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Breathtaking landscapes – a double dose of adventure on the Trans Odenwald

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Breathtaking landscapes – a double dose of adventure on the Trans Odenwald

Mountain Biking Collection by Martin Donat

4

Tours

18:49 h

135 mi

14,175 ft

Four days in the Odenwald means four days of picturesque orchard meadows, vast forests, cozy half-timbered towns, fairytale castles and a wealth of legends and stories about the land of the Nibelungs. And you can enjoy a double dose of adventure as my ‘Trans-Odenwald’ route is a round trip that takes you from west to east and from east to west via an alternative route.
Trans Odenwald times two, so to speak, or in other words, mountain bike fun doubled!

The Odenwald is a low mountain range located in central Germany in the middle of the Darmstadt-Heidelberg-Würzburg city triangle. It stands out in the west compared to the flat Upper Rhine Plain as the Odenwald’s steep mountain slopes emerge suddenly from the lowlands. This is where the mountain biking fun begins.

Your adventure begins close to the train station in Lorsch. At the start, the track profile is slippery, but it changes after a few kilometers. Next, challenging ups and downs and a wonderfully varied landscape await – some leg power will be required in the Odenwald.

The Odenwald is a true paradise for mountain bikers. There is an excellent network of routes with many marked trails, making it easy for you to vary the stages in this Collection. Do you feel like pushing yourself on a long ride? Then add a small trail loop here and there. This Collection is designed to be ridden in four days. If you have less time, you could of course just ride longer stages if you are fit enough or if you prefer to take it easy, you could leave out the second and third stages. This way, you can enjoy a short loop that makes a perfect weekend ride.

I’ve started the ride from the station at Bensheim so you don’t have to rely on your car. Bensheim has direct and fast rail links from Frankfurt. As this ride is a multi-stage adventure, you should come prepared with a change of clothes and rain gear as well as some spare parts and tools. You should also book your accommodation in good time. This is especially important for the end of the second stage which is beautiful, but also a bit lonely – there is only one guesthouse here.

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Trans Odenwald im Quadrat

128 mi

13,950 ft

13,950 ft

Last updated: November 26, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:53
    23.6 mi
    6.1 mph
    3,650 ft
    2,700 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.

    The first stage of my Trans Odenwald tour begins at the train station in Bensheim, where you can rest and head off into the Odenwald without the stress of traffic jams and parking. The route begins at a leisurely pace along the railway line: to Heppenheim it is quasi flat and therefore perfectly suitable

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    34.2 mi
    6.7 mph
    4,050 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The second stage through the Odenwald attracts with 1,230 meters of altitude, which are spread over 55 kilometers. In other words: Today there is no ride waiting for you, but real mountain biking. It goes up and down, it is seldom flat and today you leave the streets to the left whenever possible. Look

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    38.6 mi
    7.0 mph
    4,050 ft
    4,025 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    On the third stage of my Trans Odenwald it goes high: Today you climb the highest elevation of the Odenwald with the Katzenbuckel. And that is by no means the only highlight.

    

    Luckily, you start from the relatively high-lying Reifenbacher Grund, so that no hours of climbing are waiting for you, but a few

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    38.2 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,450 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Stage 4 begins as the third ended: completely relaxed on a well-paved railway bike path. You already know the first kilometers of today's stage, because you drove here yesterday. But that doesn't matter: the bike path is nice and pleasantly flat, perfect for warming up.

    

    But soon, typically Odenwald, things

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    135 mi
  • Duration
    18:49 h
  • Elevation
    14,175 ft

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