The route through the Black Forest is surprisingly relaxing. The cycle path takes you past typical Black Forest farmhouses with their low-hanging hipped roofs between densely wooded dark green hills. On your round trip from Freiburg you will overcome most of the elevation by train, so you will often have the pleasure of simply rolling downhill. This means you can not only observe the laid-back attitude of the Baden locals, but also experience it yourself. Cycling via Waldshut-Tiengen you will reach the High Rhine and visit Basel, the lively city of 3 countries. Past healing mineral springs, which were already used by the Romans, you will cycle through the southern foothills of the Black Forest, before reaching the first vineyards close to Freiburg.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 Individual Arrival in Freiburg
Freiburg is one of the sunniest and warmest towns in Germany. Visit the Münster church, which is considered to be an architectural Gothic masterpiece, and follow the Bächle, the little streams that permeate the old part of town.
Day 2 Freiburg – Bonndorf, approx. 40 km + train journey
Next, you cycle to Kirchzarten and will be relieved to know that almost all of the hilly sections are covered by train to Titisee (fare not included). The typical Black Forest landscape and its characteristic farmyards whizz by as you pedal to Bonndorf and its beautiful Baroque castle and Japanese gardens.
Day 3 Bonndorf – Waldshut, approx. 50 km
If you want to explore the Wutach ravine, one of the last wild riverscapes, you should book an extra night in Bonndorf. On this section you cycle along a plateau to Wutachtal valley and then on to Waldshut-Tingen, 500 m further down along the Rhine. The route is cycled practically without any effort, downhill to soon reach today’s destination, Waldshut- Tiengen, right on the Swiss border..
Day 4 Waldshut – Rheinfelden – Basel, approx. 50 km + train ride
You cycle further on downstream, via Laufenburg to Bad Säckingen, where you’ll find Europe’s longest wooden, roofed bridge. Have a stop here – there are two very special museums you can visit: The Müllmuseum (garbage museum) and a museum about the famous “Trumpeter from Bad Säckingen”. Following the northern bank of the Rhine, you pedal on to Rheinfelden and from there your route takes you to Basel by train.
The train ticket into Basel is included in the package cost.
Day 5 Basel – Müllheim, approx. 50 km
You leave Basel, on the border to three countries, and will see the Istein Klotz from afar – which used to be located right on the Rhine and has always been a site for castles and forts. At the edge of the Black Forest, you cycle through small spa towns, which all draw on the healing waters of the area..
Day 6 Müllheim – Freiburg, approx. 45 km
You cycle through the vineyards of the Markgräflerland – up to the right the Black Forest and to the left the Vosges Mountains. Freiburg is Germany’s warmest and most southern city. It has its own particular charm – look out for the small water-filled rills along most streets and alleyways. From the Schlossberg, you have a great view over the town and the surrounding area.
Day 7 Individual journey home or extension of your stay
After breakfast your cycling tour comes to an end.
RATING – Easy
Mostly level paths along paved cycle paths or quiet side roads. The route is almost all downhill except for one or two inclines in the Black Forest. Suitable for novice cyclists and families alike.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest international airport is Basel – Mulhouse. Regular rail transfers available directly from the terminal to Freiburg. These cost approx $40.00 one way.
TOUR SCHEDULE & PRICE
Independent tours depart every day from Friday thru Tuesday, from May to early-October
Season 1: April 30 to May 15; September 13 to October 4
Season 2: May 16 to 28; June 14 to 26
Season 3; June 1 to 13; June 27 to July 3; August 23 to September 12
Season 4: May 29 to 31; July 4 to August 22
|Price per person||CAD||$945|
|Season 2 surcharge||$240|
|Season 3 surcharge||$300|
This tour includes:
Train ride Kirchzarten – Titisee, approx. 10 Euro per person incl. bike
Local “city taxes”
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment