Look forward to Villingen-Schwenningen, which is located on the edge of the Middle Black Forest, directly in the headwaters of the Neckar and Danube. Marvel at the historic atmosphere of the Zähringer town with its many churches and monasteries, the magnificent cathedral, the defiant city wall and the mighty defense and gate towers.
On the first day of cycling, a dreamy and romantic landscape awaits you directly from the source of the Neckar on the watershed between the Rhine and the Danube. You cycle to the free imperial city of Rottweil, known for its wonderful urban ensemble. Stroll between bay-decorated town houses, fountains and old facades before you get back on your wheels. In the beautiful Neckar Valley, marvel at the stately castle ruins on the young river. The overnight stay takes place in Sulz or Glatt.
Look forward to the fun-loving Swabian university town of Tübingen with its considerable "student density". There is plenty to explore: Bebenhausen Castle, Hohentübingen Castle, the Hölderlinturm, cozy half-timbered houses in narrow streets and quaint student pubs.
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.
Today has many highlights in store. A visit to the famous Mercedes-Benz Museum, the beautiful and diverse state capital of Stuttgart, with the architecturally exciting and animal-like Wilhelma Zoo will win you over with a first-class bicycle network. We continue to the baroque town of Ludwigsburg, where the beautiful residential palace invites you to visit and, last but not least, the picturesque Marbach with the Schiller National Museum. The overnight stay takes place in Marbach or Freiberg.
Now the wine has finally captured you! Surrounded by vines, you cycle to the pearls of the Neckar: Besigheim with the famous Enzpartie, Lauffen, birthplace of Hölderlin, and the seedling town of Heilbronn. Round off your wonderful day with a stroll through the old town and admire the Gothic Kilianskirche and the town hall, which is one of the most beautiful in Germany.
A day of castles! In the morning you cycle over the castle road to Neckarsulm, where the German Bicycle Museum is waiting. Let yourself be impressed by the splendid city silhouette of Bad Wimpfen, visit Burg Guttenberg with a ornithological station and marvel at Burg Hornberg, where Götz von Berlichingen lived. Past Zwingenberg Castle you will roll into the old city of Staufer Eberbach.
Another spectacular highlight has been saved until the end of the trip! The Neckar winds in a wildly romantic way through the mountain ranges of the Odenwald. You will be amazed by the picturesque town of Hirschhorn with a knight's castle, the four-castle town of Neckarsteinach and the medieval Neckargemünd. We continue to the old university town of Heidelberg with its impressive Heidelberg Castle and the small, dreamy alleys in the old town, with its well-known and lively pub culture, where you can end your impressive bike trip on the Neckar with a cozy evening.
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the river of the poets.
Prices / Dates
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
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. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Parking facilities at the hotel
Some of the hotels have parking facilities directly at the building for a fee of € 6.50. There is a public car park in the vicinity (special price for hotel guests: € 5 per day) and a public car park (as of 2023).
Heidelberg: Depending on the house, underground parking spaces are partially possible, including parking spaces from 8 to 15 euros per day. (as of 2023)
Condition of cycle paths
The cycle route does not always run directly near the river, so that slight climbs are inevitable. However, there are only a few short, steep climbs. The route runs mostly on quiet country roads or separate bike paths. Short sections run on roads with a little more traffic, especially when driving through town.
Return transfer to Villingen-Schwenningen
Every Sunday we offer a return transfer at 9:00 a.m. for a surcharge, during which you will be picked up from your hotel and brought back to Villingen-Schwenningen in around 2.5 hours (possible from min. 4 persons).
Alternatively, you can travel on your own, e.g. by train, which goes back to Villingen-Schwenningen every hour with two changes in approx. 3 hours (approx. € 50 + bike ticket approx. € 9).
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.
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.