Neckar Cycle Path
From Donaueschingen to Heidelberg.
- 10 Days / 9 Nights
- self guided
Already the old Romans thought that the spring of river Danube is at the palace here. The palace is reference to the importance of family Fürstenberg and offers important modern paintings. Your rental bikes are in your hotel.
First you cycle to Bad Dürrheim. Basis of its health resort are the brine springs, well-worth seeing is the salt-mine of 1823. In Schwenningen you reach river Neckar which you follow to Rottweil – oldest city in the province. Once it was roman, in 1519 it became part of Switzerland which it still is. River Neckar is flowing through the valley and the villages are presenting itself silently.
Today you’re cycling from the oldest town of the province to Sulz or Glatt.
As well Sulz was founded by the romans, you can inform yourself in the roman cellar museum. You’re cycling to Horb, where the abbey church and the rogue tower is visible from far away. In Rottenburg the Neckar valley is trough. Because of many town fires this town is not medieval but baroque. After a few kilometres you reach the university city Tubingen.
Today you leave the lively university city and cycle downriver the Neckar. You will pass many lakes where you can have a refresh. Passing Nürtingen, where the poet Hölderlin went to school. In Plochingen you can visit the tower of Hundertwasser (an Austrian architect). Esslingen is one of the towns, which where not destroyed during the war, so you can enjoy the special historical flair.
Through picturesque vineyards along the river loops to Lauffen where you can taste a gulp of Katzenbeißer. Another centre of winegrowing and wine-trade is Heilbronn. Afterwards you cycle to your overnight stay in Marbach/ Freiberg.
Another centre of winegrowing and wine trade is Heilbronn. This big city is a mixture of historical and modern buildings. Then you’re cycling along the romantic castle road to Neckarsulm.
Worth seeing is the NSU-museum with its lots of historical bikes and cars. Enjoy the fabulous view when you cycle to Bad Wimpfen with lots of oriels and towers. Passing the wine terraces and forest you will sneak a peek to castle Hornberg, where in former times Götz von Berlichingen lived. Eberbach, which is characterized by handcraft, is quickly reached and here you can have a look to the sand mining and stone pits.
Neckar is now winding through forest Oberwald, according at what river side you cycle at Baden or Hessian country side. On your way you’re passing the town of castles Neckarsteinach and in Neckargmünd you can see the impressive medieval architecture. The famous university city Heidelberg is awaiting you with its popular castle ruin, a baroque old town and an active culture scene.
Departure or extension
After breakfast the tour is completed. Of course we are happy to book additional nights in Heidelberg for you.
Mostly flat, on asphalted cycle paths or silent minor roads, only few grades.
Category: 3*** Hotels
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast or breakfast buffet
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Best elaborated route
- Detailed travel documents 1x per room (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers DE, EN, NL)
- Service hotline
- Bike rental, including rental bike insurance
Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Heidelberg train station
- Parking spaces, free of charge at the Stadtmühle
- Return journey Heidelberg – Donaueschingen by train (not included). Duration about 3 ½ hours, 1-2 changes of train, about € 45,- to € 55,- per person, bike not included.
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!