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Long-Distance Cycle Routes
Several signposted cycle touring routes run straight through Heilbronn or start in the city, offering a wealth of opportunities.
The Castle Road Cycle Route
The Castle Road from Mannheim, Germany, to Prague, Czech Republic, also caters well for cyclists. The trail, which is almost 1,000 km long, passes numerous castles and palaces. Between Heilbronn and Rothenburg ob der Tauber (105 km), cyclists will travel on tarmac farm roads and sometimes on dedicated cycle paths. Beware of really steep uphill gradients in the Kocher-Jagst area, ahead of Waldenburg and after you have passed Kocherstetten (close to Langenburg).
Mannheim – Heidelberg – Heilbronn – Öhringen – Langenburg-Schrozberg – Rothenburg o. d. Tauber (300 km) - Nuremberg – Prague.
For more information please visit www.burgenstrasse.de
Kraichgau-Hohenlohe Cycle Route
Heading west, the Kraichgau-Hohenlohe Cycle Route takes you from Heilbronn to the Kraichgau district, known as the "Land of 1,000 Hills". Heading east, the route takes cyclists to the Hohenloher Land region with its picturesque scenery. The route mostly runs on tarmac, with little motor traffic. Expect more traffic when passing through some of the towns and many steep uphill gradients beyond Waldenburg.
Kronau – Bad Schönborn – Östringen – Schwaigern – Heilbronn – Schwäbisch Hall – Rothenburg o. d. Tauber (195 km).
For more information please visit www.radsüden.de/Radwege/Kraichgau-Hohenlohe-Radweg (German only)
Alb-Neckar Cycle Route
The Alb-Neckar Cycle Route runs from Ulm to Eberbach located in the Odenwald Forest. It takes cyclists through the very scenic Schwäbische Alb region with its picturesque towns; passing castle ruins and flowstone caves you cycle down the Albtrauf, the drop-off of Schwäbische Alb, to the hilly Albvorland, the foothills of Schwäbische Alb. Then you will pass cities of clearly medieval origin and fairytale-like castles in the romantic Neckar Valley, where the route always runs alongside the river. Most of the tracks are tarmac, but expect some gravel too. Car traffic is usually low along the route.
Ulm – Blaubeuren – Weilheim an der Teck – Marbach – Heilbronn – Bad Wimpfen – Eberbach (262 km).
For more information please visit www.radsüden.de/Radwege/Alb-Neckar-Weg (German only)
Paneuropa Cycle Route
The Paneuropa Cycle Route links Paris, France, to Prague, Czech Republic. The route runs on dedicated cycle tracks. Covering more than 1,537 km it runs through three countries and also takes cyclists through Heilbronn. To the east of the city, the route will take you to the Hohenloher Land region and on to the cities of Öhringen and Schwäbisch Hall.
Paris – Nancy – Strasbourg (France) / Kehl – Karlsruhe – Heidelberg – Heilbronn – Rothenburg o. d. Tauber – Fürth – Nuremberg – Eslarn (Germany) / Zelezná – Plzen – Prague (Czech Republic).
For more information please visit www.paneuropa-radweg.de (French, Czech and German only)
Neckar Valley Cycle Route
The Neckar Valley Cycle Route follows the river over some 370 km from its source near Villingen-Schwenningen to where it flows into the River Rhine close to Mannheim. There is almost no uphill pedalling on the Neckar Valley Cycle Route, it even runs slightly downhill all the time in northbound direction thus making it an ideal choice for novice cyclists and families with children. The long-distance cycle route mostly runs on well maintained farm tracks far away from motor traffic while it sometimes runs in parallel to federal roads.
Villingen-Schwenningen – Tübingen – Esslingen – Bad Cannstatt (Stuttgart) – Heilbronn – Heidelberg – Mannheim (370 km).
For more information please visit www.neckartalradweg-bw.de (German only)
Additional interesting links
** cyle route planner Baden Württemberg: www.radroutenplaner-bw.de
** cyle route planner Heilbronner Land available with gpx tracks for download: