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Cycling tour • Loop tour

Scenic 3-day e-bike tour through the Northern Black Forest

Medium

15:00 h
152.26 km
1995 m
1995 m

This multi-day circular e-bike tour is enjoyable, leisurely and, in addition to picturesque town highlights, will allow you to experience the very best nature has to offer – including forests, moors and much more.

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Tour details

Best time of year

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Duration
15:00 h
Distance
152.26 km
Ascent
1995 m
Descent
1995 m
Highest point
986 m
Lowest point
299 m
Condition
Technique
Landscape
Experience

Specifics of the tour

scenic / culture

Path condition

11 % Nature trail
32 % Asphalt
56 % Gravel path
0 % Other

Description

Large sections of the e-bike tour will take you along signposted cycle paths and the Nagold and Enz Valley Cycle Routes. Starting in Bad Liebenzell, you will discover a number of highlights en route such as Hirsau Abbey, the Hermann Hesse town of Calw, the sheep-herding town of Wildberg and Nagold with its castle ruins and the wonderful Kleb city park. To conclude the first day, you will head to Altensteig with its enchanting backdrop of half-timbered houses and castle enthroned above the Old Town.

The second day of cycling takes you past the Nagold Dam, a reservoir of the Nagold and the perfect spot for a breather. Additional highlights include the source of the Enz river, Kaltenbronn nature reserve with its observation tower and moors, Sommerberg mountain with its treetop trail and WildLine, as well as a ride on the funicular railway down to Bad Wildbad. You will then pedal the last few kilometres for the day to Höfen an der Enz.

The third day of cycling will take you via Schömberg and the Eulenbach Valley back down into the Nagold Valley and upstream to Bad Liebenzell. The idyllic spa gardens and thermal baths are the perfect place to round off this three-day tour.

Author's recommendation

Cycle on the paths of wooden planks through the Wildsee Bog in Kaltenbronn: you’ll have to push your bike, but that will give you more time to enjoy the magnificent nature!

Directions

From the starting point of the tour at the train station in Bad Liebenzell, follow the tour logo (green/white) of the Nagold Valley Cycle Route. The tour will take you slightly uphill, then gently downhill through the village of Ernstmühl and to the first highlight, Hirsau Abbey. Take a small detour from the Nagold Valley Cycle Route and enjoy a break at Hirsau Abbey and its café.

If you continue following the markings of the Nagold Valley Cycle Route, you will make your way to the Hermann Hesse town of Calw with its lovely pedestrian zone and picturesque half-timbered houses (attention: you will have to dismount your bicycle and push it through the pedestrian zone).

Continue following the course of the Nagold river and head to the sheep-herding town of Wildberg. Pass by the Maria Reuthin monastery and pedal your way further up the Nagold Valley. In the town of Nagold, you will then leave the Nagold Valley Cycle Route for a brief detour to Hohennagold Castle. Awaiting you here are fantastic views of the city and the scenic surroundings of the Nagold and Waldach Valleys.

The Nagold Valley Cycle Route leads down from the castle through Rohrdorf and Ebhausen to Altensteig. Here, too, you will pedal along the cycle path in the valley to get a better view of the picturesque Old Town from the viewing platform. After arriving back down in the town, you can make time for an exciting visit to Altensteig Castle, before covering the first day’s last metres in altitude to reach your accommodation for the night, the Bett+Bike Landgasthof Hirsch in Altensteig Überberg.

Day two will take you via Heselbronn and Beuren and then back onto the Nagold Valley Cycle Route. Cycling past the Pfaffenstube you will pedal to the Erzgrube reservoir where you can take a refreshing dip to cool off. Continue in the direction of Göttelfingen downhill into the Poppel Valley. From Gompelscheuer, a new riverside bike path begins, the Enz Valley Cycle Route. Follow this to Rohnbach, where our tour turns left and leads up to the viewpoint at the Hohloh Tower.

From the Hohloh Tower, you will pedal past the Hohlohsee lake towards the Kaltenbronn information centre and then past the game enclosure to the next natural highlight, the Wildsee lake. If you have worked up an appetite with all that cycling, you don’t need to wait much longer: delicious regional dishes await hungry cyclists and hikers at Grünhütte.

From Grünhütte, the tour continues to the Sommerberg mountain and then downhill to Bad Wildbad. Here you can take the Sommerberg mountain funicular railway, which will take you right into the middle of the royal spa town. We now get back on the Enz Valley Cycle Route and follow it towards Calmbach and then further on to Höfen, where we will end our second day of cycling at the Bett+Bike Hotel Ochsen.

On the third and final day, we have a short leg of the tour ahead of us. It goes from Höfen along the trout stream up to Langenbrand and later on through the Eulenbach Valley to the Mönchs Waldhotel inn, where you can stop for a break. We then descend into the Nagold Valley to Dennjächt before heading onto the well-known Nagold Valley Cycle Route back to the starting point of the tour to Bad Liebenzell.

Equipment

  • A roadworthy bicycle
  • A backpack containing provisions
  • Clothing to suit the weather conditions
  • This tour is suitable for the following bikes: Pedelec e-bikes (normal and MTB), Hardtail mountain bikes, trekking bikes
  • The tour is actually designed for an e-bike. Every now and then you will have to pass through areas of higher elevation in order to reach vantage points and attractions off the cycle path, which is a whole lot more fun with an e-bike!

Safety information

  • The provisions of the German Road Traffic Regulations apply
  • It is compulsory to wear a cycling helmet
  • The obligation to ensure road safety is the responsibility of the individual municipalities
  • Please carry your ID with you (France)

The second stage is relatively sporty, so you should make sure the battery of your e-bike lasts by not permanently using the pedal-assist function

Planning and arrival

Starting point

Bad Liebenzell train station

By car

  • Via the A8

Take the Pforzheim West exit (the Pforzheim Ost exit is also possible) onto the B463 in the direction of Calw

Take the Leonberg exit onto the B295 towards Weil der Stadt

  • Via the A81

Take the Herrenberg exit onto the B296 towards Calw

Destination

Bad Liebenzell train station