Explore SouthWest Germany’s outstanding countryside by bike, using the Radstreckennetz, the region’s extensive network of trails dedicated to cyclists.
Everyone in SouthWest Germany loves to cycle. And that should be no surprise. After all, Carl Drais invented the bicycle right here 200 years ago! But for holidaymakers, there is a bonus: a network of well-marked, long-distance cycle routes that link medieval towns and villages with unspoiled forests and hills, peaceful lakes and glorious scenic views. Hotels, inns, B&Bs, restaurants and cafés along the way are all bike-friendly. And rental shops offer e-bikes as well as regular models, so all generations and abilities can ride together.
Long-distance cycle paths
SouthWest Germany has 21 specially-designated long-distance cycle paths. Some are circular; many start and finish close to railway stations. Each of these regional trails has its own unique logo to follow and all are at least 100 km / 60 miles long. Do the entire length or just a few stages. Regular maintenance ensures that everything, from signage to surfaces, is in top condition.
Read on for a selection of our favourites.
Bed and Bike
Ride and relax (Bett & Bike)
Thinking of spending a few days in the saddle? For multi-day tours, numerous "Bed & Bike" hotels, inns, apartments, and guesthouses that offer hearty local dishes as well as a relaxing night's sleep. From A-Z, from Aalen to Zwingenberg, Bett & Bike logos indicating cozy accommodations that are geared specifically to the needs of cyclists.
E-Bikes and more
Climb every mountain - on an e-bike
Electric bikes, called e-bikes in Germany, are the hot new way to enjoy the uplands. The extra boost you get from an attached electric engine enables you to climb hills, letting the engine do the work. Furthermore, the e-bike gives your performance an extra boost. The Black Forest, Tauber Valley, and Heilbronn Country provide you with several stores ready to lend these motorized bicycles. Not yet convinced? Since it is a clean electric motor, it is environmentally friendly and you don’t need a driver’s license!