Neckar cycle path

A bike tour flanked with impressive mountains

From Donaueschingen to Heidelberg.

This Neckar cycling holiday takes you from Donaueschingen to Heidelberg, straight through the whole county of Baden-Württemberg. On this trip, discover the variety of the countryside – the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb for example. On your route, you will also visit the well-known towns of Rottweil, Tübingen or Stuttgart. The Neckar river is your trusty companion all the way! First a small stream, it soon develops into a major river, which is navigable from Plochingen. Expansive riverside meadowland and narrow curving valleys, vineyards, castles and forts – the wonderful mixture of countryside and culture is the particular charm of this tour.
Easy to Moderate
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Self-guided Tour
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"Brigach und Breg bringen die Donau zuweg" is the phrase people say here meaning that the Brigach and Breg rivers jointly form the river Danube. The Romans considered the spring in the parkland of Castle Fürstenberg to be the start of the Danube. The castle, in the style of the Belle Epoque, is an impressive testimony to Fürstenberg Family’s former significance. Reserved rental bicycles are parked at the hotel ready for you.

Up on the high Baar plateau you cycle through beautiful rural scenes between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb to Bad Next, you continue on to Schwenningen, where you reach the narrow stream waters of the Neckar. You follow the river to Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg's oldest town. It developed from a Roman settlement to a charming town with a medieval centre.

You follow the river north, the Neckar now carving its way deeply through the valley and widening considerably. The few villages along the way are idyllically situated. Of the former majestic Neckar Castle – now only ruins remain. In Oberndorf, you reach the midpoint of today's section. After this town, which is regarded as the capital of the Swabian-Alemanni carnival festivities, you pedal on to Sulz.

You can take your first break in Horb, the gate to the Black Forest, and visit the Schurkenturm tower. And then cycle on to Rottenburg. The town suffered many city fires, which is why its townscape is Baroque rather than Medieval. Now it's not much further to today's destination ‒ Tübingen. It is one of the prettiest towns on the Neckar cycle path and its medieval historic quarter is particularly enchanting.

Leaving the busy university town behind you, you now cycle downstream. You will come across of number of bathing pools you might like to stop at and have a swim. You go past Nürtingen, where the poet, Hölderlin, used to go to School. In Plochingen, we recommend visiting the tower by Hundertwasser. Esslingen is one of the towns that wasn't destroyed during the war, enabling you to enjoy its historic flair.

Today you can try the healing waters in the mineral spa resort in Stuttgart-Canstatt and take a break. Further down the river you cycle past lovely terraced vineyards and the royal summer residence at Ludwigsburg. The Neckar valley as home to poets and philosophers is felt most in Marbach, where Friedrich Schiller was born. In the newly renovated Schiller museum you can find out all about the poet.

Cycling past picturesque vineyards, you follow the bends of the river to Lauffen, where you can allow yourself a little sip of the delicious Katzenbeißer wine (cat biter!). Another important wine-growing and wine-trading centre is Heilbronn. The large town is shaped by a mixture of historic and modern buildings. You continue along romantic roads past castles to Neckarsulm.

Worthy of a visit is the NSU museum featuring exhibits of historic bicycles and cars. As you approach Bad Wimpfen you will be amazed by the breath-taking views of the town with its many towers and alcoves. Pedaling past terraced vineyards and wooded slopes, you can catch a glimpse of Hornberg Fort. The Staufer town of Eberbach used to be known for its handicraft professions.

The Neckar winds its way through Odenwald forest and depending on which side of the river you're cycling on, either through the county of Baden-Württemberg or Hessen. In Neckargemünd, you are able to see glimpses of medieval architecture. The famous university town of Heidelberg awaits you with its famous castle ruin, Baroque buildings in the old part of town and a lively cultural scene.

The route

The bike route is not always next to the river, some stages cannot be avoided. Stronger stages are seldom. The well sign-posted path leads you on side roads and bike paths to your hotel. Some stages are on streets with more traffic, e.g. when you enter a city.

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Villingen
  Season 1
27.03.2021 - 31.03.2021
05.04.2021 - 17.04.2021
01.10.2021 - 24.10.2021

Season 2
01.04.2021 - 04.04.2021
18.04.2021 - 05.05.2021
07.06.2021 - 10.06.2021
14.06.2021 - 17.06.2021
21.06.2021 - 24.06.2021
12.09.2021 - 30.09.2021

Season 3
06.05.2021 - 10.05.2021
16.05.2021 |
24.05.2021 - 27.05.2021
06.06.2021 |
11.06.2021 - 13.06.2021
18.06.2021 - 20.06.2021
25.06.2021 - 30.06.2021
22.08.2021 - 11.09.2021

Season 4
11.05.2021 - 15.05.2021
17.05.2021 - 23.05.2021
28.05.2021 - 05.06.2021
01.07.2021 - 21.08.2021

Neckar 10/9 days: 10 cat:X, DE-BYRDH-10X
Base price
Surcharge single room 259.00 259.00 259.00 259.00
Season 1
Mar 27, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Apr 5, 2021 - Apr 17, 2021
Oct 1, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021
Season 2
Apr 1, 2021 - Apr 4, 2021
Apr 18, 2021 - May 5, 2021
Jun 7, 2021 - Jun 10, 2021
Jun 14, 2021 - Jun 17, 2021
Jun 21, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021
Sep 12, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021
Season 3
May 6, 2021 - May 10, 2021
May 16, 2021 |
May 24, 2021 - May 27, 2021
Jun 6, 2021 |
Jun 11, 2021 - Jun 13, 2021
Jun 18, 2021 - Jun 20, 2021
Jun 25, 2021 - Jun 30, 2021
Aug 22, 2021 - Sep 11, 2021
Season 4
May 11, 2021 - May 15, 2021
May 17, 2021 - May 23, 2021
May 28, 2021 - Jun 5, 2021
Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021
Neckar 10/9 days: 10 cat:X, DE-BYRDH-10X
Base price
Surcharge single room
8-gear mens bike
27-gear men bike
Electric bike
Prices per person in EUR

Services & Extras

  • 9 Overnights in chosen guest houses and hotels
  • Rooms with bath or shower / toilet
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Detailed documentation, route description, points of interest
  • GPS-Tracks on request
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • service-hotline

Not included

  • Arrival and departure
  • costs for parking
  • city tax
  • transfers
  • optional sightseeing’s
  • city maps
  • Travel Insurance
  • costs of the private requirements

Return transfer on Sundays between 09:00 and 10:00 by minibus from Heidelberg to Donaueschingen (€ 99,- per person), reservation required.

Important notes

Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

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