The Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg

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The Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg takes you from beautiful Heidelberg am Neckar over the gentle hills of the Kraichgau and through the unique Black Forest with its romantic valleys and heights. Past the Neckar Spring, the Danube Spring and Hohentwiel Castle, you will reach the shores of the picturesque Lake Constance in Radolfzell. From north to south you cycle through Baden-Württemberg and experience its diversity.

In this collection we present the six stages of the 305 kilometre Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg, which was awarded three stars by the ADFC.

The starting point is in Heidelberg, which you can reach easily by train or via the Neckar Valley Cycle Route. On the way south, there are six stages, which are between 30 and 60 kilometers long, with several climbs waiting for you. So take your time and take breaks again and again. The cosy places to stop along the cycle path or in the villages you cycle through offer you many opportunities to do so. If you want to shorten the stages, that's no problem, because there are many accommodations and some stations along the route, even outside the stage towns. In Radolfzell, at the end of the tour, the Mediterranean ambience of Lake Constance awaits you. Here you can finish your cycle tour with pleasure, before you take the train back home or even continue your journey on the Lake Constance cycle path.

No matter how you organise your cycling tour on the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    38.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    875 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the Neckar in Heidelberg begins the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg. To get to the starting point, you can cycle on the Neckartal bike path or you simply take the train to Heidelberg.From the riverbank, it goes across the pretty city and out into the fields. South you cycle comfortably through the flat, wide landscape and dive shortly thereafter in a beautiful deciduous forest. Under the rustling leaves of the trees you cross the refreshingly cool Schwetzinger Hardt. On the other side you will be greeted by a varied landscape of open fields, green meadows, small wooded areas and several bathing lakes. Inviting places are also on the way. With so much choice on the go, you're guaranteed to find the perfect spot for a laid-back break, be it a beach on the lake, a rest area in the woods or a nice restaurant or café in one of the places. But at the latest in Bruchsal you can take an extended break, because here attracts the impressive baroque palace with the beautiful garden for a visit.After your stop in Bruchsal, you can enjoy the last few kilometers of the first stage, which take you alternately over colorful fields, lush meadows and through beautiful places in the stage destination Bretten.

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  • Difficult
    30.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    2,025 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At the beginning of the second stage, behind Bretten, a long climb will lead you through a sparse deciduous forest. Surrounded by pristine nature, you cycle leisurely uphill. Just before you reach the highest point, you drive out of the forest in an open field and meadow landscape and can enjoy the beautiful view. In moderate up and down pass you some pretty places and then roll in a rapid descent to Pforzheim, where you can take a well-deserved break.Rested, you cycle out of town on the banks of the Nagold and follow the river into the picturesque northern Black Forest. Through the wild and romantic Nagoldtal we go upstream. Enchanted meadows and lush forest line the bike path on which you comfortably follow the river loop. Over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, you can take a break in Bad Liebenzell and gather your strength for the next ascent and the last few kilometers to Calw.

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  • Difficult
    29.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Calw you continue on the banks of the Nagold, which meanders in cheerful loops on the edge of the Black Forest. On the first kilometers of the third stage you cycle through unspoiled nature. The bike path on the Nagold is lined with meadows and forest - an impressive backdrop. On the way you will pass cozy restaurants and rest areas, if you want to take a break. Also the place Wildberg you cross, which is ideal for a rest.Always slightly uphill cycling you finally reach the city Nagold. The river of the same name, which you have followed so far, now takes a different direction as you continue south. A strong climb brings you to an end on an unwooded height, from which you can enjoy the beautiful view of the vast landscape. From here it is not far to the final destination Horb am Neckar and it is only downhill. So you can let yourself roll the last piece comfortably.

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  • Difficult
    31.3 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Horb you cycle from the Neckar valley to higher fields. The open landscape offers beautiful views over colorful fields and green meadows to wooded hills. Through this picturesque backdrop you drive between Black Forest and Swabian Alb further south. On your way you pass again and again small places that offer cozy rest stops for one or the other break. A bathing lake is located on the bike path. Here you can cool your legs in the water in nice weather.Through small woodland and over long stretches with great views you cycle joyfully up and down. With every pedal stroke you get closer to the stage goal Rottweil. You can already see the "skyline" of the city on the Neckar from afar. In Rottweil, there is a 246 meter high tower that towers into the sky like a skyscraper. The tower is used for testing high-speed elevators. If you feel like it, you can drive up - do not worry, it's not a test lift that will take you up - and visit the viewing platform.

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  • Intermediate
    20.5 mi
    9.2 mph
    875 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Rottweil you cycle through a varied landscape of fields, meadows and forests. It is easy but continuous uphill. At regular intervals, you will come to cozy places where you can take some time on the short fifth stage to look around or have a relaxed break. In the immediate vicinity of the Neckar, it goes to Villingen-Schwenningen. The city is halfway. So perfect to get off the bike with a clear conscience and stop off in one of the inviting restaurants or cafés. In the city park Möglingshöhe you can visit the Neckarquelle.Rested and freshly fortified you continue then. A little way uphill, you can whiz on a slightly sloping route over the Roman road, which extends through wide fields and meadows almost to Donaueschingen. But before you can roll to the finish, there is still a small hill waiting for you. From the top you have a wonderful view of Donaueschingen, in which you then descend and where the stage ends on the beautiful Danube.

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  • Intermediate
    40.8 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,450 ft
    2,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, the last leg of the Heidelberg-Schwarzwald-Bodensee-Radweg is on and you can really enjoy it: it's the longest of the six stages and on long stretches it's pleasantly downhill. A beautiful finale, then.On a flat stretch you cycle comfortably from Donaueschingen and dive into wide field and meadow landscape, which is adorned here and there by small forest pieces. Along the way, you will always drive up small hills, from which you have a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. Here you can also go down to enjoy the panorama in peace and quiet.After about half of the way a fast descent awaits you. Even then you can let it roll comfortably, because it is almost always slightly downhill. If you have not taken a break yet, you have the opportunity in the various places you cross. Past the Hohentwiel Castle, which stands on an impressive rock, you cycle to the shores of Lake Constance. With views of the blue water, it goes past idyllic marinas to Radolfzell.Here you have the opportunity to end the end of your bike ride from Heidelberg to Lake Constance on the beautiful waterfront promenade or take a stroll through the city. If you have enjoyed the Mediterranean atmosphere on Lake Constance to the fullest, you can easily return home from the station. However, if you really want to get on Lake Constance, then just continue on the Lake Constance cycle path: -tagen.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    191 mi
  • Duration
    20:37 h
  • Elevation
    9,100 ft
    8,100 ft