Along the river of poets
The Neckar Bike Trail: From Villingen to Heidelberg.
Spend your bicycle vacation in one of the most famous wine growing region of Germany along the beautiful river of Neckar. Discover famous towns like Tübingen, Marbach, Eberbach and Heidelberg. Your bike tour ends in Heidelberg which is a very charming city. Steeped in tradition, this town is home to seemingly contrasting worlds. This makes it exciting and keeps it young at heart. Take some time to get to know the city and discover its many facets. You'll be inspired.The Neckar bike trail is well-signposted leading for the most part along asphalted roads, quiet country roads and bike paths.
1. day Villingen arrival
A nice small town with emperor´s tower, monastery of the Benedictines and Franciscan museum is waiting for you. The hotel is located in the city/parking at the hotel possible/handing out of the bicycles in the hotel.
2. day Sulz / Glatt ca. 52 km
Directly from the source of the Neckar at the watershed between the Rhine and the Danube you will cycle through a dreamy and romantic landscape to the free imperial city of Rottweil, known for its splendid city ensemble. Stroll between decorated town houses, fountains and old facades, before you swing yourself back on the Bike. Marvel in the beautiful Neckar valley over stately castle ruins on the young river. Overnight in Sulz or Glatt.
3. day Tübingen 48 / 57 km
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.
4. day Esslingen 54 km
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.
5. day Marbach / Freiberg 39 / 44 km
Many highlights are waiting for the day. A visit to the famous Mercedes-Benz Museum, the beautiful state capital of Stuttgart with a first-class bicycle network, the remarkable Residenzschloss in the baroque city of Ludwigsburg and last but not least: the picturesque Marbach with the Schiller National Museum. Overnight in Marbach or Freiberg.
6. day Heilbronn 40 / 46 km
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.
7. day Eberbach 56 km
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.
8. day Heidelberg 34
It will be spectacular today! The Neckar winds its way romantically through the ridges of the Odenwald. You will be impressed by the picturesque town of Hirschhorn with its knight's castle, the four-castle town of Neckarsteinach, the medieval Neckargemuend and the old university town of Heidelberg.
9. day Heidelberg departure
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to the river of the poets.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
06.04. – 28.09.2019
bookable additional nights
Prices are per person.
02.05. – 04.07.2020
05.09. – 03.10.2020
11.07. – 29.08.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about your bike trip Neckar-Radweg Quelle - Heidelberg
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: www.bahn.de.
Parking facilities at the hotel
Public car park approx. 5 minutes walk from the main building (Hotel Mercure), per exit 6 euros. At the hotel the cost is about 13 euros per day. No matter how long it was parked there, you only pay per exit. Parking facilities of the other houses on request.
Condition of cycle paths
The route leads not always directly along the river, gentle grades cannot be avoided. However, short, steep hills are very rare. The route is well signposted, you cycle mostly on quiet country roads and bike paths. Short sections are on more travelled roads especially in cross-town links.
Available rental bikes
If you choose to rent a velocipede-rental bike for the tour, we take it to your first hotel and bring pick it up at your destination. You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.
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, health regulations
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.
Villingen and Schwenningen trip simultaneously off the tongue, yet each town has its own flavour and history. Villingen once belonged to the Grand Duchy of Baden and Schwenningen to the duchy of Württemberg, conflicting allegiances that apparently can’t be reconciled. Encircled by impenetrable walls that look as though they were built by the mythical local giant, Romäus, Villingen’s Altstadt is a late-medieval time capsule, with cobbled streets and handsome patrician houses. Though locals nickname it the Städtle (little town), the name seems inappropriate during February’s mammoth weeklong Fasnet celebrations.
Museum of Clockmaking, Schwenningen
"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. The Roman period comes to life in the Dominican Museum, the City Museum documents the imperial city time. Art and culture are ubiquitous - from the past to the present day.
Pleasant and alive - historical and contemporary - Rottweil is always an experience. Not only at the carnival when thousands of spectators line the streets to experience first hand the famous Rottweiler fools jump, one of the highlights of the Swabian-Alemannic carnival.
Rottweil's historic downtown takes the visitor back to a bygone era. The Old Town Hall with its late-Gothic façade and the representative council chamber from 1521 still tells of the proud imperial city time. Artfully designed fountains, the Black Gate and the High Tower, preserved parts of the city walls are like windows in different epochs. Powerful town houses with unusual bay windows and original piercing signs characterize the cityscape. Off the busy main streets in the small alleyways, time seems to have stood still and yet Rottweil is not a museum city, but lively, open-minded and modern.
Rottweil, test tower
The 246-meter tower will serve the testing and certification of elevator innovations and thus
contribute significant reductions in development time of future and legacy in the design phase skyscrapers around the world. With 12 shafts and driving speeds of up to 18 m / s provides the tower ways to solve upcoming challenges. 3 shafts are provided for the ropeless MULTI elevator.
Despite the imposing height of a light and filigree appearance is maintained. The architect Helmut Jahn and Werner Sobek disguise the concrete shaft with a cover made from glass fiber fabric. The tissue begins at the foot closely, are more and more towards the top of the tower award and reflects the light at different day and seasons different - by the tower gets depending on weather conditions and time a different appearance.
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. The rivers slice through the landscape, providing hills and valleys which with a little imagination can become the nooks and crannies of the Grimm Brother’s tales. Hiking around Horb am Neckar it is easy to mentally escape. You look down at the town and see the tops of the buildings, their peaked roofs and old stonework like something from another age. This is, of course, because they have been saved from another age.
Small steps, narrow alleys and pointed gables shape the silhouette of old Tübingen on the way up to its castle. The Swabian university town of 86,000 inhabitants and 27,000 students combines the flair of a lovingly restored medieval centre of town with the colorful bustle and typical atmosphere of a young and cosmopolitan students' town. Numerous sidewalk cafes, wine taverns and cozy students' pubs, special shops, restaurants and taverns invite visitors to stroll around and to pause here and there. Taking a boat trip in a famous „Stocherkahn“ – the boat exclusive to Tübingen navigated by a long wooden pole – offers a scenic view of the picturesque Neckar waterfront with the famous Hölderlin Tower.
Discover the romantic old town with its half-timbered houses, stroll through winding streets and enjoy the flair of a city on the river:
Only a few kilometers from Stuttgart is Esslingen am Neckar. A tour of the historic old town is like a journey through twelve centuries. Gothic churches, medieval half-timbered buildings, baroque aristocratic palaces ... After all, the former imperial city looks back on a 1200-year history. Worthwhile is definitely a climb over the 314 steps of the medieval Burgstaffel to the thick tower of Esslingen "castle". There, an impressive view. Parts of the old town fortifications, city gates and towers as well as imposing churches and numerous nursing homes are an extremely impressive cultural heritage.
The landmark of the city is located about 70 meters above the Neckar on the slope of their local mountain, the Königstuhl. The ruins of the Electoral Palace are among the most impressive things you can marvel at on a trip to Germany. The princely wine cellar houses the world's largest barrel with a capacity of 221,726 liters.
The most beautiful building of the castle, the Ottheinrichsbau, houses the German Pharmacy Museum. This Europe's largest collection of pharmacy-historical exhibits is just one of over 30 museums and collections. The spectrum ranges from the famous Riemenschneider Altar of the Kurpfälzisches Museum to the Prinzhorn Collection with works by psychiatric patients, from the mummies of the Egyptology Museum to the original cigarette box from the "Titanic" in the German Packaging Museum. And no one who has taken a walk on the Philosopher's Path will forget the sight of the river, city and castle from there.