If there were the TV show "Germanys next Top-Cycle-Path", the Schlossparkrunde through Ostallgäu would probably be voted into the finals by the jury with a golden buzzer! As one of only two German cycling tours, it was awarded the best possible five-star rating by the ADFC. Packed with breathtaking views over the Alps, idyllic lakes, picturesque villages and great sights, the Schlossparkrunde provides the material for a wonderful round trip, which we present here in five stages.
The name of this tour has been the program right from the start. Shortly after the start in Füssen, you will be able to admire the most famous fairytale castle in Germany. Neuschwanstein Castle is a real eye-catcher, but only one of many castles you can discover on the Schlossparkrunde. Countless monasteries, many small pilgrimage churches, historic old towns and exciting museums round off the cultural programme along the way.
Culinary delights are not neglected either. On each stage you can discover the Bavarian joie de vivre in its most beautiful form: In the cosy inns you will be served rustic snacks, which you can often refine with home-brewed beer specialities.
The biggest highlight of this tour is the route itself. The landscape alone, through which you cycle, is breathtakingly beautiful. At best, moderate, only very rarely larger gradients await you and over long stretches you roll over flat passages of old railway tracks, which lead you far away from car traffic through magnificent meadows or mystic forests. Otherwise, the tour usually takes place along cycle paths that are asphalted or gravelled. If you ride on roads, then on small, quiet side roads.
In addition to various bed+bike accommodations, you can enjoy a very special service on the way: the use of the buses and trains is free of charge for you and your bike if you use a guest card or king card, which you get at many accommodations. This way you are always flexible, can choose the start of your tour freely and shorten the lap if your plans or the weather change. All information about the map can be found here: koenigscard.com. You can find the corresponding timetables at allgaeu-mobil.de.
The first leg of the Schlossparkrunde turns right on - as if to prove to you why this tour was rated by the ADFC with the best of five points. Castles, palaces, idyllic lakes and romantic churches: all this abounds on this stage. And if that's not enough, you're not cycling past some fairytale castle, but at the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. A bike ride can not start any better!You start in Füssen and cross the Lech in an easterly direction. A look back at the beautiful "Hohe Schloss Füssen" is worthwhile as well as the view ahead of the Hohenschwangau ruins and the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle. If you want to enjoy this idyll for a little longer, you can make a short detour to the Alpsee, sit down on the shore and let the beautiful castles and the great surroundings take effect for a while. Or you just cycle a little further: The Bannwaldsee offers a little later the next swimming and the view here is no less idyllic.Continue on quiet bike paths until you can already see the picturesque Wieskirche in the distance. A short look inside is worthwhile, as the church is decorated with beautiful Rococo paintings and is one of the most important religious buildings in southern Germany. In fact, there are many churches and monasteries in the area, which is why the area is also called Pfaffenwinkel.Towards the end of the tour you return to the Lech, or to the Lechsee, one of its numerous barrages. In the stage destination Lechbruck am See worth a visit to the rafting museum, where you can learn a lot about the Lech and its former use as a transport route.In Lechbruck am See there is a bed + bike hotel and a bed + bike campsite. These accommodations have been rated by the ADFC as being particularly cyclist friendly. A special highlight in the entire Schlosspark region is the free use of public buses (including bicycle transport). All information about it and the timetables can be found here: allgaeu-mobil.de.
The second stage of the castle park round is dedicated to the railway. Today you cycle on the old tracks of two former railway lines that once linked Lechbruck and Marktoberdorf as well as Kaufbeuren and Schongau. On these routes, it has long since evaporated, but you can enjoy their wonderfully secluded location and the moderate slope that make cycling a pleasure. In between, but always wait a few passages with ascents and descents on you, so that is provided for variety.After the start in Lechbruck, you soon turn onto the former railway line and follow it towards Steinbach. A beautiful train station, which was reconstructed at its original location, reminds of the old use of the route and offers you a nice opportunity for a first rest. Back on the bike you follow the railway embankment to Stötten, where you can plan a short walk on the instructive moss trail for another break.After a slightly hilly passage, which surprises you with some dreamlike views, you head for the next railway line. On the tracks of the "Sachsenrieder Bähnle" you cross the Sachsenrieder Forst - here you can get an idea of yourself, if there is something in the spooky stories, which are told about the actually very idyllic forest. It is much more likely that you will enjoy the wonderful idyll here and the ride on the pleasant flat bike path to the fullest.Shortly before the stage destination, you can treat yourself to a special refreshment: In the Kaltentaler brewery there is fresh, home-brewed beer and delicious food. So you can set off well-bred and cycle the last few kilometers to Waal. Here, among other accommodations, the Bett + Bike inn "Zur Post" is waiting to offer you cyclist-friendly accommodation. Waal is known for his Passion plays, which take place over the summer and are ideal for a contemplative end to the day. Information can be found here: passion-waal.de.
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On the third leg of the castle tour, you will roll through the "Gateway to the Allgäu" - this is the name of Buchloe, because the third largest city in Ostallgäu is so conveniently located. However, you have little to do with the traffic on this tour: you cycle mostly on bike paths and quiet side roads. Pure enjoyment and again and again offers opportunities for relaxed breaks or informative detours.After you have rolled through the "gate to the Allgäu", you cycle further north, where you meet in Lamerdingen on the Gennach, a small river, which gives the northernmost community of the Ostallgäus its picturesque townscape. A little later you reach the homonymous place Gennach. The bike path leads you directly past the beautiful rose garden. Over 1,200 roses bloom here - a great place for a break, not just for gardening enthusiasts.Now you leave Gennach and roll into the valley of Wertach. On the bike path "Wertach experience" you follow the second largest in the Alps springing river for a while and get to Türkheim and later on quiet bike paths to Stockheim, where you can treat your legs in the lovingly built Kneipp bath a restful break. If you like it, it is worthwhile taking a short detour to the nearby Bad Wörishofen: the spa is considered the capital of the Kneipp bathing.At the end of the stage it becomes really quiet and idyllic. The Wertach is dammed in this area again and again - the many small lakes attract countless water birds. On quiet side roads you cycle gently uphill to the stage destination Eggenthal, where you can round off the tour at the landmark of the place, the Marien-Kapelle, contemplatively. The place is really small and the number of overnight accommodations manageable. There is an inn, a horse farm and a few apartments. Pure country idyll, which guarantees a good night's sleep. Information can be found here: vgem-eggenthal.de/UEbernachten.312.0.html?&L=0
Pure idyll - that awaits you on the fourth stage of the Schlossparkrunde, which leads you through the western castle park. Green meadows, deep gorges, picturesque villages and always great views that seem to outdo each other.You start through an idyllic forest on a small hill, which gives you a taste of what awaits you on this tour. Again and again you will master such ascents today, but each time you reward yourself with a fantastic view of the mountains. Often in combination with a rest area, where you can rest on a bench and treat yourself to a small snack.In general, this tour is all about nature. In Aitrang, a short detour to the moorland at the idyllic Elbsee is worthwhile, where you can take a walk or jump into the refreshing lake. A little later, the quiet cycle path "Wertach erleben" will take you to the edge of the Schornmoos nature reserve, whose hilly moor landscape will inspire you. Maybe you take some time to discover the high moor area? Countless springs spring up here and a large boulder near Alpe Beilstein testifies to the emergence of the great landscape during the last ice age.In Görisried you can make a detour to the cool natural outdoor pool - after that you are fresh and rested for the last hills, over which you cycle past the Kempter Wald to Maria Rain and a little later to the stage destination Nesselwang. There you have adjusted well to the needs of cyclists: Five bed + bike operations offer you a good selection of cyclist-friendly accommodations. With the Schlosspark guest card you can also take a bus and train for free, including bicycle transport. All information and timetables can be found here: allgaeu-mobil.de.
The short fifth stage of the Schlossparkrunde offers enough space for a pleasurable finale on one of the most beautiful round trips in Germany. About 22 kilometers are waiting for you today, at the end of which the starting point of the Schlossparkrunde, Füssen, stands.When you cycle through Bavaria, the art of brewing is always present. Again and again you will meet small breweries that produce their own beers and thus ensure a tasty variety. Of course, you can confine yourself to tasting the result. But it is particularly instructive to have a closer look at a brewery or to visit the brewery museum in Nesselwang. There is enough time today, so why not start the day with a little beer lesson?Then it will be athletic again. From Nesselwang, you will head for Pfronten and drive past picturesque farms and through small, charming communities. Almost superfluous to mention that there are many cozy inns in Pfronten and that also here beers are brewed.Before you reach Füssen, once again great impressions in the fantastic nature of the Allgäu await you. At the Berger Moos, a short walk across the Moor nature trail is worthwhile. Then you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the castle ruin Falkenstein and then marvel at the great panorama that opens up on the drive down to the Weissensee. A quick dip into the cool water and you're fit for the last few kilometers to Füssen. On a short walk through the narrow streets of the historic old town, you can once again let the fantastic pictures of the last few days on the castle park tour pass by before you exhaust yourself, but make your way home.