Between Odenwald & vineyards – cycling along Kocher, Jagst & Neckar
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Mythical Odenwald in the north, sun-drenched vineyards in the south and in between gentle hills and picturesque river valleys — that is the Heilbronner Land. On well maintained and signposted cycle paths you can discover the peaceful landscape best from your bike and visit the small towns and villages with their Franconian traditions. Of all the cycle paths that this region has to offer, we have selected six particularly beautiful ones for you.
Each cycle path is dedicated to a specific topic. For cyclists with a special interest in art and culture, we recommend the Odenwald-Madonnas Cycle Path and the Sculpture Cycle Path. The former winds its way for almost 180 kilometres along the scenic foothills of the Odenwald — for long stretches it follows the former route of a narrow-gauge railway and therefore runs pleasantly flat. The second is a pretty circuit of almost 80 kilometres and leads from the edge of the Odenwald into the Heilbronn basin. In addition to the idyllic nature, the many contemporary works of art along the way are the focal point of this tour.
The four other tours are shorter and longer day trips around Heilbronn and Schwäbisch Hall. On the Wine-Land-River-Tour you will ride along the steep slopes of the Neckar, while on the Orchard Tour you will explore the orchard meadows and cultural treasures east of Heilbronn. On the LandhegTour you will get to know the historic Haller Landhege around Schwäbisch Hall and on the Forest Tour you will enjoy pure nature.
But the cuisine is not too short in southern Germany. Rustic inns, rustic wine taverns and cozy cafes can be found everywhere along the way. Between Baden, Württemberg and Franconia you are in the realm of the vines. You can try the delicious wine in a broom shop or even better at a tap directly in the vineyard, where you enjoy the beautiful view in addition to the glass of wine.
On the 47-kilometer wine-land-river tour, you will get to know the vineyards on the Neckar and the vine-rich Zabergäu. The tour is also suitable for families or beginners, as it is not too hilly and can be divided into two stages.
Start of the tour is the Hölderlin and wine city Lauffen am Neckar, which…
On this tour, we first follow the valley of the Sulm, through the vineyards up to the nature park Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald. Your round to orchards, through vineyards and past cultural treasures begins at Ellhofen station, which you reach from Heilbronn by suburban train in less than twenty minutes…
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The good 63-kilometer LandhegTour Ost takes you along the historic Haller Landhege. It is an extensive territory, which Schwäbisch Hall acquired in the 14th and 15th centuries. On the route you overcome several, sometimes elongated slopes, which is why you should bring a good basic condition.
The WälderTour awaits you for a wonderful round of shady forests and medieval highlights. With 67 kilometers and 760 vertical meters, the route is certainly a bit more exhausting, but you can also complete the tour on two days.
The starting point of the tour is in the carnival stronghold Bühlerzell. If…
On the nearly 180 kilometer long Odenwald-Madonnen-Radweg you will experience an enchanting atmosphere of religious history. It's best to spend three to four days exploring this extremely varied long-distance cycle path through a beautiful cycling region.
The route begins in Tauberbischofsheim and runs…
At the Sculpture Cycle Path, the cycle track becomes an original exhibition of contemporary sculptures and depictions. The motto "Sculptures on the Cycle Path - Art in the Countryside" emphasizes the focus of the tour, which, however, also offers cultural and scenic highlights. The route leads you through…
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