Princely castles, English gardens and grandiose views
The Hohenzollern Cycle Route leads past spectacular palaces, residences and castles in the Swabian Alb all the way down to the shores of Lake Constance. With 272 kilometres and almost 2,150 metres of altitude, the long-distance cycle path between Weinstadt in the Rems Valley and Constance is one of the more undulating long-distance cycle paths in Germany. Fortunately, because this guarantees spectacular views of the Swabian Alb at the beginning and the snow-covered Alps towards the end of the trail.
On the trail of the nobility between valleys and cliffs
The princes, counts, kings and emperors who shaped the region and all of Europe over the centuries with their magnificent buildings and influence also had aspirations. The Hohenzollern Cycle Route shows in an impressive way that following in the footsteps of the nobility can be much more than reading gossip stories in magazines. From the cradle of the Württemberg kings in the vineyards to the family of counts still active today on Mainau Island. From wide panoramic views of Hohenzollern Castle to the noble interior of the Hohenzollern Palace in Sigmaringen. From much-visited museums and castle gardens to a quiet valley with babbling brooks. A long-distance cycle route that invites you to stop and take a look. To trace history, but also to sink into great nature.
Who is this nobility, anyway?
Along the way, vines on sunny mountain slopes follow shady forests on rugged cliffs. In between, towns and villages with colourful half-timbered old towns and inns that always have an open door for cyclists and hikers with their Swabian cordiality. The many guided tours of the exhibitions, collections, castles and pleasure gardens along the route also provide open and surprising insights. There, the curious encounter not only static exhibits, but also lively stories of the often surprisingly normal everyday life of the nobility. Queen Charlotte of Württemberg, for example, who lived in the stage town of Bebenhausen until 1945, left behind an inspiring example of how a royal title does not mean a retreat into chambers far removed from the bourgeoisie. The educated queen was interested in the humanities, nature, music and hiking. Her involvement in 32 charities was heartfelt, as was her vocation as a nurse on a typhus ward or baking biscuits for children during the Second World War. The Hohenzollern Cycle Route leads to places where you come into contact with the land and the people - of yesterday and today. The stage descriptions tell cyclists exactly which stories and treasures await them.
The Hohenzollern Cycle Route has received a new routing - publications from before 2022 do not contain the new and signposted routing!
The Bikeline cycle tour book of the Hohenzollern Cycle Route and Württemberger Valleys Cycle Route, with publication date 31.12.2022, contains the new and signposted route.
We recommend taking a trekking bike with or without motor, a helmet, cycling tools, weatherproof clothing, sufficient food and drink, a cycling map or GPS device and a mobile phone on the Hohenzollern Cycle Route.