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Neckar: from the spring to Marbach

7 days along the river of poets

Bike tour
6 Days / 5 Nights
individual tour
easy to moderate
527.00 €
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527.00 €

Your romantic bike tour on the “River of Poets” begins at the source in Villingen-Schwenningen at the foot of the Baar, the watershed between the Rhine and the Danube. You roll comfortably along huge mountains on the edge of the Swabian Alb and the Black Forest. Marvel at the striking loops of the young Neckar, which are often towered over by castles and palaces. Discover medieval cities like Esslingen with winding old town streets, romantic squares and idyllic Neckar canals. Lovingly renovated shops, charming pubs and Swabian wine bars revitalize the spirit and the walls and ensure a good mood. Look forward to the state capital Stuttgart, to the baroque Ludwigsburg and to the idyllic specialist workshop Marbach, where you should definitely pay a visit to Schiller. The continuously signposted Neckar Cycle Path leads largely over quiet country roads or separate cycle paths, but also includes a few short, busy sections. Since the cycle route is not always close to the river in the valley, easier climbs are unavoidable, but you cycle mostly on paved paths.

This trip is perfect for people who:

  • Romantics: The small towns and villages along the cycle path invite you to daydream 
  • History enthusiasts: There are numerous historic towns along the Neckar.
  • Lovers of half-timbered houses: The half-timbered villages and small towns will cast a spell over you.


Villingen and Schwenningen trip simultaneously off the tongue, yet each town has its own flavour and history.


"Rottweil you walk like a hard" - the words of Kurt Georg Kiesinger sound like a eulogy to the oldest city in Baden-Wuerttemberg. And they invite you to experience this festival itself: on a tour of the historic city center with magnificent bay windows decorated town houses, quiet streets and dreamy impressive churches.


Horb am Neckar is often referred to as the Gateway to the Black Forest. It sits right on the edge of the legendary wood, where the Neckar and Grabenbach rivers come together.

Stuttgart, capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany, lies in a basin enclosed by orchards and forest-covered hills.


German Literature Archive Marbach
The Schiller National Museum was intended as a memorial to Friedrich Schiller, who was born in Marbach, and other poets from Swabia, and was built from 1901 according to the plans of the Stuttgart architects Ludwig Eisenlohr and Carl Weigle.

"Literaturmuseum der Moderne"

Schiller National Museum


Neckar: from the spring to Marbach

easy to moderate
Bike tour
6 Days / 5 Nights
individual tour
527.00 €
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Look forward to Villingen-Schwenningen, located on the edge of the Middle Black Forest, in the headwaters of the Neckar and Danube. Marvel at the historic atmosphere of the Zähringer city with its many churches and monasteries, the magnificent cathedral, the defiant city wall and the mighty defense and gate towers. Individual arrival with an overnight stay in Villingen-Schwenningen.

Directly from the source of the Neckar on the watershed between the Rhine and the Danube, you cycle through a dreamy and romantic landscape to the free imperial city of Rottweil, known for its wonderful urban ensemble. Stroll between town houses decorated with bay windows, fountains and old facades. In the beautiful Neckar Valley, marvel at stately castle ruins on the young river. Overnight in Sulz or Glatt.

Look forward to the fun-loving Swabian university town of Tübingen with its considerable “student density”. There is a lot to explore: Bebenhausen Castle, Hohentübingen Castle, the Hölderlin Tower, cozy half-timbered houses in narrow streets and rustic student bars. Overnight in Tübingen.

Today you will experience a charming landscape, because the Neckar leads you on beautiful bike paths through gardens and small towns. Numerous swimming lakes, the picturesque town of Nürtingen and the Hundertwasser rain tower in Plochingen will inspire you. Overnight in Esslingen.

The day has many highlights in store. A visit to the famous Mercedes-Benz Museum, the beautiful state capital Stuttgart with a first-class bicycle network, the beautiful residential palace in the baroque city of Ludwigsburg and, last but not least, the picturesque Marbach with the Schiller National Museum (including admission). Overnight in Marbach or Freiberg.

The time on the beautiful Neckar passed far too quickly. If you want, you can continue your bike tour to Heidelberg (see our 9-day trip Neckar Quelle - Heidelberg).


Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • Category B: good to very good inns and comfort hotels at 3 *** / 4 **** level
  • Category A: comfortable, very good 4 **** hotels
  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Room with shower/bath/WC
  • Luggage transport
  • Entry into Schiller's birthplace house in Marbach
  • Detailed route description
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Neckar bike trip

Please find more information about your bike trip below. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0) 6421 - 886890.

Arrival by train

Villingen is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. We recommend to take a taxi from the station to get to our partner hotels in Villingen. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:

DB train

Parking facilities at the hotel

Some of the hotels have parking facilities directly at the building, these are subject to payment. There is a public parking garage (paying) and a public parking lot in the vicinity.

Condition of cycle paths

The route does not always run along the river, easier climbs are unavoidable, very few steep climbs. The steeper climbs are short. You cycle on well-signposted quiet cycle paths and farm roads with not always paved surfaces and in parts on relatively quiet country roads. Short sections on roads with more traffic, especially when driving through town.

Available rental bikes

If you would like a rental bike for the tour, we will bring it to your starting hotel and pick it up at your destination. You can choose from 24-speed unisex bicycles with free-wheeling and 8-speed unisex electric bicycles with hub gears and free-wheeling. The rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof, spacious saddlebag as well as a tool set, an air pump, an odometer and a lock. You will also receive a handlebar bag per room. On request, we will be happy to provide a second saddle bag for you. Simply state your bike requirements when booking.

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

A certain applicable tourism tax is not included in the travel price and has to be paid at the hotel on site.

7 day hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any
other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help
you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Your travel expert for this tour

I provide you with advice and assistance

Doro Bork

Travel Expert

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