3 Great Bike Routes in Germany
Mannheim to Bingen loop
Using the Rhine River as your constant companion, this loop takes you through some beautiful scenery on the Rhine Rift Valley including the Black Forest, the Palatime forest and Rhine-Hessian Hills to the west. As well as scenic beauty you will also get a great view of the historical cities and towns such as Worms, which is one of the oldest cities in Germany. Additional sites on this route include the world-famous Speyer Cathedral, which was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument in 1982, and the castles of Johannisberg and Biebricher.
To find the route simply follow ‘theRhine’ signposts and route logo, which is well integrated into local signposts. Additionally all along the Rhine Cycle route, you can park your bike safely at any of the ‘Fahrradstationen’ or cycle centres. Further details about this route can be found on the Rheinradweg website.
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Lake Constance Circuit
Again using water as a constant guide, biking around Lake Constance allows you to make your way through Germany, Austria and Switzerland on a picturesque 270km bike ride. The route runs past vineyards and through medieval towns whilst always sticking close to the beautiful lake and it’s often steep shoreline alongside pebble beaches.
The route is very well signposted and you can challenge yourself to complete the whole route or, if time is limited, there are obviously a variety of smaller routes along the way. One of the most enjoyable parts of the route is around the picture-perfect meadows leading into Altenrhein in Switzerland.
You can get a guided tour from Lake Constance Cycle Path Service, who offer a great variety of routes.
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Mountain biking in St. Ingbert
Originally intended only for mountain biking marathons, the circuits are now open to mountain bikers at all times. The town has two mountain bike routes which are well signposted, one 40km and one 50km. The route itself runs through the countryside of St Ingbert and varies in difficulty. Just under half the trail runs along single-passage trails which run alongside scenic forests in one of Germany’s most densely wooded town.
More information about this route and countless others in Germany are available on Germany.travel/EN.
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