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Ride the Romantic roads of Germany's Black Forest. A land of folklore and fairytales spend a week cycling easy going country lanes along the Rhine River. Seeking out medieval towns, timbered hamlets and Gothic architecture framed by the backdrop of the Black Forest Mountains
Shaped by French, Swiss and German traditions, Black Forest villages are peppered with decorative facades, age-old traditions and the scent of freshly baked kuchen which will have you hopping out the saddle everyday.
An hour from Basel or Strasbourg airport, the lively Black Forest of city of Freiburg is packed with charming cobbled lanes, traditional bakeries and an imposing 13th century Gothic Cathedral tower rising to over 100m high.
An easy start to the day with a mostly downhill cycle to the hamlet of Kirchzarten. From here you can hop on a train to the shores of Titisee Neustadt, known for its healing waters. An afternoon ride past gingerbread-style houses and forested lands leads onto your overnight stay in Bonndorf.
Cycle: 40 km
Another leisurely roll downhill to the Rhine River, leading you to the German/Swiss border town of Waldshut-Tiengen. Framed by the Black Forest, Waldshut has a colourful history, changing hands between the Austrians, Swiss and Germans since the early 19th century.
Cycling to Bad Säckingen via Laufenburg, you’ll pass through Europe’s longest covered bridge before reaching Scheffel's charming Trumpeteer Museum. An afternoon of Rhine River riding will see you arrive at Rheinfelden where you’ll hop on a train across the border to the fairytale Swiss city of Basel.
Cycle: 50 km
Sitting at the borders of France and Germany the Swiss city of Basel is an art lovers’ dream destination. Contemporary urban designs, sit alongside the old towns 700 year old city walls and grotesquely carved gargoyles. With numerous museums on offer, discover Basel’s rich history. After refuel with a plate of hearty rosti (grated pan fried potato with local cheeses and meats).
Riding back across the border into Germany you’ll cycle to Isteiner Klotz on the edge of the Black Forest towards Müllheim. Waters in this region are thought to be rich natural healing properties and have become a very popular destination to recharge in a local spa, some of which date back to Roman times.
Cycle: 50 km
Leaving the charms of Badenweiler, you’ll ride through the rich winelands of Markgräflerland. Easy to think for a minute you could be in Tuscany, the Mediterranean climate and vineyards make for a delightful morning’s exploration. Cycling onto the city of Freiburg, there’s plenty of choice for a glass of Black Forest brew for a final toast!
Cycle: 45 km
Depending on your onward travel plans you may have time to further explore the bustling Black Forest city of Freiburg.
You'll stay in bike friendly guesthouses and 3* and 2* hotels during your trip. We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food and welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary.
This trip is available to solo cyclists and a supplement is payable as some costs are not shared. Single rooms are available and a single supplement is payable.
In close vicinity of shops, bars and cafes, the hotel was refurbished in 2014 to a warm, welcoming contemporary feel. Independently owned, your host is always on hand to help you with any questions about Freiburg.
Located in central Bonndorf, the guesthouse Zum Kranz is within easy reach of the local castle and Japanese Gardens.
Run by a dedicated husband and wife team, this charming property has a delightful garden to refresh and relax after a day’s ride. The hotel is also perfectly located to explore this fascinating German/Swiss border town.
Dating back to 1899, this comfortably converted neo-classical building is only a short walk from the Kunsthalle Basel museum, Theatre Basel and Rhine River.
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Badenweiler, Hotel Neuenfels is a traditional build with timbered terraces and balconies to admire the far reaching Black Forest views.
You can start your Black Forest adventure on
date between May and early October. As soon as you decide your date of
travel availability and booking can be accessed here.
With daily distances of 45 km—
50 km this trip is graded easy to moderate and would suit those that like an
active holiday to discover new places and experiences. There are options on a
couple of days to shorten the distance. However, it’s not just about cycling.
Each day presents villages, places of natural beauty, cafes and bars to refuel,
discover the local culture and the opportunity to meet a few characters along
24 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped
with a basic repair kit, pump, pannier bag and bike lock. You will need to
bring your own helmet. We strongly advise wearing a helmet at all times when
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub,
Trek 7200 or similar.
Bike bags/cases can easily be stored in Nuremberg but please do pack an
extra soft bag for your personal belongings as bike bags/cases are too large
for the daily baggage transfers.
Please do supply us with your height when selecting your bike.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have
suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation
and hospital care.
The distances are approximations of the recommended
routes. We reserve the right to make appropriate changes to the route depending on local conditions and circumstances.
Freiburg does not have an airport but Basel Airport (Switzerland) and Strasbourg Airport (France), are within easy reach of Freiburg.
Basel Airport is well served by most major international and low-cost airlines. Freiburg is 75km north west from Basel Airport. Train is probably the easiest option from Basel to Freiburg. Swiss trains are very efficient.
On arrival at Basel Airport, bus no. 50 runs directly to the main Basel train station. The train onto Freiburg is a direct service, just over 40mins. Journey cost should be no more than around €25 per person. Tickets can be purchased through the Swiss Rail.
Taxi: On arrival a 4 person taxi from Basel Airport to Freiburg will cost between €175-€200 per car.
Strasbourg Airport: Is 85km north west of Freiburg. It is possible to take a train from Strasbourg Airport Train Station to Freiburg. Journey time is around 1hr 40mins and requires 2 changes (Strasbourg Main and Offenburg). Tickets and prices can be accessed at The Trainline Europe.
Taxi: From Strasbourg, a 4 person taxi to Freiburg will cost approximately €240 per car.
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.
With daily distances of 45 km— 50 km this trip is graded easy to moderate and would suit those that like an active holiday to discover new places and experiences. There are options on a couple of days to shorten the distance. However, it’s not just about cycling. Each day presents villages, places of natural beauty, cafes and bars to refuel, discover the local culture and the opportunity to meet a few characters along the way.
May and September will offer cooler days, changing colours and many of the summer crowds will have thinned. From June to August, days will be usually be long, warm and you are most likely to stumble on a local festivity or celebration during summer months.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from July to August.
You will need comfortable
sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling clothing for every
eventuality, including waterproof jacket and trousers and of course,
always wear a helmet when cycling. We supply a detailed packing list
with your information pack.
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Comments about macs adventure Romantic Roads of the Black Forest:
Really enjoyable , picturesque route with great accommodation and flawless organisation.
Some of the route instructions were confusing ( we suspect translation to blame) and assumed knowledge that we didn't have coming from NZ.