Whether you love mountain biking or riding back roads, SouthWest Germany is a cycling paradise, from the Black Forest to the Swabian Mountains, and the Stromberg hills.
Mountain biking is a way of life for many, not only in SouthWest Germany. This means that you can spend several days snaking through the thick greenery of the Black Forest and the Swabian Mountains on fast, flowing, singletrack trails, with all the switchbacks and rollers, doubletrack and technical downhills you need. For downhill and freeride groups, head for the outstanding bike parks in Todtnau, Bad Wildbad, or at Schauinsland.
Readers of Germany’s Mountain Bike magazine regularly rate the Black Forest area of SouthWest Germany as the best mountain biking in the country. With 5,000 miles/8,000 km of trails, and more than 300,000 ft/100,000 m of variation in altitude, the Black Forest really is Europe’s top mountain biking playground. As well as GPS-based trips, there are also well-marked trails for the adventurous. But there are other parts of SouthWest Germany where you can also have plenty of fun thrills on two wheels. Trails in and around the Swabian Mountains, Lake Constance, the Odenwald, and even Stuttgart offer challenges for every level. The stunning scenery is thrown in for free. We have a wide range of ideas and tips for day trips, or just a sunset ride from the front door of your hotel.
Mountain bike touring
In SouthWest Germany, mountain bike touring is called Bike Crossing, or x-ing. The best areas are the Black Forest and the Swabian Mountains, with their wide range of routes catering to every level of mountain biker. With 500 miles/800 km of trails, riding across the Black Forest and the Swabian Mountains is a real thrill. Although there is comprehensive tour information available using GPS or traditional tour books, overseas visitors find it more fun to go with a guide, who can point out the flora and fauna. And, your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel!
Downhill biking (DH)
For sheer thrills, nothing beats DH, or Downhill biking. SouthWest Germany has an exciting array of possibilities, with extensively-prepared lines. Popular centers are Todtnau, Bad Wildbad and Schauinsland which have bike rental services, complete with all the best and latest body armor, as well as safe, efficient lifts and gondolas. In the larger parks such as Bad Wildbad and Todtnau, the visitor can choose of package deals for Freeride, Dirt, Dual, or North Shore trails.
SouthWest Germany has a passion for cycle racing. Stuttgart was proud to host the Indoor Cycling World Championships and the Black Forest provided a huge welcome for the Tour de France. And, of course, visitors love to pedal in the tracks of the stars, cruising through villages, past vineyards, and stopping at picturesque wayside inns. From the Rhine Valley, the climb into the Black Forest is a challenging 3,000 ft/1,000 m. Slightly less testing, but still with plenty of rolling hills, the Swabian Mountains and Upper Swabia are perfect for a more extended tour. Just outside Stuttgart, Stromberg provides a combination of vine-clad hills contrasting with the dense Swabian Forest. Cyclists are particularly welcome in the Black Forest, with its mainly traffic-free roads, narrow valleys, and sweeping low mountain ranges. In recent years, communities have made extra efforts to offer places to stay with everything needed by cyclists: bicycle storage, hearty breakfasts, shuttle services from train stations and airports, touring tips, and stores where quick repairs can help vacationers on their way.