Hand on heart – have you ever been to the Kurpfalz?
This tour offers you a round arch through the inner Kurzpfalz with its old capital Heidelberg, the lovely wine route at the edge of the Odenwald with its castles and picturesque half-timbered towns up to the Neckar valley cycle path into the land of the Baden freedom fight against Prussia around the Romantic Four:
Eight castles in Eight days – and I bet you’ll find more!
You will visit the faded remains of the mighty imperial monastery of Lorsch. The former Benedictine abbey once ruled over castles and the countryside. Today, a highly visitable archaeological park right next to the pretty specialist market Loschs with its ‘open-air laboratory’ bears witness to spiritual, religious, economic and – yes, also – military greatness. You will cycle through the Roman town of Ladenburg on the Neckar and pay your respects to Elector Carl-Theodor in his baroque residential palace and beautiful park in Schwetzingen. You will see him again later in Heidelberg, the symbol of the transience of power and the persistence of beauty par excellence.
But so be it – you want to ride a bike!
Along this tour you will encounter history(s) at every turn. The Celts were the first to settle the Heiligenberg above Heidelberg. The Romans fortified this land, built the first bridge over the Neckar River. The electors had the first stone bridge built in the 18th century. The Baden freedom fighters wanted to blow it up, the German Wehrmacht blew it up.
But you notice – I digress.
And that’s exactly what we’d like to invite you to do with this tour: digress. Cycle what you have always wanted to know and see. Welcome to the Rhine and Neckar!
TWIN tour twin
Please note: This tour has a ‘big sister’. Journey 225a is like it to a T. With one difference: it offers you conditionally more demanding daily routes. A variant for the ambitious, so to speak. The beauty of it is: you can combine both tours as you like. One participant of your group or family can ride the easy version, another can dare to ride the challenging one. And the beauty of it: you can choose and change every day. Real TWIN just!
Accommodation and catering
You will stay in two very high quality, regiotypical hotels on ***star to ****star level. A rich breakfast is included in the price.
The route and its requirements
The proposed bike tours are technically easy and good condition. In the middle of the week you can relax a little – but you don’t have to. You can flexibly switch to the ‘power level’ of the Parallel Tour 225a at any time …
You cycle up to 60 km a day, mainly on paved cycle paths and country roads. They travel along the Neckar River, in the Rhine Valley, but also in the low mountain range of the Odenwald.
With the exception of Day 3, you can shorten each tour almost at will or replace it with alternative, shorter routes. Therefore, we classify this trip as “challenging” and “felxible”.
The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.
Maps and navigation
You can find the entire tour as a collection at komoot . If you want to use the maps for navigation, please install – if not already done – the komoot app on your mobile device a few days BEFORE your trip. To do so, please register at komoot.de. Then download the tours from this collection to your device. Please contact us with any questions in advance of your trip.
You can find the Komoot app at the following link: https://support.komoot.com/hc/de/articles/4402496387098-Komoot-App-herunterladen.
You need the Komoot app and the tour descriptions from this collection if you want to ride according to navigation prompts. Of course you can also follow the clouds “free nose”.
Your route is described in the Komoot Collection https://www.komoot.de/collection/1897007.
Sturdy unisex touring bikes, 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights. On request also 21-speed men’s bike possible.
Electric bikes: unisex e-bikes with electric pedal assistance up to 25 km/h; 8-speed gears with coaster brake; range approx. 80 – 120 km (depending on riding style).
It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.
We recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.
Arrival and transfers
We recommend that you arrive by train. Get in on the vacation at home. Arrive here relaxed. Dream a little during the return trip. Make yourself comfortable and book one of our rental bikes. Please book a train ticket to Schriesheim.
Please drive via
> or via
> by long-distance or regional train.
There please get on the streetcar line 5
> Direction Weinheim / Mannheim (coming from Heidelberg) or
> Direction Weinheim / Heidelberg (coming from Mannheim)
um. Please take line 5 to Schriesheim train station.
- Heidelberg, its warmth, its castle
- The wine country of the Bergstrasse with its castles and half-timbered towns
- The Odenwald with its Nibelungen saga, its simple beauty and vastness
- The Neckar with its cycle path, the Romantic Four with their old towns and castles