Dreamy villages, mysterious moor landscapes and lush meadows – the southeast of Germany’s Baden-Württemberg district has more to offer than it’s famous regional dish Käsespätzle (cheese noodles). Although this delicious Allgäu cheese is a great source of energy when you cycle, you’ll need to rely on your muscles to power you up the Upper Swabian hills.
This Collection guides you on a journey through Upper Swabia and the Allgäu to the South of Ulm with your bike. The landscape was formed during the last Ice Age, creating vast swathes of moor between countless hills. As you ride, you will spot rare animal and plant species and forget any of life’s stresses in the wonderful nature. There is also no lack of cultural highlights. You can look back on centuries of history as you cycle through the heartland of the Upper Swabian Baroque movement.
The bike trails are very well developed and you will mostly ride on paved side streets with barely a car in sight. Despite your proximity to the Alps, you won't encounter any long and steep climbs on this adventure. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, there are countless inns that spoil you with their Swabian specialties, swimming lakes, and thermal baths where you can relax.
From Ulm, these eight stages take you south via Ochsenhausen and the Wurzacher Ried to Isny im Allgäu. You then ride in the direction of Lake Constance, where you can only see the "Swabian Sea" glistening in the distance before turning north again. The stages all end in places where you can find different accommodations. So nothing stands in your way and you can explore Upper Swabia and the Allgäu with your bike.
The German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC) rated the Oberschwaben-Allgäu Cycle Path three stars.
The varied bike tour through Upper Swabia and the Allgäu begins in Ulm. You can easily reach the city with the famous cathedral by train. You start from the train station to the Danube. Of course you can also dangle through the beautiful old town before you set off.You cross the Danube and are already in Bavaria. Where the Iller flows into the Danube, you cycle through a wonderful natural landscape.You drive past the Wiblingen Monastery to the south. Here and there you have to overcome a small hill, otherwise the route is not difficult to cycle and leads through a lot of nature.After 30 kilometers you will reach Laupheim, where you can take a lunch break. From there you follow the Rottum to Ochsenhausen. It can happen that a puffing steam locomotive accompanies you for the last few kilometers, because sometimes the “Öchsle” still runs on this short stretch.Once in Ochsenhausen, you can relax with a cold beer and try Upper Swabian specialties in one of the inns. A special insider tip for the late afternoon is the Ziegelweiher, a great natural swimming pool.
You leave Ochsenhausen past the baroque monastery. The stately building is one of the most important buildings on the Upper Swabian Baroque Street. On small side streets you cycle more uphill than downhill through quiet, original towns such as Rottum, Bellamont and Füramoos.Half of the stage is the highlight of the day, the Wurzacher Ried near Bad Wurzach. It is one of the most important bogs and largest nature reserves in southern Germany. For the most interesting areas, it is best to leave your bike and walk through the unique natural landscape. You can also visit the moor museum or ride the peat train.The rest of the stage takes you on a particularly beautiful route through the forest to Leutkirch. Once there, it is worth taking a walk through the listed old town.
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On today's stage you will get to know the typical Allgäu. Here a creek, there is a pasture - and in between pretty little towns. And of course a constant up and down, which simply belongs to the Allgäu and loosens up the landscape.Shortly after Urlau there is a rainwater retention basin with a remarkable old lock system on the watershed between the Danube and the Rhine. Not far from there you will find a large moor landscape.You make a little dangle to Isny, where a particularly pretty old town awaits you. Here you can stop off in one of the quaint restaurants before you continue.The stage ends after a good 50 kilometers in Wangen, at the western end of the Allgäu. This town also has a well-preserved old town. A real insider tip for a stop is the Fidelisbäck, a baker who has been keeping his recipes for over 500 years. The most delicious snack is a Leberkäs soul!
On this stage you drive through southern Upper Swabia, almost in touch with Lake Constance. You start by driving through the hilly Argental in a westerly direction. In Oberrussenried, the much praised Café Nubers offers a coffee break before you tackle a short, steep stretch to Obereisenbach.After the hill, an exceptional view awaits you as a reward. Between the hop vines you can see Lake Constance in the distance and, if the weather is good, the Alps beyond. Then you roll down to Tettnang and Meckenbeuren. Both places are ideal for a long lunch break and ice cream.The stage ends after around 50 kilometers in Markdorf. A striking landmark of the community is the bishop's castle, which is now used as a hotel.
Today the queen stage awaits you, both in terms of length and altitude. But after four successfully completed stages you are already in training. Right at the start comes the neatest climb of the whole trip.Once at the top you forget the effort and enjoy a fabulous view over the fields, hills and forests. The trees are already almost kitschy on the narrow road that meanders through the area.After a fast descent you come to the Rotach Valley. Here it is leisurely uphill in a dreamlike river landscape. While the brook ripples, you cycle on the shady path through the beautiful nature.In Altshausen you are only ten kilometers away from the stage and you can either take a lap through the castle park or cool off in the outdoor pool.Then you did it: You arrived in Aulendorf. A swimming lake and a castle await you here too. And you can spoil yourself in the inns with delicious specialties and enjoy a cool drink.
It starts first to Bad Schussenried and then to Bad Saulgau. In addition to the pretty market square, where the weekly market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, there is also a thermal spa in this spa town.In Bad Saulgau you have already done almost all the climbs of the day. So it's almost only flat through the fields and meadows. In Kanzach you will find a special highlight, the Bach Knight's Castle, a great open-air museum, where you can even meet knights on the weekend.Then it is not far and you reach the Federsee moor. You cross the moor area on a wooden footbridge and can let the nature work for you. The best thing is to push the wheel a little to slow down. This stage ends in Bad Buchau and if you have a little more time, you can visit the wobbly forest, which lives up to its name.
At the beginning of the penultimate stage you drive on the other side around the Federsee moor and can make a detour to the Federsee in Tiefenbach. There you will experience the unique natural scenery of the moor.On your way you will discover a lonely elevation in the landscape, the buses, on the horizon. Due to its geology, the mountain survived the last ice age and is called the "holy mountain of Upper Swabia". You can also continue straight ahead in Offingen and climb the mountain. From the top you have a very nice view, for example of the Federsee.Then it goes long flat or downhill and you reach the Danube shortly before the end of the stage. The path through the Danube meadows is simply wonderful. Shortly before Rottenacker you can swim in one of the lakes. In Ehingen you have completed today's stage and can treat yourself to a fresh arrival beer in one of the restaurants or breweries.
You are now on the home straight towards Ulm. The last stage on the Oberschwaben-Allgäu cycle path takes you parallel to the Danube through an idyllic landscape.On the way you drive through Oberdischingen. The historic town center is extremely worth seeing. There are several houses in the French-Baroque mansard style next to each other and form an exciting contrast to the traditional houses that you have got to know on your tour.After a good 30 kilometers you have reached the starting point of your journey again and therefore still have time to take a look around the pretty old town and review the last few days.