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Traditional farmer's houses in front of forest hills in Black Forest Germany

Central and Southern Black Forest

From Offenburg, you ride through vineyards and the vast Black Forest. Along rivers and creeks, and swimming in Lake Titi. You climb up to the highest mountain of Black Forest and enjoy the beautiful city of Freiburg im Breisgau. At the end, you have a placid ride along the Rhine river back to Offenburg. This roundtrip on your gravel bike offers varying landscapes, relish and fun.

5

Day stages

5,000 m

Altitude difference

350

Kilometers

  • A typical small town in Black Forest, Germany. Colorful flowers in the front, a creek and the town in the background.
  • Pretty gravel road in the forest
  • A small road through the vineyards of the Black Forest region.
  • Gravel bike at Lake Titi in Black Forest, Germany. On the other lake side you can see the town of Titisee-Neustadt
  • Traditional farmer's house in Black Forest, Germany. Sheep in front, forest and mist in the background.
  • Old stone bench
  • Intricate paths at Feldberg Mountain in fall
  • Black ferry field in Black Forest, Germany
  • A stronghold castle ruin in Black Forest
  • Gravel bike bar at agricultural road in vineyards
  • Gravel bike in front of a redwood tree in Germany
  • Gravel road along Rhine river in Germany
  • Cows on a hillside at sunset

Highlights

  • Black Forest
  • Feldberg (highest mountain in Black Forest)
  • Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Rhine river
  • Vineyards and vast forest
  • Todtnau Waterfalls
  • Palaces, castle ruins, small pretty towns
  • Lake Titi
Map Black Forest tour by Gravel Bike Tours
Elevation level Black Forest tour by Gravel Bike Tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Offenburg

Individual arrival in Offenburg. The historical Old Town of Offenburg has a calm atmosphere and because of its many restaurants and bars you can start your Black Forest tour with a first try of the local cuisine. Overnight in Offenburg or surrounding area.

Day 2: Offenburg - Hausach (61 km)

Breakfast and departure for your first day’s stage. You ride through a beautiful wine-growing region and to Staufenberg Castle that is surrounded by vineyards. Later in the day, you enter the first forests of the tour and you can enjoy the breathtaking view from Mooskopf Tower over the vast Black Forest. You pass some typical towns like the Old Town of Wolfach. Overnight in Hausach or surrounding area.

Altitude difference: 1.560 m – Level of difficulty: 2-3/5

Day 3: Hausach - Titisee-Neustadt (66 km)

After breakfast, you follow a small creek and you have the opportunity to visit the Black Forest Open Air Museum “Vogtsbauernhof” (Farmhouse). It is one of the most successful open air museums in Germany: Constructed like a village, you can enter farmhouses from all Black Forest regions – the farmhouses were removed from its original sites and reconstructed in the open air museum. Each house and all adjoining buildings (barns etc.) can be entered and are furnished the original way with authentic exhibitions. Watch a real carpenter at work, or the women making bobbin laces, and don’t get frightened when you are alone in a living room and suddenly a cuckoo clock declare the full hour. After the museum, if you still look for some adrenaline, visit the summer bob track just next door. The rest of the route guides you through valleys, on mountains and through somme pretty Black Forest villages. After checking in in Titisee-Neustadt, you can take your swimming things and cycle to the natural lake Titi. Overnight in Titisee-Neustadt.

Altitude difference: 1.220 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

Day 4: Titisee-Neustadt - Freiburg im Breisgau (67 km)

Today is a tough day and amazing rewards are waiting for you. You ride up to Mount Feldberg, the highest mountain in Black Forest. The forest becomes lighter the higher you get – and on clear days, you can even see the Montblanc of the Alps! Riding down the hill afterwards is a lot of fun. Later, you can visit the Todtnau Waterfalls – with one of the highest waterfalls of Germany. From Todtnau, the route to Freiburg im Breisgau is not long, and you cross the Old Town of Freiburg. Overnight in Freiburg im Breisgau.

Altitude difference: 1.370 m – Level of difficulty: 2-3/5

Day 5: Roundtrip Freiburg im Breisgau (73 km)

This day is dedicated to enjoyment and gourmet. It is a roundtrip through one of Germany’s most famous wine-growing areas, to castle ruins, over the Kaiserstuhl hills, through a breathtaking arboretum with Sequoia trees and to small, lovely villages. On the way back, you pass the winery Gerhard Karle which opens daily and where we can highly recommend to stop for a wine tasting. If you “tried” too many glasses: a train brings you directly from the village back to Freiburg. For everyone who wants to go back by bike, we recommend a stop for dinner at the indoor and outdoor restaurant “Forellen-Stüble” (the GPS route guides you close to it) in order to try a local dish: trout from own breeding. Overnight as previous day. If you want, you can extend your stay in Freiburg (see Extras).

Altitude difference: 820 m – Level of difficulty: 2/5

Day 6: Freiburg im Breisgau - Offenburg (86 km)

On you last day’s stage, you enjoy large river beds. Passing small parks of Freiburg, you reach the Dreisam river, ride along a beautiful valley just next to the Kaiserstuhl hills and finally reach the Rhine river with its natural water meadows. On your way, local restaurants and typical beer gardens invite you to rest and enjoy your last day, before reaching your final destination, Offenburg. Overnight in Offenburg or surrounding area (see Extras).

Altitude difference: 150 m – Level of difficulty: 1/5

Day 7: Departure from Offenburg

After breakfast, individual departure. If you want, you can extend your stay in order to discover on your own the very close city of Strasbourg (France).

Services

ServicesExtrasAccommodation

Included services:

  • 6 nights in a double room
  • Visitor’s tax
  • 6x breakfast
  • GPS data
  • Local phone assistance 24/7
  • Tour documents
  • Single supplement from 160 EUR; if available: discount for 3 or 4 occupancy
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel: 440 EUR for 1-6 bags (more than 6 bags: additional fee from 20 EUR per extra bag)
  • Offenburg: Hotel in vineyards instead of city hotel (price on request)
  • Extension of stay at one of the overnight places (price on request)
  • Start and end of the tour in Freiburg im Breisgau instead of Offenburg (at no charge)

All partner accommodations are middle class accommodations. When we chose a partner accommodation, it’s important to us that they all have anything that is particular. If available, the accommodations’ specialties on our Black Forest tour are:

  • biker friendly (all)
  • family-owned
  • very good local cuisine
  • in-house brewery
  • object borrowing

Dates and Prices

From 1 May 2022 to 31 October 2022

from 379 EUR per person in a double room

General information

TourhinweiseArrival and departureTravel and safety notice

43% gravel, 44% asphalt, 13% other road cover

5 Day stages

Altitude difference: 5.000 m

350 km

Level of difficulty: 2/5 (Not so sporty – Refreshing)

Nearest airports: Strasbourg (F), Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden, Colmar (F), Stuttgart, Saarbrücken, Metz-Nancy-Lorraine (F), Zurich (CH), Frankfurt am Main
By train: Offenburg
By intercity bus: almost all Europe

Please take account of the travel and safety notice of your home country for Germany, the federated state of Baden-Württemberg and the districts Ortenaukreis, Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Freiburg, Lörrach und Emmendingen, as same as the applicable regulations in these areas.

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