The bike path through the Kinzig valley: explore the Black Forest by bike

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Location: Kinzig valley
Track length: 89 km
Ascent: 521m
Descent: 1098m
Starting point: Freudenstadt

Bike tours are by no means only intended for off-road mountain bikers. In recent years, cycle paths of various degrees of difficulty have been created. There are also tours that are suitable for cyclists with less fitness. One of them is the ride through the Kinzig valley in the Black Forest. This article explains which sections of the trail are easy to cycle along and what makes the Kinzig Valley worth seeing.

By bike through the Kinzig valley

The Kinzigtal cycle path is 90 kilometers long in total. It starts in Freudenstadt and leads to Offenburg. However, the terrain is not always the same. On the first few kilometers between Freudenstadt and Alpirsbach, the cycle path leads through the forest, over gravel and drops steeply. From Alpirsbach to Offenburg, the path is paved throughout. In addition, there is only a slight gradient here. Therefore, a large part of the way (between Alpirsbach and Offenburg) is suitable for all possible means of transport. The latest sports bike is by no means necessary for this. Because this bike path is also equipped with a practical electric folding bike easy to deal with. In order to arrive with your own bike, you do not necessarily have to use it Caravan be on the move. After all, an electric folding bike can also be stowed in the trunk of a car. In addition, the paved cycle path is also easily accessible for wheelchair users. Families can enjoy the excursion together, as children can ride along the well-developed path in a bicycle trailer.

This is how the bike path goes

The natural paradise of the Black Forest is perfect for a bike tour. The Danube Cycle Path, one of the most popular cycle routes in Germany, runs through this area. If you explore the Black Forest by bike, you should definitely not miss the Kinzigtal cycle path. Starting from Freudental, it continues to Wolfach, Hausach, Haslach, Schenkenzell, Schiltach and Steinach. The destination of the cycle path is in Offenburg. Of course, you don't have to cycle the entire way. Several train stations along the route allow you to travel directly by train. This means that the tour can also be conveniently started at another stage.

Excursion destinations in the Kinzig valley

The Kinzig valley is known for its rafting history, colorful costumes during carnival and the traditional Bollenhut. Visitors to the Vogtsbauernhof open-air museum can learn more about these aspects of the region's history. You can also go in search of historical traces in the show mine and on the Hohenschramberg castle ruins. If you are not just planning a day trip but a vacation, you can enjoy other destinations. The Black Forest archery course and the Urenkopf lookout tower are popular.

Pleasure gastronomy on the cycle path

The local specialties can be found in numerous farm shops in the Kinzig Valley. Here the local farmers sell their regional products. They cover a wide range of cheese, meat, sausage, eggs and cakes. A special feature of the region is the Kinzig valley hiking bread. For this special bread, according to the tradition of the dairy farmers, some whey is stirred into the dough. This ingredient makes the bread moist and fluffy. Together with cheese and sausage from the region, it is the perfect refreshment on the bike tour. Cyclists satisfy their hunger at the 40 restaurants along the Kinzig valley. The beer gardens and inns primarily offer local trout and Black Forest cake.

Arrival in the Kinzig valley

Travelers can easily reach this destination by public transport. The largest city on the cycle route is Offenburg. Up to this point, guests can travel by ICE or regional trains. Here you can change to the Schwarzwaldbahn, the regional train or the bus and get straight to your destination. It is possible to arrive by car via the motorway. Coming from the A5, take the Offenburg exit and continue on the B33 into the Kinzig valley. Via the A81, the Rottweil exit and the B462 lead into the valley.

Overnight accommodation on site

The hosts in the Kinzig Valley offer a wide variety of accommodation. In addition to hotels, guesthouses and campsites, there are many other accommodation options. For example, families can rent a holiday home. Dog owners and their four-legged companions are also welcome in some accommodations. Anyone looking for unusual accommodation will find what they are looking for in the wooden igloos, pod houses and in the hay hotel.


The Kinzigtal cycle path offers a paved route with a slight incline between Alpirsbach and Offenburg. The bike tour is therefore also suitable for leisurely cyclists. Numerous museums, outdoor experiences and much more await guests along the way. The farm shops, beer gardens and restaurants on site take care of your physical well-being. It can be reached by car or by public transport. Among the numerous accommodations there is a room for every guest to feel good.

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