Südschwarzwald-Radweg – 5 stages of pleasing nature

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Once on your bike around the mountainous southern Black Forest and without any major ascents - that's exactly what awaits you on the Südschwarzwald-Radweg. The highlight: the cycle path runs almost all the way through picturesque and tranquil river valleys with little incline, takes you along the banks of the Rhine close to the Swiss border and across the extensive meadows of the Rhine plain. On your way you will find dense forests and lonely mountain pastures, lively towns and sleepy villages and, of course, the calmly flowing Rhine. Because of the perfectly maintained and signposted cycle paths, the cosy accommodation and the famous Black Forest cuisine, the ADFC awarded the Südschwarzwald-Radweg with four stars.

The cycle path leads as a round tour from Kirchzarten in the middle of the Upper Black Forest in five stages once around the nature park Southern Black Forest. You will cover a distance of around 270 kilometres. First you cycle through the valleys of Gutach, Haslach and Wutach and then follow the quiet course of the Rhine on excellent riverside paths. From the Rhine plain you can enjoy the view of the distant mountains of the Black Forest. In between, you will visit old half-timbered towns, sophisticated Basel and Freiburg, the unofficial capital of the Black Forest. Since the bike tour is a circuit, you can of course get on at any point or go the other way round.

The first four stages are flat or even mainly downhill, making them real epicures. Only the fifth stage challenges you with the ascent to the Rinkelpass – but rewards you with an even more beautiful view and secluded nature. If the pass ascent instills respect in you, no problem: there are good connections to the railway at all stage locations, so you can skip individual stages or plan a shorter tour without any problems.

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All stages of the Südschwarzwald-Radweg

  • Difficult
    37.4 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,525 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With 460 meters of altitude ascent, the first stage is quite crisp - but fortunately you can also enjoy a pleasurable 900-meter descent. As you pedal with fresh energy on your first day and the vertical meters spread evenly over the entire stage, you can still set yourself on a real pleasure trip through the Black Forest. And the tour is not stingy with paradisiacal nature: first the wide shore of the Titisee and then through the wooded valleys of Gutach, Haslach and Wutach. In between you can expect beautiful views and cozy villages and inns.Starting point of the first stage is Hinterzarten. Without major differences in altitude you cycle from here to the Titisee. Directly on the west bank the Gutach flows out of the lake, whose course will determine your next kilometers. On quiet roads it comes out of the city of Titisee and shortly after the local border you cycle on beautiful bike paths right on the river and a few meters away through an open, characterized by meadows and small groups of trees valley.Soon, the river and bike path nestle close to the mountain slopes and you drive along the edge of Neustadt. You leave the city and after crossing a towering car bridge, the cycle path leads you into the picturesque Gutachtal. The path meanders along the valley slopes through dense forest and quiet glades to the confluence of the Gutach and Haslach, which flow from here together as Wutach.At the confluence, the cycle path turns right into Haslachtal and you cycle gently uphill to Lenzkirch. Numerous cafés and inns offer themselves here for a break. Strengthened on the other side of the river, we return to Haslachtal, where the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route meets the Bähnle Cycle Path. The leads over the former route of a narrow-gauge railway. Without effort, you are literally hovering over the flat bike path and through nature.The route leads you through logging and on to Bonndorf. From here you cycle on a no less comfortable bike path over open mountain pastures and enjoy the beautiful view. You pass some picturesque Black Forest farms until the cycle path leads you into a narrow stream valley, which is traversed by the moat. Here begins your long and comfortable descent towards the final destination. Through the valley you roll downhill to the confluence with the Wutach and from there through the widening Wutachtal to Stühlingen.Arrival: The station Hinterzarten is approached by the Höllentalbahn from Freiburg. Freiburg is perfectly connected to the local and long distance rail network.Departure: From Stühlingen unfortunately only buses, which offer no Fahrradmitnahme. So if you want to end your tour after this stage, you have to drive from here about eight kilometers through the Wutachtal to Eggingen. From here there are regional train connections to Waldshut and Bad Säckingen.

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  • Intermediate
    35.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    650 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage takes you from Stühlingen always near the Swiss border along the Wutach and then on perfect bike paths on the banks of the Rhine to Bad Säckingen. Since the stage is downhill almost the entire time on the stage, you can roll your bike quite comfortably. In addition you can expect pretty little towns and villages on the Rhine, which invite you to take a long break.The second stage begins in Stühlingen. From here you cycle along the banks of the Wutach along beautiful meadows and fields to Tiengen. The path leads downhill all the time and while cycling you can enjoy the beautiful view of the densely wooded valley slopes.Shortly before the confluence of the Wutach in the Rhine you pass the small towns Lauchringen and Tiengen. Especially in Tiengen worth a short detour from the bike path, because the historic old town with city walls and castle is well suited for a short break.Shortly after Tiengen, the Wutach finally flows into the Rhine, which accompanies you from here on your way to Bad Säckingen. Soon you pass Waldshut - here, too, the old town is a nice place for a rest - and cycle along the well-kept cycle path directly along the Rhine. Shortly before Albbruck, it even goes right into the middle of the Rhine: here lies the Aubecken, a pumped storage basin that is surrounded by the Rhine on both sides. The bike path leads over the Umfassungsdamm and offers you unique views of the Rhine and countryside.At Albbruck, the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route takes you back to the shore and over Laufenburg and Murg along the Rhine to the stage destination Bad Säckingen.Getting there: Stühlingen does not have its own train station, but you can drive from Waldshut or Bad Säckingen to the Eggingen train station, which is eight kilometers away. The station is even directly on the track and so your stage is correspondingly a little shorter.Departure: From Bad Säckingen there are regional trains to Basel and from there you have access to the regional and long-distance traffic of the Deutsche Bahn.

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  • Intermediate
    44.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    925 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Also on the third stage, the Rhine is your constant companion. The Southern Black Forest Cycle Route will take you along the mountainous foothills of the Black Forest for a short distance through Switzerland and through France, until you switch back to the German banks of the Rhine and cycle to the stage destination Bad Bellingen. The stage is pretty flat all the way and only small climbs await you.In Bad Säckingen, the third stage starts right on the banks of the Rhine. With a beautiful view of the river and the Swiss shore, you cycle comfortably along the water. You pass the idyllic nature reserve Wehramündung, drive past small villages and change at Rheinfelden finally to the opposite shore. Here you drive Swiss soil, so do not forget identity card.Here the route initially leads on bike paths parallel to the road to the shores of the Bris. You follow the straightened river to the confluence with the Rhine and drive close to the bank through Basel. The city is of course also perfect for a longer break, where you can push your bike through the narrow streets, visit the impressive Munster and finally stop in one of the excellent restaurants.From Basel it goes directly to France. After a short detour through a commercial area, you cross the Rhine on the Dreiländerbrücke and you're back in Germany. About five kilometers you cycle on developed bike paths Weil am Rhein and then a picturesque path on the banks of the Rhine awaits you.With beautiful views of the water you pedal evenly again until you reach your stage destination Bad Bellingen.Getting there: From Basel, take regional trains to the starting point Bad Säckingen. Basel in turn is perfectly connected to the regional and long-distance network of the railway.Departure: Between Freiburg and Bad Säckingen there is a direct connection with a regional train. You can also travel from Basel via Basel back to Bad Säckingen.

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  • Intermediate
    36.4 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the fourth stage it becomes very varied. First you accompany the Rhine for a few kilometers, but then the path branches off. Across the Rhine plain you cycle towards the wooded slopes of the Black Forest. In Freiburg, the gateway to the Black Forest, you will meet the Dreisam, which will then bring you steadily uphill to Kirchzarten. Even if you expect a real climb at the end of this stage, the route is a nice stage of enjoyment due to the good routes and the manageable route.Starting from Bad Bellingen, you cycle to the north on completely flat cycle paths along the banks of the Rhine. The route takes you over good to be driven gravel roads to Neuchâtel. Here you take a last look at the Rhine and then follow the Southern Black Forest cycle path in the direction of the north-east.In the seemingly endless expanse of the Rhine plain, you glide on barely traveled roads and, above all, first-class cycle paths across wide fields. In the distance, you can already clearly admire the densely wooded mountains of the Black Forest, which you gradually come closer with each kilometer.After you have crossed Heitersheim and Ehrenkirchen, the bike path climbs a bit and leads you to a wonderful view through wide vineyards. Soon after you reach Freiburg im Breisgau. If you like, you can make a detour to the city center and enjoy the lively life there. Alternatively, it goes on the banks of the Dreisam right back and forth from the city.From here the bike path climbs moderately, but steadily. Soon you have left the city behind you and cycle through the open Dreisamtal to the finish line Kirchzarten.Arrival: Bad Bellingen is approached from Basel and Freiburg by regional trains.Departure: If you want to end your tour here, then you can take the regional train to Freiburg and start the journey home from there.

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  • Difficult
    15.6 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,925 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage is fundamentally different from the other four tours of the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route. Today is one of the most beautiful pass routes on the program. With 890 meters altitude increase that is quite challenging, but you will be spoiled on the pass between Rinkel and Feldberg with fabulous views. Since the tour is only about 25 kilometers long, you best treat yourself with sufficient breaks - after all, you do not have to drive a record time. Instead, enjoy the scenic nature and the magnificent panoramas. As a reward, it goes from the pass then exclusively downhill to the finish line Hinterzarten.The starting point of the fifth stage is Kirchzarten. First it goes to warm up gently uphill to Oberried, but then it gets noticeably crisper. On the Zastlertalstrasse, which is about halfway closed to cars, you work patiently uphill. Around you discover dense forests, small mountain pastures and old Black Forest farms.In the narrowing valley are still three bends on, one last strong kick on the pedals and then you're up. Take a deep breath, get off your bike and then take a look: around you, you have a breathtaking view of the highest mountains in the Black Forest, Seebuck and Feldberg. If you drink your water bottle empty, it can go on.Especially nice: Now it's just downhill. You can roll your bike evenly, let your gaze wander through the beautiful landscape and enjoy the wind. At the inn "Zum Engel", which is right next to the track, you have a long break, a sumptuous meal and perhaps a cyclist well deserved.Freshly rested it then goes through forests and open mountain meadows to the stage destination and at the same time starting point Hinterzarten. If you roll your bike into town, you'll look back happily on your last five days. Exciting landscapes, bubbling streams, quiet rivers and idyllic towns have accompanied and thrilled you on your bike tour around the southern Black Forest.Arrival: Kirchzarten is located on the railway line between Freiburg and Neustadt and is approached by the Höllentalbahn.Departure: Just like the starting point Kirchzarten, Hinterzarten is also served by the Höllentalbahn from Freiburg. From Freiburg you can easily start your journey home.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    169 mi
  • Duration
    19:00 h
  • Elevation
    7,150 ft