
Another wonderful day lies ahead of you between the vines and full of views. For example, in Ortenberg you can look at the pretty castle, which now houses a youth hostel. Afterwards the next ten kilometers are really hilly and you may push your bike every now and then.As always, the reward is wonderful views. The vines exude a unique charm in every season. In spring, the light green leaves sprout and in autumn they glow in a wide variety of colors, while the grapes hang heavily on the branches.Behind Renchen-Ulm, the flora changes for a short time and you drive through orchards, especially cherries. If they are in season, you can buy them for your stock on the go. What is more tasty for a break?The fourth stage ends in Bühl. After your arrival, it is worth taking a short walk through the city center. The huge Gothic church on the market square is particularly impressive. The city garden is hidden behind it.
During today's stage, you immerse yourself in a completely new landscape. So that you don't miss the start of the mountain too much, go straight to Bühl up a nice stretch through the vineyards. A beautiful view awaits you above. A few kilometers there is still hilly, from Sinzheim the path is almost completely flat.You cycle through the western city of Baden-Baden. A short trip to the center of the spa town is definitely worthwhile. Not far from Baden-Baden you drive past Favorite Castle. The baroque pleasure palace is impressive, both from the outside and from the inside.There are two special features to discover at the Federbach in Muggensturm: the animal enclosure and the small but fine nature reserve Federbachbruch. The bog serves as a retreat for plants and animals. The stage ends in Ettingen. The old town and the banks of the Alb are particularly nice for a walk.
After a somewhat more comfortable stage, you pedal properly again today. A varied day is ahead of you. You drive an arc around Karlsruhe and reach Durlach with its pretty old town after about ten kilometers. Shortly afterwards you drive to a beautiful quarry pond bordering an interesting moor area.Weingarten is ideal for a coffee break. On a beautiful path on the Walzbach you leave the town and tackle the first climbs of the day. The area here is dominated by agriculture and you cycle on small roads through wide fields. Pretty places are on your way, such as Obergrombach.The cultural highlight of the stage is Bruchsal with the impressive castle and the pretty old town on the Saalbach. It is worth leaving the bike here for a while and strolling through the town center.The last kilometers you follow the Kraichbach to Oberderdingen, your destination. On the way in Gochsheim you still have a great view of the Graf-Eberstein-Schloss, which unites different construction periods.
Did you miss the drive through the vineyards? Then you can particularly look forward to the penultimate stage. In the morning you start with a decent climb to the Derdinger Horn. If you want to save yourself 150 meters in altitude, you can leave Oberderdingen directly in the direction of Kürnbach, but then you will miss a beautiful view.After you have passed the black Riesling village of Kürnbach, you will drive through the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park. Here it goes up and down, then past orchards and you enjoy the view of the Ravensburg again and again.After a longer flat section on the Katzbach, you will drive to the Letzenberg, the vineyard of Malsch, shortly before your stage destination Wiesloch. At the top you can also leave the bike path, cycle along small paths between the vines and enjoy the view of the Rhine plain.
The last stage of the Baden Wine Cycle Path is in front of you and it is quite comfortable. This gives you more time on the way to enjoy and explore the beautiful landscape and exciting places in the Palatinate.You drive to Heidelberg on wonderful paths, some at the foot of the vineyards and therefore not as hilly as the last stages. There is an extensive lunch break and a walk through the pretty old town. Or you can take the mountain railway on the Kaiserstuhl and enjoy the breathtaking view for a moment.We continue north. The vineyards rise to the right of you and to the left is the broad Rhine plain. You cross some wine-growing villages, for example Schriesheim. Shortly before Weinheim, the last tiny climb of the entire journey awaits you and then you roll the last kilometers to Laudenbach, where the journey ends at the train station. If you have some more time and desire, you can cycle up the pigeon head and let your gaze wander over the vines to the Rhine Valley again to review your trip.