The river Neckar and its long tradition of winemaking are the main features of this rich and varied route. Awarded four stars by the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC), this tour offers everything you could wish for – from tranquil valleys to vibrant towns and cities.
Starting at the source of the Neckar and following the course of the river, the route weaves its way through narrow valleys, such as Eschachtal and Vogeltal, to the ancient towns of Rottweil, Horb, Rottenburg and Tübingen. Leaving the Middle Ages behind, it goes straight to the here and now – to the modern city of Stuttgart – and continues towards Heilbronn and Odenwald, where majestic vineyards give way to historical castles and palaces. Why not enjoy views of Dilsberg Castle or Guttenberg Castle with a glass or two of locally produced wine? It's then on to Heidelberg, the epitome of German Romanticism. Germany's oldest university, the castle and the old town are must-see attractions here. The route comes to an end in the city of Mannheim, which is famous for its culture.
Terrain: The route comprises predominantly tarmac paths with some woodland trails. It has virtually no climbs and is generally quiet, but sometimes runs along main roads.
Scenery: The route passes numerous historical towns, castles and palaces, the Felsengärten conservation area and Odenwald forest, often with views of steep terraced vineyards.
4-star ADFC quality-certified cycle route