Cycle tour Villingen-Schwenningen – Heidelberg: 9 days on the Neckar Cycle Path from castle to castle

9 Days

Your trip

Down the Neckar from the source to Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Old Bridge

We start this wonderful cycle tour down the Neckar right at the source in Villingen-Schwenningen’s city park.

You will spend nine days and eight nights by the river among wine and castles, forest and modernity.

Seven full days belong to the saddle. If at all possible, you can plan your day of arrival and departure so that you still have a little time for nature and the romance of the castles and small towns along the river.


On this tour you have the choice between two different categories. We book for you according to your wishes
> in the“Standard” category, good 3-star inns and mid-range hotels or
> in the“Comfort” category, good to very good inns and comfort hotels at 3- and 4-star level or – if you are looking for something special.

An extensive cyclist’s breakfast is included on all our cycle tours in all hotels.


The route

Cycling between idyllic rivers and romantic castles. The Neckar cycle path begins its course in Schwenninger Moos. Steep terraced vineyards, defiant castles and baroque palaces accompany you on your way through the Neckar Valley. The charming little town of Rottweil, medieval Tübingen and historic Heidelberg are just some of the outstanding experiences. A cycle tour for connoisseurs and explorers.

Travel documents

Before the start of your trip, we will send you a link by e-mail where you will find the digital travel documents such as your hotel list, voucher, route map, travel information and GPS data to help you prepare for your bike tour.

You will also receive a printed package of documents at the start hotel. Among other things, it contains all the map material.

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 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:

You need the Komoot app and the tour descriptions from this collection if you want to ride according to navigation prompts.

We provide you with a Komoot app tour package for this trip. Please book this as an additional service once per trip and receive it in return:

> The komoot – world package with unlimited use …

> Your bike navigation for this trip for your cell phone as a supplement to your travel documents.

> With just a few clicks, you can call up the ready-made cycle tours.

> The maps can be called up at any time, even without Internet reception.

> They use the app for a lifetime of precise navigation and great adventures.

> You will find highlights and recommendations from the komoot community at great locations worldwide.

> You receive topographical maps with free updates.

Rental bicycles

Robust touring bikes: 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur gears and freewheel, comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights.

Electric bikes:

With your electric bike, unisex bike with freewheel, you will feel the lightness of traveling. You have your eyes open to the world around you. The electric bike is particularly advantageous for cyclists with different levels of physical fitness and ensures that everyone can ride at the same speed.

The well-sprung bike lets you cycle comfortably, even if the terrain is a little bumpier for a short time. With the electric bike, you can experience assisted cycling on a whole new level. Despite the motor assistance, it is a bicycle in the legal sense. There is therefore no requirement for a driver’s license or helmet. However, we strongly recommend wearing a helmet on all trips, regardless of the type of bike.

The carrier shown at the front is equipped with one handlebar axle per room, in which you can comfortably transport your navigation device and light day luggage.

Accessories, insurance, breakdown assistance for rental bikes

Each rental bike on this tour is equipped with a waterproof, spacious saddle bag as well as a tool set, an air pump, an odometer and a lock. You will also receive a handlebar bag per room, and a second saddle bag per bike on request.

If you rent a bike, rental bike insurance against theft and damage is automatically included. In the event of theft or damage to the rental bike, you will not incur any costs. Of course, negligent or willful acts are excluded from the comprehensive cover. The bike must be locked and the keys to the rental bike must still be in your possession. Please refer to the information in the travel documents. Also excluded are accessories such as saddlebags and handlebar bags incl. Contents, odometer, e-bike display, etc.

Should damage occur to a rental bike, simply call the service hotline provided to you. In the rare event of a flat tire, a puncture repair kit is available for every rental bike. Tools and a spare hose are available for self-help.

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. The hotel offers free lockable and covered bicycle parking. You will find the bike room in the hotel’s own parking garage directly opposite the main entrance. Please ask for the key at the reception. Please lock bikes in the bike room again specifically.

For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable. For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Please note that we do not provide a breakdown and emergency assistance service on this tour if you are using your own bike. You will find bike stores and workshops along the way. Almost the entire way you can shorten by public transport (train, bus, boat).


We offer the tour from April to October.


Villingen Schwenningen CathedralVillingen is easily accessible by train.

We therefore recommend that you start your vacation at home. Relax during the train ride against the magnificent backdrop of the lake and mountains. Rent the bikes and ride the train without stress. Info at

Car / Parking

In some cases, parking is available directly at the hotels or public parking is available in the surrounding area. Advance reservations are not possible. Please pay all costs incurred directly on site. An overview of the – very limited – parking spaces on the island can be found on the Internet under this link. For further information, you can contact the respective arrival hotel after receiving your hotel list.


Please note our information on entering Germany. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Tops of the tour

  • The Neckar spring in Villingen - Schwenningen town park between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb
  • The castles and palaces in the Neckar wine lands
  • The Romantic Four and Heidelberg in the Odenwald

Day by day

Individual arrival Villingen - Schwennningen :
Day 1

Individual journey to Villingen – Schwennningen

Villingen Schwenningen CathedralHot tip: Whenever possible – travel by train. The Black Forest Railway from Freiburg through the Höllental valley and on towards Triberg, Donaueschingen Villingen to Lake Constance is a vacation experience in itself.

Enjoy your first evening at the foot of the southern Black Forest. Stroll through the beautiful old town with its winding alleyways, the cathedral, the preserved city wall and its gates, the town hall. Feel the forest and the freshness of the summer night.

Villingen - Neckarquelle - Sulz am Neckar :
Day 2

Cycle tour Villingen – Neckarquelle – Sulz am Neckar, approx. 60 km, 300 vertical meters ↑, 600 ↓, ~ 5 h

Along the young Neckar you reach Rottweil with its pretty town houses and fountains. It prides itself on being the oldest city in Baden Württemberg – and yet its test tower stands for industrial modernity from afar.

Rottweil on the Neckar

You then cycle through the deeply furrowed Neckar valley past castle ruins to Sulz.

Sulz - Tübingen :
Day 3

Cycle tour Sulz – Horb – Tübingen, approx. 50 km, 300 vertical meters ↑, 400 ↓, ~ 4 h

Tübingen NeckaruferYou travel via the baroque town of Rottenburg and the Black Forest town of Horb to the Swabian university town of Tübingen.

Let yourself be enchanted by the picturesque old town and the winding alleyways.

Tübingen - Esslingen :
Day 4

Cycle tour Tübingen – Esslingen, approx. 55 km, 100 m elevation gain ↑, 200 ↓, ~ 4 h

Today the route takes you down the Neckar through a charming landscape with numerous bathing lakes.

You reach Esslingen via Plochingen with its rain tower by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Esslingen on the Neckar

Esslingen - Stuttgart - Marbach :
Day 5

Cycle tour Esslingen – Stuttgart – Marbach, 50 km, 200 m elevation gain ↑↓, ~ 4 h

Today you cycle to Stuttgart. Passing Ludwigsburg, you reach Marbach, the birthplace of the famous poet Friedrich Schiller. If you would like to dedicate a moment to literature and the history of European freedom – a visit to his birthplace is highly recommended.

Marbach - Heilbronn :
Day 6

Cycle tour Marbach – Heilbronn, 50 km, 150 vertical meters ↑, 250 ↓, ~4 h

You cycle across meadows and fields to the medieval town of Besigheim and then reach the old imperial city of Heilbronn. Since the Federal Horticultural Show, the city has been sprucing itself up in its huge commercial and wine region as a modern trade and IT metropolis on the Neckar.

If you feel a little thirst for science and want to discover the child in you, visit the new experiments on the banks of the Neckar.

Heilbronn - Mosbach - Eberbach :
Day 7

Cycle tour Heilbronn – Mosbach – Eberbach, 65 km, 300 m elevation gain ↑↓, ~ 5 h

You follow the Burgenstraße and cycle past lush wine terraces and wooded ridges to Baden. Take a break in the beautiful half-timbered town of Mosbach with its romantic center on the Elz river.

The route continues to Obrigheim past the former nuclear power station from castle to castle. The shell limestone rock increasingly gives way to the beautiful, warm red sandstone of the Odenwald, into which the Neckar has dug itself steeply and deeply.

In the heart of the Romantic Four, you will reach the fishing, treidler and Stauffer town of Eberbach.

Eberbach Hotel Karpfen am Markt

Eberbach - Heidelberg :
Day 8

Cycle tour Eberbach – Heidelberg, 40 km, 300 m elevation gain ↑↓, ~ 4 h

The Neckar winds its way through the mountain ranges of the Odenwald. Passing Hirschhorn with its knight’s castle and the four-castle town of Neckarsteinach, you reach the university town of Heidelberg.

Farewell to Heidelberg or extension :
Day 9

Individual departure or return journey from Heidelberg – or an extra day under the castle

Do you have a little more time? We would be happy to book you an extra night in this beautiful town in the Odenwald on the Neckar. You are welcome to stay and linger.


We wish you a happy vacation!


included in the travel package:

  • 8 x overnight stays in the desired category
  • 8 x rich cyclist breakfast buffet
  • daily luggage transport without limit on the number of pieces of luggage between 09.00 and 17.30
  • Complete bike rental insurance, if booked
  • 1 x admission to Schiller's birthplace in Marbach
  • Well-prepared travel documents
  • GPS data on request, Komoot navigation app, if booked
  • 7-day service hotline

not included:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Visitor's tax or tourist tax
  • All special services not explicitly listed under included services

Dates and prices

Travel start 2024: every Saturday possible in …
Season 1 20.04. – 30.04.
Season 2 01.05. – 28.06. and 23.08. – 05.10.
Season 3 29.06. – 22.08.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room Standard with breakfast / pers 870 € 1.090 € 1.190 €
Single room standard w. breakfast 1.190 € 1.410 € 1.510 €
Double room Comfort with breakfast / pers 1.080 € 1.400 € 1.460 €
Single room Comfort w. breakfast 1.500 € 1.820 € 1.880 €
Extra nights
Starting point Villingen: Standard double room with breakfast / pers 100 €
Starting point Villingen: Standard single room with breakfast 140 €
Starting point Villingen: Double room Comfort with breakfast / pers 120 €
Starting point Villingen: Single room Comfort with breakfast 150 €
Destination Heidelberg: Standard double room with breakfast / pers 100 €
Destination Heidelberg: Standard single room with breakfast 150 €
Destination Heidelberg: double room Comfort with breakfast / pers 130 €
Destination Heidelberg: Single room Comfort with breakfast 220 €
Additional services
Rental bike tours 125 €
Rental bike e-bike 250 €
Return transfer by bus Heidelberg – Villingen / person 180 €
Return transfer by bus Heidelberg – Villingen Additional ticket / own bike 20 €
komoot navigation app 30 €
The return transfer bus departs every Sun at 09.00 hrs with at least. 4 participants. Duration approx. 2.5 h. Alternatively: return journey by train on your own, usually hourly, 2 changes
Can I stay an extra night?

Yes, of course. We are happy to offer you additional nights in Villingen, Heidelberg or an intermediate stage of this tour. Enjoy your time by the river. She is beautiful! Please simply select “Extra night” when booking.

What happens if I break down or have an accident while driving?

Please note that we cannot provide on-site service for your own bikes on the road on this tour. In the event of a breakdown, please try to get back to Lindau on your own. Along the entire cycle path there are several emergency stations, repair kits and also bicycle repair shops. Almost the entire bike path can also be shortened by public transport (train, bus, boat). If you have booked rental bikes, please call the service hotline.

What do I do in bad weather?

Well, then: Actually, you are traveling in the warmest region of Germany with the most hours of sunshine – and for the most part, the weather is better than it first appears from your hotel room in the morning. But when it’s actually freezing and frosty and windy and pouring down? Have a nice day in the destinations of your ship tours, buy a train ticket and go back to Constance a little frustrated but warm and dry. The entire lake is well connected by train, bus and boat. A special tip for particularly gloomy days are the Bodenseetherme in Konstanz. At Hörnle in the district of Staad, within walking distance from the old town along the lake path in the direction of the Meersburg car ferry, you can enjoy the gray, wet and cold lake like in hardly any other place. Stop by

Where can I charge my battery when I am on the road with the e-bike?

To be honest – we don’t really have a good answer to that. In your hotel, it is prohibited to charge the batteries unattended in the hotel room for fire safety reasons. In exceptional cases, you can ask the reception to charge your battery. Ask along the way at restaurants you visit. Many houses are set up for this.


Please note: You can vary the tour suggestions as you wish. If you want to follow our tour suggestions, please install the KOMOOT app on your mobile device BEFORE you start your tour. Save this komoot - collection to your device and follow the maps or use the navigation function of komoot. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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