On the Auerbergland@Venture Route in 3 stages through the foothills of the Alps

Bike Touring Collection by Auerbergland@venture-route

Historical traces from Roman times, magnificent churches and monasteries in Pfaffenwinkel and the picturesque pre-alpine moorland and lake landscape of Upper Bavaria and the Eastern Allgäu make the Auerbergland@Venture Route an unforgettable experience. You cycle through tranquil little towns and enjoy the varied ups and downs through forests and meadows along mostly car-free or low-traffic cycle paths and side roads. The beautiful nature alternates with the cultural diversity that awaits you on this bike tour. In many interesting museums, exhibitions and sacred buildings you will learn everything about the past and the way of life of the people in the Auerbergland.

In this collection we present you the circuit of the Auerbergland@Venture-Route in three stages. We have chosen Schongau as the starting point. The historic town on the Lech is easily accessible by train and has good transport connections, so that you can start cycling straight away after an uncomplicated journey. You'll find plenty of nice accommodation in the stage towns — the whole area is a holiday paradise, so you'll be well prepared for the needs of exhausted cyclists. The three stages are all a bit hilly — but throughout the day they can also be mastered by occasional cyclists. On the way there are countless possibilities for small breaks where you can relax — from small rest areas with great views to exciting museums. A special highlight are the 19 information boards along the route. There are QR codes on them that you can scan with your smartphone and that will take you to a lot more information about the Auerbergland. Now we wish you lots of fun on the Auerbergland@Venture-Route, which was also approved by the ADFC and included in the brochure "Discover Germany by bike".

On The Map

The Stages Of The Auerbergland@Venture-Route

  • Intermediate
    20.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the first stage around the Auerberg a varied up and down through the beautiful Allgäu awaits you. It starts in Schongau, where you start the tour as you roll through the historic, listed city gate. Over a small glimpse to the north you come to Altenstadt, where you should plan a break at the simple but beautiful Basilica of St. Michael. Afterwards you continue cycling in the direction of the Burggen - on the way you will always get a fantastic view to the Alps. The cultural highlight of this stage awaits you in Bernbeuren. Here we recommend a stop at the Auerberg Museum, where you will learn all about the area you are cycling through.Past the Lechsee you will reach the stage destination Steingaden. The former monastery village is small and idyllic, as a recognized resort but well prepared for cycling tourists. Here you can relax for the rest of the day or walk "on monastic paths" through the village: information signs at the historic houses inform you about the rich monastic past of the village.

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  • Intermediate
    23.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage two on the Auerberglandroute starts from Steingaden with a longer ascent to get warm, but for which you will immediately be rewarded richly: Even from a distance you can see the idyllic Wieskirche, which is considered one of the most important churches in southern Germany. Here you can rest for a while and visit the ornate interior of the Rococo-style church. Then it continues through the beautiful forest and meadow landscape of the Allgäu. The Upper Lindegger Lake invites you to take a refreshing break and in the course you will always come out of wonder - so beautiful is the view of the surrounding hills, the sparkling lakes and the mountains in the background.After a long descent you cross the Lech and come to Lechbruck. Rafts used to be the number one means of transport here, and that's exactly what you can learn a lot in the Raftsman Museum. If you are interested in the land and people of this beautiful area, an exciting history lesson awaits you here. A beautiful bike path then continues towards the final destination, which is already announced when you reach the shore of the great Forggensees. The lake is only "filled" during the summer: in winter, the water is drained so you can go through and see the layouts of old buildings and even the traces of the ancient Roman road Via Claudia Augusta.In the stage destination Rieden there are all kinds of accommodations and two campsites. If you want to do something in the evening, make a detour to Füssen. You can either cycle about six kilometers, or you can take bus number 72, which is free to use if you have booked your accommodation with a "Königscard host". The bus timetable can be found here: schlosspark.de/?id=990

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  • Difficult
    31.3 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Rieden starts the third stage on the Auerberglandroute with a climb, for which you will be rewarded with a great view of Roßhausen and the beautiful meadows and fields all around. After a rapid descent you turn off onto an old railway line, which was rebuilt into a cycle path, and which leads you through the idyllic Allgäu at a slight incline and without any traffic. An old station and discarded signal systems remind of the earlier use of the track. At Stötten you leave the railway track and the route becomes hilly again.Again and again you come through small towns that invite you for a short break, until you expect a lot of cultural history in Schwabsoien. Here you can visit two museums: The Carriage Museum and the Hammerschmiedemuseum, which is located directly on the bike path. If you look in the distance then the church tower of St. Michael, it is not far to the final destination (and the end of the tour) Schongau. Before you take the train home, you can still plan some time to discover the old Roman city with its countless churches and the well-preserved fortifications around the historic city.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    75.1 mi
  • Duration
    07:52 h
  • Elevation
    3,725 ft

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