The Naturpark-Radweg – 4 days through the the northern Black Forest

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Naturpark-Radweg

Narrow valleys, sparkling streams and rivers, quiet mountain pastures and endless forests – this is the north of the Black Forest. Around 8,000 square kilometres of wooded mountains are designated as the Naturpark Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord and can be explored on the Naturpark-Radweg. On a four-day round trip you cycle along cycle paths, quiet roads and forest tracks through the varied landscape of Germany's largest low mountain range. From Freudenstadt in the east you head west through the Kinzig valley to Offenburg on the edge of the Rhine plain. From here you cycle over vineyards and along fruit plantations to Baden-Baden. North of Baden-Baden, the cycle path meets the Alb, which leads you back into the wooded mountains. And finally, you cycle south along the meandering course of the Enz to Freudenstadt.

On your four-day bike tour, which is also recommended by the ADFC in the brochure "Discover Germany by bike", you will cover a distance of around 275 kilometres. The individual stages are between 50 and 90 kilometres long, but the longer tours can also easily be divided into two or more days. There are even two options for the fourth stage. On the more comfortable first variant, you can take the cable car from Bad Wildbad up to the Sommerberg and from there roll relaxed to Freudenstadt. If you like it more sporty, you can choose the second option instead and cycle steadily uphill through the Enztal valley to your tour destination. As this is a round tour, you can of course start with any stage and cycle the tour in the opposite direction.

Along the routes you will find small villages, old half-timbered towns, monasteries and – especially on the edge of the Rhine plain – impressive castles. Cafes, breweries, restaurants and beer gardens are available for your culinary needs, where you can enjoy Baden and Alsatian cuisine.

Particularly practical: all stage locations have a railway station, so you can take a short train ride or only ride part of the nature park cycle path if the weather changes.

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All stages of the Naturpark-Radweg

  • Difficult
    05:57
    54.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage on the nature park cycle path leads you from Freudenstadt on the eastern edge of the Black Forest always along the course of the Kinzig along to Offenburg on the edge of the Rhine plain. The river takes you in a wide loop once from east to west through the Black Forest Central / North Nature Park. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of the wooded slopes of the Kinzig Valley, visit cozy half-timbered towns and enjoy the Baden cuisine along the route. With a length of almost 90 kilometers, the stage is quite demanding, even if it goes downhill most of the time. If you respect the long distance, then you can easily divide the stage into two days. In the towns and villages in the Kinzigtal you will find numerous cozy accommodations in all price ranges.Your today's tour begins on the marketplace of Freudenstadt, the largest converted marketplace in Germany. From here, the Nature Park Cycle Path leads you gently uphill past the Friedrichsturm with its magnificent views and then on quiet cycle paths through a fir and spruce forest.Soon you will reach Lossburg, which is picturesquely situated at the northern end of the Kinzig valley. After crossing the spa, you will encounter the Kinzig, which winds its way through the narrow valley in many loops. The bike path runs a few meters above the river and off the road through the forest and always along the slope.At Alpirsbach you change to the other shore and beer lovers should definitely visit the brewing world of the Alpirsbacher Klosterbräus. After the brewery tour, there will be a stop for beer and snacks. Afterwards you can roll your bike comfortably on the bike path and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Kinzig valley. You pass through small villages that enchant you with their half-timbered architecture.Especially beautiful is Wolfach, where the river of the same name opens into the Kinzig. The place is located in the middle of today's stage and is thus particularly well suited for a well-deserved rest. Freshly fortified, you then continue your journey through the Kinzigtal. From Steinach in the Kinzigtal the Tallanschaft widens and you cycle over open meadows and along small fields. The forested slopes of the northern Black Forest still accompany you, but shortly after Gengenbach the landscape opens and in front of you lies the broad Rhine plain. On flat bike paths it goes into the stage goal Offenburg.Arrival: Freudenstadt is served by the regional trains from Stuttgart and from Offenburg. Offenburg and Stuttgart are well connected to the local and long-distance transport network of Deutsche Bahn. Timetables can be found at sweg.de and bahn.de.Departure: If you have planned this stage as a day trip, then you can end comfortably from Offenburg with the regional train 720/721 back to Freudenstadt.

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    35.5 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the Nature Park Cycle Route runs from Offenburg in the north to Baden-Baden. On the way you cycle over the foothills of the Black Forest and enjoy from here beautiful views into the Rhine valley. The tour leads on quiet roads and easy bike paths away from traffic. For cultural and culinary variety cozy inns and detours provide the cities Achem and Buehl.From the center of Offenburg, the Nature Park Cycle Path leads you out onto fields and through orchards. While you are cycling through nature, you can let your gaze wander over the landscape. At first, the cycle path meanders over the almost flat fields on the edge of the Rhine plain, but soon it approaches the wooded slopes of the Black Forest. Despite everything, today there are no longer climbs and so you can enjoy the tour without much effort.The bike path winds its way past Achem, where a detour to the former sanatorium Illenau Arkaden is worthwhile. The nature park cycle path leads you from here with beautiful view further along fields, fruit tree meadows and through the city Bühl. Behind Bühl you cycle through picturesque vineyards to the stage destination Baden-Baden.How to get there: Offenburger Bahnhof is regularly served by regional and long-distance trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. Timetable information is available at bahn.de.Departure: Just like Offenburg, Baden-Baden is well connected to the network of Deutsche Bah. There is also a regional train connection to the starting point Offenburg, if you only want to drive this stage as a day trip.

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  • Difficult
    04:53
    44.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    2,625 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the third stage you leave the Rhine plain behind you and follow the nature park cycle path back into the picturesque mountain landscape of the northern Black Forest. Starting from Baden-Baden, the cycle path leads you first north along the slopes of the Black Forest Central / North Nature Park until you reach the Alb at Ettlingen. From here you cycle through the Albtal and then through the Enztal to the finish line Calmbach. If you are a bit too demanding this stage with a distance of 70 kilometers and an altitude difference of 800 meters you can divide it up to two days. Ettlingen offers then with numerous accommodations well as an additional stage destination.From the starting point Baden-Baden you cycle first without major differences in altitude over the gentle foothills of the Black Forest on the edge of the Rhine valley. The bike path leads partly parallel to roads and then again completely separated by the orchards, over wide fields and through small wooded areas. At Kuppenheim, two cultural highlights entice you to take a break. Just outside the city is the picturesque Schloss Favorite on the one hand and a short walk through the narrow streets and along the city wall in Kuppenheim's old town on the other.Shortly thereafter, you cross the Murg near Gaggenau and continue to the northeast to Ettlingen. Here the bike path leads you right through the cozy old town and past the impressive city palace. Numerous restaurants and cafes will also pamper you with a long break. Afterwards you will follow the Nature Park Cycle Path along the banks of the River Alb and into the mountain landscape of the Black Forest. The bike path climbs gently but steadily and leads you past the picturesque half-timbered town in the narrow Albtal valley.At Marxzell you leave the bank of the Alb and continue via Straubenhardt to the narrow Enztal. It goes upstream on a quiet bike path to the finish line Calmbach.Arrival: Baden-Baden has an excellent connection to the network of Deutsche Bahn. You can find schedules at bahn.de.Departure: If you want to end your cycling tour in Calmbach, then you can take the S-Bahn S6 from there to Pforzheim and start your journey home there. Alternatively, the S-Bahn S5 takes you from Pforzheim to Karlsruhe, where you can change to the S-Bahn S7 to the starting point Baden-Baden.

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  • Difficult
    05:30
    36.0 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,100 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The first variant of the fourth stage takes you from Calmbach through the Enz valley to Bad Wildbad. Here follows the climb up to the summer mountain, which you can also comfortably complete with your in the city cable car. From Sommerberg it then goes without major differences in altitude on quiet bike paths to the stage destination Freudenstadt.It is only a few minutes by bike from Calmbach to reach the spa town of Bad Wildbad. Here you climb with your bike in the funicular and zoom in with a beautiful view up to Sommerberg. Thanks to the cable car you have enough time to visit the great treetop path. Especially the view from the observation deck over the nature park Black Forest middle / north is simply breathtaking.From Sommerberg the tour takes you on cycle paths and forest roads through the dense forest. Here the nature park cycle path lives up to its name: completely off the road traffic you can enjoy here the magic nature of the Black Forest. The bike path takes you past the green hut, famous for its fantastic pancakes.It goes gently uphill, until you stand on the Hohloh at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm Tower. The ascent to the observation deck is worthwhile, because the vision ranges in clear weather to far into the Rhine valley and up to the Vosges.The nature park cycle path continues to meander through the forest and continue in Richtugn south. It runs high above the Murg Valley and in many places the trees give you beautiful views of the valley and the surrounding mountains. At the end of the tour in Freudenstadt, you wind up snugly in the market square, where you started your bike ride four days ago.Getting there: From Pforzheim there is a S-Bahn connection to the train station Calmbach-Süd. Pforzheim itself is regularly approached by local and long-distance trains. Timetable information is available at bahn.de.Departure: From Freudenstadt there are direct connections to Offenburg and Stuttgart, where you have access to the long-distance network of Deutsche Bahn. If you want to drive back to the starting point Calmbach, you can take the regional train to Hochdorf and change there to Pforzheim. From Pforzheim the S-Bahn takes you to Calmbach.

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  • Difficult
    04:26
    32.3 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,850 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    If you are more interested in the picturesque Enztal than the Sommerberg, then this variant of the fourth stage is just right for you. With a rise in altitude of around 900 meters, it is also aimed above all at enduring touring cyclists. From Calmbach you cycle steadily uphill through the valley to the Enz-Ursprung, the confluence of Kaltenbach and Laubbach. From here, the Nature Park cycle path meanders through quiet valleys and meets the hamlet Urnagold again on the route of the first variant. From here you cycle without major differences in height to the final destination.Your stage starts in Calmbach in the narrow Enztal. From here you cycle uphill to Bad Wildbad. A small stop in the idyllic health resort is definitely worthwhile. Off the road, the bike path winds from here just above the river, always along the slope through the valley. Most of the time you will cycle through the forest, but in many places you will find wonderful views of the idyllic Enztal.At Gompelscheuer you finally stand at the source of the Enz: Here, the Kaltenbach and the Laubbach, both coming from narrow stream valleys, flow together to form the Enz. For you it goes on here in the south and the bike path leads you through the narrow and quiet side valleys of the Enz valley. At Urnagold the two route variants of the fourth stage meet again.Above the Murg Valley, you then cycle on well-developed cycle paths to the stage destination Freudenstadt.Getting there: From Pforzheim there is a S-Bahn connection to the train station Calmbach-Süd. Pforzheim itself is regularly approached by local and long-distance trains. Timetable information is available at bahn.de.Departure: From Freudenstadt there are direct connections to Offenburg and Stuttgart, where you have access to the long-distance network of Deutsche Bahn. If you want to drive back to the starting point Calmbach, you can take the regional train to Hochdorf and change there to Pforzheim. From Pforzheim the S-Bahn takes you to Calmbach.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    203 mi
  • Duration
    24:15 h
  • Elevation
    11,475 ft