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Mountains, Trails and Cuckoo Clocks - Mountainbiking in the Black Forest

Mountain Biking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

With endless, well-marked trails, Germany's highest low mountain range is a haven for mountain bikers. In this Collection, we’ll show you the best mountain bike hotspots in the Black Forest in central Germany. You can ride in bike parks and trail centres where world-class biking events have taken place. With spectacular vantage points and countless places to stop for a bite to eat, we’re sure you’ll have fun on the trails. We present our favourite routes in the area from exciting trails, to challenging day rides, as well as two tough multi-day Tours which take you to the most remote MTB corners in the Black Forest.

The ten MTB routes in this Collection reveal the Black Forest from every side; idyllic lakes framed by picturesque hilly landscapes, lush meadows, wild and romantic valleys, mysterious forests and magnificent vantage points, as well as cozy farmhouses, artistic cuckoo clocks and, of course, the world-famous Black Forest cherry cake.

With quaint villages and friendly accommodation, the Black Forest has great infrastructure to ensure you have a wonderful stay. Look out for the special offers for bikers, too. You’ll soon understand why the Black Forest is one of the most popular biking areas in Germany!

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    06:39
    43.7 mi
    6.6 mph
    5,725 ft
    6,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Almost 148 kilometers and more than 4,000 meters in altitude - these are the facts of a long tour that will delight you with its many scenic highlights. If you want to take it easy, the tour is ideal for a multi-day tour with overnight stays in the picturesque villages of the Black Forest.Technically, this tour is easy to master even for inexperienced bikers, enjoyment is paramount. Numerous huts and mountain inns along the way invite you to recharge your energy storage. The Hochschwarzwald summit trail can easily be divided into three stages. Accommodation options are plentiful in the hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments and on the campsites along the route.The first stage is the 62-kilometer route from Neustadt via Titisee and Hinterzarten to Todtnau. On the tour you drive through pristine forests, over isolated high pastures and panoramic mountains such as the Stübwasen, from where there are clear views to the Alps and the Vosges with a clear view.

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    Difficult
    05:22
    31.7 mi
    5.9 mph
    5,275 ft
    4,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On the second day of the Hochschwarzwald summit trail, around 50 kilometers await you. From Todtnau you drive via Schluchsee to Rothaus. It is worth packing your bathing suit here: on summer tours it is a pleasure to jump into the cool water of the Schluchsee on the way. In the evening you can get to know the regional art of brewing extensively on a tour of the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus.Your technical skills are not overly challenged on this stage either. You should only be in good shape, as 1,600 meters in altitude are no small feat - even for experienced bikers.Accommodation options are plentiful in the hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments and on the campsites along the route. It is worth booking ahead of time and avoiding standing in front of closed doors.

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    18.3 mi
    6.4 mph
    2,450 ft
    3,000 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On the third day on the Hochschwarzwald summit trail you will finally drive from Rothaus via Lenzkirch to Neustadt. Here, too, there are nice opportunities to take a break. For example, you can visit the Hochfirstschanze in Neustadt.After the last two days, this section is the most relaxed with only 29 kilometers and 750 meters in altitude. You really deserve this pleasure ride! Today you have enough time to unwind on the way and, for example, take a long break on the Hochfirst before heading back to Neustadt and your tour is unfortunately over - luckily the Black Forest has plenty more MTB trails ready for you .

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    Intermediate
    03:27
    27.3 mi
    7.9 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The name says it all on this tour: It combines four of the most beautiful lakes in the Black Forest into a demanding tour, which is also technically ideal for beginners and offers you the finest material for an extensive two-day tour on the bike.From Schluchsee you first drive past the Windgfälweiher towards Feldsee and thus also towards Feldberg, the highest elevation of all German low mountain ranges. So you pedal through the middle of the Black Forest and collect lots of vertical meters - in return you will always be rewarded with idyllic viewpoints that are worth every single pedal turn.Numerous hotels, guesthouses and campsites await you in Hinterzarten to relax and spend the night after this 44 kilometer stage.

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    Intermediate
    02:10
    17.5 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Today's second stage of the four-lake tour is the easier of the two with just under 29 kilometers and only 420 meters of altitude. Today you will reach the Titisee, which completes the refreshing quartet of lakes and invites you to a hearty break with a nice mixture of hustle and bustle before you start your way back to Schluchsee.Once there, you can proudly look at around 1,100 hard-worked meters of altitude over a distance of 72 kilometers. You did it!

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    Intermediate
    00:11
    1.93 mi
    10.5 mph
    25 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Exciting descents, wonderful nature, breathtaking panoramas and cozy places to stop for refreshments - that is the new Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Schwarzwaldtrail.The Black Forest Trail is designed as a flow trail, so that every mountain biker can have a lot of fun here. The goal was to enable as smooth a ride as possible without greater technical demands and still to offer fun to experienced bikers with jumping opportunities and demanding lines. Northshores are integrated in some sections of the route if required by the terrain.The trail is around three kilometers long and starts above the Grashöhe bus stop. A short piece of forest path takes you to the start, where the trail fun can begin. In the middle of the forest you roll downhill towards Brigittenschloss and from there to a paragliding site. After enjoying the ingenious view that opens up from this point, the trail meanders over the open space and then, after another short piece of forest path, plunges back into the forest. Many turns later you land directly at the Hotel-Restaurant Spinnerhof. A (paid) shuttle service up to the grass height is regularly offered here at the weekend. You can find information here: bikesport-sasbachwalden.de/schaeffler-mtb-arena/shuttle-serivce.

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    Difficult
    04:00
    23.1 mi
    5.8 mph
    3,700 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This beautiful and quite demanding bike tour takes you from Klosterreichenbach past Baiersbronn to Freudenstadt and back again. You will get to know some remarkable peculiarities of this beautiful region in the Black Forest.Really special is the density of technically demanding and really good to drive trails that are here. Around Baiersbronn there is a dense trail network - officially approved and specially tailored to the needs of bikers. So you enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Black Forest with wonderful vantage points. You come in great places for small breaks and drive on really beautiful trails on which you are not tolerated, but welcome.After the tour, you will get to know another specialty of the area: your culinary delights. Baiersbronn is known for good food and of course delicious beer. A completely enjoyable day in the Black Forest is absolutely nothing in the way.

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    Difficult
    03:11
    20.5 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    For the 21st time, the Black Forest Ultra Bike Marathon will take place in 2019, at the longest distance of which the bikers will destroy 114 kilometers and 3,170 vertical meters. This tour is significantly shorter at 33 kilometers and promises beautiful trails and fantastic views as well as various opportunities for leisurely breaks with rustic refreshments. A bit of stamina can not hurt this round - technically, however, basic knowledge is completely sufficient.In doing so, you will follow in the footsteps of the marathon, as the first challenging climb, which takes you around 700 meters in altitude, largely corresponds to the racetrack. But you have no stress and can take it easy. Stay calm and enjoy the beautiful view - it's worth it! This also applies to the small detour to the Höfener hut, which we have built into the route. Above you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Dreisamtal and the subsequent descent through the idyllic Zastlertal back to Kirchzarten is pure enjoyment.If you've come to the taste after the tour or just want to watch the pros, it's worth a visit to the Black Forest Ultra Bike Marathon. It will take place from 21 to 23 June 2019. All information can be found at ultra-bike.de.

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    Intermediate
    02:33
    18.4 mi
    7.2 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,000 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This compact tour takes you from Freudenstadt via beautiful trails and paths through the Black Forest. You will pass beautiful viewpoints and can take a break at the picturesque Kinzig dam.Right at the start, a crisp climb awaits you, which leads you up to the Kienberg, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of Freudenstadt. If you feel like it, you can climb the 25-meter-high Herzog-Friedrich-Turm, from whose viewing platform you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Black Forest. Through dense forest it goes on to Lossburg, where another highlight is waiting for you: The 172 steps to the Vogteiturm are worth the effort, because from above you can see the Swabian Jura. If you want to strengthen yourself, a detour to the village, which is idyllically located at the beginning of the Kinzig valley, is worthwhile.After a long single trail descent, you will drive to the banks of the Kinzigtalsperre, which you will almost completely circle in the following before going uphill again. On the way back you will get to know the Kienberg from the other side before you roll down to Freudenstadt. Here you can end the day wonderfully. A delicious glass of wine, hearty snacks or a piece of Black Forest cherry cake - Freudenstadt is the epitome of pleasure. The atmosphere in one of the cafés and restaurants around the market square is particularly beautiful: 50 water fountains provide a special backdrop on Germany's largest market square.

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    Difficult
    03:35
    18.9 mi
    5.3 mph
    3,900 ft
    3,900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This demanding tour takes you directly from the sunny city of Freiburg to the local mountain Schauinsland and the best trails in the area. These were built by the Freiburg Mountain Bike Association partly with the help of Canadian trail construction professionals and are just fun!But before the trail fun begins, you deserve a few meters of altitude. From Freiburg you first drive more or less parallel to the Schauinslandstraße until you reach the valley station of the Schauinslandbahn. If you don't have that much time or your strength for the trails
    want to save, you have the opportunity to use the cable car here - bicycles are also transported in the gondolas.
    If you decide to conquer the mountain on your own, you will be rewarded with a great view from time to time until you finally reach the top. The Schauinsland Tower is the perfect place for a little break before you rush back to Freiburg via the "Badish Moon Rising" Flowtrail and the "Canadian Trail".Tip:
    The "Canadian Trail" is quite demanding and not so well suited for beginners. However, there are always opportunities to switch from trails to wide trails.

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    Difficult
    04:06
    23.4 mi
    5.7 mph
    4,025 ft
    4,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On this almost 38-kilometer tour, you will tour the beautiful Münstertal valleys and experience breathtaking views, roll over fantastic trails and enjoy culinary delights in iconic refreshment stops that you pass along the way. In this way, you crown yourself at the end of the tour to the "King" or the "Queen of the Valley"!The Münstertal is perfect for mountain biking. Here are all the advantages of the Black Forest combined in one tour: shady climbs through rustic mountain forests, scenic routes with a view of the Belchen and in the Rhine valley, demanding trails along the mountain pastures, rustic restaurants for all types of supplies. And of course altitude, which want to be defeated - technically, however, the round is also for beginners to master. This tour is challenging and exhilarating at the same time - but certainly it is worth every bead of sweat!

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    Difficult
    04:29
    27.3 mi
    6.1 mph
    4,200 ft
    4,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Offenburg Worldclass MTB Challenge was an institution in the marathon scene for seven years in a row. Launched by former bike professional Jörg Scheiderbauer, the race attracted around 2,000 starters to the Black Forest every year and was even part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. A real knighthood for this region and impressive proof that you can really bike here.On this tour you will follow the trail of the bike challenge. However, without any stress, but with a lot of enjoyment: The drive through the foothills of the Black Forest and through the vineyards of the Ortenaukreis is just fantastic. Thanks to the varied ups and downs, you collect a lot of vertical meters on the way. 1,280 meters of altitude are distributed over around 44 kilometers - a challenging but also wonderful trailer experience. Because the numerous viewpoints along the way and the picturesque vineyards are a worthy reward for your efforts. And if you still don't have enough at the end of the tour, just end the day with a few laps on the Offenburger Pumptrack!

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    Difficult
    04:15
    30.1 mi
    7.1 mph
    3,625 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Schonach is a small community in the central Black Forest and a pearl for mountain bikers. The idyllic landscape, breathtaking views, refreshing springs, cozy places to stop for refreshments and last but not least great trails make the place and its surroundings a true bike paradise.You will get to know this extensively on this long, demanding tour. It goes up and down, sometimes quite steep and in the end you collect 1,100 vertical meters. If you don't have as much time or want to spare your strength, you can shorten the tour well on the way. For example, you could use the small connecting road at the “Näbbe dus” courtyard café as a shortcut and save just under 20 kilometers and 400 meters in altitude.By the way, Schonach is definitely worth a longer stay. Here you will find cozy accommodation and lots of sights. For example, the largest cuckoo clock in the world, the German clock museum, the Phonomuseum or simply a cozy café where you can enjoy the world-famous Black Forest cherry cake.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    302 mi
  • Duration
    46:51 h
  • Elevation
    41,925 ft

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