Cycling with distinction - the Schlosspark in Allgäu

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Schlosspark im Allgäu

Silver light shines through the cloudy craggy sky and illuminates the unmistakable scenery of this region: the rugged mountain giants, the gentle oceans of hills, the rivers and lakes, which are embedded like precious stones in the lush green meadows — and the world-famous royal castles. On every summit you can enjoy the freedom, the silence and the fantastic view, which — like on a postcard — is crowned here and there by a dreamlike fairytale castle.

Like a treasure chest, the Schlossgarten lies in the heart of East Allgäu in the south of Germany. It is one of nine adventurous regions in the Allgäu and extends over the entire Ostallgäu district. The magical attraction that emanates from castles such as Neuschwanstein and Falkenstein gave it part of its name. But only the powerful, archaic poetry of this landscape brings to life the true beauty of the buildings, the historical towns and rustic villages with their stories. They are inseparably linked to each other and together form a unique, large experience space: the Schlosspark!

In this Collection, we introduce you to this wonderful region. Fantastic castles, beer gardens with panoramic views, picturesque lakes, hearty cheese specialties and venerable monasteries — these Tours are like holiday dreams come true from a travel catalog. And of course, this region is well suited for cycling and has a high-quality network of cycle paths to offer. That's why it was certified by the ADFC as a RadReiseRegion. The eleven regional routes that we present in this Collection are a dream above all for pleasure cyclists and will take you, among other things, along the Emmental Cycle Route or across the castles and palaces of the Schlosspark.

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Cycle Routes in the Schlosspark

  • Intermediate
    01:51
    17.3 mi
    9.3 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    True to its name, this beautiful round takes you through the natural lake landscape typical of the ostallgäu alpine uplands. It passes the Schönewalder Weiher, Grundweiher, Trollweiher and Luimooser Weiher over. Slightly off the trail are still the northern and southern Seeger Lake.After about halfway the Schwaltenweiher invites you to swim and linger. The Kögelweiher is almost an insider tip for nature lovers. Not far away is the Attlesee with swimming.You see: Here is the name program! So pack the swimwear and treat yourself to a cool refreshment, if you feel like it. Incidentally, this tour is also ideal for families with children due to its flat route profile. And they are especially happy about a little splashing in the lake!

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  • Difficult
    03:15
    29.0 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    The castles and palaces - rarely has a tour earned its name as much as this one. Again and again you will pass impressive castles and palaces or enjoy a fantastic view from the bike path. This begins shortly after the start in Füssen, when the view opens onto the Hohe Schloss, the landmark of Füssen's old town. From here, the path leads you to the famous royal palaces Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein - a backdrop, as from the fairy tale.Continue on via Tyrol, past the former fortification ruins Vilsegg. A small record on the round provides the castle ruins Falkenstein as the highest castle in Germany. The route continues to Pfronten, where you can take a detour to the nearby Ritterspielplatz in the district of Ried - a stop that children will especially enjoy. In Zell and Eisenberg you will have a great view of the castle ruins of Eisenberg and Hohenfreyberg, whose castle character has been preserved to this day.The next eye-catcher of the round is the castle in Hopferau, today a star hotel with conference center. Finally, you roll past the probably oldest ruins of the Allgäu, the castle ruin Hopfen am See, which now shines thanks to a professional renovation again in new splendor and thus represents the last cultural highlight of the round.Have fun on this fairytale tour!

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  • Difficult
    03:18
    30.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Allgäu is known for its cheese, especially the Emmentaler is world famous. Since the 19th century, the dairy industry and the Senn culture and, of course, the Allgäu cheese have become indispensable in the region.This tour brings you closer to the Emmental bike path with its culture and special culinary delights. Among other things, it leads past the Käskuche forest with brewery and farm shop, at the cheese dairy Lipp, the Bergkäserei Weizern, the dairy Lehern with KäseAlp and slightly off the trail at the Alpe Beichelstein.In the alpine dairies, you can not only buy cheese and nibble, but experience in an entertaining way, how the delicious dairy product is created, because the companies invite with show dairies and plant tours to linger.This tour is therefore particularly well suited for families. Dairy visits, cheese making and tasting make the tour a special trip for children too. A connection between the Schwaltenweiher and Seeg offers you the opportunity to divide the bike tour into two smaller rounds that are easy for all family members to create.

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  • Intermediate
    01:57
    19.1 mi
    9.8 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Forggensee round spoils you with the magnificent mountain panorama of the Ammergebirge and the Tannheimer mountains and even gives you a view of the royal palaces of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. On the enjoyable tour, you will cycle around Bavaria's fifth largest lake and Germany's largest reservoir, around which you will be attracted by the varied nature that the landscape conservation area around the lake has to offer. The cycle path leads along wetland biotopes and raised bogs as well as through litter meadows. Not to be forgotten are the Illasbergsee, the Hegratsrieder See and the Bannwaldsee, which contribute to the reputation of the Ostallgäu as a lake landscape.If you want to experience the Forggensee again differently, you can change to the Forggensee-Schifffahrt, which invites you at eight berths along the route for a small spray ride over the lake. If you are traveling with the family, this little change especially the little ones will like it. Apropos: The track is ideal for families due to the low gradients.Note:
    At the moment (as of January 2019) the dam of the Forggensee is extensively repaired. Therefore, the water is currently drained and it can lead to road closures. You can find out about the current status of the work here: uniper.energy/de/dammprojekt-rosshaupten.

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  • Intermediate
    02:33
    21.4 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In addition to the origins of the eastern Günz - the Günz spring near Günzach - the impressive landscaping measures of the water can be seen along this route. So you can admire towering boulders in the forest in the "Devil's Kitchen", a geotope from the last ice age. Nearby, the elaborately restored Liebenthann mill invites you to rest. If you follow the Günztal to the north, the route runs on a ridge with great mountain views back to the south.Although this tour has a few climbs, there are plenty of opportunities to breathe on the go. And shortly before the finish you can pick up your reward in the Sellthürner Käskuche: all sorts of regional cheese specialties are waiting for you in the Alpine dairy, perfect for a hearty snack after cycling. And if you can wait a little longer, it's worth it to bring a little time and "look over the shoulder" of the cheese maker through the large windows in the shop.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    35.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relatively long tour connects the beautiful landscape of the castle park region with a cultural adventure trip, during which you can learn a lot about the country and its people. And so you can already start before the start of your bike ride. After arriving in Buchloe in a relaxed atmosphere via the A98 or the train, the city will lure you with an active cultural life, a diverse range of shopping opportunities and a varied range of sporting leisure activities.Then you start your bike ride and head for the Waal. There every three to four years in summer, the Passion and saints games take place, which are among the oldest of all Bavarian Swabia. Other jewels of the tour are the church St. Georg on the Georgiberg in Untergermaringen and the pilgrimage church St. Wendelin in Obergermaringen. Cozy beer gardens and idyllic lakes always offer you small rest stops.

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  • Difficult
    03:33
    31.0 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Creating a connection between being active, experiencing nature and conscious pausing - that's what the Kloster-Runde invites you to do. This tour combines culturally significant sites, such as the Irsee Abbey, with places of relaxation and activity. For example, the Oggenrieder Weiher or the Bärensee invite you to take a bath, while in the old town of Kaufbeuren you can take a break for a stroll.Special highlights of the monastery tour are, of course, the many sacral buildings that await you along the route. Especially worth seeing is the Franciscan monastery of St. Crescentia with its beautiful monastery garden. Located in the middle of the old town of Kaufbeuren, the Franciscan community invites you to get an insight into the history and everyday life of monastic life.And of course, this must not be missing on a monastery tour: Shortly before the goal, you have earned a break in the monastery brewery Irsee honestly. Here you can pause, strengthen yourself and treat yourself to a contemplative reward brew.

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  • Intermediate
    01:46
    16.1 mi
    9.1 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    What could be better than relaxing on bike holidays? This tour creates a wonderful bridge between physical activity and recreation and thus corresponds to the teachings of the Allgäu water doctor Sebastian Kneipp. Balance of body, mind and soul - this is the maxim of this short bike tour, which is, incidentally, particularly well suited for families.On the way you can discover the five pillars of Kneipp's teaching: the healing power of water, vitality through exercise, the effect of herbs, a healthy diet and the inner balance of a healthy rhythm of life. Along the route there are a number of Kneipp elements, as well as traditional Kneipp spa facilities with a wide range of spa and medical spa services.So whether you simply refresh your legs in the cool water at the Kneipp bath or treat yourself to the full pack of wellness in a spa - after this tour, you're ready for more cycling adventures in the castle park.

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    17.5 mi
    8.8 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Notzenweiher was stowed in the 17th century to provide the Fürststift Kempten with fish. Fortunately, the lake hidden in the Kempter Forest has survived to this day and has become an important habitat for rare plants and animals. Around it grows a dense reed belt, which is adjoined by litter meadows and a moor. A beautiful place and that's why the little pond is rightly the main protagonist of this short bike ride, which is particularly suitable for families, as it includes no steep climbs.In addition to the idyllic moorland, you will always have the opportunity to enjoy wonderful views towards the Alps or to treat yourself to a delicious snack in one of the cozy cafés or restaurants along the way. Through the idyllic Kempter forest, you can run it in the end, until you roll full of beautiful impressions back to the starting point in Görisried.

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    23.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    925 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Oberdorfer Radlrunde leads from the northern Marktoberdorf first direction Loretto Chapel, from where you have a beautiful view of the mountains. It then winds its way along a stream, sometimes alongside lush meadows through the countryside and the surrounding villages.A few small climbs and you are in Sulzschneid at 794 meters - the highest point of the round. Back in Marktoberdorf, a detour to the Kurfürstenallee with a wonderful mountain view is worthwhile.

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    24.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The name says it all: In addition to the wonderful views of the Forggensee, the Lech, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Tannheimer Mountains, you can also discover nearby beauties such as the Wieskirche, bathing fun at the Illasbergsee or the Premer Filz with its exciting Moorlehrpfad.At the beginning of the tour a few meters of altitude are waiting for you, but they will immediately be rewarded with fantastic views of the Allgäu and into the Alps. A break at the picturesque Wieskirche is just as much a highlight as the subsequent descent on the Königstraße down to the Forggensee.Note:
    At the moment (as of January 2019) the dam of the Forggensee is extensively repaired. Therefore, the water is currently drained and it can lead to road closures. You can find out about the current status of the work here: uniper.energy/de/dammprojekt-rosshaupten.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    265 mi
  • Duration
    28:52 h
  • Elevation
    12,825 ft

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