Northern Black Forest

The bike tour through the Northern Black Forest takes you to the most picturesque spots in both the northern and central regions of this famed low mountain range. Starting and ending in Bad Wildbad, you will embark on a large loop that showcases the scenic diversity of the Black Forest. Expect to encounter unique high-altitude landscapes, expansive valleys, and quaint villages. Dense forests alternate with lush green meadows and pastures. As you enter the gentle foothills of the Black Forest, the cycle path winds through vineyards and picturesque orchards.

On this tour, you’ll not only revel in the beautiful scenery but also indulge in a variety of regional delicacies. The route passes through idyllic half-timbered towns and renowned spa destinations like Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt. You’ll gain fascinating insights into the local history and culture, with small museums offering glimpses into the lives of raftsmen, glassblowers, and the traditions of the Bollenhut.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary

Make yourself acquainted with the old spa town of Bad Wildbad, where there are still remnants of the 19th century. Indulge yourself in two thermal baths, said to have special healing effects.

Kick off your day aboard the Sommerbergbahn and head up the plateau of the Sommerberg. Take a wander on the suspension bridge where it feels as if you are touching the tops of the trees, you’ll have amazing views of the nearby hills and valleys of the Northern Black Forest. You will then cycle along the Black Forest Panorama Cycle Path to Freudenstadt.

The day will start with a climb no higher than a few metres before you reach Alpirsbach, then all the hard work is over. Some of the buildings here are made of wood and the town is famous for its beer (which goes by the same name). Stop for a picnic in this gorgeous monastery town. You’ll then cycle on the Kinzigtal cycle path to either Wolfach or Hausach.

Keep going along the Kinzig River and visit the town of Haslach whose history dates to the Roman times. Continue via the Steinach, Biberach and Gengenbach to Ohlsach, which is where you can see the Kinzig valley merge into the Rhine plan. Head to Offenburg via the vineyards of the Ortenau.

Set off north along the edge of the Rhine plain where you will be lead past the foothills of the Black Forest Nature Park to Baden-Baden. Sleep in the former residence town of Rastatt, which will impress you with its elaborate buildings.

Pedal on to Karlsruhe. The city of fan-shaped, centring around the Karlsruhe Castle. Say goodbye to Karlsruhe and quickly arrive in Ettlingen, which is your destination for today. Spend your evening taking a walk through the historic centre passing old half-timbered houses and town houses.

Enjoy an extensive view of the Black Forest in the Schwanner Warte near Straubenhardt. From Neuenbürg cycle head in the other direction towards Enz river, just as the Enz valley rafters. Visit the rafting museum in Calmbach and learn more about the region, known for its timber and forestry industry.

Have one last breakfast and then either set off home or extend your trip

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Route overview

Start point: Bad Wildbad

End point: Bad Wildbad

Distance: Approx. 315km

There are some steeper hills and tougher spots, but beautiful views make up for this.

BIKE HIRE OPTIONS

This cycling holiday benefits from high-quality bike hire options that have been carefully selected for the tour. Each well-maintained bike has modern V-brakes, aluminium wheels and puncture-proof tyres based around a custom frame. Dynamo lights, small panniers, repair accessories, a handlebar bag and a comfortable saddle ensure that you have everything you need for an enjoyable cycle tour. Rental bike insurance is included in every booking.

Standard Unisex Bike (27-gears)
Suitable for heights between 1.45 cm and 1.90 cm

Standard Men’s Bike (27-gears)
Suitable for heights from 1.75 cm

Sportier hybrids (30-gears)
These hybrid bikes are designed for a sportier sitting position and finely tuned gears offer excellent riding flexibility. The aluminium frame has disc brakes, a suspension seat post and Shimano XT derailleur gears. Every bike has puncture-proof Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres.
Suitable for heights between 1.60 cm and 1.80 cm

Unisex Electric Bike
The electric bikes available on this tour assist up to 25 km/h whilst pedalling. The pedalec motor is in the bottom bracket of the frame and the detachable batteries last for approximately 120 km. Each bike has an illuminated LCD and 8-speed internal hub gears. They weigh approximately 23 kg. Only limited numbers are available and available to riders over 16 years old.
Suitable for heights from 1.45 cm

What’s included

  • 7 nights with breakfast in the local 3*-level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • Ride on the summer mountain railway
  • Bad Wildbad – Sommerberg incl. bike
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7-day Service Hotline

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
Whats included

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